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  • CIM MBA program develops future talent

    Luckily for the concrete industry, the pool of talented professionals is still growing, thanks in part to a succession plan producers set in motion during better times. More than 700 undergraduate students have graduated with Concrete Industry Management (CIM) degrees, and the first group of eight...

  • Frenemies: Can concrete and asphalt find common ground?

    Each year when new college interns join our magazine’s staff for the summer, we make a point to visit a local producer for a crash course on the concrete industry. This year, Prairie Material invited us to visit its Addison, Ill., plant, as well as a roller-compacted concrete paving project in...

  • An overview of the NTEA 2013 Fleet Purchasing Survey and trucks featured at World of Concrete

    According to the 2013 Fleet Purchasing Outlook, published by the National Truck Equipment Association, fleet managers in the construction industry plan to expand their fleets more than any other sector this year. We will highlight the results and look at new truck technologies on display at World...

  • An aggregate bin replacement project at a precast plant goes through the roof

    Ontario-based precaster Utility Structures Inc. started the new year in a big way, thanks to a brand new 100-cubic-foot aggregate storage bin that was custom designed by BMH Systems and installed through the plant’s roof. Plant managers discuss the pros and cons of retrofitting, and what precast...

  • TCP supports industry efforts to produce high-quality concrete

    On a beautiful May afternoon in Chicago, BASF product manager Joe Daczko had the full attention of 85 concrete aficionados as he compared placing self-consolidating concrete (SCC) to serving an adult beverage. “You’re not pouring a glass of beer,” said Daczko, as the group watched the fluid...

  • Holy precast… it’s a concrete bat cave!

    The National Precast Concrete Association’s (NPCA) annual Creative Use of Precast Awards are known for highlighting some of the industry’s most interesting work. This year was no different.

  • Infrastructure Spending: Hope or Hype?

    It’s been four years, but many in the concrete industry may be feeling the déjà vu of cautious optimism we sensed before the American Recovery and Reinvestment (Stimulus) Act promised funding for infrastructure projects in 2009.

  • Spanning the Lone Star State

    How three Texas precasters are meeting the challenges of a booming infrastructure market.

  • Mobile Block and Paver Plant

    Concrete block and paver producers can maintain healthy margins and extend their delivery territories by using a mobile block plant.

  • Longer, leaner beams give precast an advantage

    Many state DOTs are collaborating with industry associations and experts to develop bridge beams that are more efficient for both bridge designers and precast producers.