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  • A Backpack Full of Innovation

    Our industry is blessed with great manufacturers and suppliers. Even with the depressed business climate, research and development has continued. And it has been at breakneck speed. Their hard work is now my hard work. Over the next few weeks I will be posting hundreds of new products, materials...

  • Recognizing the Science Around Coal Ash, Finally

    These positive indications come at an important time for our industry. Fly ash use in concrete was at its lowest level in 2013, for many decades. Coal power plant operators, uncertain of the EPA’s final ruling, weren’t interested in investing in fly ash beneficiating  operations. And some...

  • Planning for Our Gathering

    This World of Concrete for has been fun to plan. First of all, it’s our 40th Anniversary, and there’s the planning that goes along with the extra celebratory events. Second, we have added a host of industry related activities that reflect the renewed spirit of optimism that is just starting to...

  • A Resilient Market

    The concrete industry’s best marketers for residential construction are those guys who chase tornados and report on hurricanes. Every time they show a damaged wood-frame structure, it’s a subtle reminder that concrete and masonry homes would have stood the test.

  • Solidifying the World of Concrete

    In this month’s issue we are drawing attention to a few more folks who are working on industry initiatives that could be about to shape your future. These influencers are not only shaping the North American concrete industry. Thanks to the world wide web, and now with our expansion plans for World...

  • Smoothing the way for innovation

    Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) has many operational casting advantages for many types of placement conditions. Yet contractor acceptance for its use in cast-in-place construction has been slow in North America. The Strategic Development Council’s Industry Critical Technology Committee on...

  • Helping our professionals take the next step

    Do you know someone who wants to aspire to a better position within your company? Have you thought how you’re going to fill the age gap in your management ranks? And just importantly are you prepared to invest in your company’s efforts to become better, faster? If you answer yes to any of these...

  • Caught sleeping again

    I think it’s a great time to become more involved. But don’t tell the boss, I want think I'm still in some sort of bargaining position for more money.) Concrete production is increasing. Trucks are being ordered. Producers are starting to hire again. And there’s a new group of professional to teach.

  • Standing Out In a Crowded Market

    Many years ago I first heard the expression:  Fast-Good-Cheap/Pick Two.  This expression applies to many real-life situations. The saying suggests it’s almost impossible to lead any market in all three categories. For concrete producers, it suggests you have to choose two of the following:  great...

  • The Forgotten Employee

    Many producers say they have trouble finding good drivers. But some may fail to invest as much as they should in these key employees, who are often responsible for customers' most memorable interactions. TCP blogger Joan Fox offers three important ways you can help drivers represent you.