April 2007 Table of Contents

Education and Seminars on Tap at World of Concrete

As the first international commercial concrete and masonry construction show in 2008, World of Concrete will offer all the new products, the latest technologies, an informative education program consisting of 90-minute and three-hour seminars, indoor/outdoor exhibits, events & demonstrations, plus resources and valuable information for all industry professionals. Read more

The 10th NCMA is Almost Here!

Preparations are nearly complete for the 10th North American Masonry Conference (10NAMC) and TMS Meetings that will be held this June in St. Louis, Missouri. Read more

Buoyant Construction Hiring Bolsters March Jobs Report

AGC economist Simonson notes nonresidential employment grows at double the overall rate Read more

Lafarge and Stoneway Concrete Team Up to Promote Sustainable Construction in "First to the Future" Home

Nationally Syndicated "Your House & Home" TV program to showcase benefits of insulating concrete forms. Read more

Cemex and Rinker Make a Deal

After months of wrangling, Cemex and Rinker agreed to terms of a deal that creates a concrete producing behemoth in North America. Read more

These Women Get It These Women Get It

Women may be a minority at World of Concrete, but gather them all together and you'll have one noisy room. That's because there are a lot more women in the industry to talk to now more than ever. Read more

Fleet Factors Truckin' at World of Concrete

Innovations were everywhere at this year's show. Read more

A Lot Rides on the Suspension

Many products can help concrete producers with logistics. There are software packages, GPS monitoring systems, and other digital items for improving efficiency. But one area that deserves the same attention is the ready-mix truck itself. A good suspension is about more than just a smooth ride. It can have a significant effect on a plant's profitability. Read more

Ten Influential People

The 10 most influential people in the concrete industry share a passion for excellence. Read more

Bauma 2007 On Tap

In a few short weeks, more than 500,000 construction professionals will invade the Munich Trade Center in Germany for bauma 2007. For six days, from April 23–29, construction leaders from around the world will pause and look at the future of construction. The expansive event is located about 20 minutes by underground subway from the city's historic downtown area. Read more

The Drum Keeps Turning The Drum Keeps Turning

So I've been writing in this space for a little more than half of TCP's 10 years. We've traveled many miles together. Read more

A Crystal Ball Redux Concrete Returns A Crystal Ball Redux

Almost two years ago, I wrote about the trends I believe our industry will experience through 2010. Here is a fresh updated look at a dramatically changing industry, which I presented at World of Concrete in January. Read more

Turning Ashes to Gold Turning Ashes to Gold

Although it sounds familiar, the concrete industry has come a long way in the past decade. Ready-mixed production topped 348 million cubic yards a decade ago, and in less than 10 years, the figure has increased by more than 100 million yards. Read more

What's Ahead

In a typical month, we devote this space to a new product or technology that may not have reached a show's exhibit floor or the press release stage. Since this is our 10th Anniversary issue, we wanted to take that one step further. Read more

Putting the ‘E’ in Concrete Putting the ‘E’ in Concrete

What was going on with the Internet when the first issue of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER came out in January 1997? It was still in the early stages of its existence and there were few signs of an Internet presence yet in the concrete industry. Read more

It's Hip to be Square

The die was cast long ago when the Daffin Concrete Mobile revolutionized the concrete producing industry. While the “round guys,” or conventional ready-mix producers, continuously mix the product from the batch plant to the jobsite, the “square guys,” or mobile or volumetric mixers, actually manufacture concrete onsite. Read more

Survey Says...

The more things change, the more they stay the same. One item that has stayed constant during the last 10 years is the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's (NRMCA) Industry Data Survey. Each year, NRMCA surveys its members about their sales, costs, profits, and production. Allen Villere Partners assists in reporting the data. These fascinating tidbits of information include everything from how many miles each truck makes in a round trip, to delivery charges, to insurance, and to equipment depreciation. This data is reported by company size and by geographic region. Read more

Looking Back & Ahead

Ten years, 120 covers. Being on the cover of a magazine is not all glitz and glamour. These people who agreed to our request to be photographed often posed for hours in the early morning. (That is when the lighting is best, our photographers say.) Sometimes it's bitter cold, other times it's hot and humid. More importantly, these people took time from their busy days, and for that, we thank them. We asked some of the people who have graced our covers since the first issue to talk about the past and the future. In their own words. Read more

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