August 2007 Table of Contents

Articles
Drawing a New Map

While the current residential construction data is disappointing, it's important for producers to remember the current lower housing sales is a only cyclical setback. Read more

Florida Rock OKs Sale to Vulcan

Florida Rock Industries' shareholders overwhelmingly approved its sale; Boral Ltd., a large construction materials company based in Australia, has bought Schwarz Readymix in Oklahoma City and the quarry assets of Davis Arbuckle Materials Read more

TCP 100: Producer Pulse

The TCP100 survey gives us a glimpse into producers' thoughts on important issues in the industry today. Here are some of their comments. Read more

The Code Master The Code Master

Lisa Ising has been an environmental services consultant to the ready-mix industry, specializing in regulatory-compliance matters. Read more

Visionary Leaders Fleet Factors Visionary Leaders

As truck chassis get taller and longer, it's harder than ever for drivers to see everything happening around them. Fortunately, fleet managers can opt for several new tools and devices that provide clearer lines of vision. Read more

Knowing when to Upgrade

Four years ago when Andy O'Brien started Homeland Ready Mix, he knew he needed a competitive edge. It seems he found it. From his one plant near Parsons, Kan., O'Brien has competed effectively and profitably with only 16 trucks. He began by investing in a batching system. Read more

The Right Tool The Right Tool

For more than 30 years, contractors have benefited from the availability and quality of very specialized concrete mixes volumetric concrete producers (VCP) provide. Now, there's another, perhaps even greater, opportunity for VCPs: pervious concrete . Read more

Paddling Ahead Paddling Ahead

The NCCC is much more than a three-day event. It's an annual rite of passage for some of the nation's best civil engineering students. Read more

Glide Into an Upgrade

Many producers have opted to upgrade their fleets with glider trucks. Retrofitting existing equipment allows fleets to spiff up the appearance and maintain performance levels. Read more

Mixing Profits Mixing Profits

A heavyweight batch mixer is ideal for lightweight mix. Read more

2007 TCP 100: Tops in Rocks

The U.S. Geological Survey published the following list of top U.S. aggregate producers in 2005, by production. These leading U.S. aggregate producers accounted for 46% of the total output in the U.S. Read more

TCP 100: 2007 Follows Suit

The first half of this year has already been witness to several mergers and acquisitions. Read more

2007 TCP 100: Ten to Watch

Most of the producers on this list are located in areas identified by Hanley Wood's Market Intelligence as the "busiest" and "hottest" markets for housing in the United States. Others caught our attention because of their remarkable growth the last two years. Read more

Following the Money

Audax Group. Park Avenue Equity Partners. ShoreView Industries. These are some of the biggest names in today's concrete industry, but you won't find them painted on a ready-mix drum. That's because one of the world's most plentiful building materials has caught the eye of a group of people far away from dusty jobsites: private investors. Read more

100 Gladiators 100 Gladiators

Whether you're a big or small producer, competing is the name of the game. Read more

A Concrete MBA Concrete Returns A Concrete MBA

As young people advance in our industry, they have not been exposed to the financial and strategic skills they need. The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro has filled this important role. Read more

Problem Clinic Putting Aggregate to the Test

We are being forced to look for a new source of coarse aggregate. The problem is our choices are limited. One of our options, and it appears our most economical one, will be from a quarry whose aggregate is known to be susceptible to alkali-silica reactivity. Read more

Rolling Uphill

Tires my not be the most glamorous equipment in a warehouse, but they literally keep our industry rolling. Read more

Injection Casting Injection Casting

Always strapped for room, wetcast precasters value every square foot of production space. Now production has a new dimension: upwards. Read more

In The Mix

Dispatch from the World of Concrete Mexico; New U.S. Concrete President; ASCC Elects President, Board and other industry news. Read more

We're in Good Hands

Creative approaches and inventive techniques on display at the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition prove our concrete future is in good hands Read more