Read what others have said on previous The Concrete Producer Quick Poll topics.

2014

August
Do you think the design community’s interest in resiliency will help the growth of the concrete industry?
Yes: 100%
No: 0%

July
With Microsoft considering reducing support of older software versions, do you see your company investing in new IT solutions in 2014-2015?
Yes: 100%
No: 0%

June
As global conglomerates reshuffle their portfolios, do you expect a return of the domestic-owned mid-sized producer in your area?
Yes: 50%
No: 50%

May
With the increase likelihood of jobsite video recording, Do you:
Train employees on the subject of jobsite video exposure: 10%
Discuss jobsite video recording exposure with the owner or contractors in pre-job or pre-bid documents: 0%
Request copies of all videos taken of your vehicles while delivering to jobsite: 0%
All of the above: 40%
None of the above: 50%

April
In February, the American Coal Ash Association reported the EPA has strongly signaled that those rules will avoid any “hazardous waste” designation. This ruling should eliminate any legal concerns for producers about using fly ash. If you are not using fly ash in your mixes, what best explains the reason:
There is not a fly ash source in our area: 23%
The cost of fly ash is too high to justify the investment in storage and testing: 33%
We don’t see the benefit in incorporating fly ash in our recipes: 11%
Our customers see no benefit in incorporating fly ash in our recipes: 0%
Other: 33% (Great variation in the consistency of the loi in the ash, inconsistency of supply, we use GGBF slag cement and mineral admixture instead of fly ash)

March
In February, the American Coal Ash Association reported the EPA has strongly signaled that those rules will avoid any “hazardous waste” designation. This ruling should eliminate any legal concerns for producers about using fly ash. Based on this information: How are you planning on incorporating fly ash as ingredient in your recipes?
Change, we will try to use more fly ash in our recipes: 55%
No change, we use fly ash in all our recipes: 36%
No change, we do not use fly ash: 9%

February
Why/how did you enter the concrete industry? (Check all that apply)
Interesting work: 26%
Family/friend referral: 19%
Needed a job: 17%
Studied construction in school:15%
My family's business: 9%
Good pay: 4%
Economic necessity: 0%
Other: 10% (By mistake, Batchman quit, Promotion from Branch Manager to Manger of Concrete Operations at home office, Transitioned from paint and Coating business, Like the industry)

January
Approximately what percentage of women work at your place of employment?
0-20: 87%
21-40: 13%
41-60: 0%
61-80: 0%
81-100: 0%

2013

December
How do think the OHSA’s proposed rules will affect your safety procedures and compliance expenses?
I have not read the proposed rules and cannot comment: 50%
I don’t anticipate any significant changes to either our safety procedures or compliance expenses: 33%
I anticipate some minors changes to our safety procedures, with little increase in compliance expenses: 17%
I anticipate some major changes to our safety procedure, with little increase in compliance expenses: 0%
I have not read the proposed rules and cannot comment: 0%

November
With 2013 nearing its end, which phrase best describes your business this year?
Much better than expected: 19%
Our recovery has finally started: 10%
Business met our expectations: 29%
Still slower than we’d like: 27%
Glad the year is ending: 15%

October
How do you participate in green building?
Self-consolidating (SCC): 35%
Roller-compacted (RCC): 3%
Decorative: 35%
Pervious: 10%
Lightweight: 0%
Other: 17% (Internal Curing, Ekkomaxx Carbon Neutral Non Portland Cement Concrete, Low Shrink, Fiber-reinforced, None)

September
How do you participate in green building?
Providing environmentally friendly products: 25%
Running cleaner operations (plants and/or vehicles): 17%
Building sustainable or resilient structures: 11%
Helping customers meet green building standards: 14%
All of the above – It’s just the way we do business: 19%
None of the above – Green building is a dying trend: 14%

August
What community relations activities do you do?
Cookouts: 13%
Open houses: 13%
Paint trucks for a cause: 7%
Sponsor local teams/businesses: 44%
Environmental activities: 10%
Other: 13% (None, "Involvement with economic development boards," "We support local charities and groups & participate in A LOT of Touch-A-Trucks!")

July
Do you rent any vehicles or plant equipment instead of buying?
Yes: 25%
No: 75%
If so, what kind? (Pickup trucks, Delivery Trucks, Deere Front loader, Mixer trucks, Vehicles for material supply and delivery of cement products, Yellow iron, Rolling stock, We rent ready mix trucks, Fork Truck, Block making machine)

June
Now that we’re almost halfway through 2013, has any sector been pleasantly surprising in terms of jobs being bid?
Residential: 43%
Commercial: 23%
Institutional: 9%
Infrastructure: 7%
Other: 18% (Agriculture, None, No; worse than expected)

May
What kind of new equipment do you plan to buy in 2013?
Ready-mix trucks: 35%
Software: 19%
Plant equipment: 9%
Forms: 7%
Mobile devices: 7%
General construction vehicles: 2%
Other trucks: 2%
Other: 19% (Batch Controls, Trailer Pump, New Batch Plant Precast, Home & Garden Equipment, None)

April
What’s been the most important development in concrete admixtures over the past decade?
Polycarboxylate water reducers: 33%
Hardening accelerators: 17%
Self-consolidating concrete: 13%
Viscosity modifiers: 10%
Other water reducers: 7%
Colloidal silica: 3%
Macro synthetic fibers:3%
Retarders: 3%
Self-leveling concrete: 3%
Super absorbent polymer: 3%

March
How much concrete is being used in your region's infrastructure?
Less than five years ago: 50%
More than five years ago: 31%
About the same: 19%

Where are you located?
Midwest: 38%
Northeast: 25%
Southeast: 13%
Northwest: 13%
Mid-Atlantic: 6%
Southwest: 6%
West Coast: 0%

What structural products are concrete's biggest competitors in your infrastructure market?
Answers: Asphalt Paving, Asphalt, Metal Railing, Block, Steel.

February
Has your infrastructure work increased since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?
Yes, we've had at least one stimulus-funded project: 21.43%
No, we didn't pick up any extra work: 53.57%
Maybe, it's hard to tell: 25%

January
Do you plan to hire in 2013?
Yes: 62.11%
No: 23.37%
It's too early to tell: 10.53%

2012

December
With the year winding down, how would you describe 2012?
Our business continued to improve: 34.21%
It wasn’t the greatest, but we’ve seen worse: 31.58%
Glad it's over; bring on 2013: 28.07%
We turned the corner: 6.14%

November
How will the Nov. 6 election results affect your business?
Hurt it: 81.68%
Make no difference: 10.47%
Help it: 6.28%
Other: 1.57%

October
How often do you hold safety meetings at your company?
Monthly: 39.51%
Weekly: 33.33%
As the need arises: 12.35%
Other: 8.64%
Never: 6.17%

September
Have you discussed the Affordable Care Act (new Health Care law) with your employees or informed them how it will affect them?
No: 51%
Yes: 26%
We plan to do so: 23%

August
Is your company spending more, less, or the same on capital equipment in 2012, compared to 2011?
Less: 47%
More: 36%
Same: 17%

July
With 2012 half over, have you manufactured as much concrete as you had expected?
More: 43%
Less: 36%
As much as we expected: 21%

June
Summer is here. Do you have any special events planned for your workforce?
Have a cookout/picnic at the plant.: 26.92%
Nothing special planned.: 26.92%
Other: 19.23%
Have a fun day at a local park.: 15.38%
Go to a local event/sporting event.: 11.54%

May
Participating on industry committees is one way to discuss concrete-related issues and to develop solutions to problems. Do you attend any industry meetings?
I am a member of at least one industry committee.: 68%
I sometimes attend committee meetings but am not a member.: 0%
Not currently, although I have in the past.: 12%
No and I never have.: 20%

April
Are you confident that a new U.S. infrastructure spending bill will increase your business?
Yes: 26%
No: 58%
I'm not sure 16%

February/March
Do you restrict your drivers' cellphone and/or texting while on the job?
Cellphone use 1%
Texting 3%
Both 89%
Neither 7%

January
What is the future of roller-compacted concrete?
It's an innovative way to capture business from asphalt: 66%
It looks interesting, but I need to be convinced there is a future for it: 17%
It's a bit too out-of-the box. Let asphalt keep the market: 17%


2011

December
We are about to ring out 2011 and welcome 2012. How will you remember this year?
It was a difficult year, but we got through it: 58%
I'm glad it's over: 32%
We turned the corner: 10%

November
What role will technology play in advancing the concrete industry in the next few years?
Important. The industry depends on it: 53%
Vital. Without it, we are doomed to fail: 25%
Somewhat. Technology helps, but the material sells itself: 19%
None. Concrete is a basic material that has been used before electricity and telephones were invented: 3%

October
Do you plan to increase your efforts to produce more concrete pavement in the coming year?
No: 55%
Yes: 45%

September
Which segment of your business is doing best this year?
Infrastructure/Public Works: 57%
Commercial: 30%
Residential: 13%

August
Have you adopted Performance-based Specifications (P2P) in your strategic marketing plan?
Greatly: 18%
Little: 32%
Not at all: 50%

July
With the year half over, have you manufactured as much concrete in 2011 as expected?
No: 69%
Yes: 16%
We're close to our target: 15%

June
In light of increasing fuel prices, are you adding fuel escalation charge clauses to your bid documents?
No: 51%
Yes: 49%

May
How do you view the current state of the Sustainability movement in the construction/concrete industry?
Losing momentum: 57%
Gaining momentum: 24%
Has hit a plateau: 19%

April
Which is the most promising market for ready-mix concrete?
Roads and streets: 45%
Parking lots: 37%
Above grade residential housing: 13%
Other: 5%

March
Does your company use GPS to assist in its deliveries?
Yes: 71%
No: 29%

February
What are your capital spending plans for 2011 compared to the previous year?
We will spend more than in 2010: 56%
We will spend the same amount as in 2010: 33%
We will spend less than in 2010: 11%

January
Do you expect to hire in 2011?
Yes: 50%
No: 50%


2010

December
As 2010 comes to a close, how will you remember the year?
52.5% It was a difficult year, but we made it through
42.5% Glad it's over
5% We turned the corner

November
How will the results of the Nov. 2 mid-term election affect your business in 2011?
48% Positively
33% No Change
19% Negatively

October
Has your company manufactured pervious concrete?
Yes: 75%
No: 25%

September
How has the sustainability movement affected your business and operations in the last year?
Tremendously: 22%
Somewhat: 11%
Not at all: 67%

August
How has the sustainability movement affected you as a producer?
It has affected our product offerings: 0%
It has affected our own operations, such as recycling: 50%
No or little effect: 50%

When do you expect to rehire?
2010: 24%
2011: 32%
2012: 12%
After 2012: 32%

July
Does your company produce pervious concrete?
Yes: 69%
No: 23%
We plan to make pervious in the future: 8%

June
Which segment of your business is doing best this year?
Commercial: 40%
Residential: 40%
Public Works: 20%