• World of Concrete 2010

     
  • World of Concrete 2009

     
  • Malisch Joins ASCC

    Former senior managing director of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), will assume role of technical director for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC).

     
  • Shuffling Through the World of Concrete

    I'm sure that you'll find World of Concrete an enjoyable experience. The exhibitors have invested millions of dollars preparing for this event and it's a safe bet that you will find the new technolgies and products on display at construction sites by summer.

     
  • ARMCA Flatwork Finisher Specification

    The Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association's members are handing out this model specification to engineers and architects in Arkansas and asking them to incorporate it into their project specification.

     
  • California Dream Builder

    Diversity is coming to the concrete industry. Fortunately, change is no longer measured in terms of numbers, but by influence. At a recent meeting of key industry leaders who came together to help draft a vision statement outlining concrete's role in creating a sustainable world, more than 1/3 were...

     
  • A Handful of Control

    At its new product launch in November in Oklahoma City, Terex unveiled the new Total Control System.

     
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    Engines: Good News and Bad News

    At last fall's meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC), the biggest question was, "How are the 2007 engines performing?" The answer is, there's good news and there's bad news.

     
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    World of Concrete Products

    In addition to selling ready-mixed concrete and precast elements, concrete producers should not forgo the chance to sell other construction products to contractors. It truly gives them one-stop shopping and adds to producers' bottom lines. Here are some products producers can sell to contractors...

     
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    MIPs for 2008

    This year's Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest at World of Concrete again includes many examples of creatively innovative materials and equipment. These products run the gamut from big to small, from high-tech to low-tech, and from high-priced to low-priced.

     
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    MIPs for 2008

     
  • Seminars for Producers

    In addition to the three-hour seminars at World of Concrete, producers will also find the 90-minute sessions valuable. Topics include general business, leadership and management, safety, technology for construction, and green building.

     
  • Producer's Program Guide

    With so much to do at World of Concrete, we are offering this planner to make it easier for producers to spend their time wisely while at the Las Vegas Convention Center. See you there, the week of Jan. 20.

     
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    Is Your Customer Service in a Slump?

    The customer is the purpose of your work, no matter what your specific job in the process. And sometimes it is good to remind yourself that the customer pays the bills, generates payroll, and buys new equipment.

     
  • The Sweet Winds of Change

    In the quest for an unlimited source of energy, man has turned to one of the earth's most plentiful resources—wind. The American Wind Energy Association envisions wind energy supplying 20% of America's electricity needs by 2030. That's a big leap forward, as wind presently accounts for less than 1%...

     
  • Keeping Dust-Free

    Nilfisk CFM developed the CFM 125, a polypropylene industrial vacuum that can stand up to the challenges of the concrete industry.

     
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    Vacuums on Steroids

    In the last few years, cement manufacturers have discovered that vacuum cleaners are the ideal solution to reclaim product. Vacuums can be viewed as a best management process to help plant managers comply with EPA and OSHA regulations.

     
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    It Was a Great Ride

    As producers prepare for 2008, projections from various sources point to a 10% to 15% reduction in total sales volume as the housing bust hits bottom. This reduction translates into a contraction of 45 million to 70 million yards, depending if the housing industry begins a slow recovery by the end...

     
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    World of Concrete Turns Green

    You can learn more about the green movement and how it can benefit your business at World of Concrete, Jan. 22–25. in Las Vegas.

     
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    A Deeper Shade of Green

    Concrete producers have more opportunities than ever to profit from the green building movement.

     
  • Can You Make This Out of Concrete?

    Faced with a challenge, the author led the task of building a two-ton, concrete conference table.

     
  • Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification

    To get certified as an Installer or Craftsman, you first must hold ACI certification as a flatwork finisher, and you must pass the pervious written exam.

     
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    Certifying Success

    Relationships between concrete producers and concrete contractors can be rocky. This is especially true when there's a problem on a cast-in-place job. Owners and general contractors know and often encourage using a blame game to assign a cost penalty. In this game, the contractor would often blame...

     
  • The Drum Takes a Twist

    With all of the changes in the ready-mix business, it has always been easy for me to tell customers and friends, "If you don't like the concrete business today, just stick around. Something will be new and different tomorrow." Little did I know that something new would hit me right between the eyes...

     
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    Digging Out

    I believe the key to the housing recovery will be the traditional government-backed mortgage markets. And there are already signs that these federal institutions have stepped into the breach of the mortgage mess to provide relief.

     
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    Correcting for Aggregate Moisture

    Q: I'm fairly new in the concrete business and I know that a mix's water-cement ratio affects how well the concrete turns out. But why should I also care about something called "aggregate moisture," and what is it?

     
  • Smooth Slip-paving

    How a performance concrete mix may eliminate vibrators on slipformer pavers.

     
  • A Bullish Forecast

    Even more will be spent on commercial and public works construction, combined, over the next four decades.

     
  • Greenbuild-ing Momentum

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) 2007 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago was bursting at the seams. The 23,000 attendees, 850 exhibitors showcasing green products and services, and more than 90 standing room only educational sessions at the November event were testament to the...

     
  • Answers to be Discovered

    Sure, there's the dramatic drop in volume because of the residential construction decline. And the effect of higher fuel prices on deliveries. And providing the clincher is the uncertainty caused by a national election.But there are other reasons why 2008 may be one of the toughest years our...