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    Building the NCE Rook - Part 1

    After months of design and preparation, a dedicated group of CIM students culminated phase one of a special project: the pouring of a concrete rook. The concrete rook is the symbol of the Newark College of Engineering.

  • 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...

  • Extra! Extra! The Most Popular Headlines of 2013

    From January to December we’ve been keeping you up to date with everything you need to know with what has been happening in our industry. As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most popular stories of 2013. Here are eight headlines you have identified as must-reads.

  • CarbonCure Draws Top Talent With Two New Hires

    Green technology developer CarbonCure Technologies Inc. boosts its growing team with two key hires.

  • Clark Pacific Wins 2013 AGC Safety Award

    West-Sacramento-based Clark Pacific received the highly coveted Construction Safety and Excellence Award at a ceremony hosted recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

  • 2013 Most Read Features

    Here are the most read features from The Concrete Producer magazine in 2013.

  • Vulcan Materials Company Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

    Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced the following leadership changes, effective January 1, 2014, in furtherance of the Company's management succession process.

  • Vulcan Materials Company Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

    Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced the following leadership changes, effective January 1, 2014, in furtherance of the Company's management succession process.

  • Lafarge to Exit North American Market?

    Aggregate Research reports on word from an anonymous source that Lafarge is selling its Maryland assets. Potential buyers have been identified.

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    Nelson Ready Mix Receives Top Award

    The BC Ready Mix Concrete Association has recognized Nelson Ready Mix's efforts to achieve the best five-year safety record in the industry from 2007 through 2012 with no lost time accidents.

  • Controlling Fugitive Materials

    A global producer of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and related products has completed a significant upgrade to its bulk material handling conveyors. The company will eliminate waste and reduce maintenance, while minimizing potential risks from airborne dust and fugitive material...

  • 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.

  • CalCIMA Announces Safety Awards Recipients

    The California Construction & Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) announces the recipients of the 2013 CalCIMA Excellence in Safety Awards.

  • CEMEX Implements "Water Policy" for Global Water Management

    CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. announced today that it is implementing a Corporate Water Policy that defines its global strategy for responsible water management and acts as a framework for the development of local water conservation and efficiency strategies across its operations worldwide.

  • Dayton Superior Names Peter Viens to Senior Vice President, Operations Post

    Dayton Superior Corporation, the leading North American provider of engineered product solutions for the nonresidential concrete construction market, is pleased to announce Peter Viens has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Operations.

  • Cemstone Names Jacob Gave, P.E. Civil Engineered Sales

    Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready-mixed, engineered and architectural concrete, as well as aggregates, announced that Jacob Gave, P.E., has joined the company in the position of Civil Engineered Sales Representative.

  • Clark Pacific Celebrates 50 Years in Business With San Francisco Gala

    West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, November 19th, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco.

  • ICSC Call for Abstracts

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, RMC Research & Education Foundation, and the Portland Cement Association are seeking abstracts for the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, May 12-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in Boston.

  • EPA Offers Funding to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.

  • Low Carbon Economy

    The European cement industry has presented five routes to a low carbon future, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

  • CarbonCure and Northfield Block Release First North American Concrete Health Product Declaration

    CarbonCure Technologies Inc. and Chicago-based Northfield Block, a division of Oldcastle APG, are once again leading the green movement sweeping the concrete industry by issuing the first Health Product Declaration for any concrete product in North America.

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    Can’t Wait for Washington

    A look at what's ahead for precast, from the NPCA.

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    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...

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    Power WOC Breakfasts

    Las Vegas never sleeps. So for those World of Concrete attendees who arrive early at the Las Vegas Convention Center, we’ve launched “Breakfast with the Experts”.

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    SDC Seeks Support for SCC Live

    At SCC Live, Strategic Development Council’s outreach will focus on self-consolidating concrete. SDC members have identified SCC as a critical industry technology.

  • Pavement Design Assistance Program - it’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3

    The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario will be launching its new Pavement Design Assistance Program (PDAP.ca) at Concrete Canada running from December 4-6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in conjunction with Construct Canada.

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    M Series 966 Wheel Loader Equipped with XE Advanced Powertrain

    The new 966M, 966M XE, 972M and 972M XE Wheel Loaders have US EPA Tier 4 Final ACERT™ engines equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and aftertreatment components.  Applying proven technologies systematically and strategically meets customers’ high expectations for productivity...

  • Smoothing the way for Innovation

    This special event features contractors who will showcase how they've benefited from using self-consolidating concrete (SCC). It takes place 1-4 p.m., Jan. 20, at the show in Las Vegas.

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    Solidifying the World of Concrete

    Rick Yelton has shared the World of Concrete experience far and wide, traveling to Brazil, India, and the Philippines this year. He found producers and contractors share common problems and successes in every part of the world.

  • Setting a New Standard

    When the ASTM Standard Specification for Lightweight Aggregate for Internal Curing of Concrete was published in 2012, the standard change revealed a new understanding about the importance of high-level hydration of concrete. One year later, we look at how ASTM Standards C09 and C09.21 are...

  • Left to right, Jeff Davis, Ryan Henkensiefken, and Mike Donovan have helped Central Concrete Supply lead the industry in developing Environmental Product Declarations.

    Delivering Transparency

    The San Jose, Calif., producer leads the nation in developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs disclose environmental data such as carbon emissions, water use, and embodied energy.

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    The Power of Simplicity

    Jason Weiss' internal curing research reveals small changes that result in big improvements. For more than a decade, Weiss and his Purdue University students have worked to improve concrete with internal curing.

  • David Biggs, P.E., S.E. of Biggs Consulting Engineering invites masonry product producers to join the National Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative, to be sure they have a place at the table, when this industry-changing technology goes into effect.

    Modeling for Masonry

    David Biggs is a leader in securing a spot for masonry in the expanding world of Building Information Modeling (BIM). He is the coordinator of the Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative, known as BIM-M.

  • 12 Steps to a Safe Construction Site

    A white paper by global commercial property and casualty insurer The ACE Group provides 12 steps to ingraining safety consciousness throughout an organization.

  • Big Changes in LEED v4 Material Credits

    With the new version of LEED, former metrics play a lesser role. New measures such as environmental product declarations (EPDs) and life cycle assessment (LCA) emerge as more important factors.

  • The Third Coast, or the Gulf of Mexico coast from the southern tip of Texas to the southern tip of Florida, will be the fastest growing region of the U.S. over the next decade.

    Go West, Young Man

    The fastest growing area of the U.S. will be the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from the U.S.-Mexico border to the west coast of Florida. The Inland West region will do well also.

  • Claxton Smith & Sons Concrete Co., based in Poca, W.V., was founded by Claxton & Dorthy Smith with one truck in 1948. The producer now operates three plants and a fleet of more than 30 vehicles. Smith Concrete, as it's known locally, now produces over 50,000 yards of concrete/year. The producer plans to expand its operations to include more state infrastructure work, large commercial, industrial, and government jobs.

    Claxton Smith & Sons Concrete Co. Inc.

    This family-owned and -operated concrete producer in West Virginia is expanding operations the next few years.

  • John Deere Operator Challenge

    Your World of Concrete

    A look at what concrete producers can expect at World of Concrete 2014.

  • The Eyes Have It

    Industry has developed devices to either improve vision or to alert drivers to objects in blind spots.

  • Volumetric Mixer

    The Zim-Mixer features a dual chain material feed system.

  • Steel Doors with Powder Coat Finish

    Powder coating makes these steel basement doors durable and scratch-resistant.

  • Concrete Reversing Drum

    This reversing drum mixer's blade shovel system provides efficient charging, mixing, and discharging.

  • Underground Construction Pipe

    SaniTite HP pipe allows for longer uninterrupted distance with lighter construction equipment.

  • Batch Plant has Several Production Rates

    The Mark IV Skid Mount batch plant features many mixer and control options.

  • Ground Protection Mat

    AlturnaMATS offer a cost-effective way for construction companies to quickly prepare a jobsite.

  • Turnkey Precast Plant

    Turnkey precast concrete plant ensures efficient operations and maintenance.

  • Point Level Sensors

    Model AP line of RF Admittance point level sensors has a simple two-step calibration function.

  • Durable Plastic Film

    Special resin blend produces a light, strong, and durable film.

  • Self-contained Batch Plant

    Model 275 batch plant is self-erecting, which eliminates the need for cranes, and has a small footprint when set up.

  • Twin-shaft Mixes Materials Evenly

    One operator can change this twin-shaft mixer's lining plates in one day.

  • Battery-powered Flowmeters

    Self-contained flowmeters have a digital LCD read-out.


    Pervious Pavement

    Hydromedia is designed to rapidly direct stormwater from streets and other surfaces.

  • Rebar Connector Makes Fast Connections

    Kodi Klip Systems rebar connectors reduces racking and creates stable connections.

  • Water Heater Lowers Fuel Bills

    The Direct Contact Water Heater features a new fully packaged configuration.

  • Producer Center Products

    The Producer Center at World of Concrete is home to exhibitors catering to the interests of producers like you.

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    2013: A Return to Profits?

    Finances improved in 2012, but as a whole, the industry still operated at a loss. 2013 has demonstrated progress, and the author projects the industry will return to profitability this year.

  • Mobile Batch Plant

    The Mobile 5 batch plant is ideal for remote jobsites requiring high-quality concrete.

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    Learn How to Avoid a Top OSHA Violation

    3M, Capital Safety, Elk River, and Honeywell Safety Products fall-protection experts will conduct training exercises twice a day during World of Concrete Jan. 20 – 24, 2014, in Las Vegas.

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    New 4000 Ultra Synthetic Lubricant

    Champion Brands LLC, a globally recognized leader in specialty lubricants, recently announced the introduction of Champion 4000 Ultra Synthetic with DYNAVIS Technology, a new, high-efficiency synthetic transmission and hydraulic oil.

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    Horizontal Mixer

    BMH has developed the optimal mixing technology for the ready mix industry: Meet the RollMaster. This high-capacity reversing drum mixer does not tilt. It rotates forward at full speed for charging and mixing and reverses rotation at variable speed for discharging.

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    Low-Profile Weight Lifters Back Support

    Ergodyne has announced the expansion of their ProFlex Back Support Series to include the ProFlex 1505 Low-Profile Weight Lifters Back Support. The new Weight Lifters Back Support's low-profile design allows for superior mobility and its soft foam core is flexible while still providing supplemental...

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    Construction Employment Hits 50-Month High

    Construction employment hit a 50-month high as employers added 11,000 jobs in October, and the industry unemployment rate fell to 9 percent. That's the fifth consecutive month of sector job gains, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

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    Make WOC Monday a SCC Day

    Want to learn more about SCC? Rich Scezy will be present a World of Concrete Seminar on self-consolidating concrete on Monday 20. His presentation is part of the WOC Education Program Production track. The track includes seminars on mix designs, self-consolidating concrete and chemical admixtures.

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    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...

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    Insulated Fully Nitrile-Coated Gloves

    Galeton has recently added the Otterback Arctic Insulated Nitrile Fully Coated Gloves that help keep hands warm and dry for work in cold, wet conditions. A thick, soft acrylic terry lining gives a cushiony feel while the nitrile double dip, sandy finish black palm and fingers help protect from icy...

  • Silvi Concrete’s Records Pour

    On October 26, 2013, Silvi Concrete poured 7,029cubic yards as work began on the BAPS project in Robbinsville, NJ. The concrete was for placed on a foundation that will become a new monument commissioned by the worldwide Hindu Organization known as BAPS. The structure is part of the third phase of...

  • Strategic Partnership Betweeen S.E. INTERMAT and Hanley Wood, LLC to Develop World Of Concrete Europe

    S.E. INTERMAT, owner and organizer of the INTERMAT trade shows, and HANLEY WOOD, LLC, and organizer of World of Concrete, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a new event, “World of Concrete Europe.”

  • NRMCA 2014 Kids Art Contest

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is now accepting entries for its 2014 Kids Art Contest.

  • 'Built Like a Mack Truck' Display Now Open at Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center

    A Mack Trucks interactive display at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pa. is now open, showcasing Mack’s heritage of innovation and educating visitors about the wide variety of careers offered at the company.

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    Direct Contact Water Heater

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    Share Photos of Your Dam Tour with WOC

    40 years of WOC wouldn’t be possible without you! Help us celebrate by giving us a look from your point of view. We’re looking for your photos of the Hoover Dam Bypass over the last eight years.

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    Detroit connect telematics solutions now offered to mixed fleets

    Detroit Diesel Corporation has announced that its new all-makes telematics solutions for mixed fleets will be available beginning in Q1 2014. 

  • Test device for surface electrical resistivity of concrete

    Giatec Surf is a laboratory test device for rapid, easy and accurate measurement of the surface electrical resistivity of concrete based on the four-probe (Wenner-Array) technique.

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    OSHA releases new resources to better protect workers

    Tens of thousands of U.S. workers are sickened or die annually, from occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals used regularly in workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched two new resources to assist companies with worker safety.

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    CIM Executive MBA Program opens registration for next cohort

    There's still time to submit an application for the next Concrete Industry Management program cohort. Beginning January 2014, this Master of Business Administration degree in CIM is offered through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.

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    Allan Block sound fence approved for Canadian highway projects

    The Allan Block Fence System was recently approved by the BC Ministry of Transportation (MOT RPL) for highway projects as a proven noise abatement structure.

  • 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...

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    Share Your Dam Tour with WOC

    40 years of WOC wouldn’t be possible without you! Help us celebrate by giving us a look from your point of view. We’re looking for your photos of the Hoover Dam Bypass over the last eight years.

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    Cable Extended RF Admittance Level Probe

    “Many point level sensor applications in concrete plants require top mounting on a bin while the sensing point is from several to over twenty feet from the top of the bin mounting point.  This is why the Model AP line of RF Admittance point level sensors includes a rugged and flexible cable...

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    Anti-Fog Safety Glasses Double as Safety Goggles

    Swap safety eyewear is a unique and convenient glasses-to-goggle eyewear solution designed by Gateway Safety for those who need the benefits of both safety glasses and goggles in their work environment. Plus, the cost-effective eyewear lets employers purchase one item instead of two! Swap provides...

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    Tonneau Cover for 2014 Toyota Tundra

    A.R.E is now offering its popular LSII Series tonneau cover and Z Series truck cap for the 2014 Toyota Tundra with either 6.5-foot or 5.7-foot beds. The custom-fitted hard tonneau covers offers the ultimate performance, while providing excellent rear visibility from the cab of the truck. A.R.E...

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    ACI Physical Testing of Cement Training Video

    ACI has developed the ACI Physical Testing of Cement Training Video as a resource for new testers and a refresher for experienced testers. The video is presented in chapters based on test methods so each one can be reviewed individually. The following tests are included: ASTM C109 – Compressive...

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    Mack Continues Supports Share the Road

    Mack Trucks announced at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition that it would again sponsor the Share the Road program in 2014, marking 12 years of continuous support.

  • NRMCA Certifies First Gold Level Sustainable Concrete Plant

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has certified Unibeton’s New Port Plant in Doha, Qatar, at the Gold level in NRMCA’s Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification Program. The program, designed to help concrete producers demonstrate excellence in sustainable manufacturing, includes...

  • Aris Papadopoulos Receives Concrete Sustainability Award

    Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America, was awarded the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Sustainability Award at the recent ACI Fall Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    National Precast Concrete Association Elects Leaders, Honors Industry Influencer

    The National Precast Concrete Association has elected anew Chairman of the Board and Board members as well as the presentation of the Robert E. Yoakum award, the precast industry’s highest honor.

  • Post-Tensioning Institute to Celebrate 25 Years of Plant Certification

    In 2014, the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), a nationally recognized standards development and credentialing organization, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited PTI Plant Certification program.

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    Hyster Launches Mobile Lift Truck App

    Hyster Company has launched a new mobile lift truck app featuring a lift truck product selector tool, detailed information on Hyster lift truck models and a Hyster dealer locator function.

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    Quality Test Sieves

    Precision Eforming, the global leader in the manufacturing of precision electroformed test sieves and metal mesh products is proud to announce their new partnership with Glenammer Engineering. Glenammer sieves are manufactured in Scotland, and are recognized throughout the world as being of the...

  • National Precast Concrete Association Elects Leaders, Honors Industry Influencer

    Now in its 49th year, the National Precast Concrete Association provides technical, educational and safety resources to nearly 1,000 member companies in all 50 states and seven Canadian provinces.

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    Wireless Weighing Technology

    Intercomp’s new Tension Link Scales now feature Fully Integrated RFX Wireless Weighing Technology. These Tension Link Scales are a load monitoring device used for controlling overhead loads and line tension applications while remaining a cost-effective solution. RFX Wireless Weighing Technology...

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    Wireless Weighing Technology

    Intercomp’s new Tension Link Scales now feature Fully Integrated RFX Wireless Weighing Technology. These Tension Link Scales are a load monitoring device used for controlling overhead loads and line tension applications while remaining a cost-effective solution. RFX Wireless Weighing Technology...

  • American Concrete Institute Presents Distinguished Achievement Award to Hensel Phelps

    The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has presented its Distinguished Achievement Award to Hensel Phelps, one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. The award was presented at the ACI Fall 2013 Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, October 20.

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    CECE and CEMA present action plan for growth to the EU Parliament

    The Presidents of CECE and CEMA, Mr. Johann Sailer and Mr Gilles Dryancour, have presented to the EU Parliament a manifesto with a 10-point action plan for a strong industrial production in Europe. Doing this, the European construction equipment and agricultural machinery industries underline that...

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    HNA Hardscape Project Award Breakfast

    The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, along with the Brick Industry Association and National Concrete Masonry Association, will announce the 6th Annual HNA Hardscape Project Award winners at the HNA Hardscape Project Awards Breakfast ceremony next week.

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    NRMCA to Host Midwest Regional ConcreteWorks

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has announced a new Regional ConcreteWorks event, scheduled in the Great Lakes Region on November 15th.

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    Lafarge and Solidia Technologies Enter Precast Production Agreement

    Lafarge has signed a partnership agreement with the US start-up Solidia Technologies to industrialize an innovative technology that could reduce the environmental footprint of pre-cast concrete. The technology allows lower CO2 emissions in the cement production process, and involves the capture of...

  • 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...

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    World of Concrete registration is now open

    In its 40th year, World of Concrete continues to be annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. There are many reasons for attending: