• NRMCA Publishes Concrete in Support of LEED v4

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) announced at Greenbuild 2014 held this week in New Orleans that it has published a comprehensive set of industry average environmental impacts for concrete to help its members address the movement toward product transparency in LEED v4.

     
  • PCPS Manual Update

    As interest in jointed precast concrete pavement systems grows, a  new manual – designed to outline best practices – is set for release next year.

     
  • Could this Canadian Cement Plant Hurt American Operations?

    U.S. legislators say a major cement factory under construction in Quebec is bad for American operations and could cost jobs.

     
  • NRMCA Publishes Concrete in Support of LEED v4

    Concrete Group Publishes Environmental Impacts of Concrete in Support of LEED v4.

     
  • Meet with us in DC

    Next week ACI will be holding its fall convention at Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. For many producers this sounds as exciting as chipping out a full drum of hardened concrete. After all, isn’t ACI just a group of engineers and researchers?

     
  • Stackable Precast Wall Sections

    By using the variety of designs available with the system, walls can be stacked that employ the "picture frame" design which with creative coloring provides for a very aesthetically pleasing finish.

     
  • Precast Concrete: The Secret to More Wind Power?

    An Iowa State University engineer says wind turbines can be built taller by switching to precast concrete for wind turbine towers.

     
  • How Climate Change Could Shorten Concrete's Lifespan

    New research concludes that in Boston, 60% of concrete buildings could face structural deterioration by 2050 – much sooner than anticipated – due to climate change.

     
  • U.S. Concrete is Now Bigger In Texas, NY

    Two recent acquisitions have expanded the company's presence in three major Texas cities and in aggregate distribution and volumetric ready-mixed concrete offerings.

     
  • Cement and Concrete Prices Take Off

    Escalation rates for cement and ready-mix concrete nationally have been moderate, except in one region.

     
  • Transparency in Environmental Product Declarations

    NSF Sustainability is dedicated to greater transparency in product environmental reporting and has been a leading force in North America for development of multiattribute national product sustainability standards, product category rules and verification of environmental product declarations.

     
  • R30-Series Wheel Loaders

    Kubota’s New Wheel Loaders Bring More Power, More Features to Compact Construction Equipment.

     
  • The Triad Award

    There are lots of awards out there recognizing concrete projects. We wanted to take that one step further and recognize the team behind a great concrete construction project.

     
  • Triad Award Call for Entries

    Hanley Wood’s Commercial Construction Group is seeking entries for the 2015 Triad Award, sponsored by Concrete Construction, The Concrete Producer, and Public Works magazines. This annual award honors outstanding publicly-owned concrete projects that demonstrate innovation, sustainability, and...

     
  • New Vulcan Materials Leaders

    Vulcan Materials Co. announced new division leadership and changes to its organizational structure. The new structure, effective Jan. 1, places key leaders within the organization in seven operating divisions.

     
  • Advanced Concrete Technologies (ACT) Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Advanced Concrete Technologies, Inc. (ACT) celebrated their 25th anniversary as North America’s leading provider of single source concrete mixing and batching plant equipment.

     
  • Calstar Products Appoints Barry as CFO

    Finance veteran brings diverse leadership experience to CalStar team.

     
  • NRMCA Kids Art Contest

    NRMCA is accepting entries for its 2015 Kids Art Contest, sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. The theme for the contest is Sustainability: The Future of Ready Mixed Concrete.

     
  • Multi Terrain Loaders from Caterpilliar

    The new machines excel in applications where high power is needed.

     
  • Sign Up For Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competitions

    The Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition is designed to underscore the need for safe crane operation. The only crane operator recognition program of this scale in North America, the event provides a venue for the best crane operators to set the bar for all crane professionals.

     
  • Command Alkon Names new CFO

    Command Alkon has promoted Andrew Ellis to chief financial officer. He joined the company as corporate controller in 2012.

     
  • Jaw Crusher for Concrete Recycling

    A new tool for recycling hardened concrete will be launched in 2015.

     
  • MBA Jobs on the Increase

    After reading this article, you may want to contact MTSU to register for the next CIM MBA program. The QS TopMBA.com Jobs & Salary Trends Report 2013/14 report looks at MBA salary and job trends worldwide.

     
  • Researchers Create the Foam of the Future

    A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new type of foam that could greatly expand the possibility of using lightweight foams in various material applications.

     
  • PCI Sales and Marketing School

    Advance your knowledge about sales and marketing strategies and techniques.

     
  • Sharing Our News of Career Opportunity

    With so many deep layoffs in our ranks, many locations are trying to rehire positions only to be stymied by lack of interest.

     
  • VIDEO: Transforming Concrete Silos Into Public Art

    British Columbia ready mix producer Ocean Concrete teamed up with Vancouver Biennale, a local public art initiative, and Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gemeos—The Twins—to turn its Granville Island silos into works of art.

     
  • Can Plastic Make This Concrete Green?

    Researchers in India are developing a green concrete mix that replaces sand with used and treated plastic shopping bags.

     
  • OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification Deadline

    In a final ruling on cranes and derricks in construction, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has pushed the deadline for crane operator certification by three years and extended employers' responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely.

     
  • Industry Data Shows Construction Owner Confidence Gains

    The Associated Builders and Contractors Index hit a post-recession high in the first half of 2014. What does that mean for 2015?

     
  • A Hardhat for the 21st Century

    Although currently aimed at industrial workers, this hardhat has amazing features that would benefit construction, including Google Glass-like technology. See how it works in this video from Daqri.

     
  • New Boom Pump from Schwing

    Schwing has expanded their boom pump lineup with a new model, bringing the truck-mounted concrete pump with placing boom line to a total of 16 different models.

     
  • CAT 903C Wheel Loader

    Premium features throughout the 903C’s design ensure optimum operator comfort and safety, ease of operation, simple routine maintenance, and, with its universal-type (skid-steer-type) coupler and auxiliary hydraulics, exceptional versatility.

     
  • Command Alkon names new VP

    Command Alkon has promoted Gustavo Vargas to vice president. He has worked for Command Alkon for more than 16 years and has worked for a large multinational cement and ready-mix company.

     
  • Advancements In Stronger, Greener Concrete

    New developments could lead to better concrete that has less of an impact on the environment. Here's a look at the latest findings.

     
  • 2014 Bunyan Pervious Roast

    The Fifth Annual Bunyan Pervious Roast takes place Oct. 9-10 near Las Vegas. The NRMCA Pervious Promotion Subcommittee also will meet during the event, with PDH credits available.

     
  • 2014 TCP Survey Infographic

    Information and statistics gathered from 2014 TCP Survey responses in illustrated form.

     
  • 2014 TCP Survey Round-Up

    Here are the articles and web extras from the 2014 The Concrete Producer Survey.

     
  • Vulcan Materials Buys Agg Operations

    Vulcan Materials Co. has completed six acquisitions that expand the company's footprint and reserves in the U.S.

     
  • FFC Concrete Chuter Provides More Control For Accurate Placement

    The FFC Concrete Chuter by Paladin Attachments allows contractors to use a skid-steer loader to go where concrete mixing trucks can’t.

     
  • CTLGroup Elects Cohrs as new Chairman

    The CTLGroup elected Cary Cohrs as chairman during the organization’s recent fall board meeting. Cohrs is the president of American Cement Co. a joint venture of CRH’s Oldcastle Materials and Trap Rock Industries.

     
  • NRMCA 2014 Excellence in Quality Awards

    NRMCA has announced the winners of its 2014 NRMCA Excellence in Quality Awards. Winning producers demonstrated that they followed and exceeded quality management principles over a broad range of activities.

     
  • Special Olympics Power Pull

    Central Concrete teams up with the Special Olympics to make a difference and raise money.

     
  • Improving Concrete Quality delves into basic statistics and how to use test data.

    Improving Concrete Quality

    Improved concrete quality has far-reaching benefits in improved performance, reduced time and costs, a lower environmental footprint, and an overall enhancement in concrete quality and construction.

     
  • World’s Longest Concrete Beams

    The Netherlands is home to the world's longest prestressed concrete beams, which form the main span of the new bridge in Zuidhorn.

     
  • Up-and-Comers

    Several producers have notably increased their stake in the North American concrete industry through trades and acquisitions in key markets.

     
  • Alessandro Buzzi ended his 11-year tenure as chairman of Buzzi Unicem

    Game Changers

    During 2013-14, we have seen the exit of many executives who have dedicated their careers to the concrete industry. Their departures could mean significant changes globally.

     
  • Although Cemex sales fell in Mexico in 2013, the Mexican producer saw improved demand in most U.S. markets.

    TCP's Top 10 Producers

    The top public companies producing concrete in North America benefited from a recovering U.S. economy in 2013. Many had success in markets where residential construction rebounded.

     
  • A Rebuilding Year

    Producers try to make the most of an improving economy by focusing on core businesses. Some budgets are still tight; others producers are buying new equipment.

     
  • TCP Survey: The Precast Picture

    The National Precast Concrete Association expects precast sales to grow 6%, or $16 billion, in 2014.

     
  • Third-Party Verified Green?

    Third-party verification programs are integral to the concrete industry. They lend credibility to claims and assurance of quality.

     
  • How to Keep Your Hydraulic Fluid Clean

    Most hydraulic component failures can be traced to hydraulic oil problems. Clean oil can be a challenge for vehicles and other construction equipment.

     
  • Fibers for Industrial Slabs

    SlabMASTER steel reinforcing fibers CAR-25-CDM give the best compromise between high fiber count and requirements for workability and finishability.

     
  • Fibers Improve Adhesion

    Novamesh 950 improves adhesion in the mix, increases bond strength, and improves performance for toughness and crack-holding capability.

     
  • Replace Reinforcing Steel

    Replacing rebar or mesh with this product has many benefits: improved crack resistance, durability, and improved shear strength.

     
  • Acrylic Fibers

    Acrylic fibers are revolutionary additives that strengthen concrete with a chemical bond.

     
  • Product Pulse: Fiber Reinforcement

    The September-October issue focused on fiber reinforcement products.

     
  • PVA Fibers

    Use PVA fibers in cast-in-place, precast, lightweight, and thin concrete products to prevent concrete from cracking from handling, plastic shrinkage, and impact.

     
  • Fiber for Slabs-on-Grade and More

    Concrete with Tuf-Strand SF have three-dimensional reinforcement and enhanced flexural toughness.

     
  • Role Reversal

    Research may switch the role of carbon dioxide from industry foe to key partner.

     
  • Accentuating the Positive

    Despite some trials and tribulations, our industry leaders are positive about the future.

     
  • The State of the Ready-mix Industry

    Challenging times lie ahead, but in a good way. Expect volume and pricing growth, driven by increased demand and shortages in the industry's ability to meet this demand.

     
  • Who’s Responsible for Onsite Additions?

    Take several precautions before making any concrete, starting with a trial batch under site conditions.

     
  • October is Careers in Construction Month

    Spearheaded by NCCER, a nonprofit education foundation, the campaign is an effort to promote the construction industry trades. Get involved and help inform and inspire the next generation of professionals.

     
  • OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements

    Starting January 1, 2015, employers will be required to notify OSHA when a worker is killed or suffers a serious injury or illness while on the job. Here's what you need to know.

     
  • High Strength Concrete Testing Set to Begin

    Researchers will study the potential of super-strong concrete enhanced with carbon nanotubes.

     
  • Sharing North American Concrete Production Ideas with India

    I plan to profile several recently erected production plants. I’d like to profile ready-mixed concrete, pipe production, wet-cast precast, block, and hollowcore operations to our Indian attendees. And I'm looking for recent projects to profile.

     
  • Tech Junkies: Field Test the Newest Wearable Must-Haves

    Sign up for Bridgit's Groundbreaker program to test the software developer's Closeout app, which now integrates with smart glasses and Myo's gesture control armband.

     
  • Concrete Production Has Come a Long Way in the Last Hundred Years

    Take a look at this hand-made concrete mixer on display at the Washington Island Farm Museum in Door County, Wisconsin.

     
  • Mack Renews Commitment to Highway Safety with Continued Share the Road Sponsorship

    The Share the Road program sends professional truck drivers with exemplary safety records across the country to conduct driving demonstrations for students, motorists and other groups.

     
  • Spancrete Renovates Plant in Georgia

    Spancretre has started to revitalize a plant in Newnan, Ga. Spancrete’s efforts will create bout 40 new jobs for the area.

     
  • Besser Proudly Celebrates 110 Years

    Besser proudly celebrated its 110th anniversary, 60 years of education and 10 years as an employee-owned company.

     
  • Concrete Additive for Ready-Mix Concrete

    A ready-mix concrete booster that makes concrete stronger, harder and waterproof like no other.

     
  • Concrete 2.0

    Can a Stanford University professor take concrete from one of the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitters into an important tool for reducing power plant emissions?

     
  • Tennessee Ready Mix Producer Announces Acquisition

    Smyrna Ready Mix Concrete, LLC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., has acquired Metro Ready Mix, a Nashville, Tenn.-based concrete manufacturer.

     
  • Top to Bottom Truck Protection

    Keep your truck looking better longer by protecting its two most damage-prone areas from daily wear and tear with XPEL's durable paint protection film kits for rocker panels and bed rails.

     
  • HeidelbergCement Seeks to Spin Off Hanson

    HeidelbergCement announces potential IPO of its U.S.-based Hanson Building Products unit.

     
  • Softening Airport Noise

    A total of 277,000 square feet of precast sound wall is being erected on the west side of the road near Dulles International Airport.

     
  • Meadow Burke Acquires Thermomass

    Concrete accessories supplier Meadow Burke has acquired Thermomass, a concrete insulation systems manufacturer.

     
  • The SPTO 4000 Pump from Schwing

    The Unsung hero of our fleet.

     
  • SCC J-Ring Test Updated

    C1621/C1621M - Standard Test Method for Passing Ability of Self-Consolidating Concrete by J-Ring has been revised to C1621/C1621M-14 developed by Committee C09.47, ASTM BOS Volume 04.02.

     
  • Fuel Efficient On-Highway Truck

    The Class 8 on-highway truck is ideal for owner-operators and small to medium fleets in truckload/LTL, bulk, and manufacturing applications.

     
  • Free Must-Have Concrete Publications

    Two free must-have publications on reinforced concrete design are now available from the Portland Cement Association.

     
  • Asphalt Specialists Ordered to Pay Nearly $1M in Compensation, Reinstate Terminated Drivers

    The Michigan company has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

     
  • Concrete Industry Management Seeks Auction Donations

    The Concrete Industry Management program seeks donations for its 10th annual auction to be held at the World of Concrete on Feb. 4.

     
  • Sharing Pervious Opportunities in Brazil

    This promoter is working hard to increase pervious concrete's market share.

     
  • Powerful Engine

    Mack Trucks unveiled its newest integrated powertrain offering, the Mack MP7 405 Super Econodyne (SE).

     
  • CTLGroup adds Jennings as Consultant

    Hamlin Jennings has joined CTLGroup as an affiliated consultant. He will consult on cement chemistry, cementitious composite microstructural characterization, concrete durability, and mechanisms of creep and shrinkage.

     
  • Magnus Hendrickson to appear at SAE Conference

    Make plans to stop by the Hendrickson booth for a commemorative Magnus Hendrickson gift and enter themselves in special drawing in celebration of 101 years of Hendrickson innovations.

     
  • Retired Colts Coach Tony Dungy to Address The Work Truck Show

    Learn about leadership while examining the 2015 trucks

     
  • Wheel Excavators Deliver Added Performance

    These new M318F and M320F Wheel Excavators can handle those special plant projects.

     
  • Fast Tracked Convention Hotel Constructed in Just 8 Months

    Precast project demonstrates value engineering.

     
  • Peterbilt Showcases Autonomous Assist Driving Technology

    Preview the truck of the near future.

     
  • Precast Concrete Market Set to Accelerate in GCC

    Precast will help Expo 2020 and World Cup 2022 construction targets.

     
  • PCA releases free editions of two must-have concrete publications

    Two must-have publications on reinforced concrete design are now available free-of-charge on the Portland Cement Association (PCA) website.

     
  • Western Star Launches Mobile-Friendly Website

    Western Star has refreshed www.WesternStar.com with an emphasis on creating a mobile-friendly user experience.

     
  • ASTM Publishes New Product Category Rules for Cement

    ASTM International has partnered with the Slag Cement Association to develop new Product Category Rules for slag cement.

     
  • Parking Lot Design Assistance Program Offered

    The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association provides concrete parking lot design recommendations through its Design Assistance Program. Established to aid designers and specifiers not familiar with concrete parking lots,

     
  • NMSU Researches Ultra-High Performance Concrete Bridge Girders

    Could new findings lead to infrastructure improvements?

     
  • Construction Employment Increases in 223 Metro Areas

    As employment grows, 25 percent of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work according to a new survey conducted by SmartBrief,