TCP Editors

Insights from the editors of The Concrete Producer: Shelby O. Mitchell, Tom Bagsarian, and Rick Yelton.

  • On Camera

    EarthCam launched its new ConstructionCamTV – a 24-hour “TV channel” devoted to a global network of live construction cameras. Just imagine watching not only your work, but your competitor’s as well!

     
  • Managing Business Cards - Update

    Reader suggestions on how to organize paper business cards

     
  • Moving Forward

    But now might be the time for producers to reconsider ACI committee membership. There’s a new feel to ACI and it’s more than the new colorful logo unveiled in the World of Concrete’s Gold Lot.

     
  • A Backpack Full of Innovation

    Our industry is blessed with great manufacturers and suppliers. Even with the depressed business climate, research and development has continued. And it has been at breakneck speed. Their hard work is now my hard work. Over the next few weeks I will be posting hundreds of new products, materials...

     
  • Recognizing the Science Around Coal Ash, Finally

    These positive indications come at an important time for our industry. Fly ash use in concrete was at its lowest level in 2013, for many decades. Coal power plant operators, uncertain of the EPA’s final ruling, weren’t interested in investing in fly ash beneficiating  operations. And some...

     
  • 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...

     
  • 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.

     
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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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    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...

     
  • 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.

     
  • TCP Survey: where do you stand?

    The responses to our annual TCP100 survey of producers have officially been collected, sliced, diced, and analyzed. How did your experience in 2012 — and outlook for the rest of this year — compare with reports from producers across North America?

     
  • Every picture tells a story

    A lifelong fan of ready-mix trucks has a colorful take on the industry.

     
  • TCP Video Blog: Last Call for TCP 100

    Shelby Mitchell, editor of The Concrete Producer, gives a last call for submissions to the TCP 100 Reader Survey.

     
  • Frenemies: Can concrete and asphalt find common ground?

    Each year when new college interns join our magazine’s staff for the summer, we make a point to visit a local producer for a crash course on the concrete industry. This year, Prairie Material invited us to visit its Addison, Ill., plant, as well as a roller-compacted concrete paving project in...

     
  • Bridgeview, Ill.-based Prairie Material provided SCC for the SCC 2013 workshop at University of Illinois, Chicago.

    TCP supports industry efforts to produce high-quality concrete

    On a beautiful May afternoon in Chicago, BASF product manager Joe Daczko had the full attention of 85 concrete aficionados as he compared placing self-consolidating concrete (SCC) to serving an adult beverage. “You’re not pouring a glass of beer,” said Daczko, as the group watched the fluid...

     
  • Holy precast… it’s a concrete bat cave!

    The National Precast Concrete Association’s (NPCA) annual Creative Use of Precast Awards are known for highlighting some of the industry’s most interesting work. This year was no different.

     
  • Can concrete save the U.S. economy?

    Calls for improving America’s infrastructure are getting louder by the day.

     
  • World of Concrete attendance reflects industry optimism

    Although we often look to housing starts or construction employment numbers to gauge growth in the concrete industry, many also watch another key indicator: attendance at World of Concrete.

     
  • World of Concrete: What’s in it for producers?

    As many of you know, the industry’s only annual event for commercial concrete and masonry construction – World of Concrete – isn’t just for contractors.

     
  • WOC products for producers

    If you’re planning to attend World of Concrete, don’t forget to set aside some time to browse through the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall — home of the show’s Producer Center.

     
 
 
 
 

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