Association News

PCA Turns 100

PCA100-BANNER-RECTANGLE-FRAMEDIn 2016, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) celebrates its centennial year. During the last 100 years, PCA has become widely recognized as the authority on the technology, economics, and applications of cement and concrete.

The anniversary marks an occasion to not only celebrate the association, but where the industry has come and where it is heading into the next century. Many of the roads and buildings promoted a century ago not only still exist, but remain in active use.

This is not just a testament to the resiliency of concrete, but also its role as a building block of society. Without concrete our homes, roads, schools, and cities would not exist as they are today.

The year will be filled with many events, a video series, and speeches honoring the past, present and future. The celebration begins at the World of Concrete, Feb. 2-5.

It continues at PCA’s Spring Congress, March 14-15, in Chicago, where we will feature a dinner at the Blackstone Hotel in the room where cement industry leaders gathered in 1916 to form the association.

Also on the agenda are open houses at Skokie and D.C. offices.

For more information, visit PCA’s web site

Contact Jan Farnsworth

Association News

PCA Hosts January Paving Webinar on Friday

PCA’s paving webinar begins 2016 with a presentation from Ed Sullivan, PCA chief economist and group vice president, on potential impacts of the new highway bill to cement consumption. The call will also feature an update on the State Paving Coalition initiative.

The free, one-hour webinar on practices and avenues to successful paving advocacy and promotion is scheduled for Friday, January 8, at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Roger Faulkner, PCA executive director of PCA Southeast Region, will provide a Regional Focus update from the Southeast Region and discuss recent activity of the state paving coalition.

Register for the webinar here.

Contact Alpa Swinger

Market Intelligence

Lumber Prices Increase in November

MI_PPI_Graph_NOV2015November’s producer price indices (PPI) show that concrete’s primary material competitors remain volatile with declines in asphalt and steel and upticks in lumber, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

From October, PPI for lumber grew 1.7 percent, concrete increased 0.5 percent, steel declined 3.3 percent, and asphalt declined 0.2 percent. November marked the first time since 2002 where steel's PPI edged below concrete’s.

From a year ago, steel PPI fell 18.4 percent as high inventories coupled with listless global demand maintain downward pressure. The strong dollar provides an incentive to import which applies downward pressure in the U.S. steel market, despite economic growth averaging over 2 percent through the first three quarters of the year.

Asphalt PPI declined 5.9 percent and lumber PPI declined 7.3 percent from last year.

Contact Joe Chiappe

Member News

Three Lehigh Hanson Cement Plants Earn ENERGY STAR Certification

Three Lehigh Hanson cement plants recently achieved the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification for 2015. Lehigh’s cement plants in Leeds, Alabama, Union Bridge, Maryland, Glen Falls, New York all perform within the top 25 percent of cement plants in the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This is the third consecutive year the Union Bridge plant has received the certification and the second consecutive year for the Leeds and Glen Falls plants.

In addition to the ENERGY STAR® certification, Lehigh Hanson has taken a range of steps to reduce its environmental impact. This includes implementing operational efficiency programs across all of its business lines and ensuring that strict energy management is a priority at its production facilities.

Lehigh Hanson, Inc., and its affiliated companies are part of Heidelberg Cement.

ENERGY STAR® was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR® label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.

 

Resiliency

PCA Announces Inaugural 2016 Resilience Leadership Award Winners

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) today announced the ten recipients of the inaugural 2016 Resilience Leadership Awards.

The Resilience Leadership Awards recognize the individuals, organizations, and projects that have advocated, communicated, and showcased the benefits of durable construction and the importance of concrete in achieving resilience. Resilience Leadership Award winners practice their message in a variety of arenas, including education, community organization, construction and code enhancement.

The inaugural award program coincides with PCA’s Centennial Anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout 2016.

This year’s awardees are:

Category: Individual Achievement, Winner: Dr. Ernst Kiesling

Category: Community Leadership, Winner: Cate Hart and Daniel Wallach

Category: New Public Buildings, Winner: Warren County Public Schools

Category: New Commercial Building, Winner: North Central College

Category: New Multifamily Building, Winner: Palermo Vista (Fleet Financial/Oakwood Construction and Development)

Category: New Residential Building, Gold Level, Winner: John Hoffman

Category: New Residential Building, Silver Level, Winner: Greenhill Contracting

Category: New Residential Building, Silver Level, Winner: Marie Quakenbush

Category: New Safe Room Construction: Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council (H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation)

Read more on the awards in Concrete Homes magazine

Contact Alpa Swinger

Education and Training

American Ceramic Society Hosts 2016 Conference

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) hosts the 7th Advances in Cement-based Materials Conference at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, July 11-13, 2016. The conference provides an opportunity for researchers, industry professionals, and academics to explore cement-related topics with international experts and fewer than 200 attendees. Cements 2016 offers state of the art materials science, discussion of industry issues, and opportunities for collaboration.

Conference registration and additional information. http://ceramics.org/7th-advances-in-cement-based-materials-cements-2016

Steve Kosmatka skosmatka@cement.org

Education and Training

Purchase Discounted Tickets to World of Concrete

RegSmallBoxWorld of Concrete (WOC) 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on February 1-5, 2016. The largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions. New for 2016, WOC will launch an area for precast concrete, highlighting the latest products and technologies in the sector.

As a cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibits-only admission is $20, a $45-$65 savings. Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from Hanley-Wood based on the number of pre-registered attendees who come to the show.

2016 WOC Pricing (Some restrictions may apply):

  • Exhibits-only rates: $20 online thru show; $65 onsite with printed Buyer Invite, or $85 without printed Buyer Invite.
  • Seminar rates: 3-hour seminars are $130 before December 15, 2015 and $170 after; 90-minute seminars are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certifications are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2s are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3s are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Rates for onsite seminars and super pass packages are the same as post-December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount