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2016 Regional Forecast: Coasts to See Strongest Cement Consumption Growth

Regional Slide (1-21-16)-1_FramedPCA’s recently released Winter 2015-16 State Forecast maintains expectations for the strongest rates of cement consumption growth to occur in the west with year-over-year growth of 6.0 percent. The South (4.3%) and Northeast (4.2%) are expected to grow roughly in line with national averages for 2016. The Midwest (2.0%), undermined by weak commodity prices, is projected to expand at a sub-national rate.

On a Census Division basis, the Pacific (6.5%), South Atlantic (6.3%) and East South Central (6.1%) are expected to lead growth. Robust labor markets and favorable demographics in these regions continue to support increased construction activity. States with agrarian and energy exposure are expected to continue to lag national averages. For this reason, as well as the matured state of recovery in the interior U.S., the West South Central (2.4%) is expected to grow at a tempered pace followed by the West North Central (0.9%). The East North Central (2.8%) is expected to grow at a slightly stronger pace than its Midwest peers, yet some manufacturing weakness may weigh on the region. Growth in the Mountain (5.2%), Middle Atlantic (4.1%) and New England (4.4%) is expected to be in line with national averages.

The state forecast report provides five-year outlooks on state demographics, economics, construction indicators/spending and cement consumption.

Contact Dave Zwicke


NIBS Council Recognizes Codes as a Component of Resiliency

The nation’s leader for building design and construction policies recognizes codes as a component of resiliency at its annual conference January 11-17 in Washington, DC. 

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization, is the result of a years-long effort by the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council Committee.

PCA contributed to the report encouraging federal and state governments to influence local government to employ resilience principals in codes and standards through pre-disaster and post-disaster incentives.

Two specific sections could lead to the creation of opportunities for concrete and masonry solutions: “local upgrades to building codes or adoption of ordinances“ on page 37, and “stronger state-wide building codes” on page 39.

NIBS, a quasi-government entity, influences national policy on building design and construction, develops building guides, provides access to design and construction information, and develops recommended provisions for standards and code change proposals.

Contact Steve Szoke


State of the Union: Obama Touts Efforts to Advance Clean Energy

capiitol-photo-erPresident Obama delivered his final State of the Union on January 12, using the address as a platform to speak about his efforts and accomplishments related to clean energy and climate change. The President alluded to additional initiatives related to fossil fuel development and use stating he will “push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet… putting money back into those communities, and putting tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system.”

The President’s Action Plan on Climate Change outlines, in broad terms, his efforts to address climate change, including support for infrastructure and resilient construction. This address is important because it foreshadows additional actions from the administration that may affect energy use and industries beyond electricity generation.

Industry News

World of Concrete 2016 Promises to be One to Remember


The PCA Centennial Celebration will be front and center at World of Concrete, February 2-6.

PCA’s activities kick-off with a news conference featuring Jim Toscas, PCA president and CEO, who will discuss a range of issues from the association’s priorities for the calendar year as well as the role PCA will continue to play for the cement industry. Ed Sullivan, chief economist and group vice president, will follow with his annual cement forecast and housing outlook.

Attendees on the show floor will be treated to centennial cupcakes, a T-shirt giveaway, and a reception at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in the PCA Booth (C4203).

The new Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, EB001.16, will be available for purchase.  Complimentary books will be awarded to guests who answer cement trivia questions correctly. Watch PCA’s Twitter for chances to win.

In addition, PCA and the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub host a demonstration highlighting pavement interaction research. Be sure to stop by the booth to meet staff from PCA and CTLGroup, as well as cement industry colleagues.

Contact Jan Farnsworth

Market Development

PCA Works with FEMA to Promote Concrete Safe Rooms

Johson County Home and Garden Show_framedPCA teamed up with FEMA Building Science to exhibit at the Johnson County, Kansas, Home and Garden Show, January 22-24. Staff from the FEMA Region 7 office were on hand to help visitors understand the value of using concrete for safe rooms in the tornado prone region. Kansas endured over 1000 severe weather events in 2015, which included almost 180 tornadoes, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) findings.

The consumer-focused show attracts more than 20,000 visitors per year, providing PCA and FEMA with the opportunity to reach residents how to prepare for the upcoming tornado season which starts in April. Booth staff from both PCA and FEMA handed out copies of the FEMA’s latest residential safe room guide P-320, and discussed the concrete options that are available to consumers. Consumers responded well to the idea that for the price of a bathroom remodel, they could install a safe room that would protect their families.

PCA will again team up with FEMA to distribute the concrete-centric P-320 guide at the Birmingham, Alabama Home and Garden show, February 18-21. The Christmas Day tornado that tore through western Jefferson County, Alabama, was one of the strongest tornadoes of 2015.

Contact Donn Thompson

Association News

Toscas Joins ACI Foundation's Strategic Development Council Board of Directors

J. Toscas_72_res_5x7_FramedThe ACI Foundation recently announced James G. Toscas, PCA president and CEO, will serve a three-year term on the Strategic Development Council (SDC) Board of Directors.

The SDC provides the concrete industry with an in-house forum where academics, companies, government, and entrepreneurs with new technologies may discuss strategic issues and tactics, including the support of research, which may positively impact all. The SDC member organizations include suppliers, manufacturers, architectural/engineering firms, contractors, trade associations, and owners.

Learn more on the ACI Foundation www.SDC.org

Member News

Constantino Joins ASTM International Board of Directors

CA_Constantino-FramedASTM International recently announced Titan America’s Cesar Constantino, Ph.D. will serve a three-year term on its 25-member board of directors.

Constantino is director of business development for Separation Technologies. He formerly served as Vice President of Corporate Engineering for Titan America, and Senior Director of Process Quality. He is a member of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and E60 on Sustainability

ASTM’s board of directors includes leaders from an array of companies, associations and government bodies worldwide.

Contact Steve Kosmatka