Association News

PCA Spring Meeting Registration Open

Registration is now open for the PCA Spring Committee and Board meetings, April 6-8, 2015, at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Meeting highlights include the presentation of PCA’s Sustainable Manufacturing Awards on April 7 and an economic update by Ed Sullivan, PCA group vice president and chief economist, on April 8.  In addition, the Board of Directors for both PCA and CTLGroup will meet.

Deadline for hotel reservations and meeting registration is March 16.

Register for the meeting online.

Contact Kathryn DiProva

Market Intelligence

U.S. Cement Labor Productivity Increasing

Labor productivity for the U.S. cement industry increased 1.6 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 labor efficiency levels, according to PCA’s recently released annual Labor-Energy Input Survey.  The industry averaged 3.09 metric tons of cement produced per employee hour.

The amount of energy, measured in BTUs per metric ton, required to produce one ton of cement averaged 4.432 million BTU/ton in 2013, a slight increase from 2012 levels. More than 14 percent of all cement manufacturing energy needs are achieved by using alternative fuels and 73 percent of all U.S. plants now incorporate alternative fuels in their energy strategy. The U.S. cement industry efficiently burned approximately 453,000 tons of tire-derived fuel in 2013. Other alternative fuels used include waste oil, solvents, other solids, and renewable energy such as wood and biomass.

PCA’s Labor-Energy Input Survey is an annual survey of cement companies and details the U.S. cement industry’s labor and energy usage. The report focuses on energy consumption by fuel type and contains aggregated historical labor and energy efficiency trends summarized by type of process, size of kiln, and age of plant.

Contact Brian Schmidt

Member News

Ash Grove Cement Names New CFO

David G. Meyer, Ash GroveAsh Grove Cement Company last week announced David G. Meyer will join the company as its vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Meyer will direct accounting, treasury, internal audit, tax, and information technology functions.

"Dave brings 17 years of corporate finance leadership in strategic planning and capital markets as well as financial planning and reporting within a large corporate setting. His prior experience also includes seven years with a Big 4 public accounting firm. Dave is a great addition to our senior management team,” said Randy Vance, Ash Grove Cement Company president and chief operating officer.

Most recently, Meyer served as senior vice president, finance for Dairy Farmers of America, a $13 billion dairy cooperative headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to this position he served as audit manager for Deloitte, also in Kansas City.

“Ash Grove has a great history of success here in Kansas City and is well-respected in the cement manufacturing industry,” said Meyer. “I am eager to use my strong background in accounting and finance and experience with transactions to benefit the company.” 

Meyer earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Kansas State University and is a certified public accountant.

Sustainability

Register Today for the 2015 International Concrete Sustainability Conference

2015 ICSC Miami Logo VerticalMore than 60 experts from around the world will present at the 2015 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, scheduled for May 11-13 in Miami. Sponsored by PCA, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete, and others, the conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing, design and construction.

Topics include:

Resilience - Planning and design that strengthens and renews the social and economic fabric of a community.

Life Cycle Assessment - Assessing carbon footprint, embodied energy and other environmental impacts for buildings, infrastructure, and cement and concrete manufacturing.

Low Impact Development - Practices including pervious pavements, erosion control structures and combating urban heat island effect.

Material Science - Innovations in durability, extended service life models, validation, and concrete production methods.

Social Responsibility - Sustainability initiatives adopted by businesses, building owners, designers and manufacturers, including health and well-being incentives and legislation.

The conference is ideal for engineers, architects, public works officials, risk managers, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors, and concrete industry professionals.

Click here to register and get more information

Decorative Concrete

New Brochures Promote White Cement for Decorative Concrete and Masonry

The PCA Decorative/White Concrete Subcommittee recently revised a series of brochures addressing white cement and its use in concrete and masonry applications.

Intended as promotional literature, each brochure provides a clear understanding of these decorative materials and how to use them effectively. Meant to be freely shared with customers, the PDF brochures are designed for architects and other specifiers who need to become more familiar with white cement.

Contact Jamie Farny

Paving

ACPA Offers Free Digital Products

Last week at World of Concrete, the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced the availability of three new programs to advance the use and quality of concrete pavements.

ACPA launched two new web-based instructional modules that provide professional training about best practices for constructing smooth concrete pavements and handling aggregates for concrete paving. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the courses are offered free of charge and targeted to concrete paving contractors, as well as agency personnel, consulting engineers, and others involved in construction management and/or concrete pavement project delivery.

Wikipave™ is a free, collaborative website application developed by ACPA that allows its staff, members, technology partners, and affiliated personnel to add, modify, or delete technical content, encyclopedic listings, definitions, photos, illustrations and other content. Content for Wikipave was originally drawn from ACPA and industry resources.

Manufacturing

NICOM5 to Be Held in Chicago

The Fifth International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM5) will take place in Chicago, May 24-26, 2015. This is the first International Nanotechnology in Construction symposium held in the United States.

Held every three years, the symposium is a focal point for the presentation of the latest research in nanotechnology construction materials. 

The European Union has supported extensive research in nanotechnology for concrete and other construction materials and this conference is expected to help establish long-term collaborations among scientists and practitioners from around the world.

PCA, WE Energies, Active Minerals International, University of Wisconsin-Madison Foundation, Rilem, FIB International, American Concrete Institute,  and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies are sponsors.

Early registration has started. Register by March 5 for discount pricing.

Contact Steve Kosmatka