PCA Spring Meeting

PCA Spring Meeting Hotel Block Closes Today

APP-640X550-SPRING15Early registration and the room block closes today for the PCA Spring Meeting, April 6-8, 2015, at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

In addition to PCA committee sessions, 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.

Register for the meeting online.

Contact Kathryn DiProva

Member News

ENERGY STAR Certifies 27 Cement Manufacturing Plants

Twenty-seven cement plants were among the 70 U.S. manufacturing facilities to achieve U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification for demonstrating superior energy performance in 2014.

Together, these plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million tons – equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650 million households.

Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries.

Receiving this recognition for the first time were Essroc Cement Corporation plants in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Nazareth, Pennsylvania and Lehigh Hanson Inc., cement plants in Glen Falls, New York, and Leeds, Alabama.

Visit Think Harder. Blog, for additional information and a complete list of 2014 Energy Star certified cement manufacturing plants.

Regional News

North Central Region Shows Advocacy Success

After vigorous local campaigns, the state legislatures in both Iowa and South Dakota recently passed transportation funding bills during their 2015 sessions. 

The Iowa measure raises $215 million in additional annual revenue through a $.10 gas tax increase. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill last month and it went into effect March 1, 2015. On March 13, South Dakota passed a $.06 gas tax increase and a one percent vehicle excise tax increase that will generate $85 million in new revenue for infrastructure construction. It is anticipated that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will sign the measure this week for enactment effective April 1, 2015.

To support the bills, PCA and its members led industry efforts and actively participated in advocating for infrastructure investment in both states. Through development and implementation of Iowa Fund Our Roads and visible involvement in South Dakota Roads Are Vital, cement interests provided coalition campaign financial support and an effective lobbying presence with legislators. Bill hearings, legislative receptions, Capital Day transportation rallies, and grassroots lobbying were all part of the process.

Contact Doug Burns

Washington

Communicate Your Transportation Concerns to Congress

BANNER-RECTANGLE-HILL2015Spring is on the horizon, signaling the return of cement company employees and other industry members back to Washington, DC for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) legislative fly-in and Cement and Concrete Day on the Hill.  Scheduled for April 14-15, the TCC Fly-In will address the reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that is set to expire at the end of May.  MAP-21 provided more than $105 billion for surface transportation funds for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. It transformed the framework for investments to guide infrastructure growth and development.

The TCC Fly-In and Cement and Concrete Day on the Hill allows participants to personally meet with congressional delegates to discuss the importance of robust, continued investment in transportation infrastructure to the nation's economy. Investment that creates jobs while building the future.

On April 15, after Congressional visits, PCA will be hosting an evening reception with Members of Congress, staff and industry partners.

Learn more about the TCC Fly-In.

Contact Collin Long

Education and Training

Registration Now Open for the Professors’ Workshop

Concrete materials properties, engineering and economics of concrete structures, and design, construction, and performance of concrete pavements are the topics scheduled for the PCA Education Foundation Professors’ Workshop, July 20-24, 2015.

Held at the PCA office in Skokie, Illinois, the workshop provides faculty in engineering, architecture, and construction management the tools to teach the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials. Networking opportunities to exchange ideas with professors from many universities, demonstrations by software vendors, and more than $2,500 of free resource materials are also part of the week.

The workshop fee of $395 includes all hand-out materials, resource literature, shipping, lunches, receptions, and a dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Skokie.

See the PCA website for registration and the activities schedule.

Contact Michelle Wilson

Member News

Essroc Launches New Mobile App

Essroc Cement Corporation released a mobile app last week that provides a photo troubleshooting resource for engineers, architects, producers and contractors dealing with concrete and masonry applications. Called i.check, the app shows photos of common issues with a listing of potential cause, and detailed corrective actions to alleviate the problem.

“The app visually demonstrates various concrete and masonry issues and provides technical instructions on how to resolve the concern,” said Dan Schaffer, senior director marketing and technical services. “It is a compilation of Essoc’s long-time commitment toward education and technical support of the cement, concrete and masonry markets.”

The i.check app is available free for i.OS, Android and Windows phones and tablets. 

Manufacturing

Attend the 57th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference

Make your plans today to attend the 57th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, April 26-30, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

The largest conference in the industry, this meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest economic forecast, industry news, government regulations updates, and the latest technology that impacts its operations and business continuity.

The meeting will include presentations from the industry’s top technical people, addressing the diverse technical issues and proposing potential solutions to the many challenges facing the cement industry. In addition, St. Mary’s Bowmanville facility, Canada’s largest cement plant, will host tours.

The final day for the conference room block reservations at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is April 3. Be sure to request the special “IEEE-IAS/PCA Conference” rate.

Register at www.CementConference.org.

Contact Rick Bohan