Check Out 2016 Spring Congress Photos 

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Dozens of photographs from the PCA 2016 Spring Congress are now available online. The photos capture former Governor Haley Barbour’s keynote address at the March 14 lunch along with members, staff, and guests celebrating PCA’s 100th Anniversary at the historic Renaissance Blackstone Hotel. The dinner was held in the restored ballroom of the hotel where PCA conducted its inaugural meeting in 1916.The images are shareable.

Contact Jan Farnsworth

Market Development

Study: Insurance Rates for Wood-Frame Buildings are Six Times Higher Than for Concrete


A Canadian study found that insurance costs for wood-frame buildings are more than six times greater than for concrete buildings. Primary factors for the rate gap are higher risks of fire and moisture damage for wood-frame buildings.

GLOBE Advisors conducted the study, titled "Insurance Costs for Mid-Rise Wood-Frame and Concrete Residential Buildings," on behalf of the Concrete Council of Canada.

Researchers analyzed data from relevant published literature and from consultations with brokers, underwriters, and property managers. Interviews with three underwriters and data from the Canadian Wood Council show that builder risk insurance rates per $100 monthly for comparable wood and concrete buildings are on average $0.008 for concrete and $0.053 for wood.

The study cited four factors for the higher rates:

  • Greater fire risk
  • Higher risk of moisture damage
  • Extreme weather
  • Difficulty in obtaining insurance for wood-frame structures

For more information on the study, visit the Think Harder blog.

Market Intelligence

PCA Releases 2016 US Cement Consumption Forecast Written Analysis 

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PCA recently adjusted its 2016 United States cement consumption forecast down slightly to 3.4 percent growth compared to its fall forecast projection of 5 percent. To support the change in outlook, PCA released a written analysis last week which examines risk factors such as global growth, oil prices, asymmetric global monetary policy, and the new federal highway bill. This 16-page report places the forecast figures into context and provides insight related to the assumptions and nuances that can impact the cement outlook. The report is free to Members and available by subscription to non-cement producers. Email econo@cement.org to order.

Contact Ed Sullivan

Market Development

Friday's Paving Call Presents Award-winning Reconstruction Project


Please join us Friday, April 8, at
11 a.m. ET for the PCA monthly paving call to share best practices and avenues to successful paving advocacy and promotion

The call will feature:

• An update from PCA Government Affairs and information on the upcoming DC Fly-In – Rachel Derby, PCA
• An award-winning pavement reconstruction project that features full-depth reclamation (FDR) and roller compacted concrete (RCC) for a residential street in Wichita, Kansas – Matt Munsick, Andale Construction, Inc
• Market Intelligence presentation on the New Paving report – Andrew Moss, PCA

Feel free to forward this invitation to other concrete pavement promoters that you feel would benefit from participating on these calls. Please copy this email address (pavements@cement.org) on the forwarded email, and we will be sure to add them to the master list for future calls.

Webinar link

Contact Alpa Swinger


Register for Important Initiative


Every year, federal and state policymakers introduce bills and regulations that have the potential to significantly impact the cement industry. Advocating on behalf of your company and the entire cement industry is as simple as taking part in the PCA Washington, DC Fly-In.

This event is free and open to all PCA members and invited guests. Please click here to register. This year’s Fly-In provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to meet with members of Congress and top policymakers in order to help them understand the direct impact that their political decisions have on cement companies. It also marks an occasion to participate in and celebrate PCA's Centennial Anniversary.

No matter how familiar or foreign the legislative process is to you, this event is an introductory way for you to get involved and have your voice heard! Registrations are being accepted online. Your early registration will help PCA plan and coordinate a variety of meetings with members of Congress.

Contact Rachel Derby

Regional News

Michigan Launches Workforce Development Campaign


The Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) recently launched a workforce development campaign to promote careers in the state’s construction industry. A centerpiece of the program is an online hubsite which shows career paths, job listings, and salary information. Through its new Michigan Construction Workforce Development Corporation, MCA seeks company partners to add job listings, links to the site, and monetary support. See the letter.

Contact Ray McVeigh


Add Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures 16th Edition to Your Reference Collection

EB 001 Book Cover with Background_framedEvery industry has one outstanding reference book, and for concrete it is Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, EB001.16—the guide to applications, methods, and materials. For more than 90 years, the publication has been the cement and concrete industry’s primary reference on concrete technology. Backed by 100 years of PCA research and technology, this book is a “must have” for anyone involved with concrete. See website to order plus additional information including past editions, training courses, and Powerpoint presentations. 

Contact Michelle Wilson

Education and Training

Professors' Workshop Features Materials, Structure and Paving Experts


Experts in concrete materials properties, concrete structures including bridges, and concrete pavements will present at the PCA Education Foundation Professors’ Workshop, July 20-24. 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. See the PCA website for registration and information.

Contact Michelle Wilson