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Market Intelligence

Preliminary Highway Paving Data Shows Growth for Concrete

Oman Data Dec 2015According to the latest Oman data for highway paving, concrete’s share of Department of Transportation (DOT) volume showed the highest individual quarter share since 2011. Though Oman data from quarter to quarter can be quite volatile, this strong finish brings 2015 year-end share to 14.6 percent, which is a return to the long-term trend following recent weakness.  Since the end of 2012, DOT share has averaged 14.9 percent on an annualized basis. 

Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois were the five highest in cubic yard totals for 2015.   Tollway activity accounted for 33 percent of Illinois’ total cubic yards for the year. Between 2007 and 2015, tollways accounted for about 12 percent of all Illinois state highway concrete in cubic yards, according to Oman data.

Please note these are preliminary Oman numbers and are subject to change. Final year-end numbers will be released later this month.

Contact Andy Moss

Research/Technology

IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference Names Austin Keynote Speaker

IEE-IAS-PCA_2016_logo_B_FramedTexas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III is the keynote speaker for the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference next month. Austin is vice chairman of Austin Bank and Texas N.A. and was appointed to the TxDOT in 2011. TxDOT is the largest builder of concrete pavements in the United States, according to Oman reports. The department also reuses about 1 million tons of recycled concrete each year, lowering the production and transportation of new material and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 46,000 metric tons. The IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference is May 15-19 in Dallas, Texas. The theme is “Sustainable Strength through Innovation” and it is the biggest cement industry conference this year. For more information and to register, visit www.cementconference.org.

Contact Rick Bohan

Advocacy

Register Today for PCA Washington DC Fly-In 

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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 on May 24-25.

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

Market Development

PCA to Exhibit Concrete Paving Solutions at NACE Conference

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PCA will exhibit concrete paving solutions at the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference in Tacoma, Washington on April 24-25. With the majority of lane miles belonging to either county or municipal agencies, this venue provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the numerous cement and concrete pavement materials. The PCA booth highlights the message that whatever the problem, there is an economical, durable, and sustainable cement-based pavement solution - full-depth concrete, concrete overlays, roller-compacted concrete, pervious concrete, cement-treated bases or full-depth reclamation. PCA also co-sponsors an adjacent booth with the American Concrete Pavement Association and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. See NACE conference information.

Contact Wayne Adaska

Member News

Ash Grove Announces 2015 Awards

Ash Grove logo_framedAsh Grove Cement Company announced its 2015 awards for safety, quality control, and energy and resource management last week. The Montana City, Montana, plant won top honors in the annual Ash Grove Energy Management (AGem) Outstanding Plant of the Year competition. The selection is based on an extensive matrix of data that is focused on energy use, efficiency and cost. The Leamington, Utah, plant received the inaugural Ash Grove Excellence in Quality Control. Ash Grove’s Durkee, Oregon, plant won the company’s top honor for safety, the L.T. Sunderland Safety Excellence Award. As the largest U.S.-owned cement company, Ash Grove produces 8 million tons of cement annually from eight cement plants located across the country. Learn more about Ash Grove.

Regional News

Tennis Touts Portland-Limestone Cement at Texas Concrete Conference

Tennis_CCTPaul Tennis, director of product standards & technology for PCA, provided the latest insights on using portland-limestone cements at the TxDOT/Cement Council of Texas (CCT) Concrete Conference last week in Austin. The CCT is PCA’s regional promotion group affiliate in Texas, and it has organized this conference with TxDOT since 2000. More than 300 people including Texas department of transportation, local agency, and private industry officials attended the event which featured its most extensive technical program yet. TxDOT was an early adopter of portland-limestone blended cement (ASTM C595 Type IL), and it continues to explore the potential for sustainability and performance beyond the current 15 percent limestone limit. For more information on the conference, email CCT's Jan Prusinski. Contact Paul Tennis for information on portland-limestone blended cement.