Market Intelligence

June National and Regional Economic Outlooks on Video

ESullivan_300_2013In a video recorded this past week, Edward Sullivan, PCA group vice president and chief economist, and David Zwicke, PCA director, economic research, present a briefing on the national and regional trends for the economy and their impact on cement consumption.

This new online report will be featured each month moving forward. It is one way PCA is extending economic information and industry forecasts to a diverse audience.

Contact Ed Sullivan

Member News

Ash Grove Plant Provides Home to Rescue Animals

The Ash Grove Cement Company Plant in Louisville, Nebraska, and Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. (NWRI) signed an agreement last week to continue housing an animal rescue center on plant grounds. The agreement gives the wildlife center use of a 4,500 square foot building at $10 per year.

“We are happy to provide a home to the center’s staff and volunteers, and the orphaned and injured wildlife they care for. The group offers an important service to the state of Nebraska,” said John Dale, Ash Grove Louisville plant manager.

Ash Grove first made the building available to the rescue organization in 2010. More than 200 animals have been cared for this year. The building provides space for the NWRI to manage a rescue hotline, and conduct animal rehabilitation, education programs, training, and fundraising.

“This facility has allowed NWRI to grow to serve our community and to help exponentially more people and wild animals. We have been honored to partner with Ash Grove and are grateful for their generosity in their donation of the use of the building for our Wildlife Center,” said Laura Stastny, NWRI executive director.

Regional News

Slipform Concrete Pavement Resolves Maintenance Issues in Kentucky Capitol

#1 Original_Wilkinson Blvd. 20140723_123221One contractor used slipform concrete pavement to resolve maintenance issues in two Frankfort, Kentucky projects.

W.L. Harper Company from Hebron, Kentucky, completed the nearly $10 million Wilkinson Boulevard (Highway 127) project in 2014 using slipform concrete pavement, and is scheduled to complete the Highway 60 at Louisville Road (Highway 127) project using slipform concrete paving in late 2015.

Following a slipform concrete demonstration at Wilkinson Boulevard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) chose to move ahead with the second slipform paving project. Both roadways are downtown and called for a quick, non-disruptive completion. Harper worked with KYTC to design a maintenance of traffic plan which included two major intersections.

“We continue to strive for excellence, and hope that effective communication and scheduling will help us to complete our current project (Louisville Road) ahead of schedule, much like our Wilkinson Boulevard Project,” said Samantha Thomas, W.L. Harper Company project manager.

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2015 National Concrete Canoe Competition Makes a Splash

Canoe_2015The University of Florida Gators canoe “Forever Glades” finished first in the 28th Annual American Society of Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition held June 20-22 at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

Engineering students hit the water to compete in a race using concrete canoes they have designed and built. Scoring also includes assessments of research papers, oral presentations, and displays. Judges included Paul Tennis, PCA director, product standards and technology.

Twenty one teams competed in the three-day national competition. The top five overall winners, in order, were: University of Florida, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, University of California, Berkeley, École de tecnologia supérieure, and Clemson University.

During the year, 215 teams of civil engineering students researched, designed and constructed unique concrete canoes. The competition consists of both academic and athletic events, and the scores are divided into four components which are each worth 25 percent of the team’s final score. Students write a technical paper detailing the design and construction of their canoe and then give oral presentations about their project. They are also judged on their final product, the canoe, and their accompanying display, which further explains their design process. Finally, they put their canoe to the test in a series of five race events — men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races. The winning team receives a $5,000 scholarship and a trophy. The second place team receives a $2,500 scholarship and a trophy, and the third place team receives a $1,500 scholarship and a trophy.

Next year’s event will be held at the University of Texas.

Association News

Call for Nominations: 2015 Gleason Awards

John P. 'Jay' Gleason

The John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards recognize PCA members who have exhibited industry leadership by advancing key Association programs and initiatives. 

The awards honor John P. “Jay” Gleason, Jr., who served as PCA president from 1986 until his retirement in 2007. Gleason was known for his consensus building among both members and allies and for his strong leadership skills. During his tenure, PCA membership rose from 57 percent to 98 percent of the U.S. cement industry.

Awards are presented in three categories:

Business Continuity: The nominee positively impacts issues and factors affecting PCA member companies' ability to continue viable operations. These include regulatory advocacy, federal advocacy, research, standards, safety and health, and other initiatives related to manufacturing and operations. 

Market Development: The nominee is actively involved with factors that influence increasing the size of the market for cement and cement-based products. These include national and regional marketing and promotion, imaging and branding, federal and local advocacy, codes and standards, and MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub.

Young Leaders: Recognizes up-and-coming member company employees who will lead the cement industry into the future – individuals that demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong commitment to PCA and the cement industry. 

More information, including the nomination form and eligibility, is available on PCA’s website.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, July 21. Winners will be announced at PCA’s Fall Meeting, August 31, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.

Contact Jan Farnsworth

Education & Training

Register Today for the Professors’ Workshop

SLIDER-PROF15Concrete 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 handout 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.

Contact Michelle Wilson

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