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With the theme “Leveraging through Engagement,” the PCA Fall Committee Meeting focused several sessions and activities on leveraging the industry’s collective skills, resources, and abilities.

Sessions and program highlights included:

> A robust session of the Manufacturing Technical Committee featured eight presentations focusing on preparing for economic recovery, new process technology, and the regulatory outlook.

> A special executive workshop was held with members of the Concrete and Masonry Related Associations (CAMRA) and the PCA Buildings Committee

> Presentation of the John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards

> Breakfast presentation by Tom Nagle, Statler Nagle

The meeting was held August 31-September 2, 2015, at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. The Spring Meeting is scheduled for March 13-15, 2016 in Chicago.

Contact Jan Farnsworth

MTC Addresses Compliance Issues and More

Participants at PCA’s Manufacturing Technical Committee meeting were treated to presentations on compliance issues, smart manufacturing technologies, and clinker cooler upgrades last week.

The meeting began with a review of the PM Compliance Workshops held earlier this summer and a presentation from Andrea Wesser-Brawner of the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research. Wesser-Brawner’s talk focused on investments in smart manufacturing technologies and their potential applications in the cement industry.

The committee also held its annual fall technical session highlighted by a presentation on clinker cooler upgrades through selective component replacements. Presentations on implications related to continuous monitoring under National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and input for PCA comments on selective catalytic reduction rounded out the technical session.

A countdown to the September 9
 NESHAP deadline gave participants one last look at the most time critical compliance concerns.

The committee next meets in conjunction with the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference on May 16, 2016, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Contact Rick Bohan

Allied Associations Participate in Buildings Workshop

A special executive workshop was held with members of the Concrete and Masonry Related Associations (CAMRA) and the PCA Buildings Committee.

During this 2-hour session the group discussed how it should take a proactive approach in addressing the recovery of the buildings market, focusing on collaborative efforts to pursue a unified industry strategy with clearly defined messaging, audiences and promotion/education initiatives.

The culmination of a planning effort would be a strategic plan crafted by all stakeholders, and carried out by all stakeholders.

Contact Mark Justman

PCA Names 2015 Gleason Award Winners


PCA recognized Bill Larson, CalPortland Company, Adam Swercheck, Buzzi Unicem USA, and Jim Mack, CEMEX USA, as the winners of the 2015 John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards.

Presented last week at PCA’s fall committee meetings, the annual awards honor employees of member companies who have raised the bar on leadership and commitment and have made their mark on both our Association and our industry.

Awards are presented in each of PCA’s two categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity and Market Development. Larson was honored in the Business Continuity category and Mack in Market Development. Swercheck was recognized in the Young Leaders category, which acknowledges exceptional leadership qualities and high potential in non-executive employees of member companies.

The winners were selected from 18 finalists. Business Continuity category finalists were: Hamid Farzam, CEMEX USA; Brett Lindsay, Salt River Materials Group; Steve Minshall, Ash Grove Cement Company; David Perkins, Martin Marietta; Michael Stevens, National Cement Company of California, Inc.; David Swanson, Continental Cement Company, and Martin Vroegh, St Mary’s Cement/Votorantim Cement North America.

Dave Gray, GCC of America; Chip Hussey, Argos USA; Scott Palmer, Salt River Materials Group; Larry Rowland, Lehigh White Cement Company; Ray Siepp, Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc., and Matthew Wood, Ash Grove Cement Company were finalists in the Market Development category.

Sara Engahl, CEMEX USA, and Scott Nielson, Ash Grove Cement Company were finalists in the Young Leaders category.

Larson, CalPortland Company vice president, marketing, is an effective advocate for the use of portland cement and concrete in all aspects of government. As a leader in the region, he developed relationships with California’s department of transportation and encouraged them to implement MIT’s pavement vehicle interaction model in real-life world conditions; to consider true LCCAs as defined by MIT; and to adopt an AD/AB policy that makes concrete pavement a viable solution.

Mack, director, market development, CEMEX USA, has been a critical component in PCA paving advocacy efforts. Mack’s research and analysis has been integral to past and ongoing life-cycle assessment and life-cycle cost analysis research, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub work into advocacy, and the melding of technical engineering aspects with financial aspects. He has presented it during meetings at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Highway Administration, state departments of transportation, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Swercheck, director, environmental affairs, Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc., demonstrates leadership in the areas of energy and environment. He has made significant contributions towards the development of industry positions related to PC MACT, NHSM and CISWI Rules and has advocated for successful EPA rule revisions. 

The award is named after 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.

Read more on the PCA website

Industry News

Essroc Italcementi Group Appoints New CEO

Car, Alex_framedThe Italcementi Group has appointed Alex Car as the president and CEO of its Essroc North American operations. Car previously served as Essroc senior vice president of cement sales and marketing and general manager of construction materials.

“I am honored to be appointed as Essroc’s CEO,” Car said. “It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers high-quality products and innovative solutions to the construction industry. I am committed to empowering Essroc’s talented team to realize our full potential and managing the company during this important period of change.”

On July 28, HeidelbergCement announced plans to acquire the company for $4.1 billion, forming the largest supplier of aggregates, the second largest cement producer, and the third largest producer of ready-mixed concrete in the industry.

Car succeeds Francesco Carantani, who will assume new duties within the Italcementi Group. 

World of Concrete

Most Innovative Products Awards 2016: Call for Entries

Each year, World of Concrete exhibitors submit their products to Concrete Construction magazine's Most Innovative Product Award Program. This is the only annual award program honoring innovative new products designed for all segments of the concrete and masonry industries.

The event showcases the best new products that will be exhibited at WOC 2016. Entries accepted into the award program receives extensive exposure to show attendees and to more than 100,000 readers of the official show magazines.

Nominated products are voted on by the magazine audiences and by World of Concrete attendees to determine an Industry Choice in each product category. Product nominations are also reviewed by the editorial staff and an invited group to receive an Experts’ Choice Award or an Editors’ Choice award.

Final date for entering is December 14, 2015. Click here for entry information.

View the 2015 MIP Winners and Finalists


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