Association News

PCA Fall Board Meeting Registration Open

PCA_Fall_Meeting_Small_Rec_Logo_FramedPCA’s Board of Directors will meet November 16-17, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Hotel in Dana Point, California.

In addition to the Board meeting on November 17, the Education Foundation, Government Affairs Council, and PCA’s Centennial Planning Committee, among others, will convene. The meeting will kick off with a golf tournament on Sunday, November 15, and feature a spouse hospitality program.

Meeting and hotel registration is available in the Members Only Section of The deadline for hotel reservations is October 21.

Contact Jan Farnsworth

Market Intelligence

US Cement Industry Records Its Most Energy Efficient Year Yet

MI_US_Cement_Industry_Energy_Efficiency_2014The amount of energy required to produce one ton of cement decreased 1.1 percent in 2014 from the previous year’s levels, according to PCA’s latest U.S. Labor-Energy Input Survey. Plants averaged 4.384 million BTUs per ton.

This represents the most energy efficient year since tracking began for U.S. cement manufacturing. The use of alternative fuel at cement plants was also on the rise in 2014, as 15 percent of all energy needs are achieved through alternative fuel and 75 percent of all U.S. plants now incorporate these fuels into their energy strategy.

United States cement industry labor productivity also increased in 2014 with an industry average of 3.17 metric tons of cement produced per employee hour – a 2.6 percent jump in labor productivity from year-ago levels. In comparison, manufacturing showed a 1.3 percent increase in U.S. labor productivity while farm-business reported a 0.7 percent increase.

Contact Brian Schmidt

Member News

CalPortland Announces Completion of California Expansion

Taiheiyo Cement U.S.A, Inc. and CalPortland Company recently completed the purchase of certain Riverside cement business assets in California from Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. The assets identified in the purchase include the Oro Grande cement facility, and two rail sided product distribution terminals located in National City and Stockton, California.

CalPortland Company produces cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the western U.S. and two Canadian provinces. 

Regional News

Innovation Drives Concrete Pavement Savings

MN1-framedOlmstead County, Minnesota, has taken advantage of several new technologies to create economical, long-lasting paving solutions. Concrete Foundations Inc., of New Hampton, Iowa, utilized new techniques in the construction of an unbonded concrete overlay on County Highway 25 near Rochester this fall.

The original 7-inch concrete pavement was constructed in 1982. A 6-inch overlay was selected to give the county another 30-plus years of service for a 5.5 mile stretch of the road.

Innovative approaches included a stringless paving operation and use of a fabric bond breaker. Stringless paving reduces time and labor costs by eliminating the need to set grade stakes and guide strings. The fabric bond breaker replaced a typical thin asphalt layer and resulted in lowering costs by more than $260,000, a 50 percent savings. Contractors secured the fabric using a 3M spray adhesive, further reducing material and labor costs by replacing the typical pin and disk mechanical fastener operation. In addition, the fabric layer was day-lighted beyond the pavement edge to create a moisture drainage path. This technique eliminated the need for edge drains.

Contact Doug Burns

Codes and Standards

PCA Promotes Resiliency, Public Safety at Brick Industry Forum

PCA addressed the annual Clemson Brick Forum on the emerging trends regarding enhanced resiliency on October 6 in Clemson, South Carolina. 

As the keynote speaker, Steve Szoke, PCA director of codes and standards, described why resiliency is gaining interest in national, state and local government programs. He identified opportunities for developing codes and referenced standards to assure increased public safety and property protection through affordable concrete and masonry systems. 

The keynote was followed by more specific technical presentations related to codes and standards development and system accreditation.  These included: fire testing; getting innovative products approved; improving wall performance; addressing thermal performance; identifying opportunities related to sustainability; overview of codes and standards impacts; and product specification related issues.

Contact Steve Szoke


CP Tech Center Releases New Publication

CP Tech Center recently introduced a new publication, Guide Specifications for Concrete Overlays,

Written by Gary Fick, Trinity Construction Management Services, Inc. and Dale Harrington, Snyder & Associates, Inc., the 32-page document provides guidance for the development of project specifications that are tailored for concrete overlay projects.

The guide is set up in a three-part format:

  • Part 1-General: provides a description of the type of work, as well as any specific requirements of the project. It also lists what work activities are included in each bid item and how each item will be measured.
  • Part 2-Products: addresses materials and concrete mixtures to be used to accomplish the project. The specifications provide the specific AASHTO or ASTM requirement.
  • Part 3-Execution: lists the construction requirements. The construction activities are tailored to concrete pavement products.

See the CPTech Center website for additional information.

Contact Steve Kosmatka

Education and Training

Discounted Registration to World of Concrete

Register Today for World of Concrete 2016World of Concrete (WOC) 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on February 1-5, 2016. The largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions. New for 2016, WOC will launch an area for precast concrete, highlighting the latest products and technologies in the sector.

As a cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibits-only admission is $20, a $45-$65 savings. Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from Hanley-Wood based on the number of pre-registered attendees who come to the show.

2016 WOC Pricing (Some restrictions may apply):

  • Exhibits-only rates: $20 online thru show; $65 onsite with printed Buyer Invite, or $85 without printed Buyer Invite.
  • Seminar rates: 3-hour seminars are $130 before December 15, 2015 and $170 after; 90-minute seminars are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certifications are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2s are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3s are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Rates for onsite seminars and super pass packages are the same as post-December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount

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