President Signs Multi-Year Highway Bill

capiitol-photo-framedPresident Barack Obama signed the first long-term U.S. transportation funding bill in a decade into law on December 4. 

The U.S. Senate passed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on December 3. It provides more than $280 billion to maintain and improve the nation's highways, transit systems, and transportation safety programs. Senate approval came only hours after the legislation cleared the U.S. House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.

“We've waited a long time for this moment; this is the first long-term highway bill since 2005,” said James G. Toscas, PCA president and CEO. “Congress has finally proven to the American people that our nation’s transportation infrastructure is a priority. We applaud the leaders in the House and Senate for a successful bipartisan effort.” 

The law includes several elements proposed by the cement industry, such as the authorization of a federal study to analyze the impact of pavement stiffness on vehicle fuel economy, the reauthorization of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program, and Hours of Service (HOS) exemptions for the ready-mixed concrete industry.

As the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) begins implementing the new statute, PCA will work with the agency to ensure alternative bidding is conducted in a manner that allows concrete to compete with other paving materials. Additionally, PCA will work with Congress to ensure research authorized by the bill is completed and the results are shared with state and local transportation officials.

Learn more about the FAST Act

Contact Collin Long

Member News

CEMEX Announces Leadership Changes

Ignacio Madridejos Fernández_FramedCEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. announced five senior level leadership changes last week, including the appointment of a new CEMEX USA president. 

Ignacio Madridejos is the new president of CEMEX USA effective January 1. He replaces current CEMEX USA President Karl Watson, Jr.

Madridejos presently serves as president of CEMEX Northern Europe and chairman-supervisory board of CEMEX Deutchschland AG. He was president of CEMEX Northern Europe Region from 2008-2011 and president of CEMEX Spain from 2003-2007. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and graduated with an masters in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

In other changes, CEMEX ratified Juan Romero Torres as president of CEMEX Mexico. CEMEX appointed Jaime Gerardo Elizondo Chapa president of CEMEX Europe, Jaime Muguiro Domínguez president of CEMEX South, Central America and the Caribbean, and Joaquín Miguel Estrada Suárez president of CEMEX Asia, Middle East and Africa.

All other executive vice presidents that head corporate staff functions which report to CEMEX's CEO will remain unchanged, according to the CEMEX media release.  

Watson will be retained by CEMEX in an advisory capacity until June 30, 2016. He previously served as regional vice president of CEMEX, president of Rinker Materials West, the chief executive of Rinker Australia, and vice-president of Rinker Florida Materials.

Watson is the current PCA Board of Directors vice-chairman. He serves on the Audit and Compensation committees of PCA and is chair of the Government Affairs Council.

Codes and Standards

PCA Staff Selected for New Tall Wood Building Task Group

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA's) recently formed Tall Wood Building Task Group includes PCA as one of its 10 members. Jay Hall, PCA manager of codes and standards, will serve on the new committee. The committee plans to address issues on the building of tall wood structures in the NFPA model building code, Building Construction and Safety Code, NFPA 5000.

Although NFPA 5000 is not currently widely adopted, its criteria could be used to develop code changes in the ICC International Building Code. The tall wood structures group may provide an impetus for ICC to form a similar committee, a proposal that is currently under consideration and opposed by PCA and the concrete industry.

Click here to read NCPA’s Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings report.

Contact Jay Hall

Market Intelligence

2014 Fall State and Market Report Available

PCA recently released the 2014 Apparent State & Market Report (Fall Final). The release incorporates newly available data from such industries as housing, energy, and agriculture.

According to the report, overall cement consumption growth reached 8.7 percent in 2014, driven by broad-based growth. Residential overall cement consumption growth was 8.8 percent, nonresidential consumption grew 9.2 percent, and the public sector overall grew 8.5 percent. This was the first year of growth in the public sector demonstrated growth since 2012.

Available in Excel and free to PCA Members, the State & Market Report includes detailed consumption patterns and estimates portland cement consumption in 46 construction classifications for 56 state and partial-state geographic areas.

See the website for more information

Contact Joe Chaippe

Regional News

Maryland Chooses Concrete Overlay for Busy Beltway Corridor

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Maryland Route 210 is a busy corridor that feeds the Washington, D.C. beltway. With heavy commercial and private traffic on this 1.43 mile long, 3-lane roadway between Farmington Road and Maryland Route 373, a durable pavement solution was needed that did not require constant, delay-causing repair and maintenance.

To minimize construction delays and maximize project life, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) chose a concrete overlay (whitetopping) to address the corridor’s current and future needs. One of the most significant benefits of whitetopping is that it extends the lifespan of the pavement by 20-30 years while virtually eliminating the need for resurfacing and other maintenance.

To ensure that at least two lanes of traffic remained open throughout the process, the SHA made use of the shoulders for daily traffic. All three lanes and both shoulders were overlaid in one month. For a smooth surface and a quiet ride, the finished product was then diamond ground.

The Route 210 project is the largest of Maryland's 10 whitetopping jobs completed so far with an even larger one planned for 2016.

See Spotlight report

Contact Roger Faulkner

Education and Training

Purchase Discounted Tickets to World of Concrete

RegSmallBoxWorld 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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Meetings and Events


PCA Paving Committee Call
January 8, 2016
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PCA Spring Congress 
March 14-15, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
May 15-19, 2016
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PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 18-22, 2016
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PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
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PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
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Cemtech Americas Conference & Exhibition
December 7-10, 2015
Grand Lakes, Florida
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Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting
January 10-15, 2016
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ASTM January 2016 Committee Week
January 24-29, 2016
San Antonio, Texas
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TMS Masonry Technician Testing Seminars & Certifications
January 26-29, 2016
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2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Annual Conference
January 27-29, 2016
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World of Concrete
February 1-5, 2016
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National Concrete Masonry Association ICON-Xchange
February 26-28, 2016
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1st International Conference On "Grand Challenges in Construction Materials"
March 17-18, 2016
Los Angeles, California
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2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference (SCC) and 11th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ISCC)
May 15-18, 2016
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The Masonry Society Professors' Workshop
March 20-22, 2016
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2016 National Hurricane Conference
March 21-24, 2016
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Cement Employers Association (CEA) "Winter" Meeting
March 29-31, 2016
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The Masonry Society (TMS) Spring Meeting
April 6-9, 2016
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National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) International Sustainability Conference
May 15-18, 2016
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National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOID) Conference
May 22-26, 2016
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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition
June 9-11, 2016
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ASTM Committee Week
June 26-30, 2016
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15th International Conference on Alkali Aggregate Reaction in Concrete (ICAAR)
July 3-7, 2016
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First International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete
July 18-20, 2016
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4th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technology
August 7-11, 2016
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American Concrete Institute (ACI) Convention
April 17-21, 2016
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11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements
August 28-31, 2016
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Cement Employers Association (CEA) Annual Meeting
September 26-29, 2016
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GreenBuild International Conference and Expo
October 5-7, 2016
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October 6-11, 2016
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American Concrete Institute (ACI) Convention
October 23-27, 2016
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American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting
November 12-15, 2016
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American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA) Annual Meeting
November 29 - December 1, 2016
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