Market Intelligence

Construction Spending Ticks Upward

#1-210 Retouch truck_FramedSeasonally adjusted construction spending in October was 11.7 percent higher than last October, according to U.S. Census Bureau reports. PCA estimates that the South improved 14 percent since August of last year, the West was up 13.3 percent, with the Northeast and Midwest up 11.2 and 5.4 percent respectively.

Total nonresidential construction spending is up in all four regions from last October (16.3 percent nationally), with the Northeast leading the increase at 29.1 percent. The West is up 27 percent, Midwest is up 10 percent, and the South is up 9.4 percent.

The Regional Construction InVue provides unsurpassed detail and insight into the U.S. construction industry. For each of the 48 contiguous states it provides general economic trends, key construction activity indicators, and construction spending activity for more than 20 major sectors, as well as the latest forecasts put together by PCA’s award-winning economics team. All of this information is available through the dashboard that is updated daily with a PDF copy delivered each month.  

The Regional Construction InVue is free to PCA members.

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Member News

RHI Becomes PCA Associate Member

RHI Logo_framedRHI joins PCA effective January 1, 2016, as an Associate Member. 

Based in Vienna, Austria, RHI is a globally operating supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and services, which are indispensable to industrial high-temperature processes.

With roughly 8,000 employees, 32 production facilities and more than 70 sales offices, RHI serves more than 10,000 customers from the steel, cement, nonferrous metals, glass, energy and chemical industries in nearly all countries of the world. RHI produces more than 1.7 million tons of refractory products per year and supplies customized product and system solutions.

PCA now has 21 Associate Members who participate in PCA's Manufacturing Technical Committee (MTC). The committee conducts research, education and technology transfer related to cement manufacturing.

Read more on the PCA Manufacturing Technical Committee

Contact Rick Bohan


New Course Explores Industry’s Environmental Efforts

Concrete_Hi-Rise_framedUnderstand the steps the cement and concrete industries are taking to reduce environmental impact and get insights on how to increase project performance through optimization of concrete applications in sustainable building through this new, free course.

PCA’s Concrete as a Sustainable Solution for Buildings course is available at Hanley Woods University, the company's education site, for the next year. The course was featured in the November issue of Architect magazine, the official monthly magazine for American Institute of Architects members. Architects can receive one hour of continuing education credit for reading the article and passing the quiz. 

Access the course

Click here for a .pdf version of the article available for distribution to customers and colleagues.

Contact David Shepherd


Groups to Reveal New National Hurricane Initiative

Experts from across the disaster safety and mitigation movement will introduce a new, groundbreaking national hurricane resilience effort at the 2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH) Conference.

At the January 27-29 event, a first-ever, integrated strategy to increase national engagement in all aspects of hurricane preparedness, safety, and resilience will be unveiled.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FLASH, and National Hurricane Center (NOAA) will discuss their plans to advance the disaster safety and resilience movement. Portland Cement Association, American Institute of Architects, International Code Council and Lehigh Hanson are among event sponsors.

Contact Alpa Swinger


University of Toronto Reprises Chemistry of Cement and Concrete Course

Graduate students as well as cement and concrete industry professionals interested in learning more about cement and concrete chemistry, may be interested in a course offered by the University of Toronto this spring.

Chemistry of Cement and Concrete will be offered June 6-10, 2016, at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. R. Doug Hooton, of the University of Toronto, is the course coordinator.

Special lecturers include: Paul Brown, Penn State University; Duncan Herfort, Aalborg Portland, Denmark; Karl Petersen, University of Toronto; Lawrence Roberts, Roberts Consulting; Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech. University, and Michael Thomas, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada.

Participants for this popular and unique course are expected to have advanced knowledge of cement and concrete technology.

Registration information

Contact Steve Kosmatka

World of Concrete

CIM Offers Concrete Transit Mixer in Annual Auction

Cement_mixer_CIM_framedThe Concrete Industry Management (CIM) 11th annual auction at World of Concrete will offer more than $1 million in items, including a new concrete transit mixer to raise funds for educational initiatives.

On February 3, the CIM silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the live auction begins at 1 p.m. Internet bidding will be available at Participants bidding for the auction online must register one week in advance. Those interested in making a donation should contact CIM Auction Committee Chairman Michael Philipps.

Middle Tennessee State University, Cal State Chico, New Jersey’s Science and Technology University, and Texas State University concrete industry management students benefit from the auction. CIM provides support for scholarships, faculty development, student travel and research, and training experiences.

To learn more, go to the CIM website

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