Association News

Welcome to the New PCA Executive Report

This week, PCA is proud to introduce the new PCA Executive Report email. Housed at www.cement.org, the Report contains an event calendar, blog links, bookstore sale items, social media links, and more. The changes will provide an email thumbnail report of PCA industry news, a bolder design, and ability to share news easier. We welcome your feedback. Please email comments to info@cement.org

Manufacturing

Registration Open for 57th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference

Registration is now available for the 57th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, April 25-30, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

The largest conference in the industry, this meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest economic forecast, industry news, government regulations updates, and the latest technology that impacts its operations and business continuity.

The meeting will include presentations from the industry’s top technical people, addressing the diverse technical issues and proposing potential solutions to the many challenges facing the cement industry. In addition, St. Mary’s Bowmanville facility, Canada’s largest cement plant, will host tours.

Register online at www.CementConference.org

Resiliency

Safe Room Event Sponsorships Still Available

WOC-LOGO-2014PCA is still accepting sponsorships for the 2015 Tornado Safe Room Showcase to be held in Las Vegas at both the International Builders Show, January 20-22,and World of Concrete, February 3-6.

Designed to raise awareness of the inherent resilience of concrete systems, the Showcase will feature concrete storm rooms constructed to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.

As a cosponsor of both events, FEMA and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) have committed to working with PCA to promote the use of safe rooms and will be on hand at the event to highlight the resilient qualities desired in safe room construction.

Contact Donn Thompson or Alpa Swinger

Market Intelligence

US Cement Consumption Increases in 2013

Overall cement consumption growth reached 4.2 percent in 2013, which was driven by residential and nonresidential buildings (17.2 and 11.9 percent, respectively), according to PCA's 2013 Apparent Use of Portland Cement, State & Market Report. The public sector was a drag, decreasing 4 percent from 2012.

The report includes detailed consumption patterns and estimates portland cement consumption in 46 construction classifications for 56 state and partial state geographic areas.

PCA revised its Apparent Use model in order to more accurately estimate the use of cement by construction sector. The results reflect a more balanced cement market, with modest reductions in public and residential construction, a larger nonresidential market, and structural changes in the composition of subsectors.

Contact Brian Schmidt or Joe Chiappe

Paving

New FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program TechBriefs Available

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pavements Program recently released to two new sustainability TechBriefs, Pavement Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment of Pavements. The documents look at pavement sustainability best practices and how they can result in environmental, social, and economic impacts.

One of the overarching goals of the FHWA's Sustainable Pavements Program is to increase the awareness, visibility, and the body of knowledge of sustainability considerations in the design, construction, operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of pavement systems. This is particularly critical as a growing number of stakeholders in the pavement community are embracing the need to adopt more sustainable practices in all aspects of their work and are continually seeking the latest technical information and guidance available to help improve those practices.

Decorative Concrete

Last Call for Artistry in Concrete Entries

WOC_DiscountEntries are still being accepted for Concrete Surfaces magazine's 13th Annual Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demonstrations. This competition is a live-action event that features industry artisans who share their techniques and experience with attendees.

World of Concrete 2015 will be held in Las Vegas on February 2-6, 2015. The largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,500 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions.

As a cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibit admission is only $20, a $40 savings.

Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from HanleyWood based on the number of preregistered attendees who come to the show.

For discounted registration,click here.

Allies

Retiring TCA Executive Director to be Honored at Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee

ED SauterEd Sauter, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s longtime executive director, will be honored at the association's Winter Tilt-Up Jubilee during World of Concrete (WOC) on February 4, 2015.

Sauter will enter part-time retirement at year’s end and step down as TCA executive director. He began his tenure at the association in 1992 and continued in the position for 23 years,bringing passion, commitment, and leadership to the organization.

Ed has been an extraordinary asset to this association for a very long time and we are excited to celebrate him and all that the TCA has become over the past two decades,” says Mitch Bloomquist, managing director for the TCA. "His impact not only on the organization, but the industry as a whole, cannot be overstated.”

Bloomquist, who will replace Sauter, was brought on board in 2010 to provide stronger focus on membership benefits and the association’s brand.

The jubilee is sponsored by the TCA Global Associates Council, a representative body of the TCA Global Associate membership, and provides a festive networking opportunity. It is free to TCA members who register by January 23, 2015. Non-member and on-site registration is $40.

Register online at www.tiltup.org/events.