Industry News

Georgia Bill Would Leave Savannah Exposed to Hurricane Threat

Legislation currently being considered by the Georgia State Senate – House Bill 876 – would, if signed into law, prevent cities like Savannah from enacting local measures to strengthen their building codes, whether it be for fire or safety reasons or ecological concerns.

Georgia Legislation Would Imperil Building Safety, Local Autonomy

The Georgia State Senate is now considering legislation – House Bill 876 – that would prevent cities and towns throughout the Peach State from enacting local measures to strengthen their building codes in part, because of fire and safety concerns.  The bill, which recently passed the Georgia House of Representatives and cleared the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, would cede authority away from local lawmakers toward Atlanta, limiting the critical decision-making power of those who understand the needs of their neighbors.

CPE America Announces Spring Training Schedule

In January 2018, CPE America began its training program for Everdigm Concrete Pumps. Coming this spring, there will a training course each month that is FREE for current CPE America customers and will offer special rates for guests. The course takes place over two days at the facility in Metter, Georgia.

Three More Philly Labor Groups Commit to Stronger Building Codes

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts committed to enacting safer and more sustainable building standards, is pleased to welcome three of Philadelphia’s top labor unions –– Local 592 (Cement Masons), Local 405 (Iron Workers), and the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council – as new members of the coalition.  The community labor organizations join a growing list of advocates that are working to ensure that the most vulnerable residents in cities such as Philadelphia have access to safe and secure housing.

Flames Quickly Consume Combustible Denver Apartment Complex Under Construction

More than 100 firefighters from the Denver Fire Department responded to a blaze at an apartment construction site a mile from the Colorado State Capitol building yesterday, raising questions, yet again, about the use of combustible materials in mid-rise residential housing projects.

Los Angeles Faith Leaders Support Stronger Building Codes

The leaders of the Grant and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches in Los Angeles, as well as The Row Church in Los Angeles, recently sent letters to the LA City Council calling on the councilmembers to support efforts that would strengthen the city’s building codes for fire safety reasons.

State of the Concrete Industry

During the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s upcoming annual convention in Houston, Build with Strength is presenting their first-ever State of the Concrete Industry on Sunday, March 4th at 8:00 AM CST.

ASCC Concrete Executive Leadership Forum Registration is Now Open

ST. LOUIS, MO – Registration for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC)  Concrete Executive Leadership Forum (CELF) is now open.  The 2018 CELF is July 19-22 at Montage Deer Valley, Park City, UT. “Executives from the nation’s leading concrete contracting and general contracting firms attend the Forum every year to bolster their leadership and management skills,” says Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC.

ASCC DCC Awards 2018

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its tenth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition.  The winners were recognized at a ceremony at the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, on January 24, 2018.

ASCC Election of Officers 2018

ST. LOUIS, MO – Chris Forster, Largo Concrete, Tustin, CA, has been elected first vice president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO for 2018-2019. Bill Bramschreiber, Glendora, CA; Anthony DeCarlo, Cincinnati, OH; and Mario Garza, Southville, MI, were re-elected vice-presidents. Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, NC, was re-elected treasurer.