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    U. S. Concrete Acquires Young Ready-Mix

    U.S. Concrete, Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ingram Concrete, LLC, completed the acquisition of Young Ready-Mix, Inc., a single site ready-mix concrete producer in Brady, Texas. The acquisition expands U.S. Concrete’s market footprint in West Texas.

    Adding Young’s assets to Ingram’s current market presence is part of U.S. Concrete’s bolt-on acquisition growth model. “We are very excited to bring Young Ready-Mix into the U.S. Concrete family,” said U.S. Concrete President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Sandbrook. “We are committed to expanding our operations in the high growth markets of West Texas and look forward to servicing our new customers
    in this vibrant region.”

    Find more information about U.S. Concrete .

    Fox Blocks Integrating ARXX

    Fox Blocks ICF announced that it would acquire select key assets from ARXX Building Products effective on February 3, 2014. Augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line, the company will be integrating those assets into its operations. The transaction was approved by the Canadian Court on January 29, 2014 and is before the US Court for approval on January 31, 2014.

    Fox Blocks ICF  is a branded product of Airlite Plastics Co. The company has produced over 45 million square feet of ICF wall surface for the construction industry and pursued this acquisition opportunity as a way to expand customer access to innovative green building solutions.

    Fox Blocks ICF Vice President Mike Kennaw commented, “This acquisition reflects the Fox Blocks commitment to helping grow the ICF market. By gaining scale and volume, we hope to be an ever stronger member of the ICF market, expanding our footprint in the North America market at the same time that we help expand the industry’s footprint in the broader construction products market.”

    Brad Crosby, Airlite Plastics Co. President & CEO explained, “ARXX has done an excellent job of growing the residential and commercial ICF market segments by working closely with contractors, design professionals and owners. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand Fox Blocks’ product line — and the growth of this market — by combining the strength of two ICF innovators and leaders.”

    A key objective will be to immediately introduce ARXX customers to the Fox Blocks products and personnel insuring a smooth transition.

    More information about ARXX Building Products can be found at

    “Concrete Endures” Provides Meeting Theme for ACI 2014 Spring Convention

    New ACI logo and tag line
    An estimated 1,600 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world will convene March 23-27, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards. Reduced rate sleeping rooms are available at the resort until February 17, based on availability. Attendees who register for the convention by February 23 will receive reduced registration rates.

    Held at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV, USA, the ACI Convention is created to expand attendees’ knowledge of concrete’s strength and versatility throughout the 300+ committee meetings, 30+ technical sessions, tours, and networking events offered. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) may be earned during the 30+ sessions offered.
    Convention highlights include:
    ·        The Opening Session and Awards Program where over 100 individuals and groups will be recognized for their contributions to the concrete industry.
    ·        Technical Tour of the University of Nevada Reno, Earthquake Engineering Laboratory.
    ·        An industry exhibition featuring products and services of over 40 exhibitors
    ·        Gala Dinner to Honor Founders of ACI Foundation Fellowship Program
    ·        International Lunch with Gordon Clark, President of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), presenting his vision of Making Our Concrete Structures Last Longer – A Global Challenge. 
    ·        Contractors’ Day Lunch during which Dan Payne of Webcor Concrete, and Leo Panian, of Tipping Mar will answer the question about sustainable concrete and a tight construction schedule – can it be done? 
    ·        Casino-themed Concrete Mixer.

    To learn more about the ACI Spring 2014 Convention, reference the Convention Schedule for more information.


    DCC Craftsmen and CIM Students Completed Decorative Concrete Patio

    Source: American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC)

    Residents at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center appreciates the new decorative concrete patio. Photo courtesy ASCC-DCC.

    Residents at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center appreciates the new decorative concrete patio. Photo courtesy ASCC-DCC.

    Just in time for Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was formerly called, a patriotic-minded team of concrete craftsman have completed a project to encourage veterans. Volunteer members of the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) traveled to Hanson, Ky., May 13-16 to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., assisted on the project. The Decorative Concrete Council is a specialty group within the ASCC.

    The idea to convert an under-utilized outdoor space at the Veterans Center into a therapeutic garden came from Sandy Henderson, Greenville, S.C., whose father was a resident at the home. “My father really enjoyed spending time in the outdoor space,” says Henderson. “However, many of the residents did not use the space because of the strong glare off of the concrete paving.” Henderson’s search for a solution led her to the DCC. The answer was to stain the existing concrete a darker, non-reflective color. The final project included cleaning and staining approximately 5,000 square feet of existing concrete, saw-cutting and staining a compass emblem depicting patriotic icons, and saw-cutting and staining a large checkerboard. The space will receive additional landscaping and activity areas to complete the therapeutic garden.

    There is well-documented evidence that gardens can facilitate recovery from illness and improve the health of those who come in contact with them, according to Dr. Steve Mitrione, M.D., MLA, St. Paul, Minn. “The proposed Western Kentucky Veterans Center Therapeutic Garden is an exemplary design of a therapeutic garden, incorporating the best available evidence in its design,” says Mitrione. “It will greatly benefit the residents and staff.”

    The project was managed by Todd Scharich, decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC). Planning and project coordination was spearheaded by the council’s director Chris Klemaske of T.B. Penick & Sons  and DCC directors: Jim Mullins of Butterfield Color with Paul Schneider of Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati. Other on-site volunteers were Andy Espinoza of T.B. Penick & Sons, Russell Mackenzie of Belarde Co., Woodinville, Wash., Neil Roach of Creative Construction by Design, Danville, Ill., along with Wyatt Brandt, Ryan Jessie and Mary Michael Jett, all of Middle Tennessee State University.

    Several companies generously supplied materials or tools for the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center’s new therapeutic garden: Butterfield Color, Aurora, Ill.; Euclid Chemical Co., Cleveland; Decorative Concrete Resources, Saginaw, Mich.; Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati; and Surface Gel Tek of Phoenix. Design services were provided by Zone 7 Landscaping, Seneca, S.C.

    The Decorative Concrete Council group completed areas for a new therapeutic garden at the Veterans Center in Hanson, Ky. Photo courtesy ASCC-DCC.

    The Decorative Concrete Council group completed areas for a new therapeutic garden at the Veterans Center in Hanson, Ky. Photo courtesy ASCC-DCC.

    The ASCC is a non-profit organization providing a unified voice in the construction industry.  Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry.  There are approximately 475 member companies in the United States and eight foreign countries.  For more information, visit: .

    CFA Announces Above-Grade Concrete Homebuilding Workshop on July 11, 2013

    Source:  Concrete Foundations Association (CFA)

    Registration is open for CFA’s Above-Grade Concrete Housing Workshop, Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Hyatt Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. The one-day workshop permits companies with prior experience in poured wall methods to focus on the above-grade construction opportunities for concrete contractors.

    “Nearly every contractor has the tools and skills to make a smooth transition into above-grade home construction with the information offered in this workshop and additional CFA resources,” says Jim Baty, technical director of the Concrete Foundations Association. “Above-grade residential building is a hot topic and the demand is increasing. Property owners want to reduce energy costs and improve resilience. We see the stories about hurricanes, tornados, wildfires and other natural disasters in the news every day, and homeowners are seeking ways to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life.” Baty says, “Contractors can offer the right solution at the right time. Concrete homes are high performance systems combining insulation and thermal mass to deliver comfortable dwellings and reduced operating costs.”

    The workshop leaders, Brent Anderson of BDA Associates, Brad Nesset of Thermomass and award-winning concrete contractor, Mike Hancock of Basement Contractors will share their expertise. Core topics to be covered in the July 11 Concrete Housing Workshop include maximizing thermal characteristics and performance efficiency, best practices for incorporating mechanical and electrical systems and understanding the whole building design and construction process.

    The $150 workshop fee for members and non-members covers the full day training from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 11, 2013. Lunch is included, and technology exhibits will be open following the session. Register online. Or contact CFA staff at 866-CFAWALL (232-9255).

    The Concrete Homes workshop is presented in conjunction with the 2013 CFA Summer Convention, July 10-13, 2013 – Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

       The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) is a voluntary, nonprofit association that brings together concrete contractors and professionals nationwide to improve the quality of cast-in-place concrete walls and foundations. The CFA provides promotional materials, educational seminars, and networking opportunities to its members and the industry. CFA also works on behalf of its members and the entire industry to develop support and influence code bodies. 


    Anne M. Ellis Elected President of ACI

    Anne Ellis, ACI President

    Anne Ellis, ACI President

    Source: American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    The American Concrete Institute (ACI) introduced its 2013-2014 president, vice president, and four board members during the ACI Spring 2013 Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. Anne M. Ellis was elected to serve as president of the Institute for 2013-2014. Sharon L. Wood has been elected ACI vice president for a two-year term, and William E. Rushing, Jr., who was elected in 2012, is now the Institute’s senior vice president, which is also a two-year term.

    ACI President, Anne M. Ellis, FACI, is Vice President, Government Initiatives, AECOM, Springfield, Va. She has 33 years of experience with the A/E/C industry supporting public- and private-sector clients, concrete industry collaboration and advancements, and the expansion of a global, publicly traded professional services firm. At AECOM, she engages in policy, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting AECOM and the clients and markets the firm serves. By appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ellis serves on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC). ETTAC provides private-sector advice to 19 federal departments and agencies, with a primary focus on promoting the export of U.S. environmental goods and services. Ellis is active in several business and professional organizations. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and served as ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition judge in 2004, 2005, and 2012. She received her BS in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and has been a professional engineer in Virginia since 1984.

    ACI Vice President, Sharon L. Wood, FACI, is the Robert L. Parker Sr. Centennial Professor in Engineering and Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. An ACI member since 1983, she has previously served on the ACI Board of Direction and as Chair of the Technical Activities Committee and the Publications Committee. Wood has served on the faculty at the University of Texas (UT) since 1996, where she teaches classes on design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures, earthquake engineering, and engineering professionalism. Wood received her BS in civil engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, and her MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. She is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

    ACI Senior Vice President, William E. Rushing Jr., FACI, is a Vice President with Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., Inc., New Orleans, LA. He chairs the ACI Financial Advisory Committee and is a member of the Task Group on Strategic Plan Review and ACI Committees 314, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings; 351, Foundations for Equipment and Machinery; 376, Concrete Structures for Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Containment; E702, Designing Concrete Structures; S801, Student Activities; and a Director for Creative Association Management (CAM). In addition, he serves on Subcommittees 314-B, Preliminary Design and Economic Impact; 314-D, Design Aids; and the 314 Task Group to Update IPS-1.

    Advancing concrete knowledge – Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., USA, members of the American Concrete Institute advance concrete knowledge by producing consensus, concrete-related codes, specifications, guides, and reports; creating and administering certification programs that support individuals in the concrete industry; delivering seminars and distance learning opportunities; publishing Concrete International magazine; and producing two peer-reviewed technical journals.  For additional information, visit

    ACI Honored Outstanding Industry Contributions

    Source: American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    During the ACI Spring 2013 Convention Opening Session and Awards Program, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) recognized over 100 professionals, groups, and companies for their outstanding contributions and dedication to ACI and the concrete industry. Awards were presented  at the at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

    ACI’s highest honor recognizes persons of eminence in the field of the Institute’s interest, or one who has performed extraordinary meritorious service to the Institute. The following five individuals were inducted as Honorary Members: Kenneth B Bondy, Allen Face, Per Fidjestol, Anthony E. Fiorato and Ward R. Malisch.

    The evening concluded with the presentation of the following 21 medals and awards that recognize exemplary achievement, groundbreaking research, and service to ACI and the concrete industry:

    ·  ARTHUR R. ANDERSON MEDAL- Charles K. Nmai
    ·  JOE W. KELLY AWARD- Paul J. Tikalsky
    ·  HENRY L. KENNEDY AWARD- Thomas Otto Malerk
    ·  ALFRED E. LINDAU AWARD- William F. Baker
    ·  HENRY C. TURNER MEDAL- Colin L. Lobo
    ·  ACI CERTIFICATION AWARD – Keith Foster • Wally Rooke • Bruce A. Suprenant
    ·  ACI YOUNG MEMBER AWARD FOR PROF.ACHIEVEMENT- Scott R. Cumming • John T.Kevern•Kyle A. Riding
    ·  ACI CONSTRUCTION AWARD- Jeffrey St. John
    ·  WASON MEDAL- Alessandro P. Fantilli • Hirozo Mihashi • Paolo Vallini • Bernardino M. Chiaia
    ·  CHESTER PAUL SIESS AWARD – Jason Barrington • David Dickson • Luke A. Bisby • Tim Stratford
    ·  ACI DESIGN AWARD- José Riobóo Martín
    ·  DELMAR L. BLOEM DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD- Neven Krstulovic-Opara • Kimberly E. Kurtis • Diane Throop
    ·  CHAPTER ACTIVITIES AWARD- Thomas J. Grisinger • Anthony I. Johnson • Bartley William Kanters • Ephraim Senbetta

    Learn more about each of the awardees listed above and a brief history of the award they will be receiving in the 2013 Awards Program available at

    ACI also inducted new 50-Year Members, and recognized these 40 individuals for maintaining their membership and participating in ACI activities for at least five decades. Next, ACI honored 36 Fellows for their outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management. View the convention Awards Program at for a complete listing of the 50-Year Members and Fellows honored.

    Improving Housing Markets Steady in April 2013

    Source:  NAHB Eye on Housing

    Following seven consecutive months of gains, the list of improving U.S. housing markets remained virtually unchanged in April, with 273 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI).

    After a strong run-up through late 2012 and early 2013, the number of improving markets is holding steady at a high level. We can expect to see more gradual gains going forward as challenges related to increased demand kick in – including everything from tightened supplies of developable lots and skilled labor to the rising cost of building materials.

    The stability in the improving markets list this month is encouraging, with three quarters of all metros tracked by our index considered on the upswing as the spring buying season begins. In some markets, the main thing that’s holding back a recovery is a relatively thin inventory of homes for sale, which could be resolved if builders had easier access to credit for building homes and putting people back to work.

    READ MORE from NAHB’s economists.

    USGBC Urges Materials Manufacturers and Suppliers to Volunteer

    Source: USGBC

    USGBC has just announced that it is establishing a group of 11 to 15 volunteers to serve as a working group that will determine how to best implement Option 3 of the Material Ingredients credit proposed for LEED v4. The call for self-nominations of applicants posted April 1 to the volunteer opportunities page on the USGBC website, and USGBC will accept applications through May 1. To be eligible, applicants must be an employee of an organization that is a member of USGBC. The working group will be part of the ongoing conversation among those interested in market transformation, including chemical suppliers, design teams, producers of raw materials, academics, building product manufacturers and government entities. It will allow those who are responsible for signaling the needs and intentions of the downstream green building industry to do so in the most effective way possible, beginning with direct engagement of upstream suppliers.

    Part of the charge for the Material Ingredients Supply Chain Optimization Working Group is to identify third-party programs that can verify which manufacturers are engaging in robust safety, health, hazard and risk programs. The group also will create guidance to assist project teams that need simple, smart ways to specify products based on these third-party verifications.

    USGBC has launched the same language as a pilot credit (MRpc79), a mechanism that allows teams to immediately apply the credit language to current LEED projects and offer feedback to the working group on how best to implement the credit.

    LEED’s newest approach to improving transparency and transfer of information for decision-makers should stimulate innovation along the whole supply chain, and lead to better, healthier building products. Better products mean improved global competitiveness without sacrificing the health of our people and planet. Given the accelerated uptake of LEED outside the United States, this working group will be on the forefront of important changes that will have repercussions around the world. USGBC members may apply today on the volunteer opportunities page.


    CRSI Named An ANSI Accredited Standards Developer

    Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI)

    CRSI has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) to develop and maintain consensus standards for design, detailing, fabrication, placement, and construction of assemblies consisting of steel reinforcement and associated products used in concrete and masonry construction.

    According to CRSI President and CEO, Robert Risser, “While CRSI reference materials have been a mainstay of the industry for decades, we look forward to taking CRSI technical activities to this highest level, providing the reinforcing steel industry, as well as the engineering and architecture community, with important standards for governing appropriate industry activities and products.”

    CRSI initially intends to produce a standard for bar supports and two standards related to its certification programs for epoxy-coated reinforcing bars. After two proposed certification standards are developed by CRSI and approved through the ANSI process, they will serve as the technical requirements for the certification of epoxy-coating plants with straight bar lines and fabricator facilities that handle epoxy-coated reinforcing steel bars.

    “This is a historic event for CRSI,” said the Chairman of the CRSI Standards Committee, Peter Fosnough of Harris Rebar. “The members of the Standards Committee and all CRSI members should take pride in their hard work in establishing the consensus committee procedures necessary to meet the rigorous ANSI standards process.”

    Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a trade association that stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel reinforced concrete construction.  Serving the needs of architects, engineers and construction professionals, CRSI offers many technical publications, design aids, software programs, educational seminars, promotional activities, membership functions, and a design award program.