This year’s profiles of America’s Concrete Contractors include some big self-performing GCs and some tiny father-son enterprises. Seeing the differences among these contractors is interesting but what strikes me most is the similarities: all have an abiding passion for their teams—they’re like families, whether they are actually related or not. And they all also have a true desire to do great work and the ambition to make their company a success. “We are here to make ourselves known,” said Mattingly Concrete’s young owner Will Mattingly. With that confidence, I suspect you’ll hear more from him.

Website Upgrade

My job has changed dramatically in the past 15 years since I first became editor of Concrete Construction. Paper is rapidly disappearing from our operations and is even declining as the vehicle for delivering information to you. You may be reading this on paper, but it won’t be long before paper magazines go the way of the dinosaur. And with our brand new website, we are now truly digital-first, meaning everything goes onto the website first and then, if it’s getting printed on paper, gets converted to that format. But since we will only print six paper issues in 2016, much of what we work on never sees a printing press. That makes it more important than ever to check out our new website, so visit often.

President Concrete

With the fall election approaching, I’m sure you’re wondering if this crazy thing will ever end. It will, but not yet. So assuming that the only three significant contenders will be Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, and Libertarian Gary Johnson (he’s for real!), which president would be the best for the concrete industry? Just looking at infrastructure spending, Trump has called for “a trillion-dollar rebuilding plan,” Clinton wants $275 billion over five years, and Johnson would cut spending but encourage privatization. And, of course, there’s Trump’s wall, a project that seems to me is destined for history’s dustbin, although it certainly would consume a lot of concrete. Beyond infrastructure, a third President Johnson would probably be the most business-friendly of the bunch, although Trump does know something about the construction industry.

60 Years

The next issue of CC in September will be our 60th anniversary issue. That’s more than 700 issues of the magazine in print! Concrete Construction was started by Bill Avery in 1956 with the objective of
promoting “a free exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences.” In the September issue, we will bring you a review of some of the magazine’s highlights, but if you have any ideas about how to celebrate 60 years of CC, let me know.