NRMCA—75 years of service

This year, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) will celebrate a milestone —its diamond anniversary. Founded in 1930, NRMCA continues to be a leading advocate working to expand, improve, and promote the industry through leadership, education, and partnering. Throughout 2005, NRMCA will spotlight this important occasion with historical highlights in E-News, a gala celebration during its annual convention in March, a commemorative poster, a redesigned masthead, a full history posted at the association Web site, and other special activities. As NRMCA celebrates— and accelerates—into a century of leadership, it thanks the anniversary sponsors whose generous support allows this event to receive fitting attention.

Previous concrete manual

Addressing increased interest in pervious concrete as a paving material, the Portland Cement Association in cooperation with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is pleased to introduce Pervious Concrete Pavements, a definitive reference manual.

This guide introduces readers to pervious concrete applications and engineering properties, environmental benefits, structural properties, and its durability. It discusses both hydraulic and structural designs as well as construction techniques.

For more information or to order, visit the PCA Bookstore at You can also order by calling 800-868-6733 or 847-972-9040. Cost is $25.

2004 ARTBA-CFMA Highway Contractors Financial Survey

The 2004 Highway Contractors Financial Survey is the first financial report to provide a meaningful analytical resource exclusively for highway, street, bridge, and tunnel contractors, and others interested in the financial aspects of the highway construction industry. The information and ideas in the report will help every highway contractor firm strengthen its business and improve its bottom line.

The report was prepared by the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF), and builds on the CFMA's 16 years of experience providing financial data for the U.S. construction industry.

Voight named ACPA chief

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) executive committee named Gerald F. Voight as president and chief executive officer. Previously chief operating officer and senior vice president of technical services for ACPA, Voight joined ACPA in 1988. Says Dan Keys, chairman of the board, “We are very pleased to have Jerry continue in a leadership role with ACPA and look forward to a long and prosperous future.”

CC sponsors Tilt Up convention

Concrete Construction magazine was named official media sponsor for the Tilt Up Concrete Association's annual convention in October. The convention, Oct. 12–15 in Atlanta, will focus on design, construction, and marketing of tilt up. CC, a Hanley Wood publication, is excited about this opportunity to partner with one of the most dynamic associations in the concrete industry. The October issue of Concrete Construction will be devoted to tilt up.

Approved funding for noise issue

The Portland Cement Association recently approved funding for an action plan developed by the American Concrete Pavement Association to address sound at the tire/pavement interface.

The plan combines research, product development, testing, and communications to advance quiet concrete pavement technology. With the high cost of sound barriers, coupled with increasing public demand for quieter highways, the Federal Highway Administration and state transportation departments could consider pavement noise as a design criterion.