PCA seeks to honor 'green' public officials

The Portland Cement Association (PCA; booths C4113, SG22619) encourages concrete industry representatives to submit nominations for its 2009 Sustainable Leadership Awards program, which was established last year to identify and honor government leaders who advance sustainable development through the use of concrete and cement-based products.The awards program includes four categories:

  • Leadership in sustainability policy
  • Homes and residential building
  • Nonresidential building
  • Infrastructure

The leadership category honors public officials who advance policies that promote the concept of sustainable development by advocating and promoting the use of concrete and cement-based products in their communities. The other categories honor public officials who use such products to achieve sustainable benefits for projects. Last year's winners were recognized for using new innovations and technologies such as pervious concrete, insulating concrete forms, full-depth reclamation, green alleys, and green roofs.

Buildings and activities must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2008, to be eligible. The deadline to submit final entries is May 29, 2009.

World of Concrete attendees can learn more about the awards and view a video presentation of 2008 winners at PCA's kiosk at GREENSITE.

For more information and to access the nomination form, visit www.cement.org/sustainableleadership.

ASTM International offers scholarship

ASTM International currently is accepting applications for the Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship, which awards $7500 tuition assistance to college students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction.

Full-time undergraduate students completing their sophomore year or later and graduate students are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications for this year's scholarship is April 30, 2009.

The scholarship honors Katharine and Bryant Mather, who together contributed in excess of 100 years to the investigation and research on the effects of various concrete materials and construction techniques, and on the ability of hydraulic-cement concretes to remain durable under aggressive exposure conditions. To nominate a candidate, go to www.astm.org/campus.

Get expert advice on coatings, sealants

If you have questions concerning polyurethane coatings, adhesives, and sealants, today is your last chance to take advantage of Bayer MaterialScience LLC's "Ask the Experts" presentations at the company's South Hall booth: S14121.Bayer MaterialScience scientists have been leading a series of one-hour dialogues this week, covering topics like polyaspartic coatings, waterborne coatings, and new developments in sealants. Today, the following discussions are scheduled to take place:

  • New developments in sealants........10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Polyaspartic coatings........2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Gehl celebrates 150 years

"To thrive in business for 150 years takes product innovation, sound business decisions, strong leadership, and first-class customer service; but most of all it takes dedicated employees and dealers." - The Gehl Co.

In 1859, a small blacksmith shop opened in a rural Wisconsin community. Today, still headquartered in West Bend, Wis., that shop has grown into an international compact equipment manufacturer. To commemorate 150 years of service, The Gehl Co. (Booth C5899) has published an illustrated, hardcover book detailing the events of the company's evolution. Major milestones include:

  • 1880: The shop began developing agricultural implements for small farms and invented the Hexelbank Ensilage Cutter, a predecessor to the modern forage harvester. It became a best seller.
  • 1902: John W. Gehl acquired the business, becoming the first Gehl family member to lead the implement company.
  • 1930s: A second generation of Gehl brothers took control of the business.
  • 1940s: The Gehl brothers developed new agricultural products, including field forage harvesters, self-propelled forage harvesters, multiple-row crop attachments, and portable feedmakers.
  • 1973: Began manufacturing skid loaders for agricultural customers, necessitating a second manufacturing plant in Madison, S.D. The machines crossed over into international and construction markets.
  • 1987: Began manufacturing the Gehl Dynalift telescopic handler in Yankton, S.D.
  • 1992: A third-generation Gehl, William D. Gehl, began managing the company. The company diversified into multiple markets, and began making more compact equipment.
  • 1997: Acquired Mustang Mfg.

"Despite changes in technology and an ever-expanding product line, Gehl has remained true to its reputation for ingenuity, innovation, and reliability," says William Gehl, current CEO and board chairman. Copies of the anniversary book can be ordered at www.gehl.com on the "Gehl Gear" page.

WOC's World-Class Education Program

This May in Orlando, WOC's Regional Education Conference will provide continuing education hours that will help contractors from the Southeast meet their states' continuing education requirements. Taking place at the Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suites Hotel & Convention Center May 15-16, the 12 seminars in the program represent the most popular WOC seminars for the concrete construction industry. Master certificates will be available for Concrete Fundamentals and Decorative Concrete tracks. Additional topics covered include floors and slabs, concrete repair, and field and management. All of the seminars are approved for State of Florida DBPR/CILB continuing education hours. In addition to these popular seminars, the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety for Concrete Construction session will be offered.

Registration and detailed information on the program will be available at www.worldofconcrete.com after WOC 2009 concludes.