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Backing accident prevention kicks off online driver training series

In advance of an online driver training series to be formally released this month at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo, the RMC Research and Education Foundation has posted on YouTube a preview of a two-lesson module addressing truck backing safety. The series will offer participants e-learning lessons 24/7, with backing accident prevention to be followed by lessons on equipment lock out/tag out procedures, plus slip, trip and fall prevention—topics that lead Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation activity among ready mixed producers. The lessons were shot at NRMCA producer members’ plants and at onsite pours so viewers relate to how a concept applies directly to their circumstances. 

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NRMCA debuts Improving Concrete Quality course

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md. 

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Versatility key ingredient of General Shale’s kitchen series

BR GS-IIJohnson City, Tenn.–based General Shale has expanded its outdoor living line with the Alfresco Kitchen Series, whose six components enable a customizable layout suited to most any space. One of the series’ marketable features is the ability to create a versatile cabinet system, built with a combination of Napoleon Gourmet Grills, stainless steel cabinets and drawers, straight line and corner pieces, Normandy building stone, and custom stain-ready concrete countertops. 

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEAM FINISHES FIRST IN 52-TON TRUCK PULL

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEAM FINISHES FIRST IN 52-TON TRUCK PULLContinuing a 12-year sponsorship, San Jose-based Central Concrete Supply Co. dispatched one of six 15-member teams to the Special Olympics Northern California Annual Power Pull at Great America, Santa Clara. Accompanied by a Special Olympian, each team competed for time on 20-ft. pulls of a 38,000-lb. Central Concrete mixer and 66,000-lb. Sunnyvale (Calif.) Department of Public Safety fire engine. The teams raised $23,000 for the Special Olympics.

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MANUFACTURERS - August 2014

Ryan Suszek has been named Besser Co. director of Pipe and Precast, succeeding Tom Schmidt, who retired last month. Suszek joined Besser in 2005 as a financial analyst and was soon promoted to Pipe and Precast unit controller. Schmidt joined (pre-Besser) Quinn Machinery and Foundry in 1992, progressing in Finance department positions to a 2005 appointment as treasurer; he was appointed Pipe and Precast director five years later, with responsibilities for Sioux City and Boone, Iowa, operations.

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