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Mixer driver recruitment survey: New-hire ranks rise, vacancies persist

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md. 

The 2019 NRMCA Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey shows the estimated industry driver pool increasing for the first time in two years, from 75,000 in 2016-2017 to 77,000 last year. Among survey respondents, 95 percent report driver vacancies—equating to nearly 10,000 unfilled driver positions through the end of 2018—versus 27 percent the prior year, while 60 percent turned away business due to lack of drivers available for material deliveries. 

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‘Made for Now’ vibe drives Command Alkon conference

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Heavy building materials innovators who leverage technology advancements to make smarter decisions faster, achieve break-through performance and deliver differentiated experiences inform a “Made for Now” theme for Command Alkon’s 2019 Elevate Conference & Expo, November 3-6 in Chicago.

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Oldcastle veteran, SiteOne Chief Black maintains acquisition drive

Sources: CP staff; SiteOne Landscape Supply, Roswell, Ga.

Leading wholesale distributor SiteOne Landscape Supply has closed on Trendset Concrete Products, a Woodinville, Wash., source of Abbotsford Concrete, Mutual Materials, Oldcastle/Belgard and other paver or segmental retaining wall unit brands. 

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NRMCA names Environmental Excellence Awards winners

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Nine plants in seven states have earned 2019 NRMCA Environmental Excellence Awards. Now in its 24th year, the program offers producer members national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound pollution control and abatement practices. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee names plants and their owners by region, saluting this year:

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Dodge forecasting veteran succeeds Chief Economist Murray

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York 

Dodge Data & Analytics Senior Economist Richard Branch is successor to Chief Economist Robert Murray, who retired at the end of August. After a decade in his former role, Branch is now tasked with ensuring the service’s continued preeminence in tracking, analyzing and forecasting North American construction activity. He will work with clients and national, regional, or trade media to share insights on residential and commercial building plus nonbuilding markets. Branch will likewise play lead roles in producing or overseeing the monthly Dodge Momentum Index, National Construction Starts research, and annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference. 

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