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New York terminal shows McInnis capacity for conservation, disruption

New York City Council and community organization representatives recently joined McInnis Cement officials for a formal opening of the producer’s 44,000-metric ton (mt) capacity terminal in the Bronx—the first new industrial maritime project built on the borough’s south waterfront since the 1960s.

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Developer of rebar-tying robot takes top AGC-Autodesk award

Saxonburg, Pa.-based Brayman Construction and its affiliate, Advanced Construction Robotics, took first place and a $10,000 prize in the inaugural Associated General Contractors of America-Autodesk Innovation Awards program for an autonomous rebar-tying robot geared to bridge construction. The TyBot device ties continuously day or night, and takes over after construction crews carry, place and frame-in 10 percent of deck rebar.

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NRMCA survey measures minor decline in mixer driver pool

Results from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Workforce Development Committee’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey confirm increased pressure on ready mixed producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional pool. The survey indicates that the industry’s driver ranks dropped 3 percent between January and December 2017, while 48 percent of respondents reported lost business because they did not have drivers to deliver orders—up 12 percent from last year’s survey.

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Volumetric Mixer Bureau launches operator certification

The Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, a National Ready Mixed Concrete Association affiliate, has finalized certification criteria aimed at building operator professionalism and providing proof of industry-specific knowledge. The Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification Program can be used to provide a career path while improving customer service skills, along with company and industry image. Open to candidates with at least three months’ on-the-job experience, the NRMCA-administered program spans Safety, Concrete Technology, Volumetric Operation and Maintenance, and Customer and Company Relations sections. Each is covered in a VMMB workbook outlining a standard of knowledge and skills a professional volumetric mixer operator should possess.

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100,000th McNeilus mixer bound for CalPortland’s Glacier Northwest fleet

A milestone, technology-laden Bridgemaster that McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Co. displayed at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks conference outside Washington, D.C., has been dispatched to Washington State, joining the fleet of the CalPortland Co. Glacier Northwest business.

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