Hello CRMCA members. The long wait is over and time once again for the Ohlheiser Blog. I know many of you are pasted to your computer waiting for this, so here is what is going on within your association!!
- I need to say thanks to all the volunteers that helped with another successful “Concrete at the Capitol” day on April 28. CRMCA, along with the American Concrete Pavement Association and the American Concrete Pipe Association hosted the event and served over 500 elected officials and staff at the Capitol. This is our way of interacting one last time during the session, and saying thanks for efforts put forward by our state legislators.
- In addition to interacting with legislators at the state level, Rich Umbel and I traveled to Washington to speak with the Colorado delegates in DC. This trip was part of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In, in which our counterparts from around the country interact with delegates in support of long term funding of the Highway Trust Fund. While the wheels turn slow in DC, there is total agreement that something must be done. Obviously, how to get there is the debate, but very good and frank conversations occurred on your behalf.
- The Build With Strength campaign continues to build momentum within CRMCA. Thanks to the efforts of project leader, Oliver Brooks (Martin Marietta) our 3 areas of Advocacy, Business Development, and Communications are beginning to function well. We strongly believe these efforts will pay off and help us gain back market share of low to mid rise buildings in the state. Contact the association staff to see how you can get plugged in.
- You will also see information on the website regarding the new Exterior Concrete Flatwork Guide and Maintenance Best Practices! As you know, issues and call backs regarding exterior concrete are a well-documented concern for our industry. This guide is intended to educate and inform others on the proper techniques and practices to place and care for concrete correctly. This entire project is a huge success for the Central Market and Technical Committees, and I need to personally thank Dana Rotkovich (Bestway) for his continued efforts over the past 2 years to make this happen. Now it is up to all of us to get this in inspectors, superintendents, and concrete placers hands to improve the industry.
I appreciate your commitment and dedication to the concrete industry and this association. I hope to see many of you at the 2017 Summer Conference on July 20-21 in Vail, Colorado at the recently renovated Hotel Talisa (formerly the Cascade). Conference details and registration are available now. Don’t forget to check us out at crmca.org or social media. Thanks.
Todd R. Ohlheiser
Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association