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Joe Beckwith receives 2021 Chairman’s Award

Each year, ACIA presents the Chairman’s Award to an outstanding leader in the concrete industry. This year’s recipient is a household name when it comes to Auburn University baseball. Joe Beckwith, son of longtime Auburn University director of ticket sales Bill Beckwith and his wife, Marjorie, was born in 1955…

April 26, 2021

2021 Environmental and Safety Award Recipients recognized at Annual Business Meeting

The Environmental Excellence Award is presented annually to a ready mix producer plant that has best demonstrated environmental excellence and innovative management. This year we are pleased to present Sherman Industries’ Tarrant, Alabama ready mix plant with this coveted award. The Tarrant location is a new ready-mix plant that became…

April 16, 2021

Eddie Ray receives Driver Lifetime Achievement Award

Drive Lifetime Achievement Award In 1981, a 31-year-old Eddie Ray was working on a farm in rural northeast Alabama. He had little knowledge of the concrete business and never once thought about driving a concrete truck. In fact, he had never driven a vehicle larger than afarm truck. However, that…

April 15, 2021

Meet our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

ACIF ScholarshipsFor the past 28 years, the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in building science, engineering or architecture at our state’s universities. Since 1993, we have awarded 54 scholarships totaling over $250,000. We currently award 2 $8,000 scholarships per year. The foundation’s first scholarship recipient,…

April 13, 2021

First Business Meeting held since Pandemic

After more than a year of mask wearing, elbow bumping, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Alabama Concrete Industries Association was thrilled to once again host its Annual Business Meeting held at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery. While still practicing Covid-19 safety protocols, ACIA welcomed 90 members and…

April 7, 2021

Fun Fact Friday- The History of Concrete

There is no denying that concrete and the technology surrounding it has come a long way since its discovery and development. From the Great Pyramids at Giza to smart sensors for testing concrete temperature, maturity, etc., we’ve put together a list of notable events and discoveries in the history of concrete. 6500BC –…

January 22, 2021

ACIA Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association Foundation (ACIF) is committed to the advancement of the state’s greatest asset, its youth. The Foundation was created in 1993 with a single contribution to a memorial scholarship fund honoring one of the industry’s bright young leaders, David F. Wright, who was killed in a…

January 5, 2021

NASA selects Drake Community College to study 3D Printed Concrete

Drake State Community & Technical College has been selected by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to help research 3D printing technologies that will help prepare for sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade and for future human missions to Mars. Drake State…

October 22, 2020

National Cement begins massive Expansion

A new material storage silo soars high above National Cement’s Ragland, Alabama operation, just one phase of a $250-million modernization project well underway at the company’s longtime production facility.  The monolithic concrete structure, which topped out in mid-July, stands some 256-feet high and was built using vertical slip form construction….

August 17, 2020

What Influences Concrete Quality?

by Uday R. Bhate, P.E.Senior Principal, BHATE Geosciences Concrete is the construction material most widely used worldwide. All building owners want high-quality, high-performance durable concrete with minimal cracking, curling, and no voids.  Good knowledge of building code requirements for plain and reinforced concrete is critical to successful concrete placement and…

July 7, 2020

Hot Weather Concreting

When temperatures rise, adverse site conditions can impact the quality of concrete and how it should be poured. Hot weather concreting, as defined by ACI 305R, is any combination of the following conditions that tends to impair the quality of freshly mix or hardened concrete by accelerating the rate of…

July 2, 2020

Covid-19 and the Concrete Industry’s Response

When it was clear that a nationwide pandemic was taking place, our members stepped up to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. While the Covid-19 crisis is something none of us have ever experienced, it has shown that the concrete industry remains vigilant in its responsive actions and…

June 23, 2020

ACI Certification Classes back in session

The association’s certification programs are now back up and running with new requirements to ensure safety from COVID-19 for all involved. There are three classes scheduled over the next 30 days.   On June 10-11, 2020, we will be holding an ACI Field Testing class in Montgomery. This is a…

May 29, 2020

Bhate Engineering celebrates 45 years in Business

BHATE Geosciences Corporation (BHATE) is celebrating 45 years of providing clients with innovative engineering solutions that save them time and money. Uday Bhate, Senior Principal Engineer, founded BHATE in Birmingham in 1975. Since then, they have expanded their services, pioneered new technologies, experienced tremendous growth with over 90 team members…

May 21, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Proper Jointing

As concrete settles, it can experience random cracking. However, joints are intentionally placed in concrete slabs to help reduce and control random cracking. There are typically three types of concrete joints available: expansion, construction and contraction. Before you tackle your next large concrete project, familiarize yourself with proper jointing tips…

May 12, 2020