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National Cement expanding; $250million investment at Ragland facility

The National Cement Co. of Alabama announced plans to invest more than $250 million to construct a new kiln at its Ragland production plant, ensuring the St. Clair County facility’s competitiveness for decades to come. National Cement, which has been producing cement in Ragland since 1910, said construction on the…

January 9, 2020

Concrete Cracks: How to prevent or repair

There are two adages about concrete: it will harden, and it will crack. Despite the best efforts of the contractor or homeowner who pours concrete, cracks do develop. Crack-free concrete is rare, and in the day-to-day world there will be cracks in driveways, concrete floors and building foundations. While cracks…

November 25, 2019

Majority of DOT Agencies approve Limestone Cement Use

For the past decade, the concrete industry has been getting bad publicity over the carbon footprint of cement, and it’s true that cement manufacturing does have an impact on the environment. So if cement manufacturers come up with a way to improve concrete sustainability with no negative impacts on constructability,…

November 6, 2019

Concrete on the Fast Track- Talladega’s ‘Transformation’ project now complete

History was made at Talladega Superspeedway when now, for the first time ever, drivers and fans can enter and leave the infield at any time they choose — even during a race. The Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel began in October 2018, and was the launch of Transformation – The…

October 16, 2019

Two Member Companies raising Awareness for Breast Cancer by putting pink trucks on the road

It is a worldwide annual campaign taking place each October, involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research. And right here in our own industry, two of our members are helping raise awareness by putting pink-drummed trucks on the road. About one in…

October 7, 2019

Meet Willie Benson, 2019 Truck Driver Championship Winner

This past May, forty-eight drivers from across the Southeast gathered at Thompson Tractor Company to compete in the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s Truck Driver Championship, held each year to recognize the men and women for all the hard work they do for our industry. But only one driver could win…

September 27, 2019

Lambert Ezell Durham Architecture receives Top Block Award for Florence Middle School

Lambert Ezell Durham Architecture in Florence, AL, received the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s “Top Block Award,” which recognized the use of concrete in its winning design of Florence Middle School. The design for the 180,000 square-foot facility took about a year and a half from research, programming, schematic design through…

September 20, 2019

One World Trade Center, a symbol of freedom with a core made of concrete.

Eighteen years ago, the unthinkable happened, and it changed this world forever. As the towers crumbled, so did the heart of our nation. But as the years passed, One World Trade Center (WTC) was built and became a new symbol of freedom for this country. And at the very core…

September 11, 2019

The Popularity of Concrete

After water, concrete is the second-most consumed material in the world with over four billion tons of it produced in 2017, a figure that makes it the world’s most consumed manmade material. Concrete is incredibly important in the world of construction, but few know just how popular it actually is….

September 5, 2019

Get to Know Phil Webb, 2019 Chairman’s Award Recipient

In 2009, the ACIA created the Chairman’s Award to honor outstanding leaders in the concrete industry. This year’s winner is the epitome of this recognition.   Phil Webb was born in Heflin, AL to a family who placed a high value on hard work. Phil’s grandfather started Farmer Supply Company,…

August 27, 2019

Pervious Concrete used in various projects throughout Alabama

As most residents of Alabama are aware, the state has a variety of weather conditions. This summer has been a scorcher across the South, and lately as the temperatures and humidity have set records, the combination has also produced some hefty thunderstorms. These storms can produce a few inches of…

August 21, 2019