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feature Challenges and Opportunities The ready-mixed concrete industry faces new regulations and tighter deadlines in the future. By Stephen Murdoch Across Connecticut, ready-mixed concrete companies are working diligently to reinvent themselves. Producers are looking for new markets to expand and grow their business during the economic downturn. Recently, CONNstruction magazine had the opportunity to speak with industry stakeholders from across the state as to how they’re coping with today’s new economy. Jim Langlois, executive director for the Connecticut Concrete Promotion Council, knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut-based companies serving the state’s concrete industry. “There is no question, businesses must invest in new products and applications to grow their market share. In the last few years, a number of industry members invested time and money into pervious concrete. The concrete, with a high porosity, allows water percolation and other sources to pass directly through, thereby reducing the runoff from a site and allowing groundwater recharge. Pervious concrete has become an important application for sustainable construction and is a technique used by builders from across the state to protect water quality,” Langlois said. New regulatory requirements With new regulatory requirements often introduced, Langlois explained how they can affect a company’s business model. “Ready-mixed concrete businesses from across Connecticut are dealing with regulatory requirements on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “Air quality management, discharge of process water and stormwater and the management of waste solids, as well as registration, monitoring, record-keeping and enforcement are of the utmost importance.” The 40-year industry veteran goes on to explain how specific needs and requirements 16 / CONNstruction / Winter 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2012

What it Takes to Produce
‘Green’ Product Enhances State Capitol
Construction Labor Supply
Lean Construction: Continuous Improvement Comes to Construction
Road Warriors
Challenges and Opportunities
Better Quality Control
Quality Assurance for Project Produced Construction Materials
AGC of Connecticut Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
2012 Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
CEUCA 2012 Annual Meeting & Fall Dinner Program
CCIA/AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Winter 2012