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Introduction
The NRMCA Fleet Benchmarking and
Costs Survey was established to provide concrete producers with information to evaluate
and benchmark ready mixed concrete fleet
maintenance and utilization. The survey was
developed and responses analyzed by the
NRMCA Operations, Environmental and
Safety (OES) Committee. Fleet operating
statistics are measured to quantify current
performance and to plan and budget for
future improvements, whether it's downsizing to meet current demand levels or buying
to meet current and future challenges. The
real challenge is to know what to measure,
when to measure and to know what constitutes good performance. Benchmarking
allows the fleet manager, accountant or
ready mixed concrete executive to identify
and compare cost and other performance
factors with industry averages as obtained
from this survey. Once the fleet's management strategies and performance have been
successfully benchmarked, the fleet manager
has a tool to identify the unsatisfactory as
well as the excellent performance areas of
his or her fleet.
Benchmarking fleet statistics allows the
ready mixed concrete industry to identify
the areas that require change and facilitates
continuous improvement of fleet operations.
Lacking a complete understanding of the
fleet's cost components and a strategy for
adequate f leet replacement schedules is
a significant issue in f leet management.
Therefore, the goal of this survey is to
provide a useful tool for ready mixed concrete producers to better manage their fleet
operations and to consistently improve on
fleet performance.

Confidentiality
NRMCA keeps all individual company
and/or divisional data submitted for the survey strictly confidential. After verification of
all data entry and calculations, the association
destroys and/or deletes the entry forms and all
tabulation records that specifically attribute
data to a producer, division and/or plant. This
policy was established to help elevate the level
of participation and enhance the statistics
through a strong sampling of the industry.
NRMCA treats confidentiality with the highest priority and under no circumstances will
release any company results.
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FALL 2017

The 2017 Fleet Benchmarking Survey form
was sent to NRMCA member company fleet
managers, financial officers and primary contacts in January 2017 and was also posted
on NRMCA's website, www.nrmca.org.
The survey represents data for calendar year
2016. The fleet managers and financial officers were instructed to submit information to
the extent available, if all questions could not
be answered. The 72 survey questions were
placed in the following 10 sections:
*	Region
*	 Mixer Fleet
*	 Chassis Configuration
*	 Fleet Performance
*	 Fuel Consumption
*	 Mixer Maintenance
*	 Tire Information
*	 Preventive Maintenance
*	Front-End-Loaders
*	Benchmarking.

Survey Responses
Now in its 16th year, the annual survey
is limited to NRMCA member companies.
NRMCA received submissions from 82 companies or divisions (up 14% over last year). The
usefulness of these fleet performance statistics
are enhanced by the level of participation in
the survey. Some items were not responded to
by all participants. The percentage response is
reported in each of the following sections and
it is suggested by the authors that a response
less than about 30% may not be statistically
significant. Results of the survey are compiled
nationally. Responses came from eight geographical regions, which are mapped in the
appendix of this report.

Table 1: Geographical Distribution of
Survey Responses in Percent
U.S. Region

% of Total Reponses

Southeastern

	23%

Mixer Fleets

Eastern

	13%

A total of 16,604 concrete mixer trucks are
represented in the 2017 survey. In 2016, the
survey represented about 15,100 mixer trucks.
Using yards delivered per truck annually,
4,889 (median from survey question #63) and
the estimated total U.S. ready mixed concrete
produced from the NRMCA website (approx.
343 million cubic yards), one can estimate
the number of ready mixed concrete trucks
currently operating in the United States to be
approximately 70,200. New mixer trucks sales
have been reported as brisk as the industry
continues its recovery from 2010 when only
257 million cubic yards of concrete were produced nationally.

Great Lakes/
Midwest

	9%

South Central

	15%

Rocky Mountain

	4%

North Central

	5%

Pacific Northwest

	10%

Pacific Southwest

	20%

Based on data submitted, the average number of mixer trucks per company/-d ivision
(represented by this survey) is 203 (down
about 3% from the 2016 report). This number continues to change every year due to


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017

From the President’s Desk
Corporate Suite
Enviroscene
2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
The Root Causes of Poor Communication
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
Engineering: Specifying for Performance
View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
Index of Advertisers
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - The Root Causes of Poor Communication
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Engineering: Specifying for Performance
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
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