Predictions Much Better Than the Weatherman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:36

Quote of the Month: “I’m not young enough to know everything” Oscar Wilde.

In the past few weeks, I have been reading some economic reports, that’s what old guys do for excitement, at least this one. Wells Fargo Bank (WFB) the third largest U.S. bank with $1.4-trillion in assists and one of the banking survivors who actually hit the jackpot and received bailout funds – the biggest amount awarded in a single shot: $25 billion in our tax dollars, has an annual survey, which is very good and free to all, and they follow it up with a 6-month review.

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CEMEX Founder Passes Away Suddenly PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:24

Lorenzo H. Zambrano, who took a family owned cement company and grew it into the third-largest cement company in the world died suddenly on May 11th while on a business trip to Madrid, Spain. Mr. Zambrano was 70 years old. A CEMEX representative said Mr. Zambrano died of natural causes and gave no further details.

Mr. Zambrano was born on March 27, 1944, in Monterrey, Mexico, the same city his grandfather originally started the company that became CEMEX. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University and joined the family company in 1968.

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Rise of The Machines PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:22
Yes, I know it is the title of Terminator 3, but in this case I am writing about the tremendous rise of the machines in terms of engineering, capabilities and acceptance. 
My first acquaintance with a concrete pump was machines with colorful names, like flapper box, squeezer and spade valve types. We now are pretty well settled on the type of valve and even the hydraulics and overall operation. We have gone from no boom to booms over 100 meters and from two section stiff booms to five and six section articulated; from four inch pipe to five inch pipe. 
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World Record Concrete Pour In L.A. Started with Planning PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:40

If you went for a walk in downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon the 15th of February you may have heard a wonderful sound, swoosh click, swoosh click, swoosh click a steady synchronous rhythm repeated over and over.

It is a great and reassuring sound, the sound of concrete moving through a 5 inch pipeline on a concrete pump boom. Every stroke more concrete going into what was to become a “World Record Continuous Concrete Pour.”

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Have a Safety Plan When Dealing with Government PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:37

“No matter how cynical you get, it’s impossible to keep up.”
Lily Tomlin

Safety is something we all try to practice in our business as well as our personal life. Being safe can involve costs and sometimes hardship as well.

By now you have invested as required to be compliant in the CARB rules. As of January this year you documented your fleet and planed for the investments to stay compliant as well as grow your business. The current timeline from CARB is out to 2023. The CARB has an emissions goal to 2050; they have not formed any regulations. You are “safe” from the CARB until 2023 – maybe.

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LA construction crews aim for largest continuous concrete pour PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:18

Largest Pour Cham640

February 15, 2014: Crews pour concrete to lay the foundation for the New Wilshire Grand building in a record attempt for the largest continuous concrete pour in history in downtown Los Angeles. The marathon pour is expected to last 20 hours without interruption. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


 

LOS ANGELES –  Crews began pouring concrete Saturday to lay the foundation for the tallest building to be constructed west of the Mississippi -- and they're hoping it's one for the history books.

The marathon concrete pour was expected to last 20 hours without interruption. The attempt will be verified by an official from Guinness World Records.

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ACPA Will No Longer Accept Recertification Tests After February 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 10:26

Phase I of the changes to ACPA Operator Certification Program will begin with the elimination of the Recertification test on February 15, 2014.

After this date, all operators are required to take the Certification Test each time their certifications are due to expire.

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A Dry, Dark, Green View of California PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 10:24

“Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

I drove to Las Vegas for World of Concrete from Sacramento along SR 99 in January. On road trips I like to look at the contractor rental yards and dealer displays as what they have and how much gives some indication of what they project for the coming year their customers will want.

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