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Cemex Recognized for Social, Environmental Leadership

CEMEX, an ACPA member, was recently included on Fortune Magazine’s Change the World list, a ranking of 51 companies worldwide “that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy,” the business magazine reports.

Appearing in 16th place on the list, CEMEX is the only Latin-American based company included and the only cemexlogocompany from the construction materials sector, according to a CEMEX announcement.

The company reported it was selected from among over 200 nominees, thanks to its Patrimonio Hoy program. The program provides low-income families living in urban and semi-urban areas with access to building materials, as well as microfinancing, technical advice, and logistical support to assist participants in building their own homes.

The program also aims to improve local public infrastructure. Since its inception, the program has provided affordable solutions to approximately 2 million people throughout Latin America. “We are proud to be included in Fortune’s Change the World list,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEMEX Chief Executive Officer.

“This recognition reinforces our commitment to continue working everyday to build a better future.” The goal of this acknowledgement, according to Fortune editor Allan Murray, is “to shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategy.”

The companies had to meet four criteria: the degree of business innovation involved; the measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge; the contribution of the shared-value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage; and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business.

A team of journalists from Fortune then further vetted each of the nominees and reported on their impact. Click here to view the magazine’s profile on Cemex.

Only one other transportation-construction concern, Arup engineering and consulting, was named to the list.

ACPA and Other Organizations Continue to Urge Reauthorization 

Ahead of Congress returning from the August recess next week, ACPA has signed on another letter urging the U.S. House of Representatives to prioritize and approve its version of surface transportation reauthorization legislation as soon as possible. 

The letter is similar to letters that have been sent to the U.S. Senate over the past 14 months.  A growing number of transportation-construction organizations, as well as the U.S. Chamber have signed on thus far. A final version of the letter will be posted to the ACPA website next week.  

ACPA and Allies Focus on Competition

ACPA and allied trade associations PCA and NRMCA continue to articulate the benefits of competition in the paving marketplace, noting that fostering competition extends the purchasing power of highway investments.

Two of the latest examples of this may be found in a co-authored article by ACPA’s Leif Wathne and NRMCA’s Glenn Ochsenreiter.   The article, “How the Concrete Paving Industry is Advancing by Promoting the Value of Competition,” appeared in the third quarter issue of NRMCA’s InFocus magazine.

The article discusses how “in an effort to educate and inform customers of the advantages of competition, the traditional ‘concrete vs. asphalt’ dialogue is not part of the discussion at the national level.  We simply point out that both materials have benefits in specific circumstances, and are quick to add that asphalt rhetoric demeaning concrete is an effort by special interests to maintain a monopoly advantage.

This article, along with the association’s unified presence and messaging at trade shows, is taking aim of the fact that more than half the states in the nation spend more than 85% of their pavement dollars on only one pavement type.

Earlier this week, ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA were articulating this and other points at the American Public Works Congress & Exposition in Phoenix.   Exhibiting as the Alliance for Pavement Competition, the three organizations are taking the messages about competition directly to public officials across the country.

Earlier this year, the alliance partners exhibited at the National Association of County Executives annual conference and exposition.   The alliance partners also will be carrying the message forward for a second consecutive year at the upcoming AASHTO Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 24 through 28 in Chicago.

Site Visit Provides Opportunity to Gain Insights on Airport Overlay Project

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo.  Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo. Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

ACPA and the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) recently arranged a tour at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President – Airports & Pavement Technology, and Rico Fung, CAC’s Director, Markets and Technical Affairs (and current Chairman of the ACPA Chapter/State Committee), teamed up to arrange the site visit.  

Fung is promoting the use of concrete overlay on some rehabilitation work at Toronto Pearson International Airport and wanted officials to view the project. The group had an opportunity to tour the Runway 4L-22R concrete reconstruction project, which includes an 18 in. concrete overlay of an existing asphalt runway.

Guy Zummo,  P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Consulting Engineer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) helped set up the tour for Chris Stewart, P.Eng., Manager, Airside and Infrastructure Engineering, and Garry Price, A.A.E., GSC, Manager of Capital Restoration Projects, both of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Zummo is now the new Chief Civil Engineer for PANYNJ, following the retirement of Scott Murrell.  Incidentally, prior to being appointed to his current position, ACPA accompanied Zummo on a similar tour at Washington Dulles Airport when he was the PANYNJ design engineer for an earlier JFK concrete runway project.

Unlike most agencies, which hire consultants, Zummo and his PANYNJ staff provided the design, plans, specifications, and construction administration for the project, Mitchell said. Mitchell said the work by Tutor Perini Corporation’s Cherry Hill Construction subsidiary is outstanding. The project is expected to be finished in late September.

“The GTAA engineers are very impressed with the execution and quality of the project,” said CAC’s Fung.  “This visit helps to plant the seed of concrete overlay as a viable rehabilitation strategy for Toronto’s existing asphalt and concrete airfield pavements.”

CRSI Seeks Long-Life CRCP Project Info, Photos

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is asking ACPA members and Chapter/State personnel to supply project information and photos for use in project profiles on continuously reinforced concrete pavements (CRCP).

Working with CRSI to develop the case histories and other resources, Robert Rodden, P.E., says the plan is to develop and post CRCP profiles this fall.

He says CRSI hopes to “collect at least one project from each state that has provisions for building this type of pavement.”  He added that multiple projects will help people understand the versatility of the product.

Rodden noted that the case histories may include web links and logos of the contractor companies involved, as well as web links of materials and equipment suppliers and others involved in the project.   Internal hyperlinks to CRSI resources also will be included, as well as external resources.

Rodden is responsible for finding, compiling, organizing, and presenting the project profiles.  ACPA members and Chapter/State affiliates interested in providing information and photos are encouraged to contact him at rrodden@gmail.com or 847.867.8589.

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