Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast

Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast


The Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast was launched in 2020 to benefit the concrete industry. Show hosts and concrete engineers Paul Fendley and Joey Bell explore and discuss industry news, trends, upcoming events, and more amongst themselves and with experts from all facets of the industry. Guests offer insight and expertise on topics such as ready-mix production, materials, QC, equipment, academia, engineering, and many other keen areas of interest. The podcast also formerly included concrete engineer Josh Hare whom you will see and hear featured in many of the show’s posts.

The show hosts are all part of the Active Minerals International (AMI) technical development team dedicated to the concrete industry.  AMI produces Acti-Gel® 208 purified magnesium aluminosilicate, a high-performance mix stabilizer, and rheology modifier used in a wide variety of cement-based applications.

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    ConExpo 2023

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    Joey joins the podcast to catch up with Paul and Josh to put a bow on the 2023 edition of the ConExpo. Joey asks some great questions about the show from a perspective of someone who wasn’t able to attend this year. The guys talk about the best parts of the show and what can be improved, as well as what the industry can look forward to in 2026 for the next edition of ConExpo.

    Josh and Paul have survived day 2 and are here to tell the tale. Topics include their first trip in the Vegas Loop Tunnel, all of the in-person interviews and booth tours that will be published for the pod audience, emerging engine technology, tires, grease, and anything else you can think of. Wish you were here!

    Paul and Josh discuss all that they were able to take in on a busy first day at the 2023 version of ConExpo in Las Vegas. Tune in to get a first hand recollection of all there is to see, hear, and do at the largest Construction Expo in the Western Hemisphere.

    World of Concrete 2023!

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    After a year-long hiatus, the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast is back. The hosts, Joey and Paul, catch up on what has happened in the concrete industry and their personal lives. They discuss Huber’s acquisition of Active Minerals, their new customers and projects, and their travels worldwide. They also talk about the coaching changes in college football and the upcoming 12-team playoff. The hosts reminisce about the last NCAA football video game and express their excitement for the new game’s forthcoming release and their personal gaming experiences. They also touch on the high cost of new gaming consoles and the trend of watching others play video games on platforms like YouTube. The conversation then transitions to the concrete industry, with Paul and Joey discussing the transition to 1L cement and the future use of calcined clay as a clinker replacement. They emphasize the importance of transparent communication and collaboration within the industry to ensure the successful implementation of these changes. The conversation also highlights the impressive growth of Smyrna Ready Mix through numerous acquisitions, as well as the impact of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program in promoting diversity and opportunities for women in the industry.

    In this episode the Add 10 guys talk with Billy Ripple (Solutions Specialist at Command Alkon) about the importance of IT in the concrete industry.

    There have been huge advancements in technology within the concrete industry and Command Alkon has been at the tip of the spear with innovation, implementation, and communication. Billy comes on the podcast to discuss the inner workings of how technology gets developed and implemented, as well as what we can look forward to in the future.

    Billy also gives the listeners a unique perspective of someone who was generally interested in IT and found the concrete industry. Concrete needs people to be proficient in the IT field, while simultaneously being interested in the industry itself to bring it all together and provide optimal advancements.  The Add 10 guys talk about those very topics as well as implementing AI, working with large concrete powerhouses as well as smaller players, using data to your advantage, and of course Billy gives his best jobsite story.


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    In this bonus content episode the Add 10 Guys talk about the political, economic, and industry struggles related to a port in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Vulcan owns it, Cemex uses it, and the Mexican Government is highly involved with it.

    This episode will take a deep dive into the players involved, their history, what this means for the concrete industry moving forward, and everything you need to be aware of.


    In this episode the guys talk about OSHA… it goes exactly how you think it would. Then Conor Cooper (Business Development – Ultra Low Carbon Concrete) joins the podcast to talk about Carbonbuilt’s  XPRIZE-winning technology that reduces concrete’s embodied carbon by 70% to over 100%. Paul and Josh ask pressing questions regarding Carbon Credits, sustainability of resources, viability of eco-friendly technology, and more. This episode is sure to teach you something.

    In this episode of the Add 10 Podcast the guys are joined by Scott Brown, part owner of Construction Technology Partners. Scott brings his vast wealth of knowledge about construction technology, and its ever changing landscape to the podcast. The conversation takes a deep dive into how Scott and his business partner service small to medium size contractors with their tech servicing and training needs, and how they help them to be more proactive with bidding, surveying, efficient on site, and to choose the right equipment that will work for them. Scott and the Add 10 guys talk about the future of the tech industry and how it will continue to evolve, and expand. Enjoy!

    Show notes:

    In this edition of the Add 10 Podcast the guys talk about the current economic status as well as concrete made with edible materials! Afterwards they bring on Ryan Penlerick, Program Director of the Texas State Concrete Industry Management Program. Ryan discusses the many aspects of this position and his steps in the concrete industry leading up to Program Director. He gives an overview of TSU’s brief history in the CIM program, what they’re doing to promote it, how they recruit, how secondary education has changed, and he finishes off with one of the better crazy job stories we’ve heard to date (no nudity, but there was a dead animal). Enjoy!

    Show Notes:

    In the first installment of the Add 10 More segment Paul, Joey, and Josh talk about the New Jersey Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act. A bill promoted as a financial performance bonus for concrete producers that provide product with quantifiable embodied-carbon reductions on state projects.

    The bill is set to take effect in 2024, but the benchmarks producers have to reach to gain federal tax breaks have not yet been set, and the initial parameters surrounding the bill have a lot left to explain. The Add 10 Guys take a deep dive into who and what is driving this initiative, and their findings may surprise you!

    Paul Fendley is the National Sales Manager at Active Minerals International, LLC., with 10+ years of experience in the concrete industry. He graduated with a B.S. in Concrete Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University where he was granted the Undergraduate Research Award to create a novel concrete application in viticulture. Upon graduation, Paul worked for Lafarge, N.A., before transitioning into leadership roles with Active Minerals. Paul obtained NRMCA Concrete Technologist Certifications Level 2, 3, and 4 and currently leads business development of Acti-Gel 208 in cement-based applications. He is named co-inventor on two US patents for novel concrete formulations. He enjoys spending his free time with his daughter and on the golf course. Connect with Paul on LinkedIn

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    Joey Bell is a Business Development Manager at Active Minerals, International, LLC., with 10+ years of experience in the concrete industry. He graduated with a B.S. in Concrete Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University and worked for Atlantic Contracting and Materials earning skills related to portable plants, concrete paving, and concrete testing. Joey obtained NRMCA Concrete Technologist Certifications Level 2 and 3, as well as ACI Grade I and II. Joey joined Active Minerals in 2013 to develop new business for Acti-Gel in the concrete industry and serves with the American Shotcrete Association to promote the use of quality shotcrete in the US. Joey is an avid turkey hunter and is active within conservation organizations in the southeast. Connect with Joey on LinkedIn.


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