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SEP 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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26 • September 2015 www.concreteproducts.com The American Concrete Pipe Association projects 400-plus engineers, executives, owners and allied professionals from the North American concrete drainage products segment gathering for the inaugural ACPA Pipe Show, staged concurrently with the 2016 Pipe School, January 4–7 at the University of Texas at Arlington. "We've long known there was a growing need and desire in the concrete pipe industry for a show all our own, and with the help of UTA and many of our members, I'm pleased to announce that we are ready," says ACPA President Matt Childs. "The 2016 Pipe Show will be the perfect time for leaders of our industry to meet and do business with vendors, partners and other organizations whose business inter- ests are closely aligned." The ACPA Pipe Show will be a true "turnkey" event, Childs adds, as exhibitors need only reserve booth space and be prepared to bring literature and other company materials. Show staff will provide a 10- x 12-ft. booth with black hard walls; curved corners and a custom logo graphic; a 6-ft. table with skirt; two padded chairs; plus, food and beverage for booth staff. Double-sized booths are also available. ACPA Pipe Show hours will be spread throughout the four-day Pipe School event. As an added, optional benefit available to booth sponsors only, ACPA is scheduling a "Business-To-Business" (B2B) event on Friday, January 8, affording exhibitors private Arlington Hilton facilities for meetings with senior executives of ACPA producer members. Each B2B participant will be guaranteed five 30-minute meetings. "While the Pipe Show provides an excellent venue for networking with customers and prospects, the 'Business To Business' event offers a unique oppor- tunity to conduct private, prearranged meetings between Associate Member exhibitors and senior management from Producer Members," notes Childs. "The meeting agendas are agreed to in advance of the event to ensure the most productive use of time." Booth space at the 2016 ACPA Pipe Show is limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Likewise, there is limited B2B program availability. Additional information and space reservations can be obtained from Adam Hochfelder, 214/293-4191; adam.hochfelder@ highfieldmarketing.com. Additional 2016 Pipe School information is posted at concrete-pipe.org/pages/pipeschool.html. BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS Pipe Show, B2B meeting event to premier along side 2016 ACPA Pipe School NATIONAL CONCRETE PIPE WEEK Proclamations from 11 governors across the U.S. positioned August 16-22 as the inaugural National Concrete Pipe Week, for- mally recognizing the importance of reinforced concrete pipe and precast concrete products to citizens' health, safety and well-be- ing. The contributions of thousands of workers, hundreds of manu- facturing plants and other industries that support producers were likewise acknowledged. "For more than a century, concrete pipe has been the prod- uct of choice used in North America's vast network of sewers and culverts, and yet most Americans don't give these vital, 'unseen' structures a second thought," said American Concrete Pipe Asso- ciation President Matt Childs. "It's understandable, given that our products have a 100-year service life. They're easy to forget. So it's gratifying that our industry and the professionals that have ded- icated their careers to it are finally getting some much-deserved recognition." Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's proclamation stated: "Rein- forced concrete pipe and precast are of vital importance to sus- tainable communities and to the health, safety and well-being of the people of Georgia." In the Commonwealth of Virginia's procla- mation, Governor Terry McAuliffe acknowledged the natural mate- rials—rock, sand, water, and cement—derived from state sources that go into concrete pipe. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper stressed that ACPA and state chapter members contribute to the safety of the traveling public and "the improvement of our environ- ment by providing quality concrete pipe that has been engineered to help reduce drainage and pollution problems." National Concrete Pipe Week also served to recognize what ACPA noted are the many contributions of other industries that ensure drainage structures are properly produced, transported and installed within our transportation system. The trucking industry, cement and aggregate producers, contractors, and transportation department professionals provide the additional support that ensures concrete pipe remains an invaluable capital investment in the nation's economic growth, development and stability. Addi- tional information about National Concrete Pipe Week, plus full proclamations from the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virgin- ia, and Wisconsin are posted at concrete-pipe.org.

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