Concrete Products

MAR 2016

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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50 • March 2016 "After I got back on the board, I felt that it was time for me to step up and give back to the association I had received so much from over the years," he affirms. THE MORE YOU GIVE … Andy Wieser's goals for his term as chairman are straightforward: Support precasters in manufacturing high-quality materials; posi- tion companies to sell more product; and, offer additional benefits to NPCA members. Just like he learned from his father, achieving success is all about working smarter, which is exactly why he seeks to put the association in a position for success both now and in the future. One of the new changes Wieser is excited about is NPCA's part- nership with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. The two organizations will come together at The Precast Show for the first time in 2016, further expanding the reach and utility of what was already the largest annual trade show in the precast industry. With all of the industry's major players under one roof, members of both organizations should see increased benefit from the additional net- working opportunities and education. Wieser also hopes to work closely with PCI on plant certification, bringing the programs of both organizations closer together. "The more we can do to unify our certification programs, the more benefit we will have for the entire industry and to the specifying communi- ties," he observes. "We'll also have less confusion in the marketplace." Another one of his goals for the NPCA Plant Certification program is getting all 50 states involved. Doing so will help ensure mem- bers obtain more work while the aging U.S. infrastructure system is upgraded with precast products. Beyond certification and NPCA's relationship with PCI, Wieser will continue to seek non-traditional educational programming opportunities for members. Though he rec- ognizes the benefits of classroom education, he also sees plenty of untapped potential in interactions outside of coursework. "When we say education, we always think of the classes, which are very important," he says. "But education through networking and plant tours is just as important. I have never underestimated what can be learned just from talking to and being around other precasters." Wieser will stress this concept to members to ensure they under- stand the many advantages of networking and being involved with NPCA. "Once you get involved, the more you give, you get 100-fold back," he contends. "For us, if I didn't have the relationships that I have and the knowledge I've gained from being involved, I don't know where we would be today with our company." DERIVING VALUE From the moment Wieser first shifted a forklift into gear, he has had a drive to broaden his skill set while simultaneously growing the fam- ily business. Armed with knowledge from his parents and the keen ability to stay one step ahead of his actions, he has been extremely successful in expanding Wieser Concrete, something that will benefit NPCA tremendously during his term. More than anything else, Wieser seeks to have a positive impact on all NPCA members as chairman, showing both long-time members and new ones alike just how much value can be derived from mem- bership. To get there, he recognizes NPCA may need to take some calculated risks. "I always say, 'If you're not moving forward, you're actually moving backward, because everyone else is going to pass you up,'" says Wieser. "We can't be afraid of change. We need to embrace it and continue to move the association forward, offering even more for our members." Mason Nichols is National Precast Concrete Association External Communi- cation & Marketing Manager CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY MASON NICHOLS Wieser Concrete tanks bearing Bio-Microbics wastewater treatment systems conserve prime lakefront property at a Saginaw, Minn., de- velopment. In the frst phase of a wastewater treatment infrastruc- ture plan serving 32 homes, the producer delivered three individ- ual tanks—12,000-gal. equalization, 5,000-gal. drain feld dosing, 2,500-gal. dosing—plus one 9,100-gal. and fve 5,000-gal. Bio-Mi- crobics system structures. CHAIRMAN (2016) Andy Wieser President Wieser Concrete Products Maiden Rock, Wisconsin IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN (2015) Michael Tidwell President Bartow Precast Cartersville, Georgia CHAIRMAN-ELECT (2017) Gregory Stratis Manager Shea Concrete Products Amesbury, Massachusetts NATIONAL PRECAST CONCRETE ASSOCIATION AT-A-GLANCE NPCA is an international trade group representing nearly 900 compa- nies and suppliers that manufacture hundreds of precast, prestressed and reinforced concrete pipe products for underground and above-ground applications. Member companies fabricate products that create and rebuild infrastructure, protect the environment and offer modularity, customization and infinite creative design possibilities across all sec- tors of the construction industry. NPCA provides members with the latest technical and industry information through a host of publications, edu- cational seminars, product committees and conferences. The association promotes high-quality standards and safety through its education com- ponent and ANSI-accredited Plant Certification program. NPCA is located at 1320 City Center Drive, Suite 200, Carmel, IN 46032. Phone and fax numbers are: tel.: 317/571-9500 or 800/366-7731; fax: 317/571-0041; e-mail:; website:

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