Concrete Products

FEB 2019

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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48 • February 2019 www.concreteproducts.com LEADING TO SERVE Serving as chairman is the culmination of decades of volunteering in various capacities for NPCA; it was anything but expected and by no means coveted for Mike Hoffman. Time in the limelight has never been something he seeks out. However, helping others and giving of his time to the betterment of the industry, association and its members is right up his alley. In his company and in his work for NPCA, Hoffman thrives when he's thinking strategically with those around him. He has several goals for his year as chairman but is focused on outreach as a top priority. He sees outreach to audiences including specifiers, professors and students as a key component of NPCA's future. This vision is informed by his work locally in Ohio, and the results it has achieved. At his plant, he has connected with area schools to introduce students to precast as a product and career opportunity. The company has continued to advance its efforts to connect with potential customers online and in person through lunch and learns, participation in area events, and plant tours. While NPCA's focus for decades was on the fundamental elements of the industry and ensur- ing those in the industry were connected with one another, Hoffman sees an opportunity to head in new directions. "In the early years of NPCA, precast concrete manufacturing was maturing as an industry," he says. "Today, quality standards are higher than ever, safety is a number one priority, and we are now ready to push forward to the next level. About six years ago, we got a lot more aggressive with our marketing efforts and at every opportunity we are positioning precast concrete as a modern, adap- tive building material that is the optimal choice for today's, and tomorrow's, construction industry professionals." EMPOWERING LEADERS In his work at Lindsay Precast, Hoffman has mentored and developed many employees as they have grown within the company and in the industry. He hired his general manager at the Ohio plant fresh out of college and groomed him for his current role, and has mentored other employees who came to Lindsay with work experience but were new to the precast industry. "One of Mike's unique abilities is to find and bring out the best in peoples' talents," notes Andy Wieser. "He has a knack for finding the right person for the right position. Mike is the perfect person to guide NPCA through our transition in leadership." In his role as Chairman of the Board for NPCA, he will be tasked with a job not all that different than finding and developing talent for Lindsay Precast. When longtime NPCA president Ty Gable announced his plan to retire at the end of 2019, Hoffman stepped up to chair the search committee tasked with finding his replacement. It's a role he not only takes seriously but embraces. "Whatever the future brings for NPCA, it's going to include change," he said in his speech to the membership. "One of my most important jobs this year will be chairing the search committee to find Ty's successor. Finding the right person is critical to our future and I am looking forward to the challenge." CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY NPCA STAFF NATIONAL PRECAST CONCRETE ASSOCIATION At-A-Gl A nce Founded in 1965, NPCA has grown to become an international trade association representing more than 900 companies and suppliers that manufacture hundreds of precast, prestressed and reinforced concrete pipe products for underground and above-ground applications. Member companies manufacture products that create and rebuild infrastructure, protect the environment and offer modularity, customiza- tions and infinite creative design possibilities across all sectors of the construction indus- try. The association provides members with the latest technical and industry information through a host of publications, educational seminars, product committees and meetings. It promotes high quality standards and safety through its education component and ANSI-ac - credited Plant Certification Program. NPCA President Ty Gable, FASAE, CAE, has led the staff since 1994. During that time, NPCA has built a team of technical experts and grown its Plant Certification Program to more than 350 plants. In 2009, NPCA launched The Precast Show, the largest trade gathering specifically targeting the precast concrete products industry. In 2015, the Precast/Pre - stressed Concrete Institute joined The Precast Show as a partnering association. NPCA is located near Indianapolis at 1320 City Center Drive, Suite 200, Carmel, IN 46032. Phone numbers are (317) 571-9500 or (800) 366- 7731; email is npca@precast.org; website is precast.org. Lindsay Precast delivered standard and custom products for an underground grain storage solution in Massillon, Ohio.

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