Concrete Products

APR 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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Page 42 of 63 April 2019 • 41 FEATURE PCI CHAIR KEITH WALLIS PRECAST/PRESTRESSED CONCRETE INSTITUTE At-A-Gl A nce Founded in 1954, PCI is the leading developer of standards and methods for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures and systems. Membership encompasses producers, precast concrete system erectors, architects, consultants, contractors, developers, edu- cators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students. The Institute maintains a staff of technical and marketing profession- als to foster greater understanding and use of precast, prestressed concrete. It also operates the world's leading certification program for precast concrete system plants and erectors, and is an accredited American National Standards Institute Standards Developer. PCI publishes an array of technical manuals, documents, plus the PCI Journal, Ascent and Aspire periodicals. Additionally, it conducts research & development projects and conferences, along with building and transportation Design Awards programs. The Institute headquarters is at 200 W. Adams St., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606; 312/786-0300; PCI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR Keith Wallis Jr., FPCI General Manager Prestressed Casting Co. Springfield, Missouri VICE CHAIR John Seroky President High Concrete Group Denver, Pennsylvania SECRETARY/TREASURER Dennis Fink Vice-President Northeast Prestressed Products Cressona, Pennsylvania IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Mason Lampton President Standard Concrete Products, Inc. Columbus, Georgia When crunched with Dodge Data & Analytics and Portland Cement Association figures, uniform data collected from about 280 member plants enables PCI to calculate precast, prestressed concrete share across construction markets at national and regional levels. Such figures justify resource allocation as determined by the PCI Board with Chapter and Partner input. Collection of 2018 precast, prestressed shipment data has com- menced. The current Market Survey Report shows that precast, prestressed deliveries were up a little over 3 percent in 2017 from the prior year, just slightly ahead of the pace of total U.S construction activity. Parking structures and bridges remain two of the industry's largest market segments, but PCI members also cite ongoing opportu- nities within the warehouse, data center, and manufacturing segment as well as in systems designed for public and institutional markets. "Members generally have full plants and healthy backlogs," affirms Risser. "Based on previous economic conditions and other forecast model variables, sales of precast concrete systems are predicted to continue increasing annually for the next five years to more than $7 billion in 2021. However, we carefully monitor markets in which members compete, and strive to continuously look for ways to address regional capacity issues and develop new technologies that address marketplace needs. "The industry is also maintaining a clear-headed view of how the most recent recession impacted the construction and manufacturing sectors of the economy, including PCI members, and the PCI Board of Directors is working hard to build reserves as well as identify oppor- tunities that keep the Institute and industry stable even in difficult economic periods." "During the next 12 months," adds Wallis, "PCI leadership will be evaluating the Institute's place in marketing: What is the national office responsible for, what areas or targets will our regional groups cover, and what is the responsibility of the boots on the ground via each member's sales force." The Market Share goal also compels PCI members and staff to engage in more government affairs outreach at the state and federal levels, the latter including participation in the spring Cement and Concrete Industry Washington, D.C. fly-in and related North American Concrete Alliance activities. • Enhance Members' Businesses. The third strategic goal entails prepara- tion and promotion of surveys, tools and other timely mechanisms supporting workforce development plus safe and productive plant operations. "A precaster's most valuable asset is its workforce," Wallis con- tends. "Workforce development is key area where best practices can be shared among PCI members. Our company was not limited after an excellent year in 2018 to form capacity as typically was the case during busy periods, but to the number of employees we could hire and retain." Despite a sustained, healthy production schedule and backlog, he adds, tightness in the local labor market has limited Prestressed Casting to keeping a current payroll at around 80 percent of historic peaks. Workforce development, safety and plant operations were addressed during the 2019 PCI Convention as part of a new sched- ule of winter and fall gathering events. Staged in tandem with The Precast Show on February-March timeframes, the convention will have sessions emphasizing human capital, innovation, production plus technical non-peer-reviewed topics and presentations. The National Bridge Conference and peer-reviewed paper presentations, traditionally aligned with the annual convention, move to a Septem- ber-October schedule under the banner of "PCI Committee Days and Technical Conference." Between convention and committee day activities, along with Chapter and Partner participation, Wallis notes, "Our institute is a body of knowledge and experience. There are many areas we as mem- bers can come together and 'invent the wheel once' and not through the 'school of hard knocks' in 280 locations." PRESIDENT & CEO Bob Risser, P.E. PCI Headquarters Chicago, Illinois

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