Concrete Products

JUL 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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www.concreteproducts.com July 2019 • 47 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT JEFFERY HITE, ACPA The Transportation track will return to the 2020 Pipe School, run- ning concurrent with the Pipe Show, January 6-9 in San Marcos, Texas. Host venue, Texas State University, is home to a four-year Concrete Industry Management degree program and, with an undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 40,000, is the Lone Star State's fifth largest university. ACPA hopes to build on this year's Pipe School/Pipe Show success as measured by participation and reach: 400 attendees from producer and associate member companies, plus representatives from 20 state DOT and additional local agency professionals. A STRONG WEEK Jeffery Hite and his Rinker Materials colleagues, along with their ACPA member counterparts throughout the U.S. and Canada, are gearing up for Concrete Pipe Week, one of the most widely embraced promotion and awareness efforts across cement-based products. The association hopes 2019 Concrete Pipe Week, August 18-24, will con- tinue the momentum of a robust 2018 showing. Among highlights from last year: 31 governors declared or proclaimed "Concrete Pipe Week" or "Day" for their states, and acknowledged concrete pipe producers and their employees' contribution to the economy, sound infrastructure and public health. ACPA members also plan to continue plant tour and product demonstration schedules. "Concrete Pipe Week is an opportunity to inform federal, state and local elected officials about product quality, performance and resilience as they relate to storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure, culverts and small precast bridges," says Hite. "Governor declara- tions or proclamations stress the positive impact producers, their team members and customers have on states and communities. Concrete Pipe Week is also a way of recognizing the contributions of ACPA's associate members—steel, form and casting producers; sand, rock and cement producers; trucking and contractor inter- ests; and, all others associated with buried infrastructure and the products it requires." "Our industry has been very successful with the event, and I intend to help keep it on the growth curve," affirms Hite, under- scoring last year's Concrete Pipe Week success by citing its two most prominent participants: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), who toured a plant of key ACPA member Forterra Inc., and former Colorado Gov- ernor—now 2020 Democratic presidential primary contender—John Hicklenlooper, who proclaimed his state's Concrete Pipe Day. He likewise plans to continue the efforts of 2018 ACPA Chairman Mark Omelaniec (Langley Group, British Columbia) by supporting the Infrastructure Training Academy and ACPA All Stars. The former is geared to teaching member company technical staff how to serve as facilitators or instructors tasked with marketing concrete pipe and precast box culverts. Paralleling other associations' "young lead- ers" programs, the All Stars initiative involves coaches in weekly conference calls with up and coming production, engineering and technical sales team members. ACPA convened the Infrastructure Training Academy and All Stars participants this summer in Austin, Texas. Acknowledging rapid workforce change and the high priority of driving the message on concrete pipe and box product quality and performance, Hite concludes, "We are working to gain engagement of younger generations, both within the association and in the specify- ing community. They are the future of our business."

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