Concrete Products

JUL 2014

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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44 • JuLY 2014 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT RICK TRAYLOR, ACPA A record 370-plus concrete pipe professionals from across North America gathered in Hous- ton earlier this year, just ahead of The Precast Show, for the 2014 ACPA Pipe School, an annu- al industry highlight featuring world-class training, education and networking. "Our challenge each year is to build on the best aspects of previous Pipe Schools and add new elements that provide even more mean- ingful and lasting value to our attendees," says ACPA President Matt Childs. "I believe we've achieved that with this year's agenda, which features many of the top experts in our indus- try and sessions designed to arm each partic- ipant with the training and expertise they'll need to boost sales and improve operational performance at their company." This year's theme, "Concrete Pipe: Proud Past Devoted to the Future," is a reflection of the industry's long history of providing durable and reliable products that serve as the foun- dation of our highways, as well as the import- ant role precast concrete pipe will play in its future. Pipe School attendees received first- class training in the areas of production, qual- ity, safety, sales and marketing, and engineer- ing design. Twelve DOT representatives were on hand either giving presentations or simply attending one or more of the tracks; those pre- senting showed attendees projects showcasing pipe or box culverts. Among 2014 ACPA Pipe School highlights: • Tours of nearby Rinker/Cemex and Hanson Pipe plants, plus Insteel Wire Products' wire mesh fabrication facility; • Presentation of best-in-class safety practic- es from finalists for the Chairman's Safety Awards; • The debut of the new installation training program for contractors and inspectors; and, • Informal networking opportunities with industry peers from across North America. Attendees had the opportunity to become QCast accredited by attending the Quality School track and passing the exam at the end of the course. ACPA extends special credit for the 2014 Pipe School to Diamond Sponsors HawkeyePed- ershaab and Press-Seal Gasket Corp./J-K Poly- source, and Platinum Sponsor Besser Co. RECORD ACPA PIPE SCHOOL

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