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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46 • JuLY 2014 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY STEVEN PROKOPY CONTINUING EDUCATION The association's constant efforts to keep its members up-to-date on current research, production techniques, marketing, as well as the basics of concrete pipe manu- facturing and installation have resulted in a long-running webinar and in-person regional education sessions, which are done at least once per month, some of which are members-only events, while oth- ers are open to those outside the member- ship, including engineers, contractors and DOT representatives. Traylor says webinar topics that are particularly well attended include rein- forced concrete pipe design. "Engineers don't get to spend a lot of time on this type of design while they get their degree," he notes. "They learn about reinforced concrete design, but most of it is beams and rect- angular structures. But round structures, that's not commonly known technology, and there's a constant demand to learn more. With boxes also becoming more popular, people want to know a great deal about the load-carrying capabilities and how to design the wall and top-slab thicknesses. "Overall, there's a need to understand the differences in the types of pipe mate- rials out there, and what are the best ap- plications for all. We try to be open and honest about what the proper applications for concrete or alternative materials. There's quite a lack of understanding between rigid and fexible pipe products; they both require very different installations in order to work. There's a real hunger in the engineering community for knowledge about that once they understand there's a difference." QCAST, SAFETY AWARD WINNERS In the fiercely competitive marketplace for pipe and drainage systems, quality is paramount. The American Concrete Pipe Association affirms this, as reinforced con- crete pipe consistently stands above the competition thanks to the uncompromising commitment to quality manufacturing at plants across North America. To recognize those plants that stand above the rest on the most important measures of produc- tion quality, the ACPA has established the annual QCast Awards. The "Quality Cast" Plant Certifcation Program, commonly known as QCast, is the recognized standard for quality assurance in the concrete pipe industry. It covers the in- spection of materials, fnished products and handling/storage procedures, as well as per- formance testing and quality control docu- mentation. Plants may be certifed in storm sewer and culvert pipe, sanitary sewer, box culverts, three-sided structures, manholes and precast structures. Plants in each of the certifcation catego- ries that score 95 percent or better on their annual QCast audit are recognized with the ACPA QCast Awards. From these honorees, one overall winner is selected in each cat- egory. The ACPA recognized its 2013 QCast Awards winners during a special ceremony at this year's Pipe School in Houston: • Combined Sanitary & Storm Sewer - Cretex Concrete Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Storm Sewer - Hanson Pipe & Precast, Jer- sey Village, Texas • Box Culvert - Johnson County Pipe, Alvarado, Texas • Sanitary Manholes - Cretex Concrete Products, Shakopee, Minn. • Manholes - Cretex Concrete Products, Elk River, Minn. • Precast - Precast Concepts, Grand Junc- tion, Colo. "Engineers, specifers, DOT offcials and contractors have learned they can count on concrete pipe plants to meet the most rig- orous quality criteria for every job, in ev- ery application, every day," said 2013 ACPA Chairman Bill Adams, Hancock Concrete Products. "Our QCast Awards single out the best of the best in terms of quality manufac- turing, and this year's winners are truly ex- ceptional examples of the work being done in plants all across North America." Also during the 2014 Pipe School, the ACPA took the opportunity to recognize other important contributors to the indus- try: Jeff Hite of Rinker Materials received the Mel Marshall Award for contributions to education or quality; Pat Liston of Hanson Pipe & Precast won the President's Award for Marketing Excellence; and, Derek Light of Inland Pipe received the Richard C. Long- fellow Award, which is presented to the author of the best Concrete Pipe News arti- cle of the year. "Each of this year's award recipients has made meaningful contributions to their own companies as well as to the entire industry," said ACPA President Matt Childs. "Whether it's innovative advances in quality, market- ing, education or communications, each of them has earned our appreciation, and we hold them up as examples for others." In addition, the ACPA recognized the latest winners of its P3 Awards, which rec- ognize successful completion of its Pro- fessional Pipe Promotion online training course. The P3 program offers advanced training in both the technical and sales and marketing attributes of reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), equipping participants with the tools and information necessary to provide a consistent message to customers, specifers and rule-makers. By completing the various P3 training modules, pipe professionals can achieve a "Pipe Pro" and/or "RCP Master" level of knowledge. This year's P3 Awards were presented to Kelly Peterich and Brandy Lang, both from Rinker Materials–Concrete Pipe Division Ce- mex, and Brandon Christiansen from Cretex Concrete Products. To underscore the concrete pipe indus- try's commitment to continuous improve- ment, for the 13th year, ACPA has present- ed its Chairman's Safety Awards, which recognize individual plants and companies that have implemented successful safety initiatives resulting in a safer and more productive workplace. The association rec- ognized the safest of the safe during an awards luncheon and ceremony at its an- nual Pipe School held in Houston. The 2013 Chairman's Safety Award Overall Winner is Rinker Materials–Con- crete Pipe Division in Fort Myers, Fla., which earned the distinction for its de- velopment of an innovative D-Load Cra- dle. The plant received a $1,000 check to be distributed to key employees, along with a large trophy that it may keep onsite until next year's winner is announced. Rinker's Fort Myers plant also won frst place in the Equipment-Related Cate- gory. Second place went to Hanson Pipe & Precast in Jersey Village, Texas, for its Dia- mond Plate Work Platform. Cretex Concrete Products in Casper, Wyo., took third place for its Cage Guider. Winners in the Individual Location category were Cretex Concrete Products in Elk River, Minn. (1st place–Straddle Crane Camera); Oldcastle Precast in Fol- som, N.J. (2nd place–Core Drilling Stand and Guard); and Rinker Materials–Con- crete Pipe Division in Diamond, Ohio (3rd place–Lifting Chain Rack). The 1st place winner in the Company-Wide category was Rinker Materials–Concrete Pipe Divi- sion in Houston for its Make Good Choic- es–Brother's Keeper Campaign.

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