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APR 2018

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 April 2018 • 45 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT MARK OMELANIEC, ACPA Marked growth in Concrete Pipe Week participation was evident last year, thanks especially to the efforts of Mountain States Concrete Pipe Association and peer groups from coast to coast. shares offices with the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association, and has seen field engi- neer ranks grow from four to six across the lower provinces in the last two years. CCPPA serves Langley Concrete Group and fellow members with engineering support mirror- ing that of ACPA. Recent agency outreach has yielded a contract for the first use of jacking concrete pipe in British Colum- bia—spotlighting a capability of reinforced concrete pipe not associated with compet- ing materials. To parallel the ACPA QCast Plant Cer- tification program, CCPPA recently teamed with the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Con- crete Institute to designate an independent entity "for an enhanced and expanded third-party administered and audited cer- tification program for both prestressed and non-prestressed precast concrete manufac- turing facilities across Canada." At the urging of Langley Concrete Group and fellow members, CCPPA is also examin- ing the prospect of a companion to ACPA's widely subscribed Concrete Pipe Week, themed "Every Day Matters" in a nod to the Federal Highway Administration's "Every Day Counts" initiative. Scheduled the third week of August, last year's event was formally rec- ognized by governors, legislators, regulators and mayors in 32 states representing more than 75 percent of the population. Concrete Pipe Week 2017 statistics, ACPA notes, cou- pled with the popularity of concurrent plant tours and related outreach activities, plus education and training events, prove how the industry is continuing to build trusting relationships with state and local officials and private construction interests. AMERICAN CONCRETE PIPE ASSOCIATION At-A-Gl A nce Founded in 1907, ACPA is a nonprofit organization of concrete pipe and precast concrete box cul- vert producers and allied equipment manufacturers, material suppliers or service providers. Member companies are located throughout the U.S., Canada and 40-plus overseas countries. As the voice of the industry, the association provides a wide range of research, technical and marketing support materials to promote and advance the use of concrete pipe and precast boxes for drainage systems and many other applications. Archives on the www.concretepipe.org site, coupled with ACPA's social media network, embody a wealth of information, knowledge and document download offerings. Members account for 90 percent of U.S. concrete pipe shipments. Through ACPA, they advance knowledge of sound drainage strategies and deliver education programs focused on all aspects of pipe and drainage structures. The annual Pipe School and Pipe Show are oriented to member company staff plus drainage system engineers and other stakeholders at federal, state and local agency levels. Rigorous in content delivery, the School encompasses concrete pipe and precast box courses, training and certification for graduates, member-hosted plant tours, and quality sessions. Course developers are especially mindful of the mechanical, electrical and computer competencies that managers and production employees need to maintain and operate modern concrete pipe and precast plants. Ongoing education for ACPA members and their customers or prospects continues across the calendar through webinars on technical, marketing and sales topics. ACPA regional engineers and state association counterparts deliver additional education and training to agency personnel and drainage system specifiers. 2018 CHAIRMAN Mark Omelaniec President Langley Concrete Group Chilliwack, British Columbia IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIRMAN Darren Wise V.P., Operations, Central Region Forterra Drainage Pipe & Products Grand Prairie, Texas

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