Concrete Products

JUN 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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40 • June 2018 FEATURE BY JOSEPHINE PATTERSON Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute 2018-19 Chair Kendall Anderegg, president of Bellevue, Wash.-based Mutual Materials, is taking the helm as concrete pavers and slab sales in the United States and Canada reach a post-recession high and the Institute marks its 25 th anniversary with double-digit membership gains. Based on an agenda review with Concrete Products, she is more than prepared and ready to take advantage of these tailwinds during her tenure. The numbers in the Institute's two bench - mark reports—Industry Sales Profile and Contractor Industry Report—are uniformly strong. In terms of industry health, sales of concrete pavers and slabs have increased 35.5 percent since 2010 to a projected 721.4 million square feet during 2016, according to the 2017 ICPI Industry Sales Profile. Contrac- tors also reported an increased demand for their services, led by ICPI-member contractors who have experienced 15 percent higher sales than non-members. Annual sales results from the 2017 calendar year will be available later this summer. The 2018 ICPI Contractor Industry Report noted gross sales for concrete paver contrac- tors in the United States and Canada increased by 7.7 percent during 2017, while four out of every five contractors cited difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees. In addition to tight labor conditions, the report found: the residential market remains strong, representing 69.5 percent of sales, while commercial/government projects are surg- ing with 30.5 percent of sales—a 6.5 percent increase from the previous year; more than 90 percent of contractors provide employees worksite safety training; and, a 5.0 percent median wage/salary increase took hold in 2017, while a similar 5.0 percent median rise is forecasted for 2018. "A strong economy, the industry's growing reputation for quality, and new products have helped sales of segmental concrete pavement systems reach a post-recession high," says Anderegg. "The challenge now is to develop enough highly skilled contractors and installers to meet the demand. With so many other trades looking to also engage young people, it's obvi- ously a big challenge, but it's one that ICPI is well-positioned and excited to address." WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Anderegg entered concrete hardscape and building unit masonry in 2002 as a business analyst at Mutual Materials, where she rep- resents the founding family's fifth generation and maintains a mind set around numbers and metrics. As encouraging as ICPI Industry Sales and Contractor Industry figures are, she is keenly aware of the workforce development challenge confronting the industry. "We have done a lot of work looking at the 2016-2019 strategic plan and in our 2018 meeting approved a lot of big projects," explains Anderegg. "One of the biggest is workforce development. Hardscape contrac- tors have noted for some time the need to identify workers. We are putting together a boot camp program, and working with high school and post-secondary education pro- viders on a curriculum that promotes and enables a contractor path. The final piece is promotion, speaking to young people: What does it look like to be a contractor and tell- ing them a contactor or installer is a good career path." The ICPI Board recently approved a Workforce Development program to attract more high school and post-secondary school students to the industry. ICPI's flagship edu- cation offering, the Concrete Paver Installer course, has been licensed, allowing schools to incorporate it into their curricula. In addition, ICPI is developing and rolling out a new Education Road Map and accompany- ing online Learning Management System to provide expanded opportunities for indus- try professionals, including contractors and manufacturing sales representatives. The Education Committee approved recommen- dations of five Education Road Map task groups and voted to seek funding for imple- mentation of new education programs and delivery. The Road Map provides pathways to all educational programs for contractors/ installers, sales reps/dealers, design profes- sionals, students/professors, and owners/ government officials. With the most complete content, the Contractor Installer track will roll out first in October at 2018 Hardscape North Amer - ica (HNA), the industry's largest trade show. The Road Map divides courses into the 100 level (Installer), 200 level (Specialist), and 300 level (Professional), and defines manda- tory courses for each level with prerequisites for instruction. The Learning Management System will allow participants in ICPI educa- tion programs to manage their participation online. ICPI hopes to have the boot camp, a 16-hour classroom and hands-on training program ready to launch in spring 2019. Separately, the Institute announced in April that the open-educa- tion curriculum for landscape architecture students and educators is now available through the Land8 Landscape Architects Network., a free ICPI resource, links to self-guided presentations with inter- active animations and a studio project library on segmental concrete pavement design and construction. Educators can supplement existing curriculum with resources from Pave- and encourage students to add to a living library by uploading their completed projects to the site. Students and educators can also explore pattern design and struc- tural principles or utilize a curriculum path. ICPI also is launching three new Continu- ing Education accredited courses for current designers through AEC Daily, a leading pro- vider of online education for engineers and landscape architects. The free courses are " Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete CAPITALIZE THE MOMENTUM A Visit With Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute 2018-20 Chair Kendall Anderegg Kendall Anderegg

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