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APR 2012

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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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY STEVEN PROKOPY AMERICAN CONCRETE PIPE ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN (2012) VINCE BUSSIO President Geneva Pipe Company Orem, Utah IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN (2011) JERRY COWDEN Executive Vice President Rialto Concrete Products, Inc. Rialto, California CHAIRMAN-ELECT (2013) WILLIAM ADAMS Manager Hancock Concrete Products Sibley, Iowa the support is there to do that. Plus, the word of mouth on the quality of the infor- mation being passed on is spreading about the value. I think that's just as big a reason for the success of these webinars. AT-A-GLANCE The American Concrete Pipe Association has provided a voice for concrete pipe producers in matters affecting the in- dustry's welfare for 105 years, making it the oldest active trade association in North America. In return, ACPA members contribute to the improvement of our environment by producing quality con- crete pipe, engineered to provide a last- ing and economical solution to drainage and pollution problems. ACPA was conceived in 1907 as the In- terstate Cement Tile Manufacturers Asso- ciation in Ames, Iowa, by a small group of concrete farm drain tile producers. The or- ganization was established as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and establishing high- quality, standardized products. In 1914, the organization was renamed the Ameri- can Concrete Pipe Association. "In addition to the webinars, we have a P3 program, which is an opportunity for our members to become certified and graduate in the P3 course to improve their skills. There's no charge, it's web based, and that's starting to pick up some momentum." QUALITY ASSURANCE MEASURE One area Bussio says is expanding and get- ting more organized entails certification through the association's QCast quality as- surance program. The "Quality Cast" Plant Certification Program covers the inspection of materials, finished products and handling/ storage procedures, as well as performance testing and quality control documentation. Plants can be certified in storm sewer and culvert pipe, sanitary sewer, box culverts, three-sided structures, manholes and precast Throughout the 20th century, the con- crete pipe industry experienced tremen- dous growth. As people migrated in ever larger numbers from farms to cities, de- mand increased for concrete sewer and drainage products. With the introduc- tion of the automobile and subsequent development of the highway network, use of concrete pipe storm drains and culverts grew exponentially. Today, more than 400 plants are oper- ated by ACPA members in the United States and Canada , with more than 40 countries represented in the membership. ACPA's international headquarters are lo- cated at 1303 West Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 305, Irving, Texas 75038; tel.: 972/506- 7216; fax: 972/506-7682; e-mail: info@concrete-pipe.org; website: www.concrete-pipe.org. structures. The firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates handles the auditing process. The ACPA Plant Certification Task Group has com- pleted the new edition of the QCast Plant Certification Manual, Version 6.0, which be- came effective on January 1. "The ACPA policy is to allow the local membership to choose how they want to market their QCast certification, Bussio says. "It's important they have local control be- cause we don't want to force some standard on an area or region without them asking for it. Some states require it; some do not. It is a program that improves quality and raises the bar by following the program, and each year it's being updated and improved." As ACPA views it, one enemy of quality as- surance is the use by some contractors of untested alternative pipe materials arriving 34 | APRIL 2012 WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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