NPCA QA committee moves to counter fraudulent use of certified plant logo

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

The NPCA Quality Assurance Committee is cracking down on inappropriate Certified Plant logo use, outlining potential action by the NPCA general counsel in a Quality Control Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Plants addendum.

The Certified Plant logo is a legally registered service mark for plants in good standing. Responding to member concerns, the committee seeks to curtail producers’ use of it before passing the certification inspection or continued use after withdrawing from the program. Use of the logo when a producer or plant is not certified represents a fraudulent act, notes NPCA QA Committee Chairman Richard Alvarado. “We take it very seriously because it’s basically a lie,” he adds. “If you are lying to get work where certification is a requirement, then you are unfairly competing against properly certified plants. It’s an unfair business practice.”

Reports of instances of inappropriate NPCA Certified Plant logo use can be directed to the association’s Director of Technical Services and Plant Certification Phillip Cutler, P.E.,  [email protected].