Tilt-Up group firming post-recession market profile, figures

Source: Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Aiming to clarify 2011-2014 business activity among contractors and owners, TCA is conducting a 10-question, online survey through May 15 on tilt-up industry market trends and developments in the U.S. and Canada.

From 1995 through 2008 the group tracked tilt-up concrete volume on both sides of the border, noting how the industry grew from 333 million square feet of wall construction in 1995 to 790 million square feet in 2007. Aside from small declines in 1999, 2001 and 2002, volume grew steadily during that period until it fell to 575 million square feet in 2008. “Market instability led to insufficient data in 2009 and 2010,” says TCA Executive Director Mitch Bloomquist. “We use lifting insert sales as a key metric in our calculations and there were major changes occurring during that period that caused lost or corrupt data.”

Working with Dayton Superior and Meadow Burke, the two leading suppliers of lifting and bracing systems for tilt-up construction, TCA has since restored its reporting system and will publish tilt-up volume for 2011 through 2014 as part of an extensive market analysis this summer. “This data fills a large void in the information currently available on the tilt-up industry,” notes A.H. Harris & Sons CEO Kim Corwin, past president of TCA. “The study will prove valuable to our members as they contemplate marketing strategies and allocate funds for promoting their products and services.”

To complement the overall volume numbers, the TCA has developed the online survey to collect additional data from tilt-up contractors. The survey can be completed here.