Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff
After two years of discussion on closer cooperation between their organizations, the National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Boards have approved the scheduling of a vote on unification. A merger would require approval by a two-thirds majority of voting members from both NCMA and ICPI. The groups have a mid-November target for the start of voting.
A Unification Committee—12 NCMA and ICPI producer members, four associate members, plus NCMA President Bob Thomas and ICPI Executive Director Charles McGrath—frames the merger with an overall goal of building “A new association by combining the unique and complementary strengths of NCMA and ICPI. Within a newly-formed association, each vital manufactured concrete market segment from block and veneer to hardscapes can better achieve its goals throughout the United States and Canada.” Seven task groups are charged with addressing a merged organization’s approach to governance, dues, finance, staffing, property, meetings, and communications. Additional perspective on the unification vote and proposed organization is posted at an NCMA-ICPI portal.