Shining the Light on Precast

A solid financial case can be made to use precast concrete more broadly in projects. Decades ago, some bright guy built his own septic tank with forms, casting the concrete structure first and then installing it. His neighbors asked if he could help them do that, too. Boom. Precast as we know it was born. Modern precast is critical infrastructure,…

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State DOT officials, allies charter certification-driven FRP Institute

A new research and certification group will help advance composite reinforcement for heavy/civil concrete in North America and beyond. Incorporated last month, the FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure will serve as the focal point for research, testing, material certification and education surrounding fiber reinforced polymers, according to President and CEO Richard Krolewski.  A veteran of the National Precast Concrete Association,…

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Investing in the future

A visit with 2021-22 National Precast Concrete Association Chairman of the Board Mark Wieser By Josephine Patterson Mark Wieser, vice president of Wieser Concrete Products in Maiden Rock, Wis., grew up in the precast industry—and by extension the National Precast Concrete Association. In fact, his father Joe held the pivotal role of association chairman in 1985-86, while his older brother…

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Hemp fiber adds to FRP buzz

Carbon, glass and basalt fiber manufacturers are improving their concrete market prospects by pursuing certification for fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement. FRP bar and tendons offer compelling alternatives to traditional reinforcements for bridge decks, pavements, marine structures and other conditions whose chemical exposure invites steel corrosion. FRP is also attracting attention for its potential to lower embodied carbon in finished…

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State DOT officials, allies charter FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure

Sources: Regulatory Resources LLC, Westfield, Ind.; CP staff A new research and certification group will promote the advancement of composite reinforcement for heavy/civil concrete in North America and beyond. The FRP Institute for Civil Infrastructure, incorporated in January 2022, will serve as the focal point for research, testing, material certification and education surrounding fiber reinforced polymers, according to President and…

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCT 2021

The RMC Research & Education Foundation is collaborating with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and its Research, Engineering & Standards Committee (RES) on identification of industry research needs and referral of proposals for potential funding. Members of an RES task group, chaired by Bruce Blair, president of Consumers Concrete in Kalamazoo, Mich., have developed a list of concrete materials…

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Producer, exhibitor enthusiasm frames Precast Show success

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center marked the return of major tradeshows after more than a year of Covid-19 related encumbrances, hosting The Precast Show 2021 in late May. With more than 2,500 attendees from National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute producer and associate member ranks, the event marked one of the largest tradeshows the conventions…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2021

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has chartered a Small Producer Council, aimed at shaping the future of committee and staff work supporting the group’s widest range of members. The SPC was formed to ensure participants have an opportunity to lead a conversation on their unique needs and consult peers on issues of most consequence to their businesses. James Schelzi…

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ORGANIZATIONS – FEBRUARY 2021

The Portland Cement Association has named 2020 John P. Gleason Jr., Leadership Awards recipients, each recognized for efforts in advancing industry programs and initiatives in three categories:

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