NPCA to resume audits for precast plant certification

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

After a nearly four-month, pandemic-spurred hiatus, National Precast Concrete Association Plant Certification resumes July 6, the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Committee modifying the program to allow for virtual and in-plant audits through the remainder of 2020. All annual renewal audits, regardless of method, will be unannounced and scored against the current NPCA Quality Control Manual for Plant Certification grading schedule.

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NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category


The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs, and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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Basalite attains premier NCMA/ICPI plant certification

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herdon, Va.; CP staff

Basalite Concrete Products’ recently upgraded Tracy, Calif., block and paver operation is the first mover in the NCMA/ICPI Plant Certification Program. Initially good for one year, plant certification indicates that an NCMA or Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute producer has implemented a quality control system whose sampling, testing and recordkeeping measures equal or exceed program baselines and clear a third party auditor.

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2015 Chairman Joseph Bowen reflects on a solid year for the National Concrete Masonry Association

National Concrete Masonry Association Chairman of the Board Joseph Bowen has assured members that the industry, while back from the recession, confronts a construction market considerably different than what they saw leading up to 2008—one demanding renewed investment in operations, human capital and market development for block, hardscape units and stone veneer. 

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NCMA names 2015 officers; launches online university, plant certification

Capping a 2015 convention that drew 500-plus producer and associate members to San Antonio, the National Concrete Masonry Association board elected Joseph Bowen as chairman for a one-year term, during which he envisions a strategically driven approach that engages and leverages members to push market growth in an improving economy. Bowen is executive chairman of Auburn, Wash.-based Mutual Materials. A leading source of concrete or clay unit masonry for Pacific Northwest building and hardscape markets, it runs one paver, one architectural slab, three brick and four block plants, plus a mortar and grout bagging operation, in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Joining him as 2015 NCMA officers are Chair-Elect Pat Sauter of King’s Materials, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Past-Chair Dale Puskas of Basalite Concrete Products, Dixon, Calif.

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New truck criteria accompanies revised NRMCA Plant Certification

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

A new NRMCA Plant Certification Check List, effective March 1, clarifies inspection and other requirements of its predecessor version. Truck certification, for one, will be valid for 12 months with credit given for those vehicles inspected in the last 60 days of the previous certification.

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