This month we are pleased to feature Mountain West Precast as part of our Meet a Precaster blog series. The following answers have been provided by Stephanie Loud, Owner of Mountain West Precast and NPCA Board Member.
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Q: Where are you located?
A: Ogden, Utah
Q: How long have you been a member of NPCA?
A: Since 2004
Q: Why did you join NPCA and what are the best benefits?
A: I joined NPCA because my DOT said I had to be an NPCA Certified Plant in order to be DOT certified. At first I was really mad about it. I did think, however, that since I was paying for it anyway I would get my money’s worth and take advantage of everything NPCA has to offer. I am extremely practical by nature.
I joined the committee of a product I knew nothing about so I could learn about it. I signed up to go to The Precast Show so I could see what was available to me, and attendance at the show put me in contact with some really great precast minds. My background was construction, not precast, so this seemed like the best place to get educated and man was I right. Getting involved in NPCA was the best business decision I have ever made.
Q: Have you introduced any new products lately?
A: We haven’t added anything new recently, but I do know what my next product will be and no I won’t be sharing that information, sorry. 🙂
Q: What are the top attributes of precast concrete?
A: There are several things I love about precast, but one thing always rises to the top. I have an art degree and concrete can be so creative.
Q: What has your company done to fight off the recession?
A: During the recession, I have spent more time involved with NPCA. I may not have the answers, but someone associated with this organization does. There are so many minds greater than mine, and I just try my best to hang with them. I think that’s sheer genius.
Q: What have you see in your area as far as recovery?
A: 2011 was awful, but 2012 is much better. Hopefully 2013 can be similar to 2012. One day at a time…
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: First of all, the fact that I am still here to celebrate my 10-year anniversary during the worst recession of all time is awesome when so many other good businesses have failed. I plan to continue learning, expanding and making great precast thanks to the many members of the precast community around the globe who have selflessly helped me so far. I truly thank them!!!
The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the member, and not of NPCA or any of its employees.