When the NPCA Educational Foundation was started in 1989, it was little more than a vision of industry pioneers. With the simple goal of attracting new people to the precast industry, the foundation set out on a mission to provide scholarships to aspiring young students looking to study applicable subjects.
Times are tough, but the outlook is good.
Set goals and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.
Get out and promote the value of precast – you may be surprised at the impact on your bottom line.
NPCA’s Safety, Health and Environmental Committee (SHE) members asked their companies’ precast delivery drivers and plant safety management staffs to address driver safety. Committee members who obtained information for this article are: Bonnie Wasson of U.S. Concrete Precast Group – Phoenix; Tammy Hammonds of Foley Products Co. of Columbus, Ga.; and David Parkhurst of Insurance & Benefits Group in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Contributors from U.S. Concrete Precast Group are Scott Kew, driver, and Mike Landis, safety manager; and from Foley Products, contributors are William “D. J.” Johnson, driver, and James “Tony” Smith, safety manager. David Parkhurst provides his own comments.
Specifications and resources to get the job done right.
Many precasters have discovered the benefits of using fly ash in their mix designs. Fly ash is a cementitious material that enhances concrete’s workability, strength and durability, and it often provides a cost savings over using portland cement alone. But it’s also good for the environment. Using fly ash can be win-win-win.
Thrust suddenly into business ownership with the passing of their father, a family pulls together to shape Eagle Builders into an ultramodern, ultra-efficient plant.
We may not all be able to make an impact like Steve Jobs. But on the local level – in our own plants and communities – we can make a dent.
As a building material, precast concrete has an edge over other materials in many sustainability practices, but a precaster can be environmentally friendly in other ways as well.
By capitalizing on the use of SCMs through participation in the C3 program, producers can help further both the economic and environmental sustainability goals of the concrete industry through mix ingredient optimization, program incentives and the use of industrial byproducts as a portland cement replacement strategy.
What is sustainability and what does it mean for the precast industry? NPCA’s director of sustainability, Kyle Kerstiens, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, invited NPCA members Tiffany Ward of Hanson Building Products, Cyndi Glascock of Gainey’s Concrete Products and Patrick Rodgers of Contractors Precast Corp. to share their thoughts on what sustainability means to the precast industry.