ACPA is a federation of chapters and partners that draws its strength from a solid network of contractors and engineering professionals across the country. These partnerships bridge the gap between federal and state initiatives, allowing us to work more effectively toward promoting concrete pavement and creating opportunities that help improve the contractor’s bottom line, while ensuring engineering excellence. To that end, ACPA is honored to announce the return of the Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) to the federation. With this renewed partnership, we anticipate many new opportunities to collaborate and expand our efforts. The MCA was first established in 1952 as a forum for the state’s ready-mixed concrete industry and as an educational resource for consumers. In 2009, the organization merged with the Michigan Concrete Paving Association (MCPA), an association established in 1968 to represent concrete pavement contractors, promote the use of concrete pavement and maintain a high standard of workmanship. Today, the MCA membership numbers approximately 170 companies. The association’s objectives include advancing the use of concrete materials through investigations, studies, education and research; influencing all levels of government to assure adequate investment, fair regulation and sound policies and legislation; and improving the quality of concrete. In addition, the MCA strives to educate members and consumers alike about the use and maintenance of concrete as well as inform its members about new ideas, products and promotional efforts. Over the years, the MCA has played a significant role in paving the way for concrete pavement construction and increasing the demand for concrete. In addition, they’re active in promoting new markets and products that use cement and concrete such as Soil-Cement Stabilization, Insulated Concrete Form Construction, Decorative/Architectural Concrete and many more innovative concrete uses. We are excited to work with Steve Waalkes, P.E., executive director/CEO for the MCA, Mark Meddaugh, the association’s new director of Construction and Education and the entire MCA team! We look forward to the many initiatives we will undertake together to promote concrete pavement and advance our mission. Welcome back Michigan!

Identifying Tomorrow’s Leaders – ACPA Revamps Its Emerging Leaders Group (ELG)

Under the leadership of Nick Davis, IGGA Director of Technical Services, and the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Emerging Leaders Group (ELG) is reworking its young professionals’ outreach program. The goal of the group is to cultivate the next generation of concrete paving professionals and industry leaders. The ELG program identifies future leaders through recommendations from employers and industry peers, providing a dynamic platform for active participation in ACPA. The program will help emerging leaders become more engaged in their profession through philanthropic, peer networking opportunities and leadership training positioning them for future leadership roles within their organizations and the broader industry. For more information on how to get involved, view the nomination form or check your eligibility, visit email ndavis@igga.net.