Investing in the future

访问2021-22全国预制混凝土协会董事会董事会的访问

By Josephine Patterson

马克伟大

Mark Wieser,WISEN Rock,WISER混凝土产品副总裁兼在伊斯兰岩石,WIEN,在预预制行业中长大,并通过延伸国家预制混凝土协会。事实上,他的父亲乔在1985 - 86年度担任协会主席的关键作用,而他的哥哥安迪于2016-17次任职。

像马克·维塞尔开始自己担任NPCA椅子man, the association and industry are at an important juncture. NPCA has rolled out a new strategic plan and vision for the industry’s future that focuses on advanced marketing, analytics and database tools to enhance members’ ability to compete in the marketplace by highlighting precast concrete’s resilience and adaptability in construction. The launch comes at a time of significant opportunity for the industry, thanks to the recent passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—particularly the $55 billion earmarked for water and wastewater projects.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave water and wastewater infrastructure a C- and D+, respectively, in its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure due to many systems throughout the nation operating at the end of their lifespans and at maximum capacity. Therefore, it was not surprising to see Congress allocate a large portion of funding toward updating water and wastewater systems. As projects begin to be identified and funding starts to be distributed, it is imperative that specifiers target resilient materials such as precast concrete to ensure operation for future generations.

That’s where NPCA’s new strategic plan comes in to play. “We will communicate in one voice across the industry about what makes precast concrete the number one choice for specifiers and why it is the natural decision when building to last,” says Wieser. “Through data, case studies, white papers and shared experience, we will share how precast concrete is used, why it is chosen for each project, and where it stands as a testament to lasting construction.”

NPCA官员计划通过协会主导的倡议和基层成员活动,最大化社交媒体和其他途径来传播这些信息。

建立劳动力

Another area that Wieser and NPCA are focusing efforts on is workforce development. With the potential for a vast amount of new projects on the horizon, it is time to address a tightening labor market and diminishing pool of skilled workers.

“NPCA recently released its Onboarding Program that is set to assist all of our members with one of their biggest challenges in today’s world,” explains Wieser. “Hiring, training and maintaining a workforce are the focus of the Onboarding Program and puts excellent tools at the fingertips of all members.”

该计划NPCA注意事项是任何方向过程的完美补充,并包含在解决特定动机和技能的同时让新的员工进入100%的生产力。对于当前可能转变为更先进地位的员工来说也是理想的选择。

An annual subscription provides a variety of onboarding resources including a guide and facility-wide access to a library of introductory, development and role-based videos. The videos range from “What is Precast?” and “Day in the Life of a Precaster” to covering topics like safety, quality, and specific plant roles such as rebar assembly, form release application, product inspection and storage. There is also a short quiz after each video and an exam at the end of each module with certificates of completion provided once exams are successfully passed.

“这继续NPCA的行业领先的教育,并协助我们的成员在一个全新的水平,这将有助于让他们成功,因为劳动力挑战出现,”Wieser说。“我很高兴在我公司中使用这个程序,迫不及待地想看到我们从我们的会员获得的反馈。”

Separately, NPCA currently partners with five universities across the United States in offering precast concrete-specific curriculum to engineering students. Similar programs, note NPCA officials, can be developed for community college students and even high school students engaged with a vocational school. These educational programs allow the association to engage with and build up the future workforce.

PHOTO: National Precast Concrete Association

结合在一起

谈到教育,该协会将在预制秀2022年举行持有人的课程,作为预制大学计划的一部分。该行业的超过4,000名成员预计将在堪萨斯城市堪萨斯城市会议中心收集3月3日至5日,为年度活动。

“该展会将成为展会历史上最大的一个,并将充满新的和创新的产品在我们的行业上展示,”Wieser说。“NPCA通过第一届贸易展在美国举行的第一款展览(自大流行发病以来),并在新奥尔良中有一个非常成功和安全的表现出来。”

“我们将继续举办由我们的行业朋友加入的预制混凝土产品(今年Prepet / Preestressed Contrure Institute]和[国家混凝土砌体协会]加入的预制混凝土产品)的传统传统。“在预制展的PCI与PCI多年后,我们很自豪能够在今年加入NCMA,并为参展商提供一个更广泛的客户群,以便在一个活动中查看。我们期待着整个活动的巨大投票率。“

大约350家公司将展出超过80,000平方英尺。展示楼层空间标志着活动历史上最大的展示。今年的植物旅游,一个受欢迎的节目活动,将提供与会者参观戴斯特拉管和预制的邦纳斯普林斯,KAN。或独立,莫。设施;和Profech Corp.的堪萨斯城,Kan。总部。

Wieser混凝土产品'Portage,Wis。设施为预制水婴儿床制造了17件,坐在50英尺以下。密歇根湖表面下方。照片:Wieser混凝土产品

LOOKING FORWARD

According to Wieser, things are looking bright for the industry. “We are very optimistic and excited about the future outlook of precast concrete. As end users demand higher quality and expect less time to complete projects, it plays right into some of the advantages of precast concrete,” he says. “Combine that with the workforce stresses on jobsite contractors and they all look to find a way to cut down on work required on site, which we provide them if they use precast concrete.”

Wieser继续注意,如前所述,新的Bipartisan基础设施计划将为项目提供许多需要的资金,并“预制混凝土将成为满足最终用户需求的解决方案”。据估计,20至25%即将到来的基础设施项目将包括预制混凝土元件。

随着行业随着新建筑的涌入而增长,NPCA将沿着资源提供帮助,以帮助成员成功。Wieser实际上是在过去50年内帮助他的家人的商业发现成功的协会。“我们不会在没有它的地方,”他说。“这不仅仅是资源,而且每当我们有一个技术问题或对我们来说这是一个新的东西,我们所要做的就是拿起电话,有几十人准备帮助。”

Now that Wieser is leading NPCA, he is acting on some advice that his late father retold shortly before the start of his term. “He mentioned that the more you put into an association, the more you get out of it. He fully believed that and instilled that value in Andy and myself, which is one of the reasons we were so eager to be involved with NPCA.”

“我们从NPCA成员资格获得了如此多的价值,并且在我们可以的时候可以轻松回馈。我们将尽我们所能保持这种关联成功,并为下一代预防器而成长,这些预防员也希望其他一代的窗格!“他结束了。