By Josephine Patterson
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
“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。“
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.”
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.”