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Several states join call to celebrate industry’s contributions to society
Governors across the U.S. are dedicating a week this summer to some of the most overlooked, taken-for-granted, yet irreplaceable products on Earth.
For the first time, National Concrete Pipe Week will be observed from Aug. 16 to 22, 2015 as the nation formally recognizes the importance of reinforced concrete pipe and precast concrete products. The contributions of thousands of workers, hundreds of manufacturing plants and other industries that support concrete pipe producers will likewise be acknowledged during this week-long celebration.
“For more than a century, concrete pipe has been the product of choice used in North America’s vast network of sewers and culverts, and yet most Americans don’t give these vital, ‘unseen’ structures a second thought,” said Matt Childs, president of the American Concrete Pipe Assn (ACPA). “It’s understandable, given that our products have a 100-year service life. They’re easy to forget. So it’s gratifying that our industry and the professionals that have dedicated their careers to it are finally getting some much-deserved recognition.”
Governors in 11 states have signed proclamations noting the benefits of concrete pipe, as well as each state’s ACPA chapter.
National Concrete Pipe Week also serves as a time to recognize the contributions of other industries that ensure concrete pipe and precast products are properly produced, transported and installed within the nation’s transportation system. The trucking industry, sand and rock producers, cement producers, contractors and transportation department professionals provide the additional support that ensures concrete pipe remains an invaluable capital investment in the economic growth, development and stability of the nation.