Industry organizations are a great way to keep on top of changing issues, trends and legislation; they also provide networking, education and training opportunities, as well as offer the opportunity to promote your business.
The Kryton team plays an active role in the industry. Many of our employees are members of local and national concrete organizations, working to foster the growth of concrete standards and research as well as the integral waterproofing market. Here are five important industry associations that you should consider joining.
1. American Concrete Institute (ACI)
ACI is a non-profit, technical organization founded in 1904 and devoted to all matters related to concrete. ACI’s extensive documentation, seminars and educational programs have made them the go-to resource for the industry.
ACI’s mission is to “develop, share, and disseminate the knowledge and information needed to utilize concrete
to its fullest potential.” ACI has chapters and student chapters throughout the world in over 120 countries with nearly 20,000 members.
Kryton President & CEO, Kari Yuers has been an active member of ACI for many years and currently sits as the Chair of the International Advisory Committee.
2. American Shotcrete Association (ASA)
The ASA was founded in 1998 with the mission to “encourage and promote the safe and beneficial use of the shotcrete process.” ASA increases the awareness of shotcrete through their magazine, education committees, certification programs and various events. ASA is a national organization comprised of contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, designers, engineers, owners and others.
In 2013, the ASA awarded their Outstanding Project of the Year for Infrastructure to the VanDusen Botanical
Gardens new visitor center project in Vancouver, BC (a Kryton project).
Kryton is proud to be a corporate member of the American Shotcrete Association.
3. International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI)
ICRI was founded in 1988 to address the industry frustration over a lack of standards and guidelines for concrete
repair. ICRI charges itself “to be a leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration, and protection of concrete and other structures in accordance with consensus criteria.”
Their global membership includes engineers, distributors, owners and other professionals interested in prolonging the useful life of concrete through quality repair, restoration and protection.
4. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
CSI was founded in 1948 with a goal of improving the quality of construction specifications. Since then the institute has grown to 13,000 volunteers working to provide education, certification, standards and formats. CSI’s mission is “to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.”
CSI is an American association with over 140 chapters; the Canadian equivalent to the CSI is Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), for more information on them visit csc-dcc.ca
5. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
NRMCA is an American national association founded in 1930 and since then has worked “to provide exceptional value for our members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice.”
NRMCA members include ready-mix producers and those who sell goods and services to the industry. NRMCA members work on a variety of committees including government affairs, environment, safety, standards and promotion.
The CRMCA – Canadian Ready Mixed Concrete Association partners with the NRMCA and various other national and international organizations. More information on the CRMCA can be accessed at: crmca.ca