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06Dec 2016

After flooding and wildfires increased scrutiny of materials used in the state’s roadway systems, Rinker Materials – Concrete Pipe Division hosted a concrete pipe plant tour with Governor Hickenlooper along with national, state and local elected officials at its plant in Littleton, CO addressing critical safety, quality, and budgetary concerns. See page 12: Image […]

18Oct 2016

by Claire Suttles  Interview with President Matt Childs and report on the American Concrete Pipe Association.  …Because different jobs call for different pipes, the ACPA wants to make sure that engineers have the freedom to use whichever pipe they feel is best for the circumstance—whether that means concrete or plastic.  “Every pipe has its advantage […]

04Oct 2016

Pipeline function determines performance requirements of joints. The first documented U.S. installation of concrete pipe was in Mohawk, N.Y., in 1842. Since then, the design, manufacture, installation, and inspection of concrete wastewater pipelines has grown in complexity. That complexity has placed increasing demand for critical buried infrastructure of highest quality and reliability that resists natural […]

07Sep 2016

Purpose: To recognize state DOT Departments and leaders which have demonstrated creative and innovative accomplishments through projects that have been designed utilizing precast concrete pipe or boxes. Promote public awareness of the activities and contributions of state DOTs and the ACPA and its members. Eligibility: Any state DOT may enter this Award Program. State DOT’s and […]

01Sep 2016

National Concrete Pipe Week was celebrated August 14 through 20. Concrete pipe producing companies celebrated by thanking those who make the industry successful while highlighting the benefits of concrete pipe to America’s transportation infrastructure. Rinker Materials, Frederick, MD held an Open House highlighting the versatility of concrete pipe and precast products. Transportation and public works […]

16Aug 2016

Steel fiber reinforced concrete pipes are currently used as an alternative to conventional steel reinforced concrete pipes in some regions of the world, such as Europe and Australia. However, there are concerns with corrosion of the steel fibers as larger cracks develop in the pipes. An extensive five-year research program was carried out at the University of […]

16Aug 2016

DelDOT Program to Replace Corrugated Metal Pipes with RCP Alternative By Jason Hastings, Bridge Design Engineer Delaware Department of Transportation Since the early 2000s, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has been focused on replacing aging and corroding corrugated metal pipe culverts throughout the state. DelDOT defines a state-length bridge as a structure with a hydraulic opening […]

15Jun 2016

The American Concrete Pipe Association introduced its Chairman’s Quality Award in 2015 to recognize member plants and/or companies that have implemented successful innovations resulting in higher quality products and more efficient production processes. At its annual meeting in 2016, the overall winner was Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc. – Bay City, MI for its “Surveyor’s Wheel” that safely […]

05Apr 2016

Richard E. Barnes Award George Hand, Oldcastle Precast This award is the highest recognition of support and service to the industry presented to an individual for lifetime achievement.   Mel C. Marshall Award Jake Jyrkama, Rinker Materials – Concrete Pipe Division CEMEX The award recognizes contributions to manufacturing and quality.   Richard C. Longfellow Award […]

01Apr 2016

The North American concrete pipe industry is rapidly expanding its knowledge base of all materials, products, design and production technology for drainage pipeline systems. Driving this expansion is the globalization of major suppliers to the industry and key concrete pipe producers based in the USA and Canada. The concrete pipe and precast industry has witnessed the morphing […]

31Mar 2016

Drycast box sections for a precast concrete box culvert, specified for a new road to connect the Navajo town of Alamo with Interstate 40 in New Mexico, represent a milestone. In a state where wet-cast box sections and cast-in-place construction have been a preferred product and construction method, the use of dry-cast concrete boxes on a […]

28Feb 2016

The concrete pipe industry takes its commitment to safe production so seriously that it established a national award to recognize plants that excel in safety, along with the companies that develop innovative approaches to improving worker safety. In addition to the award, the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) introduced a course designed for workers, foremen, job supervisors […]

21Jan 2016

Population growth, construction booms and extreme weather events put major stress on urban infrastructure. The University of Texas at Arlington is home to cutting-edge, civil engineering research that will lead to new and better development plans for urban communities. “UTA is located in the center of the DFW area, and everyone knows the Dallas-Fort Worth area is […]

19Jan 2016

Concrete Pipe Week serves to recognize the contributions of concrete pipe manufacturers who provide a quality product to public and private owners who design, build, plan, operate, and maintain the transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste disposal systems, and other structures and facilities essential to the U.S. economy and way of life. The […]

30Dec 2015

The need to improve quality and production of concrete pipe was formally recognized in 1907 when a group of 150 concrete pipe producers from the USA and Canada formed the Interstate Cement Tile Manufacturers Association (ICTMA). Two years earlier, Frank Wilson of Wilson Concrete Company, Red Oak, Iowa produced the first reinforced concrete culvert pipe. Organizers of […]

09Nov 2015

This is a demonstration of the comparative flammability of polypropylene pipe (PP), reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), and high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE). Dry hay is ignited in three 18 in. by 18 in. pipes and allowed to burn. This is an unedited test conducted on October 21, 2015.

30Oct 2015

Concrete pipe associations and their corporate members understand that successful concrete pipe production facilities are largely dependent upon modern plants, products that can be easily specified in a highly competitive marketplace, and well-trained people who can produce pipe and other precast products to Standards that are accepted industry-wide. The staff complement consists of a range of professionals from […]