| In an effort to improve the overall quality of all concrete pipe products, the American Concrete Pipe Association offers an on-going quality assurance program to member and non-member companies. Called the “Quality Cast” Plant Certification Program, the inspection program covers the inspection of materials, finished products and handling/storage procedures, as well as performance testing and quality control documentation. Plants can be certified in storm sewer and culvert pipe, sanitary sewer, box culverts, three-sided structures, manholes and precast structures. The ACPA Plant Certification Task Group has completed the new edition of the QCast Plant Certification Manual. The new manual, Version 6.1, is effective on August 15, 2013. Those applying for certification after January 1st will have to comply with the requirements of the new manual. The QCast Plant Certification Manual, Version 6.1, is available for download below. The Manual is now organized into “common” and “product specific” sections for the easy retrieval of applicable requirements as follows: I. Common Program Requirements II. Pipe Requirements III. Manhole Requirements IV. Buried Precast Products for Water Management Requirements V. Box Culvert and Three-sided Precast Structures Requirements Plants may elect any single product specific certification or full Plant Certification to meet local or state requirements. If Plant Certification is chosen, then all products covered by this Manual will be audited to the requirements of this Manual. To learn more about QCast, contact Kim Spahn at (972) 506-7216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.