NPCA is saddened to learn of the passing of E.C. Babbert, 82, a longtime member, former president of the association and past winner of the Robert E. Yoakum Award. One of NPCA’s “precast pioneers,” Babbert built a thriving Ohio-based company from scratch and was one of the early leaders who helped to forge the National Precast Concrete Association.
In 1960, he founded E.C. Babbert Inc. as a water pump and water softener company in a garage he shared with a man who ran a printing business. He eventually moved into septic tank installation and started manufacturing his own tanks. Over the years, his wife Bonnie and sons Ron and Chuck joined the business and they grew the operation into a multi-million dollar enterprise that now manufactures a broad range of underground products at two plant locations.
E.C. attended the NPCA 4th Annual Convention in Denver in 1969, joined the association in 1970 and quickly became active in leadership. He served as NPCA president in 1976. In 1977, his peers honored him with the Robert E. Yoakum Award, NPCA’s highest honor.
Known for his outgoing personality, E.C. moonlighted on weekends calling square dances to earn extra money in the early years when his fledgling company was struggling. He was an active member of the Aladdin Shrine Clown Unit, appearing in his clown persona as “Ears” at circuses, parades and in visits to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.