The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute have initiated a strategic partnership that will reduce duplication and increase collaboration in several program areas. The initial areas of collaboration for the two organizations are plant certification and events.

For the first time, NPCA and PCI will coordinate their plant certification programs, which are both widely recognized throughout the United States. Under the partnership, NPCA will continue to administer precast certification for its members, while PCI will certify plants conducting prestress operations for members of both organizations. PCI will also manage certification audits for plants presently certified under both the NPCA and PCI programs.

"Our certification partnership will create efficiencies for the plants that are certified by both NPCA and PCI. Instead of having two separate certification audits to prepare for, we will now have just one combined certification," according to Brent Dezember, chairman of the board of NPCA. Dezember’s StructureCast plant is certified by, and a member of both organizations. "It will save both time and money for those plants."

"This is a very exciting time, as we come together as an industry to provide more clarity in the marketplace," said Dean Gwin, PCI chairman of the board and president of Gate Construction Materials Group. "The partnership on certification will make it easier for specifiers and designers to understand which certification program to specify."

In addition to the certification partnership, PCI will join NPCA and the American Concrete Pipe Association in the production of The Precast Show beginning in 2016.

"Industry organizations working together just makes good sense," said James Toscas, P.E., PCI president. "This partnership not only creates the precast industry’s largest trade show, but will foster better interaction and collaboration among the various sectors within the industry.

"A joint task group from both organizations has been working on the partnership for more than a year," said Ty Gable, NPCA president. "The task group believes that our future collaborative efforts will significantly benefit the members of both organizations and will strengthen the position of precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers in the competitive construction marketplace."

For more information about the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, please visit www.pci.org. For more information about the National Precast Concrete Association, please visit precast.org.