Norm Gavin, president of Wallingford, Conn.-based United Concrete Products and Yalesville, Conn.-based Polylok, is one of the most influential and successful leaders in the precast concrete industry. The Thomas Edison of our industry, Gavin has developed such sensible inventions as the universal plastic rebar spacer and plastic seals for watertight septic tanks, both of which have impacted the efficiencies of producers around the world.

Gavin and his sons Peter, 30, and Jonathan, 27, both engineers, are positioning United Concrete Products to produce larger products. Soon a new $25 million, 30-acre plant will handle bigger jobs such as culvert sections, electrical equipment structures, and pump stations. The constant search for new product lines ensures a healthy growth of between 12 percent and 15 percent per year.