Concrete Pipe Week Highlights Community and Economic Benefits
The American Concrete Pipe Association and many concrete pipe manufacturers are celebrating another successful National Concrete Pipe Week. Recognized during the week of August 20-26, the 2017 Concrete Pipe Week raised awareness and education on the crucial function of concrete pipe in keeping communities healthy, safe and thriving. State governors and city mayors across the country signed proclamations declaring the importance of concrete pipe for storm water management in their own states and communities. One concrete pipe manufacturer, County Materials Corporation, hosted plant tours at several facilities throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Florida, to educate state and local officials on the durability and sustainability of concrete pipe.
In Wisconsin, County Materials held plant tours at their Madison and Green Bay facilities.
Notable attendees at County Materials’ Madison pipe plant tour include Wisconsin State Representative Malissa Sargent, Madison Alder for District 15 Dave Harens, and the Wisconsin Concrete Pipe Association Executive Director Clark Wontoch. Attendees at County Materials’ Green Bay pipe plant tour include Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Dave Ross and State Senator Robert Cowles.
Brian Kolden, a Technical Resource Engineer with County Materials, helped plan and lead both tours. “We held these events to raise awareness and discuss the history behind concrete pipe in managing storm water; we also discussed current issues with polypropylene pipe on the regulation and legislative front,” said Kolden. “It was a great opportunity to showcase state representatives how our locally sourced and locally made concrete pipe provides communities with a strong product that doesn’t flex, float, or burn, and can last 100 years.”
County Materials and the concrete pipe industry has a large impact on the U.S. economy. Concrete pipe is a durable product that is used to build storm water utilities and the infrastructure for growing communities, and it contributes to thousands of jobs. County Materials alone employs over 1,500 individuals at more than 40 locations in six states. Although its unseen, concrete pipe is relied on every day as an essential component for water management systems in our communities.
“This was one of the most successful and productive National Concrete Pipe Weeks I’ve been a part of,” said Kolden. “We attracted state level attention and were successful in representing our industry. The events accounted for months of planning, but in the end, we educated our elected officials on the importance of concrete pipe —both events were homeruns.”
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