The Concrete Polishing Association of America is merging with the American Society of Concrete Contractors in September to become the Concrete Polishing Council, a specialty council of ASCC. The ASCC has three other councils: the Decorative Concrete Council, the Safety & Risk Management Council and the Manufacturer’s Advisory Council.
CPAA was formed in 2010 to provide standards, education and a professional network for the concrete polishing industry. As an ASCC council, the group will continue to be a resource for contractors, designers and owners involved with specifying, installing and maintaining polished concrete.
CPAA was managed by Creative Association Management, a subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. “This move does not reflect dissatisfaction with our previous management firm,” said Chad Gill, CPAA president. “CAM made us more solid and credible, increasing membership and adding significantly to the substance of the organization. We become part of ASCC as a strong coalition of polishing companies, ready to take our next steps.”
Since polishing contractors work closely with placement contractors, it made sense for the CPAA to merge with the ASCC, Gill said. “Combining with the ASCC, we now have an unrivaled depth of technical and real-world knowledge about how to deliver the best possible end product. Our members will be exposed to an array of new benefits and resources (and)…our customers will see the benefits of a synergistic relationship between the canvas and the deliverable.”
“We, too, believe there is symmetry between the goals of both groups that makes this a logical union.” said Bev Garnant, ASCC executive director.
ASCC specialty councils elect a council board of directors and have their own bylaws. Councils have an independent strategic plan while still being wholly involved and in step with the mission of the ASCC.
The ASCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete and providing them with a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry, such as architects, specifiers and distributors. There are approximately 600 member companies in the U.S. and 14 foreign countries.