For the 15th consecutive year, Advance Concrete Products, located in Highland, has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Certified Plant. Following notice of re-certification status, the company also accepted an award by NPCA for being one of the longest continuously certified plants in North America having passed all inspections since 1991.
In unannounced certification inspections conducted in December, Advance Concrete Products received a high score of 95.15 placing them in the top 10 percent of all certified plants in the country. This designation recognizes Advance Concrete Products as a precast manufacturing plant dedicated to operating at the highest standards of production and quality.
To achieve certification, Advance Concrete Products was graded in several critical areas of precast concrete production including:
- Plant quality control procedures
- Concrete mixture and reinforcement design
- Production practices
- Pre-pour, post-pour and final inspections
- Concrete and aggregate testing
Advance Concrete Products is the only precast concrete plant of its kind in Michigan to receive NPCA certification. Only 13 percent of precast plants are certified in the United States.
According to Ty E. Gable, NPCA president, "Advance Concrete Products has proven its commitment to producing high-quality precast products by attaining certification. Engineers and architects specifying Advance Concrete Products' underground structures can be assured they are receiving products from an organization dedicated to the highest level of quality throughout the manufacturing process."