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Concrete — A Century of Innovation

American Concrete Institute Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary with a Year Full of Special Activities

The American Concrete Institute is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary throughout 2004 with a series of special activities. These Centennial activities include celebrating and commemorating accomplishments through special events and books, as well as congratulating those who have helped make this century of concrete innovation possible. The concrete industry and concrete supporters are encouraged to join in.

Founded in 1904, the organization – then called National Association of Cement Users – provided a forum to discuss better concrete for more durable, maintenance-free structures. The name was shortly changed to the American Concrete Institute to be more indicative of its work, but the mission – to develop, share and disseminate the knowledge and information needed to utilize concrete to its fullest potential – has remained the same for all 100 years.

Thousands of American Concrete Institute members and non-members from throughout the world are already planning to commemorate this special year by participating in a series of special events including:

• Centennial Celebratory Dinner – March 15, 2004 – Washington, D.C.

• “Concrete of the Future” Mixer – October 26, 2004 – San Francisco, CA

• International conferences in India (February 24-26, 2004), Brazil (April 26-27, 2004), Australia/ New Zealand (September 16-23,2004) and France (December 6-7, 2004)

Additionally, CONCRETE: A Pictorial Celebration, a limited edition, coffee-table-style book will be made available for purchase. This high-quality, hardcover book will feature photographs that highlight innovations in concrete design, production, construction and repair, and will be cherished long after the celebration ends. The book will be available the summer of 2004, and those interested are encouraged to reserve their copy at pre-production prices now by contacting the American Concrete Institute before supplies are limited.

The American Concrete Institute has 17,000 members and 97 chapters worldwide and produces technical documents, code requirements, specifications, and guides for the best uses of concrete. The Institute also conducts seminars and manages certification programs for concrete practitioners.

To register for any of the special Centennial activities, learn more about becoming a member, or reserve your copy of CONCRETE: A Pictorial Celebration, contact the American Concrete Institute at 248-848-3800 or visit

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