Founded in 1916, the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. Where cement and concrete are concerned, so is the Portland Cement Association: in manufacturing, in raising the quality of construction, in improving our product and its uses, in contributing to a better environment.
The makeup of today's PCA reflects these functions and the industry's diversity with a network of divisions and affiliate groups. This structure takes advantage of collaboration with allied organizations.
The American Concrete Pavement Association, the industry's promotional arm for highways, streets, and airport paving, is a joint effort of cement suppliers and paving contractors. CTL Group, conducts research, testing, and consulting engineering. Formerly PCA's research and development division, CTL has operated as a separate, for-profit subsidiary of PCA since 1987. Canadian operations are carried out by the Cement Association of Canada, with headquarters in Ottawa and regional offices throughout Canada.
Market Promotion and Research and Technical Services conduct principal Association activities and programs. Promotion of cement and concrete remains the stalwart of Association work, with Market Development forming the core of PCA activities. Market Development follows cement use. Organized around target markets and the strategies they dictate, programs encompass codes and standards benefiting the industry at large, promotion aimed directly at particular construction segments, and support for local promotion efforts of members and allies. Engineering Services, Codes and Standards takes on the high-tech end of promotion: bridges, high-rise buildings, and codes and standards work driven by advances in design and construction.
Codes and Standards
Code specialists in the field promote and protect concrete interests in national building code organizations in the United States. Bridge and transit engineers focus on the public works market for concrete structures — new opportunities created by the push for infrastructure renewal. Development of new computer programs makes the design of concrete buildings simpler and more economical while providing valuable tools for local promoters. On the conventional end of the building spectrum, promotion focuses on residential and low-rise commercial buildings. Working with both home builders and consumers, residential programs advance new concrete products for housing — both in building systems and components such as driveways and patios.