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History (MCPA)

The Michigan Concrete Paving Association (MCPA) is the statewide professional organization of the concrete pavement industry. MCPA members include contractors, cement companies, equipment manufacturers, bonding and insurance companies, consulting firms, and others allied with the surface transportation industry.

Founded in 1968, the MCPA represents its members on all matters affecting the industry's relationship with public agencies, the general public, and the industry-at-large. MCPA is recognized by public officials, engineers, contractors, and paving experts as the voice of the concrete paving industry in Michigan. The concrete paving industry employs more than 1,000 residents across Michigan. We are a partner in Michigan's progress, and your neighbor.

A Brief History

Concrete has proven itself as the "surface of choice" in road construction. It's extremely durable and long-lasting, cost-effective and safe. The world's first mile of concrete highway was built on Woodward Avenue in 1909. In fact, the vast majority of Michigan's original state and interstate highway system was first built with concrete more than 50 years ago, providing an average life of 35-40 years. Originally constructed during World War II, the Davison Freeway had carried traffic for 54 years when reconstructed in 1997. Some of those original pavements are still in use today, proving that concrete is a superior road construction material that stands the test of time.

The major highway system is our state's economic backbone - totaling nearly 4,400 miles and carrying more than 75 percent of our state's commercial truck traffic. The amount of truck traffic is expected to increase as Michigan's economy diversifies and grows, highlighting the importance of cost effective roads that last. Michigan originally made a commitment to building good quality roads that are longer lasting - not inferior patches that fail only after a few years - but the state has swayed from that promise in recent years.

History MCA

The Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) was established in 1952 as a forum for the state's ready mixed concrete industry and as an educational resource for consumers.Today, the Association includes nearly 200 members, almost equally divided between ready mixed concrete producers and industry suppliers.

Producer members include companies of all sizes, which collectively provide about 80 percent of the ready mixed concrete used in the state. Supplier members include cement and aggregate companies, equipment dealers and manufacturers, bulk material haulers, and industry consultants. Additional members also include engineering consultants, contractors and concrete product manufacturers.

The Association's objectives include:

  • Promoting the use of concrete
  • Improving the quality of concrete
  • Educating consumers about use and maintenance
  • Training and educating members about concrete application techniques
  • Researching problems and sharing solutions about concrete technology
  • Maintaining a strong voice for the industry on legislative matters

As directed in the Constitution & Bylaws, the MCA Board of Directors (BOD) is the primary governing body. The BOD oversees the activities of the Michigan Concrete Association (MCA). Members of the MCA elect fellow members to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors, which consists of 15 representatives from a cross section of companies.
The Board of Directors also elects four of its own members to serve on an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing day-to-day management of the Association.