Barbour Concrete Earns NPCA Master Precaster Designation


INDIANAPOLIS — The National Precast Concrete Association has announced that Matt Barbour, Cameron Burnett and Doug Starr of Barbour Concrete Company has earned the Master Precaster designation on February 22 in Denver, CO, during The 2018 Precast Show. Making them the first in the Kansas City area to attain the designation.

To become a Master Precaster, each student must complete six NPCA Precast University courses totaling 89 hours that consist of six topics spread across three Production and Quality School levels. Notable topics include batching and mixing for precast concrete, water-cement ratios, forklift operations and excavation services, precast maturity methods, reading and understanding blueprints, basics of design theory for concrete elements and improving employee performance.

The courses train students in production, quality, safety, technical and plant leadership. The Master Precaster program not only enhances the precast concrete industry’s workforce development efforts, but also provides a path to those in the industry to grow their careers.

“Being recognized as a Master Precaster is a major accomplishment, and one that requires a great deal of commitment,” said Ty Gable, president of the National Precast Concrete Association. “Although the path is arduous, nothing is more important than ensuring that precast quality and production employees are equipped with the right tools, resources and knowledge to be successful in the workforce. We are very proud of the Master Precaster class of 2018.”

Matt, Cameron and Doug are joined by 32 other Master Precaster graduates in this year’s class. The certification was first made available in 2012 and there are currently 105 active Master Precasters nationwide.