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CSDA Announces New Individual Memberships for Operators, Supervisors and Specifiers

 CSDA is pleased to announce three new membership categories specifically designed for individuals in the concrete construction industry. 

These individual memberships were specially tailored to the needs of field personnel, safety managers, operations managers and specifiers, including architects, engineers and general contractors. These new members will benefit from gaining access to a vast library of industry-specific resources, training classes industry news and product updates. 

Each individual membership category will have benefits specific to its members. The Field Personnel category was designed with operators, laborers and field professionals in mind. These members will have access to safety and training resources, product updates, receive discounts on association events and materials and gain the ability to connect with other operators and personnel all over the world. The Operations category includes safety managers, estimators, dispatchers and supervisors. They will have access to a library of over 100 Toolbox Safety Tips (TSTs), a safety resource online database, industry news and discounts on safety materials and training classes. The Specifier category gives architects, engineers, general contractors and government officials a resource to access over 50 specifications, standards and best practices for the concrete renovation industry. They can also request bids from local contractors specific to the job specs and will be able to earn continuing education through CSDA’s partnership with AIA. 

“CSDA recognizes that a company membership may not be the best fit for all of the members of our industry. In order to share our resources to benefit as many as possible, we have created these individual membership categories to enhance the cooperation and information-sharing between contractor companies, operators, manufacturers, specifiers and more,” stated Erin O’Brien, CSDA Executive Director. “Our goal is to grow and expand the member benefits our association offers and this is just the first step in progressing towards this goal.”

These new individual memberships compliment the existing company memberships for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and affiliate. Existing company members can also gain the benefits of these individual memberships at no additional charge. For more information, or to sign up for membership, visit the CSDA website at www.csda.org, contact the CSDA office at 727-577-5004 or email info@csda.org.

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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

CSDA Announces New Executive Director

The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin O’Brien as its’ next Executive Director, following the retirement of Pat O’Brien who served as Executive Director of the association since 1992.

“Erin has been intimately involved with the operations of CSDA for the past 10 years, so the opportunity to have her become the new Executive Director of the association creates a turnover (transition?) that will be as seamless as can be imagined. This new chapter creates the opportunity for innovation as well as the growth of programs for our members and the industry as we enter a new decade,” according to Matthew Finnigan, CSDA’s President.

O’Brien began her duties as Executive Director on January 1, 2020 and will lead the association’s presence at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV from February 4 – 7, 2020 and at its Annual Convention & Tech Fair in Carlsbad, CA from March 31, April 4, 2020. 

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

CSDA Opens Registration for Fall Training and Certification Classes

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) has opened registration for its Fall training and certification. The packed schedule features six 101 and 201 courses, as well as a GPR certification! Attendees can expect hands-on and classroom-style learning from one of the most respected and knowledgeable veterans of the industry, Rick Norland.

CSDA has scheduled a series of comprehensive introductory programs geared toward anyone wishing to begin or expand their knowledge of cutting disciplines that will take place in Portland, Oregon, at the ICS Training Facility. They are followed by a series of advanced Operator Certifications designed for experienced operators looking to gain proficiency in sawing and drilling techniques and those classes will be held in sunny Clearwater, Florida, at St. Petersburg College. The schedule is as follows:

Date                                   Course                                                                          Location

Oct. 14-15, 2019               Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 101                                  Portland, Oregon

Oct. 16-17, 2019               Wall & Hand Sawing 101                                               Portland, Oregon

Oct. 18, 2019                    Wire Sawing 101                                                              Portland, Oregon

Nov. 8-9, 2019                 GPR Certification                                                            Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 11-12, 2019              Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 201                                  Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 13-14, 2019              Wall & Hand Sawing 201                                               Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 15, 2019                   Wire Sawing 201                                                               Clearwater, Florida

As part of its Train More Save More program, the association offers large discounts to companies that send multiple operators to sawing and drilling classes. CSDA also has an online training website consisting of 27 classes available via www.csdatraining.com.

“Since its launch in 1995, the CSDA Training Program has had over 9,000 graduates and over the past couple of years, we have seen course participation grow across the board. An increasing number of companies are once again feeling financially confident enough to invest in industry training, which not only improves efficiency, safety, and productivity but raises the professionalism of the whole industry,” says CSDA Lead Instructor Rick Norland.

The association has hands-on, classroom and online classes for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training. To find registration details and other important information about these classes, visit www.csda.org/training.

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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting, and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

 

CSDA Elects 2019 Officers & Board of Directors

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce new Officers and Board members, who were elected at the 47th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair, held March 11-15, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Newly elected Officers are President Matthew Finnigan, National Concrete Cutting, Milton, Washington; Vice President Mike Orzechowski, DITEQ Corp., Lenexa, Kansas and Kellie Vazquez, Holes Incorporated, Houston, Texas who will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Jack Sondergard, Central Concrete Cutting, Edgar, Wisconsin will serve as Past President and Patrick O’Brien continues as Executive Director.

Six Board members, whose terms expire in 2021, were also elected. They are Ty Conner, Austin Enterprise, Bakersfield, California; Dan Dennison, Diamond Tools Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mark DeSchepper, Echo GPR, Paola, Kansas; Bruce Ferrell, PROSOCO, Lawrence, Kansas; Jami Harmon, GSSI, Nashua, New Hampshire and Greg Lipscomb, Diamond Products, Elyria, Ohio.

Returning for the second year of their term on the Board are Peter Bigwood, Brokk, Monroe, Washington; Scott Brown, ICS Blount, Portland, Oregon; Bill Fisher, National Research Company, Novi, Michigan; Rick Glidewell, Hilti, Plano, Texas; Bennett Jones, Advanced Concrete Sawing, St. Paul, Minnesota and Tim Terrell, Husqvarna Construction Products, Olathe, Kansas.

“I’m appreciative for the passion that these people have shown for our industry and the association.  Their time and attention, all given freely and without compensation, to addressing issues facing the cutting, coring, imaging and polishing business provide testimony to CSDA’s aim of creating value for our customers in a safe and professional manner,” stated Matthew Finnigan, CSDA President.

The remainder of the CSDA 2019 Board and committee meeting schedule is as follows:

  • June 12-13                              Renaissance Reno Downtown, Reno, Nevada
  • September 5-6                        Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, Ohio
  • December 4-5                         Le Meridien New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana