In May of 1998, more than 70 people representing the varied aspects of the concrete repair industry gathered in Naperville, IL to lay the groundwork for what is now known as the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Concerned about the quality of repairs being performed, the group’s object was to bring together those truly interested in improving the concrete repair industry and use their knowledge and efforts to bring about meaningful change. What began as the International Association of Concrete Repair Specialists has grown into the leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration and protection of concrete and other structures.

During its first 25 years, the organization not only changed its name, but it has grown to represent more than 2000 industry professionals in contracting, engineering and manufacturing. ICRI members are directly responsible for 17 unique and essential technical guidelines that have defined quality concrete repair. ICRI has also extended its reach by chartering a total 36 chapters across the US and Canada, giving its membership local and national presence.

To honor these and the many other achievements of ICRI, the organization will be celebrating throughout 2013, starting with a special commemorative issue of the Concrete Repair Bulletin (CRB) (January/February 2013), highlighting the history of ICRI and celebrating 25 years of achievements.

No anniversary is complete without celebrations, so events are planned for all normal ICRI meetings and conventions; everything starts an evening at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas during World of Concrete, then it’s on to a fantastic party being planned for the Spring Convention, March 20-22, 2013 at the Tradewinds Islands Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL. The celebrating winds down with a special event at the Fall Convention, November 12-15, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, IL.

For more information on these and other ICRI events, visit or contact Dale Regnier, Manager, Marketing and Chapters at 847-827-0830.