VIC International made several announcements at World of Concrete in January. Among these was the appointment of VIC to the executive advisory council of the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).
VIC personnel also may serve as guest lecturers at the school, host school socials for networking with students and potential graduates, participate in joint press conferences and events, internships, scholarships, fund raising activities, and perhaps some joint machine design, and machine donations.
MTSU started offering the first four-year bachelor's degree program in concrete management 10 years ago. Last year, three other schools started similar CIM programs: Arizona State University in Phoenix, California State University in Chico, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Heather Brown, associate professor and acting interim director of the CIM program at MTSU, was there for the announcement.
Powell, Tenn.-based VIC International also announced what it said is the first concrete polishing “green” certification program in the industry. And it is listed in the “GreenSpec” directory. The sixth edition of “GreenSpec” directory includes information on 2000 green building products carefully screened by the editors of Environmental Building News.
“The rationale for launching this exciting program is two-fold,” said Bill Beres, director of the surface prep division at VIC. “The demand for quality standards for concrete polishing contractors is immediate, and the opportunity for working with architects and designers within the green environmental umbrella has never been more positive than right now.”
The VIC International Certified Green Applicator program will be fully implemented by mid-year. “To become a VIC-certified ‘green' applicator, a contractor must have professional experience of polishing a minimum number of square feet of concrete, a history of working with large customers, a truck, trailer, grinding equipment, generator, manpower, credit approval, and at least five references,” said Beres.
Finally, VIC named a new management team for its surface prep division. Beres was named director of the division; Shannon Stone and Don Dagenhart were named to technical sales and support; and Brent Knox was named to technical support and acting architect.