The International Grooving and Grinding Association (IGGA) — a non-profit organization dedicated to serving as the leading promotional and technical resource for acceptance and proper use of diamond grinding and grooving as well as pavement preservation and restoration -- has announced the call for entries for its annual awards competition.

The purpose of the awards program is to honor individuals and organizations for lasting contributions made to the grooving, grinding and concrete pavement restoration industry. Nominations can be made by IGGA members in good standing. The categories follow:

  • The Lester F. Kuzmick Award is the IGGA's highest honor. It recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in the grooving, grinding and CPR industry. The award is named in honor of Lester F. Kuzmick, a tireless leader credited with helping shape the IGGA and the industry it serves.
  • The Operator of the Year (Iron Man) Award serves the purpose of recognizing the men and women who work in the field for their leadership with special emphasis on his/her dedication to quality.
  • Government Official of the Year Award recognizes a government or public official each year for leadership in transportation activities with special emphasis on grooving, grinding and CPR.
  • The Honorary Life Member Award is a distinction reserved for those who have rendered outstanding service to the grooving, grinding or CPR industry and to the IGGA. Candidates must be retired or retiring from active business service and should have provided significant contributions to the advancement of the industry and/or the association during their career.

Also, new this year, IGGA is introducing the Diamond Achievement Award, designed to highlight the industry's leading diamond grinding projects as well as encourage and reward high-quality workmanship. This new award differs from the aforementioned awards as submissions are eligible not only from members of IGGA, but also transportation agencies, affiliated American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) chapters and state paving associations. Projects must have been completed during the 2008 calendar year. This award will be judged by a panel comprised of academic professionals, industry experts, Department of Transportation officials and trade media representatives.

Submittal forms for the Diamond Achievement award can be found on the homepage of the IGGA website at Submissions should be sent to Michele Rivenburg, IGGA, 12573 Route 9W, West Coxsackie, NY 12192. Questions can be directed to 518-731-7450 or

The deadline for all submissions is August 15, 2009 and the awards will be presented at the IGGA's Annual Meeting in December 2009.