The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA) – a non-profit organization dedicated to serving as the leading promotional and technical resource for acceptance of diamond grinding and grooving as well as pavement preservation and restoration – recently kicked-off their 40th anniversary with a celebratory program.

On Nov. 26, in conjunction with their annual conference, held in Marco Island, Fla., several veteran members and long-time supporters came together to share the IGGA’s history and celebrate 40 years of serving the pavement preservation and repair industry.

The IGGA was incorporated in Lakewood, Calif. in June of 1972. IGGA’s inception was largely due to the inspiration and driving force of Lester Kuzmick who envisioned an organization that could advance the collective interest of contractor members. The Association has served as an industry focal point and promoting entity ever since.

In 1995, the IGGA joined in affiliation with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) to represent its newly formed Concrete Pavement Restoration Division. The IGGA / ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership (IGGA/ACPA CP3) serves as the technical resource and industry representative in the marketing of concrete pavement restoration to DOTs, municipalities and engineers around the world.

“Replacing or overlaying deteriorated pavement can be time- and cost-prohibitive, but CPR has gained acceptance during the last 40 years as a viable solution,” said John Roberts, Executive Director of the IGGA. “These techniques have spread throughout the world and are proven to be environmentally-friendly, economical, long term repair options that preserve concrete roadways.”

CPR is a series of engineered techniques developed over the past 40 years to rehabilitate concrete pavement. A viable alternative to costly asphalt overlays, CPR targets and repairs areas of distress within otherwise structurally sound concrete pavement. A minimally disruptive procedure, CPR can be performed within small work areas and at off-peak hours. CPR procedures offer a repair solution that is proven to last for years, or even decades.