For over 250 years, trade associations have contributed to commerce in the United States. Since the first established group, the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, associations have changed and morphed to meet market demands such as the need for information, technology, and statistics on labor and productivity. Today’s trade associations generally focus on collaboration between companies, but also participate in public relations activities such as advertising, education, lobbying and publishing.
In the A/E/C industry, codes change frequently, along with technology and services. Often manufacturers are on the front line, especially when dealing with contractors, architects and product innovations. Manufacturers can push product adoption through building codes, patents, and trade adoption.
Nystrom’s Director of Specifications, Sandy McWilliams, CSI, LEED AP, and CSI-MSP Vice President, says “From a manufacturer’s perspective, participating in groups like CSI allow us to be closer to our customers: to listen, learn and participate at the local markets… it’s a collaborative effort.”. She goes on to say “for someone in my position, it’s important for me to understand what specifiers and architects want and need. Not only am I learning from them, but I get to collaborate on a daily basis with architects, and that brings value to my organization.”
Working together to promote education, safety, and industry best practices are all reasons that Nystrom belongs to these organizations:
- Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – Improving specification quality, best practices, promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification.
- US Green Building Council (USGBC) – The organization that regulates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
- National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) – Connecting leaders in the precast industry through education, leadership and networking opportunities.
- Manufacturer’s Alliance – Providing peer-to-peer training, education, and resources which inspire manufacturers to continuously grow, improve, and stay competitive.
For information on how Nystrom can assist with your next project, please visit www.Nystrom.com.