AltusGroup recognized for industry leadership in 2020 Product Innovation Awards from Architectural Products

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AP lauds group's precast concrete innovation and unique business model

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AltusGroup, a partnership of precast concrete manufacturers dedicated to innovation powered by collaboration, has received a Special Citation for Industry Leadership as part of Architectural Products magazine’s 2020 Product Innovation Awards (PIA).

The accolade, which appeared in the November/December issue of the magazine highlights AltusGroup’s unique structure that enables its members to bring precast advancements to market more quickly and broadly:

“The company’s co-opetition business model means its members cooperate to perfect precast technologies they develop and license. Because of shipping weight, precast is largely a regional business, (which can make it) financially challenging for a single precaster to realize ROI on significant new game-changing product development. Group members pool resources on new R&D then find efficiencies of scale combined with national brand marketing to complement their own regional efforts.”

With judging and evaluation of products and systems from a distinguished panel of 22 designers and product specialists skilled in product evaluation, the PIA program awards manufacturers based on attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance beyond industry standards.

“Building on the success of past programs, our 10th edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability, that keep pace with ever-shifting market requirements,” said Jim Crockett, editorial director for Architectural Products.

AltusGroup’s signature technology, CarbonCast, received two Product Innovation Award in 2011 in recognition of the environmental and performance benefits derived from C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing in precast products. “The system materials combined seem to provide the makings of a true "green" product when it comes to building envelope systems,” said the Architectural Products judging panel.

About AltusGroup
The first-ever national partnership of precast companies dedicated to “innovation powered by collaboration," AltusGroup challenges the brightest minds in precast to develop, speed and perfect technologies that improve the built environment. Technology platforms include the award-winning CarbonCast® line of products featuring C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing, ARCIS ultra-thin precast panels for rainscreens and other applications and Graphic Concrete for imparting permanent images, graphics and patters onto precast faces. The 16 AltusGroup North American precasters have an unparalleled network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel to ensure architects, engineers and contractors get the help they need—and the quality and performance they expect. For more information, visit or call 866-GO-ALTUS.

About Architectural Products and Construction Business Media
Construction Business Media, headquartered in Chicago, IL is publisher of Architectural Products and Architectural SSL magazines. The company also co-owns and operates educational platform and maintains websites and electronic extensions of its print publications.

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