Being the best over many consecutive years doesn't come easily. The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls are the only professional basketball teams to win more than two consecutive championships. The off-Broadway musical, "The Fantasticks," has run continuously for 36 years. So, imagine earning 28 consecutive stamps of quality since 1929.
That mark of distinction was recently achieved by 29 U.S. cement testing laboratories that have successfully participated in all 28 inspection tours by NIST's Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory. The CCRL, sponsored by the American Society for Testing and Materials Committee CO1 on Cement and Committee CO9 on Concrete and Aggregates, promotes the quality of testing in construction materials laboratories. More than 600 labs in the United States, Canada and Mexico are currently evaluated.
The 29 organizations who have maintained 66 years of highest quality testing were honored at the ASTM C1 Committee Meeting in Denver, Colo., on June 23, 1995. A list of the honorees is attached.
For more information on the CCRL, contact James H. Pielert, A365 Building Research Bldg., NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-0001, (301) 975-6704, e-mail: jpielert [at] enh.nist.gov (via Internet).
An agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.