The Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI is pleased to announce John L. Simmet as the recipient of the Epoxy Industry Service Award. This award recognizes individuals that have contributed time, effort and support to further the use of Epoxy Coated Reinforcing Steel.
During his career, John L. Simmet helped establish two epoxy coating and fabrication plants, one in Minnesota and one in Ohio, including the first multi-rebar coating plant in the world. He also was part of a group that started the Fusion Bonded Coaters Association (FBCA) in 1982, and later, merged FBCA with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) in 1985. Years later in 2008, the coaters formed the Epoxy Interest Group (EIG) within CRSI.
He was instrumental in the establishment of CRSI’s epoxy coating plant certification program. These certification programs have over the years significantly improved the quality of epoxy-coated reinforcement and continue to do so today, more than 25 years later.
Simmet passed away in April 1996. However, many members of his family are involved in the ongoing operation of the two plants started by him. He has mentored them, in addition to many others in the industry, with a strong commitment to product quality. Members of his family currently involved with the business include his sons John P. Simmet and Robert Simmet, and his grandsons Adam Simmet, Paul Simmet and Noah Simmet.
We posthumously thank John L. Simmet for his numerous contributions to the Industry.
For additional information about the Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI, contact Danielle Kleinhans, Managing Director, Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI at (847) 517 1200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.