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IGGA History

The grooving and grinding industry evolved from experimental applications of diamond saw blades and equipment. The industry can be traced back to the late 1940s when a single diamond blade was first used on a concrete saw to groove pavement. Since that early tentative step, concrete grinding, grooving and texturing with diamond blades has developed into what is today a multimillion dollar industry that is literally practiced around the world.

The International Grooving & Grinding Association was incorporated in Lakewood, California 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. IGGA 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) and in 2012 formed the IGGA / ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership (IGGA / ACPA CP3). Today, this partnership serves as the technical resource and industry leader in the marketing of optimized pavement surfaces, concrete pavement restoration and pavement preservation around the world. The mission of the IGGA is to serve as the leading technical and promotional resource for the acceptance and proper use of diamond grinding and grooving as well as PCC preservation and restoration.

"I joined the IGGA to keep on top of, as well as influence, industry issues. The membership is hard at work improving this industry and the IGGA does a good job of keeping me informed."

John Haase, Vice President, Superior Sawing and Sealing