History of the Epoxy Interst Group (EIG)
Since 1973, the use of epoxy-coated reinforcing bar (rebar) has continued to grow. In response to this growth, the industry formed the Fusion Bonded Coaters Association (FBCA) in 1982. This group was headed by Bob Stafford, who had previously been president of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI). FBCA published the first edition of Anti-Corrosion Times in August 1983.
In 1985, the FBCA merged with CRSI. Founded in 1924, CRSI stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel reinforced concrete construction. CRSI members are manufacturers, fabricators and placers of steel reinforcing bar and related products, as well as professionals who are involved in the research, design and construction of reinforced concrete.
In 1991, CRSI initiated a Certified Plant Program for epoxy-coated bar producers and by 1997, 30 plants were certified.
In March 2008, a new group was formed within CRSI. The Epoxy Interest Group (EIG) of CRSI operates within the charter of CRSI, but promotes and markets epoxy-coated bars and is able to create awareness and interest in epoxy coated reinforcing steel (rebar) and its important benefits for DOT’s, engineering specifiers and contractors.