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International Grooving & Grinding Association

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The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA) is the sole representative of the grooving, grinding and CPP/CPR industry. From specification and policy development to marketing and promotion, we cover the entire spectrum of issues germane to companies involved in this marketplace.

The IGGA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1972, with a stated mission of serving as the leading promotional and technical resource for acceptance and proper use of diamond grinding and grooving as well as CPP/CPR. In 1995, the IGGA joined in affiliation with the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) to represent its newly formed Concrete Pavement Restoration Division. Renamed in 2012 as The IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership (IGGA/ACPA CP3), it now serves as the technical resource and industry representative in the development and marketing of optimized pavement surfaces, concrete pavement restoration and pavement preservation around the world.


Members of the IGGA include:

  • Associates
  • Concrete construction material manufacturers and suppliers
  • Concrete sawing & cutting equipment manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Government officials
  • Diamond blade manufacturers
  • Honorary life members

Contact Information

International Grooving & Grinding Association
12573 Route 9W
West Coxsackie, NY 12192
Phone: 518.731.7450
Southwest Office
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: 480.220.7144


John Roberts
Executive Director
Phone: 518.731.7450
Larry Scofield, P.E.
Director of Engineering & Research
Phone: 480.220.7144
Michele Rivenburg
Office Manager
Phone: 518.731.7450


The grooving and grinding industry evolved from experimental applications of diamond saw blades and equipment. The industry can be traced back to the late 1940's, 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 representing a technology 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) to represent its newly formed Concrete Pavement Restoration Division. The IGGA /ACPA CPR Division serves as the technical resource and industry representative in the marketing of concrete pavement restoration to DOT's, municipalities, and engineers around the world.

IGGA works closely with ACPA as a technology partner, and in reflection of the long-standing relationship, holds a seat on the ACPA Board of Directors. IGGA also works closely with the Seal/No Seal Group, which was formed to respond to the age-old industry question about the value of sealing concrete pavement joints. Its mission is to develop a committed membership that takes responsibility for determining the long-term effectiveness of sealants in concrete pavements.


The IGGA recognizes individuals and companies/organizations for lasting contributions made to the grooving, grinding and concrete pavement preservation/restoration industry. Awards are presented annually at the Awards Banquet during the IGGA Annual Meeting. IGGA presents awards in the following categories:

  • Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Promoter of the Year Award - The award recognizes an individual or company for exemplary efforts towards promoting diamond grooving, grinding and CPR.
  • Operator of the Year (Iron Man) Award - The purpose of this award is to recognize the men and women who work in the field for their leadership with special emphasis on his/her dedication to quality and getting the job done right.
  • The Government/Public Official of the Year Award - This award recognizes leadership in transportation activities with special emphasis on grooving, grinding and CPR.
  • Lester F. Kuzmick Award - The award recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in the grooving, grinding and CPR industry.
  • Honorary Life Membership Award - Election to Honorary Life Membership in the International Grooving & Grinding Association is reserved for those who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, have rendered outstanding service to the grooving, grinding or CPR industry and to the Association.