The International Grooving and Grinding Association (IGGA) — a non-profit organization dedicated to serving as the leading promotional and technical resource for acceptance of diamond grinding and grooving as well as pavement preservation and restoration — has granted Honorary Lifetime Membership to Webb Burnett, founder and past president of Diamond B Inc.
This distinction is reserved for those who have rendered outstanding service to the grooving, grinding or Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) industry. Candidates must be retired or retiring from active business service to the association and have worked for the IGGA or an IGGA member firm for a minimum of ten years. Other qualifications include providing significant contributions to the advancement of the industry. According to John Roberts, IGGA executive director, this honor has only been granted nine times in the 37-year history of the Association.
“Webb exemplifies the character and qualities that we associate with the IGGA’s highest honor,” said Roberts. “His selfless contributions have led to one of the industry’s greatest discoveries in decades with the development of the Next Generation Concrete Surface [NGCS]. Webb is a true innovator.”
Burnett has long been a partner in industry efforts. With 57 years of experience in the CPR field, he is considered an expert and founding father of the industry. For more than half of his life, Burnett worked on diamond saws and blades, helping to improve the technology and further the industry. Of note, he helped develop the first hot press segments used to manufacture diamond tipped saw blades in addition to developing diamond inserts and slanted segments for saws. Burnett also designed and developed a special diamond grinding unit that facilitated collaborative research with Purdue University in developing the NGCS — a hybrid texture constructed on concrete surfaces that resembles a combination of diamond grinding and longitudinal grooving.
Diamond B Inc., with 56 employees, was established in March 1984 by Burnett. The company specializes in professional segmented diamond saws and core bits. Upon retiring in July of 2009, Burnett sold the business to the Hilti Company. Prior to establishing Diamond B, Burnett worked at Penhall Diamond Products from 1977 to 1984 as the manufacturing manager of diamond blades and bits. From 1952 to 1977, Burnett was employed by Felker, a firm that specialized in building different kinds of metal-bonded diamond products that included precision saws and tile blades. In 1943, as a 15 year-old, Burnett entered the Navy and in 1946, left the Navy to work for a company that built tungsten carbide saws for five years.
Today, Burnett, 81, is honored to receive the IGGA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.
“One of the highlights of working in the CPR industry was all of the friends I made and the quality people that I worked with and for,” noted Burnett. “Additionally, I am proud to have created a strong financial company; Diamond B Inc.”