Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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28 • March 2017 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS ORGANIZATIONS The American Concrete Institute has pre- sented its Construction Award to N.J. Gardner, FACI, University of Ottawa, and Luc Monette of HP Engineering Inc., Ottawa, for their work in parametric analysis evaluation of flat plates constructed using a single level of shores and multiple levels of elastic reshores. Separately, ACI Certification Awards have been presented to William Elderton, retired Soils and Concrete Team manager for the Met- ropolitan Water District of Southern California; Laval University (Quebec City) Professor Marc Jolin, FACI; and GCP Applied Technologies' G. Terry Harris, Sr., FACI. The award honors service in developing, promoting, supporting and delivering ACI Certification programs. performance system, and our new lightweight veneer collection offers validation that Eche- lon is helping answer market needs." InsulTech can meet and often exceed code while offering multiple design options, with thermal efficiency, continu - ous insulation, moisture management, and exterior and interior aesthetics. It features a structural concrete masonry unit, molded insulation insert and—on the exterior—a lightweight stone veneer finish. Westpeak is a unique lightweight veneer from Echelon's Artisan Collection, featured in Onyx, Wheat and Magnolia colors. Westpeak Lightweight Veneer's stone aggregate complements virtu- ally any interior or exterior application due to its tight dimensional tolerance. Coralville, Iowa precaster Zero Energy Sys- tems has appointed Donn Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as vice president, Business Development & Communications, tasked with expanding market share for the compa- ny's high performance, edge-to-edge insulated, structural concrete wall panel systems. "Our panels meet new ICC energy standards for continuous insulation and FEMA 361 and ICC 500 wind load requirements," he says. "With our state-of-the-art plant, we competi- tively offer advanced manufacturing exceeding industry tolerances for high performance con- crete wall systems." Thompson has been active in the indus- try for nearly 20 years, with extensive sales support and field experience on a variety of concrete systems. Most recently, he was Port- land Cement Association senior director, Market Development, responsible for coor- dinating target market, concrete product, and cement-based building system promo- tion strategies. Prior to PCA, he served as Reward Wall Systems commercial project manager and Owens Corning business devel- opment manager. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. has acquired the assets of eastern Pennsylvania operators Berks Products Corp., Reading, and EJB Paving & Materials, West Lawn in transactions totaling $46.3 million. Berks' four ready mixed and two aggregate plants plus a construction supply center, and two EJB asphalt plants, serve mar- kets west and north of Philadelphia. They are situated between New Enterprise's existing stone, aggregate, ready mixed and asphalt pro- duction sites from Lehigh Valley to Lancaster, Pa., and expand its operating footprint into the Reading market. The acquisitions demonstrate the viabil- ity of a profit enhancement plan adopted five years ago, notes New Enterprise CEO Paul Detwiler III. "[They] were completed with no additional long-term debt and will push our operating profit to record highs," he adds. "We have now shown our ability to grow operating profit while reducing debt—a cornerstone of our operating plan."

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