Concrete Products

SEP 2017

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28 • September 2017 ORGANIZATIONS The National Precast Concrete Association Nominating Committee has submitted its slate of 2017-18 officer and director nominees, the vote scheduled during the NPCA 52nd Annual Convention next month in Atlanta. Nominees on track to join previously elected 2017-18 NPCA Chairman Ashley Smith of Smith-Mid- land Corp. are: Chairman-Elect Michael Hoffman of Lindsay Precast Inc. and Sec- retary/Treasurer Jon Ohmes of Champion Precast Inc.; plus Directors Jeff Malcolm of Norwalk Concrete Industries, Joel Sheets of Tindall Corp., Mark Wieser of Wieser Con- crete Products, and Wes Dees of Seaman Corp. (Associate). ACI 117 – Tolerances has become a joint com- mittee of American Concrete Institute and American Society of Concrete Contractors, charged with collecting, developing, coordi- nating, and specifying tolerances and related information for concrete construction and materials through liaison with other ACI com- mittees and related industry organizations. ACI and ASCC are major and minor sponsors of the joint committee, respectively. "In addition to committee assistance, ASCC will provide technical input during document review and will be instrumental in selecting committee leadership," says ASCC Technical Director and ACI 117 Vice Chair Bruce Suprenant. The organizations have informally worked together on this subject for the past several years, he adds, noting, "From 2007-2011, ASCC supported ACI 117 with an $82,000 grant to complete ACI 117.1R-14 'Guide for Tolerance Compatibility in Con- crete Construction.' Being a joint committee will provide formal recognition to the efforts of both organizations with respect to their interests in tolerances." "Contractors can contribute a significant amount of data to the tolerances conversa- tion, as they have the ability to measure their projects and share findings," affirms ACI 117 Chair Eric Peterson of San Francisco-based Webcor Builders. "Only when we are able to determine what tolerances are practical can we accurately specify those numbers for the industry." MANUFACTURERS Clearwater, Fla., water and energy technology special- ist Kemco Systems has appointed David Lemen as vice president of Sales and Marketing, where he will lead the team's water reuse and thermal energy recovery sales force. He has spent the last 11 years in the water and wastewater industry with Evoqua, most recently as business development manager for North American service products. Besser Co. has promoted Grant Fluent to Pipe and Precast customer service manager, based in Sioux City, Iowa, and responsible for leading department representatives and purchasing activities. Fluent has spent the last six years in Besser sales and customer service, following more than two decades in engineering. He will continue to field inquiries for parts, techni- cal support and service, along with new pipe equipment and conversion requests, while participating in the American Concrete Pipe Association Annual Short Course. Separately, Besser has named Scott Ken- nedy to a newly created position, Pipe Division technical service manager, where he will lead a team performing machine work in the field and conducting comprehensive training pro- grams for customers. Kennedy joined Besser as production specialist in 2007 after the sale of a family pipe and precast business where was introduced to concrete production more than three decades prior. The Roanoke Cement Co. Troutville plant has again been honored by the Environmen- tal Protection Agency's Energy Star program for major energy reductions. The only cement company in the Commonwealth of Virginia, RCC has achieved 11 straight Energy Star certifications in one of the country's most energy- intensive industries. In a recent gathering to mark the certi- fication, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (VA-6th) of Roanoke noted, "RCC is well- known as one of the largest employers and taxpayers in Botetourt County. To be sure, this is not 'your grandfather's cement company.' With over $100 million in capital upgrades since 1992, RCC has propelled itself into the highest echelon of 21st century industry— environmentally aware and technologically savvy. RCC's limestone lake restoration, Appalachian Trail access and Catawba Creek improvements have created a legacy its com- munity recognizes and appreciates." BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS David Lemen

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