Concrete Products

NOV 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 • November 2017 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS PRODUCERS Denver-based Summit Materials, Inc. has begun a search for a successor to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Rauh, who will leave the aggregate and ready mixed producer at year end. In the interim, Executive Vice Presidents Damian Murphy (East Segment), Shane Evans (West Segment) and Tom Beck (Cement Segment) will report directly to Summit CEO Tom Hill. Nathan Ring joins Knife River Corp. this month as vice president of Business Devel- opment and Operations Support, returning to the MDU Resources Group after a brief tour as chief financial officer at a Bismarck, N.D., bank. He previously served as controller for the Knife River Pacific Region and sister company MDU Construction Services Group. In 2014, he was promoted to vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for parent MDU Resources. LafargeHolcim Ltd. has appointed Géral- dine Picaud as chief financial officer and Executive Committee member, effective February 2018. A French national, she joins the Group from Essilor Interna- tional, the world's leading ophthalmic optics company, and brings 20 years of experience leading and transforming Finance teams in complex, multinational companies. Picaud will succeed Ron Wirahadiraksa, who remains in his post through a transition period. Kathleen Quirk, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Phoenix-based mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc., has been elected to the Vulcan Materials Co. board and will serve on the Audit and Finance Committees. She becomes the ninth indepen- dent director on the 10-member board. West Sacramento, Calif.-based precast/pre- stressed producer Clark Pacific has added two veterans of commercial building enclo- sures to help accelerate development and innovative architectural façade systems. Carlo Eisner de Eisenhof joins the company as gen- eral manager, Integrated Glass Operations. His 25-plus years in design and delivery of façade systems include nearly two decades with Permasteelisa, where he held positions in Europe, Asia and North America; and, most recently, with Houston's Admiral Glass. "Clark Pacific is being asked to extend our prefabricated façade systems to include integrated window components and deliver more complete systems for owners," says Bob Clark, president of Operations and Clark Pacific co-owner. "Carlo will play a key role in delivering these systems." Jim Lewis, a 25-year industry veteran, joins Clark Pacific as director of Sales, Archi- tectural Façade Systems. He arrives from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, where he was responsible for the areas of architecture, BIM, and innovation. Prior to PCI, he led architectural community sales, outreach and educational efforts for Flori- da-based Gate Precast. Gate Precast Co. has named Venkatesh Seshappa as engi- neering manager at the Kissimmee, Fla., plant. He has 30-plus years' design experi- ence, most recently as director of Engi- neering, Research & Development for Thermomass in Boone, Iowa. Prior to that, he held leadership posi- tions with engineers WHKS & Co., Mason City, Iowa, and BSW International, Tulsa, Okla. ORGANIZATIONS Ashley Smith, pres- ident and chief operating offi- cer of Virginia's S m i t h - M i d l a n d Corp., has been appointed 2017-18 National Precast Concrete Associa- tion chairman—a post his father and company co-founder, Rodney Smith, held in 1980. Ashley Smith has been involved with NPCA on various product committees and task forces throughout his career and served on the board since 2011. His one-year term began last month at NPCA's 52nd Annual Convention in Atlanta. Smith-Midland was founded in 1960 and has been an NPCA member since 1971. The convention also saw the election of Chairman-Elect Mike Hoffman of Lindsay Precast Inc., Canal Fulton, Ohio; Secretary/ Treasurer Jon Ohmes of Champion Precast Inc., Troy, Mo.; and, Directors Wes Dees of Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; Jeff Malcolm of Norwalk Concrete Industries, Norwalk, Ohio; Joel Sheets of Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; and, Mark Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products, Portage, Wis. Additionally, NPCA announced its top annual honors in Atlanta: Andy Wieser, presi- dent of Wieser Concrete Products in Maiden Rock, Wis., received the Robert E. Yoakum Award, recognizing his service a 2015-2016 NPCA chairman; support for raising quality standards through the NPCA Plant Certifi- cation Program; and, mentoring producer members across the country. Leo Feuerstein, secretary/treasurer of Western Precast Con- crete in El Paso, Texas, was presented with the Douglas G. Hoskin Award for membership development, recognizing sponsorship of new members and outreach to them during their first year with NPCA. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Asso- ciation Research Engineering and Standards Committee has named recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Quality Awards, recognizing member producers who have demonstrated they follow and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities— from commitment to quality, materials management, managing production facilities, product quality control and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Producers enter the program as individual entities or plants within larger operators, or as company divisions, and respond to a multiple-choice type application form generating their scores. A minimum score of 75 percent with support- ing validation qualifies for an Excellence in Quality Award, presented in three categories of plant/division output: Category A (annual production > 1 mil- lion yd.): Argos USA – Florida; Argos USA –DFW; Argos USA RMX – Area 1 North Caro- lina; CalPortland – Arizona Division; Cemex – Northern California Region and Florida Region; Cemstone Products Co.; Central Concrete Supply Co.; Concrete Supply Co.; GCC Ready Mix USA; Irving Materials, Inc. – North Division; Martin Marietta – Southwest Division; Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida; Preferred Materials Inc.; Thomas Concrete – Georgia Division; Titan America LLC – Florida Business Unit and Mid-Atlantic Business Unit; and, Vulcan Materials Co. – Mideast Region NOVA/DC Concrete. Category B (250,000–1 million yd.): Anderson Concrete Corp.; Argos USA RMX – Area 2 South Carolina; Bayou Concrete; Buckeye Ready-Mix; CalPortland – Nevada Region, Oregon/SW Washington, Southern California Ready Mix Division and Washing- ton Division; Chandler Concrete Co.; Chaney Enterprises; Dolese Bros Co. – Oklahoma City Metro; Eastern Concrete Materials; Irving Materials, Inc. – Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Kentucky/Southwestern Indiana regions; River Bend Materials, Oregon/West Division; S&W Ready Mix Concrete; Superior Géraldine Picaud Venkatesh Seshappa Ashley Smith

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