Concrete Products

JAN 2019

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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50 • January 2019 BRIEFS PRODUCERS PRODUCERS LafargeHolcim Aggregates and Construction Materials CEO Guy Edwards has gained additional responsibility for sister operation, Aggregate Industries U.K. A veteran of Aggregate Industries busi- nesses on both sides of the Atlantic, he succeeds François Petry, who was recently appointed Country CEO of Lafarge France and Market Head of France and Belgium. Citing participation in activities from 2014 forward that have posi- tioned ACM as a $2 billion business delivering aggregates, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and contracting services, Edwards notes of the U.K. operation, "I know we have all that is needed to continue on the same successful path: a highest quality product portfolio, and talented, passionate people devoted to making things easier for our customers. I thank Francois for his leadership in the last three years and I'm committed to continuing the work that further improves our results and keeps Aggregate Industries as one of the most respected companies in the construction industry, creating value for all our stakeholders." Smith-Midland Corp. has promoted 14-year veteran Sergey Samoilenka from plant manager to vice president of Operations at its Midland, Va. precast facility. Smith-Midland cites his guidance and support of a large and diverse workforce with playing a major role in the company's expansive growth. Samoilenka started his career in 1997 as a production supervisor in the immense Plant of Effective Industrial Constructions in Minsk, Belarus, and quickly progressed to plant manager. In 2002, he was recruited to be the night shift plant supervisor at Concrete Safety Systems, a Bethel, Pa., producer of highway sound wall and precast safety barrier. In addition to Russian and English, he speaks Spanish and holds an Engi- neer Technologist of Precast Concrete degree from Belorussian State Polytechnic Academy. His continuing precast industry education in North America includes certifications from the American Concrete Institute, National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute. Highlands Ranch, Colo.-based Pioneer Land- scape Centers, the leading landscape and hardscape supplier in the western United States, has promoted long-time manager Kevin Guzior to chief operating officer. Over the past 12 years, he has gained experience in numerous roles at Pioneer yards in Arizona and Colorado. "So much of Pioneer's success is due to what got us started in the first place—a focus on our customers and our people, cou- pled with a commitment to quality products and process," Guzior affirms. "We will con- tinue to leverage our 50 years of experience and focus on the basics of product availabil- ity and service." "We are looking to deliver an unrivaled experience for our customers and that requires a relentless focus on execution throughout the supply chain," adds Pio- neer CEO Mark Adamson. "Kevin has a deep understanding of not only Pioneer's business but also those of our customers and as such was the logical choice to help us continue to grow." ORGANIZATIONS Tom Beck, president of Missouri-based Continental Cement Co., and Ron Henley, president of Colorado-based GCC of America, have been elected to two-year terms as Port- land Cement Association chairman and vice chairman, respectively. A 10-year veteran of (pre-Holcim) Holnam prior to joining Continental Cement in 1996, Beck succeeds CalPortland Co. President and CEO Allen Hamblen at PCA. He views his new role "as being part of a relay team. Allen has simply passed the baton to me for the next couple of years. We must continue to be more efficient and effective. That includes Guy Edwards Sergey Samoilenka Ron Henley Tom Beck

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