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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56 • January 2019 Dr. Bruce Chris- t e n s e n , v i c e president, has assumed respon- sibility for BASF Admixture Sys- tems in the U.S. and Canada, oper- ating from the regional business unit headquarters near Cleveland and succeeding Juan Alfonso Garcia, who was named head of Construction Chemicals Latin America late last year. Christensen will be responsible for leading the entire Admixture Systems unit with a focus on ready-mixed, precast/prestressed, manufactured concrete products, and underground construction market sectors. He has 25-plus years' indus- try experience, including several years within the BASF Construction Chemicals division. He began his career as an Admixture Sys- tems group technology manager and has held various regional and global roles in research and development, operations, marketing and BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS communications throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Christensen holds bache- lor's degrees in both chemical engineering and materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota, plus a Ph.D. in materials and engineering from North- western University, Evanston, Ill., where he studied portland cement chemistry and concrete technology. A year after joining New Jersey-based Sika Corp. as vice president of Sales – Carribean, Thomas Stritt- matter has been promoted to Target Market Concrete vice president. A BASF Construction Chemicals veteran with 25-plus years in the construction industry, he will be responsi- ble for defining and implementing the Sika U.S. admixture business strategic direction, aligning sales, marketing, research & devel- opment, operations and logistics to meet customer and shareholder expectations. "Tom has demonstrated great leadership and business acumen during his career and first year with Sika, and is a great fit to lead our concrete admixtures business to contin- ued growth," says Executive Vice President – Concrete and Engineered Waterproofing Kyle Loyd. "Tom's awareness of the industry and customer-centric approach make him a great asset to the Sika Concrete team." Separately, Thomas Collins has been named regional manager for Sika Concrete Admixtures. Prior to joining Sika, he served as North Region sales manager for Titan America, responsible for cement and fly ash sales throughout the Northeast and Mid-At- lantic Region. Collins has nearly 20 years' experience in concrete construction, with a variety of responsibilities spanning sales, business development, operations, quality control, estimating and project managing. A NRMCA Level 3 Concrete Technologist, he is active in industry groups and serves as a Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Associa- tion director. Springfield, Ill.-based Solomon Colors Inc. has announced two executive appointments: Aaron Thomas, vice president of Sales, and Todd Holyfield, Category Manager, Pigments. Thomas joins the management team as part of a wider effort to restructure the sales force and more effectively serve a wide variety of customers. Under this directive, Solomon Colors sales managers and technical representatives will focus greater efforts on ensuring customer success and improving customer service. He arrives with 20-plus years in sales and marketing, primarily in the consumer-packaged industry, focusing on growth and improving sales with Walmart and other major retailers. His background will help introduce new energy and con- cepts into the decorative and architectural concrete industry, Solomon Colors notes, and help the company continue growing its market leadership. A Davis Colors veteran with deep involvement in National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute activities, Holyfield will oversee sales of Solomon Colors liquid, dry, and granular iron oxide pigments to the ready mixed, precast and manufactured con- crete products industries, and likewise focus on the in-house ColorSelect and QuickColor pigment dispensers. His expertise and decades of experience will compliment Solo- mon Colors' singular focus on decorative and architectural concrete, management affirms. Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd. has entered a 10-year agreement to market fly ash from the SaskPower Shand Power Station, boosting annual supply potential from the province to 215,000 tonnes. A supply contract follows a similar 2012 agreement covering fly ash from SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station. "Recycling fly ash produced at our coal-fired power stations reduces costs, provides economic benefit to SaskPower, and helps to curb the carbon output of the concrete industry," says Vice President of Transmission and Industrial Services Kory Hayko. "During the past six years Lehigh has maximized sales of fly ash produced at Boundary Dam Power Station, and we look forward to continuing our positive business relationship." "This agreement is a step forward as we work to foster economic growth in Bruce Christensen Aaron Thomas Todd Holyfield

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