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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58 • January 2019 Saskatchewan by selling fly ash from Boundary Dam and Shand Power stations to markets across North America," adds Lehigh Hanson Mate- rials CEO Chris Ward. On the heels of an October 2018 commitment, Command Alkon assisted the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foun- dation reach a $12 million Troesh Matching Gift Campaign target in 2.5 years versus an originally projected five-year timeframe. "We are thrilled that our industry has come together to achieve the RMC Research & Education Foundation's goal of achieving a 3:1 match to fully leverage the Troesh Family Foundation's gift," say CEO Phil Ramsey. "It's an honor to give back to the industry players who posi- tively impact our communities, and to contribute to the Foundation's purpose to improve quality, sustainability and professionalism in the ready mixed concrete industry." Command Alkon extended an offer in fall 2018 to help the Foun- dation meet the remaining $200K needed through a dollar for dollar match on any new donations. The challenge was met by several asso- ciations, individuals and producers, including Ohio's Ernst Concrete, which committed $100,000 beyond its initial contributions. With the campaign goal achieved, the Foundation is close to being self-sustaining in perpetuity, so it can continue to invest in fundamen- tal industry research and education. "It's amazing what our industry has accomplished in such a short period of time—and we're thankful for the generous support from Command Alkon and numerous others from across the industry," notes Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini. "We are now within striking distance of becoming the lasting resource for industry research and education we've long envisioned, and we are grateful to all who have contributed to achieving this goal. Concrete and masonry contractor-driven Construction Supply Group has expanded its Southwest and Upper Midwest presence, closing deals for Dallas-based All-Tex Supply Inc., with two Oklahoma and three Texas branches; Northville, Mich.-based Masonpro Inc., with one Ohio, two Indiana and six Michigan locations; and, Titan Construc- tion Supply in Reno, Nev. They join 10 other businesses acquired since the late-2016 launch of CSG, now positioned as the second largest distributor of its kind in North America. The Denver-based company has nearly 100 branches, payroll exceeding 1,350, and more than 60,000 stockkeeping units for 50,000-plus customers. "We have been fortunate to bring together some of the best talent in the industry over the past two years, resulting in a stronger plat- form that can benefit from leveraging each other's talents," says Brian Henry, a partner at Sterling Group, a Houston private equity firm that has teamed with the management of acquired businesses to develop CSG as a coast-to-coast source of tools, equipment, materials and products for concrete and masonry professionals. In a move to expand its forming and shoring capabilities throughout the United States, Georgia-based BrandSafway and Aluma Systems Concrete Construction have acquired Forming Concepts, a leading provider of concrete formwork solutions. "With their proven track record and extensive capabilities in providing self-climbing form- work solutions in the U.S. commercial construction market, Forming Concepts is a great fit for Aluma Systems and BrandSafway," says BrandSafway Global Forming and Shoring President Glen Teel. "Forming Concepts brings expertise in self-climbing formwork to BrandSafway. With the help of the Aluma Systems and BrandSafway teams, we will be able to provide an expanded range of products and services and offer additional expertise to our customers," adds Form- ing Concepts co-founder Norton Baum. Forming Concepts' portfolio of high-profile projects, he adds, include Resorts World in Las Vegas; Salesforce Tower in San Fran- cisco; Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago; FMC Tower in Philadelphia; and, 10000 Santa Monica in Los Angeles. The business will operate as Forming Concepts, By BrandSafway, an independent business under the BrandSafway umbrella. Manitou North America, West Bend, Wis., has added two new roles to its product management and marketing teams to strengthen support for a growing number of customers and opportunities across namesake, Gehl and Mustang brands: Mike Sover, North America product mar- keting manager for mobile elevated work platforms; and, Julie Ryer, North America service and solutions marketing manager. Marangoni Tread North America projects a second quarter start for expanded production at its Tennessee plant. "With unit sales up this year, production had to be increased right away. Independent retreaders' business remains strong and we expect demand to continue to increase as we move into 2019," says CEO Bill Sweatman. "We will be adding additional capacity to manufacture the XP Extreme Perfor- mance wide base Ringtread here in the U.S." The Extreme Performance line exceeds the proven benefits of the Ringtread system by combining a) Ringtread technology, spliceless, precure and double contour profile; and, b) Marangoni engineering, innovative compounds and original design. BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS D e s i e d f o r Versat il it y. With our CentroMix plants, higher-quality, consistent concrete is not only possible, it's Profitable! Advanced Concrete Technologies is the American Division of Wiggert & Co. GmbH 603.431.5661 d f ENGINEERED IN GERMANY INSTALLED IN NORTH AMERICA

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