Concrete Products

APR 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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Page 34 of 63 April 2019 • 33 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS PRODUCERS Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta, has grown a market footprint established through one of its inaugural businesses, Utility Vault, by acquiring Quality Con- crete Products of Mukilteo, Wash. The producer serves the greater Seattle market with manhole, catch basin and companion drainage structure offerings. They comple- ment output from Oldcastle Infrastructure plants in Auburn and Spokane, Wash., and expand a customer base in the Puget Sound region, a key growth area. "With more than 30 years' manufactur- ing experience, Quality Concrete Products enhances our scope and competency in the water infrastructure market. We look forward to having Mike Haug of Quality Concrete join our team and continue to lead the operations in Mukilteo," notes Oldcastle Infrastructure Pacific Northwest Area Gen- eral Manager Rick Jones. MDU Resources Inc. subsidiary Knife River Corp. has acquired Oregon's Viesko Redi-Mix, Inc., which operates Wheatland (headquarters), McMinnville and Woodburn ready mixed plants plus an aggregate site in Keizer. The acquisition complements Knife River's existing Oregon operations and provides expansion into the growing north Willamette Valley and Portland metro markets. Viesko RM's 60 team members join the Knife River Northwest Region, which last year added the operations of Molalla Redi-Mix and Rock Products Inc. and Teevin & Fischer Quarry LLC. "As we continue to grow our business, we are looking for companies like Viesko: Well- run operations in growing markets where we have familiarity," says Knife River CEO David Barney. "We have a lot of experience in Oregon, and we're excited to further expand our footprint." LafargeHolcim, Chicago, has closed its second U.S. acquisition of 2019: Fort Worth, Texas-based Colorado River Con- crete. Founded in 1987, the ready mixed producer serves customers from the south- western Dallas/Fort Worth area into parts of west Texas. It joins a LafargeHolcim region anchored by Tarrant Concrete in Fort Worth and Lattimore Materials in northern Dallas, plus the Holcim Midlothian cement plant south of the Metroplex. To improve efficiencies and collaboration across its Southeast and South Central pre- cast/prestressed concrete operations, Gate Precast Co. has consolidated four business units under a Northern Division, spanning Winchester, Ky., Oxford, N.C. and Ashland City, Tenn., plants; and, Southern Division, encompassing Monroeville, Ala., Kissimmee, Fla. and Hillsboro, Texas plants. Management has been harmonized with the respec- tive appointments of Northern and Southern Division Vice Presidents Travis Fox and Mark Ledkins, Operations; and Chris Galde and Brian Griffis, Esti- mating, Marketing & Sales. Kissimmee Operations Manager Bryant Luke will serve both divisions as vice president of Special Operations, concentrating on research & devel- opment, custom projects and safety. Fox previously served as Oxford Operations man- ager and Corporate Business manager, while 30-year indus- try veteran Galde was most recently Northeast regional director of Sales & Marketing, responsi- ble for architectural precast and hollow core systems. A 37-year industry veteran, Ledkins has served as Mon- roeville Operations manager, while Griffis transitions from his Southeast Regional Sales & Marketing manager position. Senior Vice President of Operations Earl Shimp, who retires in July 2019, will play an active role in the transition. "Earl's shoes will be difficult to fill, but we have a great plan in place that will make us a more streamlined organization," says Gate Precast President Dean Gwin. "The combined experience of Brian, Chris, Mark and Travis makes them a very powerful tool. They will now be able to quickly call on talent at other plants to help when needed and share best practices between divisions." Separately at the Kissimmee operation, Bruce Bartscher has been promoted to vice president – Operations; Herman Young to plant manager; and, Philip Goslinga to assis- tant plant manager. Travis Fox Mark Ledkins Chris Galde Brian Griffis The Ultimate Release! Why use anything less and pay more? NON-TOXIC | BIODEGRADABLE Made in the USA SEE THE ACTION TOLL FREE: 800.331.2243

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