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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34 • April 2019 www.concreteproducts.com E a g l e R o o f i n g Products of Rialto, Calif., has launched a learning manage- ment system to assist industry professionals in expanding their knowledge and skill set on concrete roof tile and its technical aspects. The complimentary Eagle University features a clean, easy-to-use interface that runs seamlessly across all desktop and mobile devices. Once registered, users are assigned core classes from a full course library of engaging content—from product overview to roofing terminology, to concrete roof tile components and installation methods, along with Eagle-specific company information. An additional highlight of the eLearning platform is its automated testing and report card system. Users are able to view their per- formance scores after they have completed a module and quiz, and it enables them to revisit the material at any time. Participants receive an e-certificate of completion for each module completed with a score of 100 percent. BRIEFS PRODUCERS "This robust e-Learning system was designed to educate, promote and help our customers grow their business" says Eagle Roofing Director of Marketing Lissette Pamplona. "Eagle University enables our cus- tomers to either get better acquainted with, or refresh their knowledge on, the features and benefits of concrete roof tile, as well as the technical aspects of such an illustrious product. These courses will give our custom- ers the edge to promote tile over traditional roofing materials. Plus, the flexibility of the learning management system allows for users to customize their learning plan and enroll in additional courses based on their interests." Eagle Materials President and Chief Operat- ing Officer Michael Haack will succeed Chief Executive Officer Dave Powers, who will retire July 1 but remain on the board of directors. The move culminates a multiyear succession plan and set of transition preparedness steps the board undertook over the last four years. Haack joined the cement, aggregates, ready mixed and wallboard producer as COO in 2014 and was named president last year. He arrived at Eagle after 17 years in opera- tions roles at Halliburton Energy Services. Powers is closing a 40-year career in build- ing materials. He joined Eagle predecessor Centex Construction Products in 2002, and was named executive vice president for Gypsum three years later, and president and CEO in 2016. "Michael has been instrumental in build- ing upon the company's enviable low cost positions and sustainable advantages, partic- ularly as they relate to the scale of operations Eagle represents today," says Chairman Rick Stewart. "We are also grateful for the innu- merable contributions Dave has made to the company during his tenure, and are delighted we will be able to retain the benefit of his perspectives as a board member." "I've been privileged to lead an organi- zation that is the undisputed benchmark company in our industry today, and one whose future prospects have never been brighter," adds Powers, calling his successor well prepared to undertake a leading role "in conjunction with the truly extraordinary team in place at Eagle." ORGANIZATIONS The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute elected new directors during its 2019 con- vention: Matt Ballain, Coreslab Structures; Jenny Frost, Wells Concrete; Harry Gleich, Metromont Corp.; Matt Graf, International Concrete Products; Chris Mosley, Consulting Engineers Group; Bob Pabst, High Concrete Group; Jay Stracener, Precast Erectors; and, Randy Wilson, Meridian Brick. Also during the convention, PCI named recipients of its top individual honors: Ned Cleland, PCI Medal of Honor, adding to prior recognition of Fellow (2001) and Titan of the Industry (2014); Tom Kelley, chairman of Minnesota's Gage Bros., Mario J. Berto- lini Leadership and Innovation Award; plus, Suzanne Aultman of Metromont Corp.; Queen's University Department of Civil Engi- neering Associate Dean Amir Fam; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates' South Region Director Lee Lawrence; Lehigh University Professor Clay Naito; and, University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Professor Art Shultz—all PCI Fellows. Separately, the PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter has named Gary Reed as executive direc- tor, succeeding the retiring Tom Holmes. Reed has more than 30 years of industry experience in mar- keting management, project design-assist, estimating, and train- ing, much of it gained with chapter members High Concrete Group, Nitterhouse Concrete Products and Universal Concrete Products. He most recently served senior project man- ager with Parking Garage Preservations. After making the rounds with PCI Mid-Atlantic members, Reed aims to "have our education and awareness programs, along with our relationship building efforts, drive decision makers to choosing precast, prestressed concrete systems as the natural choice for the cost-effective and safe struc- tures and bridges." RMC Research and Education Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini and Charles Pankow Foundation Executive Director Anne Ellis are leading this month's "Women in the Industry" webinar, continuing dialog they initiated at "Women Building Amazing," a Command Alkon 2018 Elevate conference breakout session. Among topics they will dis- cuss are challenges of being a woman on the job; applying for construction jobs; double standards and gender pay gap; and, how women and men complement each other in the workplace. The Elevate session, notes Command Alkon Marketing Communications Specialist Karli Langer, demonstrated "that this conver- sation is important to our industry, and there is support from both women and men to break free from stereotypes and promote diversity in the construction workforce." At a Bureau of Labor Statistics-measured 9 percent, she adds, women's limited construction workforce representation has contributed to a struggle to recruit and retain female workers. Gary Reed Increase Concrete Unit Weights from 140 lbs per Cu Ft in Any Increment to Over 200 lbs Cu Ft. Custom Mix Designs Are Available. Applications: • Counterweights • Ballast • Pipe Coatings • Radiation Shielding • New Innovations • New Innovations US Iron Provides: • Year Round Shipping • Available as a Coarse or Fine Aggregate or as a Blend For Additional Information, Contact: Mark@usmagnetite.com • Ph: 765-210-4111 HEAVY WEIGHT CONCRETE AGGReGATE

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