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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36 • April 2019 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS manufacturers Ryan Suszek tran- sitions this month from Besser Co. vice president of Pipe and Precast to president, succeeding Kevin Curtis and becoming the sixth individual to hold the title in the manufacturer's 115-year history. "The concrete products industry provides countless opportunities for collaboration and growth. I'm excited to lead the team at Besser in operational improvements and work closely with producers to create new and grow exist- ing partnerships," Suszek affirms. "Ryan has proven himself to be a very capable leader and we're all excited to see his role expand," notes Curtis, who remains chief executive officer. The Pipe and Precast tenure has provided valuable leadership experience and comprehensive knowledge of the con- crete products industry, he adds. Based at Alpena, Mich., headquarters, Suszek has grown within the company through a grassroots, hands-on approach. From the shop floor to global tradeshows, he has worked with nearly every department and function over a 14-year career with Besser, as well as customers throughout the world. He will head a management team whose mem- bers are committed to continuing what the company embraces as a "legacy of providing outstanding customer service and unmatched innovation and quality." Kevin Brown will succeed Columbia Machine Concrete Products Division President Richard Armstrong, who ahead of a planned, year-end retirement will shift to director of Business Development for Brazil, Bagging and East (North America) units. Brown has served in a number of lead- ership positions and brings extensive product line, application, customer service, and market development experience to his new role. "These are exciting times for our Division," he says. "Under Richard's leader- ship, we have invested heavily in product and market development. We have seen the resulting growth over the last two years and see good potential the rest of this year and into the future." "While it is always challenging making a leadership change during times of growth and expansion, we are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Kevin Brown ready," adds Columbia Machine CEO Rick Goode. "Richard Armstrong has lead two of our Business Units in the last 15 years. Since he announced his desire to retire almost a year ago, we have been working on the transition plan. I am very appreciative that Richard has agreed to stay on full time for the remainder of the year to support our transition and help with a number of business development projects we are currently integrating." Over the past few years, Miami-based admixture and chemicals specialist Mapei Americas has provided assistance to the Gary Sinise Foundation's R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) program, which builds custom smart homes for wounded veterans. The company's support was on display last month when representa- tives helped welcome retired United States Army Captain Jake Murphy (center) to his new home in Flower Mound, Texas. The West Point graduate was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a commissioned infantry officer; he served as the executive officer for his platoon. While on a July 2011 mission in the Regional Command South area, Murphy stepped on an improvised explosive device. The resulting blast cost Murphy both of his legs and caused a brain injury that put him in a month-long coma. "It is an honor and a privilege to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation, and to help soldiers like Captain Murphy and his family who have sacrificed so much in order to protect us," says Mapei Marketing Com- munications Manager Jennifer Kramer, who attended the welcome-home ceremony with colleagues Kyle Murphy, Central Area sales director, and Dale Penland, business devel- opment leader. Concrete Pumping Holdings (CPH), Denver, has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Austin-based Capital Pumping LP, which serves central, south and west Texas con- tractors through 12 locations. The agreement was unanimously approved by CPH's board of directors and is expected to close in the second quarter. Capital Pumping joins the fastest growing brand in concrete placement. Through oper- ating companies Brundage-Bone Concrete Ryan Suszek

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