Concrete Products

MAY 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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28 • May 2019 www.concreteproducts.com BRIEFS PRODUCERS Producers With 30-plus ready mixed plants in Mis- sissippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Ten- nessee, Jackson, Miss.-based Delta Industries has out- lined a transition plan for retiring President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Robi- son, naming as his successor Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Offi- cer J. Thomas Evans, Jr. Robison has been with Delta for 47 years, 25 at the helm, and chaired the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in 2012. Evans has held his present roles for 25 years as well; his responsibilities are being split with the appointment of Lance Bonner as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Lester Howell as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In a transition announcement, Delta Industries notes, "This team brings strong industry and financial management experi- ence to the organization, and is prepared to lead Delta in its endeavor to be the most customer focused supplier in the industry, and to further strengthen its core values of excellence in customer service, quality prod- uct, uncompromised integrity, and quality of life." Lafarge Canada Inc. has appointed David Redfern as chief executive officer of Eastern Canada operations, based near Toronto. With 25-plus years in con- struction materials, he succeeds Bruno Roux and transitions from product line gen- eral manager for Western Canada Aggregates and Greater Vancouver. Redfern has assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout Canada and France since joining Lafarge North America in 1999. "David's success in our Vancouver market has been focused on commercial growth and operational excellence," says LafargeHolcim Region Head, North America René Thibault. "Having started his career in logistics and sales roles, I am confident he will bring strong leadership to the organization, and drive strong growth and results in our East- ern Canada business." Ronnie Pruitt has been named president of ready mixed and aggregate producer U.S. Concrete Inc., maintaining his chief oper- ating officer title but taking over many corporate functions that support the com- pany's operational business units. He arrived in 2015 as COO and senior vice president after tours of duty in Martin Marietta Materials and Texas Industries management. "Ronnie has been instrumental in the strategic growth of our company including very successfully integrating Polaris Mate- rials, a major aggregates acquisition. His leadership and record of success with our ready mixed concrete and aggregates oper- ations has earned him this expanded role," says U.S. Concrete Chairman and CEO Wil- liam Sandbrook, who has held the title of president since 2011. "[He] is a champion for the health and safety of our employees, is dedicated to our environmental and sus- tainability initiatives, and is laser focused on creating enhanced shareholder value through operational excellence." Irving, Texas-based concrete pipe and pre- cast producer Forterra Inc. has named Rich Hunter and Vik Bahtia as respective pres- idents of its principal segments, Drainage Pipe & Products and Water Pipe & Products. Each will continue to report to CEO Jeff Bradley, who characterizes them as "strong leaders committed and able to develop high performing teams, deliver results, and create value for both customers and investors. Appointing them as leaders of the Drainage and Water segments positions us well for future success." Hunter joined Forterra in June 2018 as chief operating officer and is credited with steering the concrete segment toward mea- surable improvements in cost, productivity and quality. Bahtia has had several senior roles since August 2017, most recently pro- viding focused commercial leadership in the development and execution of sales and customer service strategy for Water Pipe & Products. Easi-Set World- wide, a subsidiary of Smith-Midland Corp. in Midland Va., has hired Mark Chinery as U.S. Regional sales rep- resentative. He will work collaboratively with Easi-Set Presi- dent Art Miles and key management in the development and execution of sales plans to increase market share for Easi-Set's licensed precast products, with primary focus on the SlenderWall cladding brand. Chinery has had a long career in both precast concrete and manufacturing, working most recently with Forterra Pipe and Precast. He has led efforts not only in sales, mar- keting and business development, but also technical engineering and plant manage- ment. After graduating with an engineering degree from Clemson University, he joined ExxonMobil, working his way up from pro- duction engineer to manager of a lubricants manufacturing facility. Chinery's ongoing commitment to further his precast produc- tion knowledge includes recent graduation from the National Precast Concrete Asso- ciation Master Precaster program and prior service on the NPCA Board of Directors. Chaney Enterprises, Gambrills, Md., has closed on Maryland ready mixed producer PCS Concrete, welcoming founder Tom Pit- tman to its executive management team as maintenance operations officer, and naming Sharon Carr Pittman as technical service project manager. PCS has a payroll of 40 and operates in Annapolis Junction (headquar- ters), Westport (Southern Baltimore City), Owings, Waldorf, and Sparrows Point (Balti- more County). The Chaney, Pittman and Carr families, along with their companies, have over 100 years combined in ready mixed con- crete. Pittman entered the industry in 1990 and started PCS Concrete in 2008. In his new role, he will have complete responsibility for all of Chaney Enterprises' concrete and aggregate fleet and plant maintenance. Carr Pittman, whose family has operated a con- crete business in Maryland since 1964, was key to PCS success and growth. "For years we've been supplying PCS Con- crete with natural sand via barge and truck," says Chaney Enterprises President Francis "Hall" Chaney, III. "PCS has been an excellent customer and is now a great addition to [our company]. Having worked at family-owned PCS Concrete, our newest employees exhibit the same grit and culture that we do." The acquisition continues a growth plan that has most recently seen Chaney Enter- prises establish BuilderUp, a building and services division formed in 2018 by the merger of acquired and legacy businesses, Dunkirk Supply and The Concrete Store, respectively. In 2017, Chaney purchased a Bealton, Va., ready mixed concrete plant, and built a second operation in Gainesville to provide increased production capabilities for a growing Virginia customer base. Atlanta-based Oldcastle APG, the top North American concrete masonry producer, has acquired Virginia's Allied Concrete Products, an established player in hardscapes under the Eagle Bay brand, and block and lightweight aggregates supplier to the Richmond/Tidewa- ter region. In addition to expanding product offerings, the deal strengthens the suitor's Dave Robison J. Thomas Evans, Jr. David Redfern Mark Chinery

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