Concrete Products

JUL 2019

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www.concreteproducts.com July 2019 • 33 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS PRODUCERS Karl Watson Jr. has moved from execu- tive vice president and chief operating officer at Summit Materials, Denver, to chief executive officer and board member of Forterra Inc., a top concrete pipe and pre- cast drainage structure producer based in Irving, Texas. Succeeding Jeff Bradley, he arrives with 30-plus years in management and executive roles at major heavy building materials operators and, For- terra notes, "a track record of effectively leading through numerous business cycles and improving financial results." "Karl has deep experience in the indus- try and a reputation for driving operational excellence and creating enhanced value for stakeholders," says Forterra Chairman Chris Meyer. "He is a seasoned leader with a history of improving businesses. The Board is confi- dent that Karl is ideally suited to execute our strategic initiatives and position Forterra for growth while creating increased value for all our stakeholders." "Forterra is an industry leader in its sector with unmatched scale and a differentiated footprint," adds Watson. "With the support of the entire Forterra team, I am confident we will deliver improved margins, strong cash flow, and profitable growth by leveraging our significant product breadth, scale and inno- vation to meet customers' needs." Forterra spans segments familiar and new to Watson: Drainage Pipe & Products and Stormwater Management Systems (concrete) and Water Pipe & Products (ductile iron). The former comprise Hanson Pipe & Precast busi- nesses spun off from HeidelbergCement AG in 2015, plus regional operators Cretex and Sherman Dixie that Forterra acquired as an independent entity. Drainage and Stormwater segment assets include plants that competed with those of Rinker Materials, one of the profit centers Watson oversaw as CEO of Cemex USA, Houston. Separately, the Forterra board has appointed John McPherson, an independent member since 2016, as lead director and non-executive vice chairman. He will work with fellow directors and management to support a smooth leadership transition from Jeff Bradley to Karl Watson Jr., reinforcing a focus on margin and cash flow improvements. On the heels of similar bolt-on transactions involving Pacific Northwest operators Quality Concrete Products and Valley Precast, Old- castle Infrastructure has acquired Granite Precasting & Concrete Inc., a Bellingham, Wash., producer of manholes, catch basins and storm water drainage components, plus structures serving energy and communica- tions sectors. "With more than 30 years' high-qual- ity manufacturing experience, Granite enhances our ability to service all west- ern Washington's infrastructure product needs," says Oldcastle Infrastructure Area General Manager Rick Jones. "To maintain the exceptional customer service [they're] known for, we look forward to having Gran- ite employees join our team and continue the company's success as a part of Oldcastle Infrastructure." Moving into combined roles with Oldcastle Infrastructure will be Granite President Matt Vaughn, appointed director of Operations PNW, and Vice President of Sales & Design Doug Salisbury, appointed sales manager, Auburn and Bellingham operations. Granite Vice President of Operations Kyle Salisbury has been named plant manager, Oldcastle Infrastructure Bellingham. Karl Watson Jr. FULLY AUTOMATED & CAPABLE OF 24/7 OPERATION CALL FOR YOUR QUOTE TODAY 866 958 7267 www.fortransinc.com PATENTED DIF-JET ™ AERATORS PATENTED SAFER & CHEAPER THAN ACID ONLY $6.00 OF CO2 PER 10,000 GALLONS TREATED ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF ONLY $6.00 OF

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