Concrete Products

APR 2014

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 51 April 2014 • 33 ships to over 100 students, and championed many technologies critical to the concrete in- dustry, but much work remains. The new identi- ty of the ACI Foundation and its three councils will help us better connect with students, re- searchers, business leaders, and industry stake- holders so that we can most effectively satisfy the concrete industry's continually evolving needs." MANUFACTURERS Besser Co. announces the addition of Travis Dye to the Pipe and Pre- cast Sales team. Based in Sioux City, Iowa, he joins colleagues serving producers from around the globe with equipment, retroft and parts service and deliveries. As an 18-year Besser veteran, he brings a wealth of equipment knowledge to his new role. Dye began as a draftsman in 1995 and three years later became a machine technician. In this capacity he constructed and tested in- house and then installed and serviced it at customer locations worldwide. In 2007 he be- came assembly department supervisor working directly with sales, engineering and other de- partments. Dye holds an associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from West- ern Iowa Technical Community College. Eyeing an expanded engineered lifting systems portfolio, Tampa, Fla.-based Meadow Burke has formally committed to having a ma- jority of such product manufactured in the U.S. Keeping jobs in America is inherently good busi- ness practice, company offcials note, adding that when consumers purchase products made in the United States, they are supporting their own f- nancial markets, while jobs shipped overseas are a loss to the industry and national economy. In 2007 there were 17 million-plus manu- facturing jobs in the U.S., Meadow Burke notes, compared to fewer than 12 million currently—a 32 percent drop in seven years. Additionally, Meadow Burke is committed to safer work en- vironments for manufacturing employees. High feld-testing standards are implemented, as are quality control measures, to ensure the safest work space possible. Euclid Chemical Co. has received two Na- tional Precast Concrete Association Sustainabili- ty Awards, recognizing excellence in sustainable products, practices and operations. A mac- ro-synthetic polypropylene fber that replaces steel in concrete reinforcement, the company's BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Tuf-Strand SF took frst place in the associate member product category. A study completed in partnership with the University of Akron found that the use of the product to reinforce concrete instead of steel reduced carbon diox- ide equivalent emissions by 56 percent. "The construction sector is a major emit- ter of carbon dioxide, and concrete is the most used building material worldwide. So, we're extremely proud of the fact that our Tuf-Strand SF product has a considerable im- pact on reducing the carbon footprint. Plus, the fact that it doesn't corrode is another sig- nifcant beneft it provides over steel," says Euclid Chemical President Moorman Scott. The company also received a frst place award in the associate member plant catego- ry for initiatives to improve waste manage- ment, energy consumption, water use and safety at its Cleveland fagship operation. Additionally, it established a sustainability leadership team to track energy consumption and improve effciency at its plants through- out North America. OBER .com R OBER T ROBERT OBER & ASSOCIATES, LLC INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CONSULTANTS SPECIALTY & RETROFIT CONTRACT ORS Concrete Products April 2014.indd 33 4/1/2014 11:39:23 AM

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