Concrete Products

JUL 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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28 • JuLY 2014 PRODUCERS Adam Mainka has been promoted to director of Plant Operations at Heldenfels Enter- prises Inc. (HEI), overseeing all production activities at the company's San Marcos and Corpus Christi, Texas, sites, with combined payroll of 225. He joined the producer in 2009 as a quality control technician and was subsequently promoted during his frst two years, to QC supervisor, then QC man- ager, combining the latter post with San Marcos plant manager duties. Mainka holds Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Level III certifcation, co-chairs the PCI Produc- tivity Committee and is 2014 Leadership PCI Program Committee chair. Separately, Dan Visel has joined HEI as vice president, initially focusing on oppor- tunities for continuous improvement and revenue growth across all functional ar- eas. He brings an in-depth background in manufacturing, having advised Fortune 500 companies and building products suppliers as a senior manager with USC Consulting Group. He most recently served as chief operating offcer of Top Tier Rides, LLC, an Austin-based startup venture. In a late-spring gathering at Birdlife Europe's Brussels headquarters, European Union Environmental Commissioner Janez Potolnik and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. repre- sentatives issued a joint statement support- ing the EU's Nature Conservation Policy. It emphasizes that the EU's solid legal frame- works for nature conservation, starting from its Birds and Habitats Directives, are good for the planet and business. The statement also a) recognizes the importance of EU nature legislation in es- tablishing a continent-wide level playing feld, as well as in helping companies im- prove their environmental performance; b) acknowledges the positive role lead- ing businesses can play in preservation and management of Natura 2000 sites and biodiversity conservation; and, c) calls for BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS strengthening strategic land planning and public consultation procedures, while re- questing the EU and member states enact sweeping public procurement policies. "Effective protection and management of Natura 2000 areas is key for halting and reversing biodiversity loss in the EU. This can only be done with the active engagement not only of conservationists but also of people and businesses present on the areas," said Commissioner Potolnik. "I warmly welcome the joint statement and partnership of Cemex and BirdLife on the EU Nature directives and Natura 2000 as an excellent example that economic growth can go hand-in-hand with the need to protect and restore our valuable natural heritage." "Enlightened regulation drives industry innovation, and innovation drives everything at Cemex. Global partnership with BirdLife enhances our ability to effectively and sensi- tively manage biodiversity, while proactively responding to regulatory needs through our relationships with BirdLife's network of in- ternational partners," added Cemex Northern Europe President Ignacio Madridejos. "The EU provides world-class legislation for the protection of biodiversity. It offers what nature and industry need: a long-term perspective, clear rules that are respected by all, and science-driven implementation," noted Birdlife Regional Director Angelo Caserta, closing out the signing ceremony. "[This] statement is a signifcant milestone for the global partnership between Cemex and BirdLife International, adding an import- ant policy dimension to the extensive work carried out on the ground." Brick and block giant General Shale has received the Supplier of the Year award from Ryland Homes–Indianapolis Division. The award was presented to the sales team from General Shale's Carmel, Ind., retail location. "Our high-quality masonry products pro- vide a variety of outstanding options and lasting value for residential and commercial builders and customers, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with Ryland Homes to deliver superior ser- vices for their construction needs," says Gen- eral Shale CEO Charles Smith. Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wiener- berger AG, Austria, and a leading producer of clay and concrete brick, concrete masonry and cast stone. This is the second consecutive year General Shale has received the award, which recognizes outstanding quality and service provided for the nearly 600 projects Ryland Homes built in the Indianapolis mar- ket during 2013. Nationwide, Ryland Homes logged 300,000 unit starts last year in 21 states, and was named Builder Magazine's Fastest-Growing Public Homebuilder. Adam Mainka Dan Visel

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