Concrete Products

AUG 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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8 • August 2014 Closing a July deal with Houston-based National Oilwell Varco, Honolulu's Mills Group has added to its real estate devel- opment and investment business Ameron Hawaii's Oahu and Maui ready mixed, pre- cast and aggregate operations. Ameron Hawaii is the Oahu market leader in ready mixed, with two Honolu- lu plants—Campbell Industrial Park head- quarters plus Kapaa Quarry satellite—and a 50-mixer feet, plus a sister business, Island Ready-Mix Concrete, running 20 mixers. The 20-acre fagship operation has companion precast and concrete pipe production. On Maui, Ameron Hawaii runs 40 mixers between Kahului (main), Kihei and Honokowai plants. NEWS SCOPE PRODUCERS Honolulu developer acquires Ameron Hawaii ready mixed, aggregate business Describing Ameron Hawaii in Pacifc Business News as a "well-known and highly regarded name in the islands," Mills Group founder Bill Mills notes how the transaction brings "ownership and control of this well-es- tablished company back to Hawaii … There will be no changes in current management or employees, and all operating and man- agement decisions will now be made locally." Wade Wakayama remains Ameron Hawaii pres- ident and chief executive offcer, as Francis Kuhn continues to oversee Island RMC. The Ameron Hawaii sale dovetails port- folio streamlining at National Oilwell Varco, which consummated a fall 2011 merger with Los Angeles-based Ameron International Corp.—the deal driven by the latter com- pany's fber glass pipe technology and pro- duction assets. In addition to that business, NOV Ameron maintains concrete and steel offerings in its Water Transmission and Pole Products units. The Ameron Hawaii sale pro- ceeded an early-June spinoff of NOV Wilson, a global, energy-geared supply chain business rebranded as DistributionNOW. Hanson UK veteran named Aggregate Industries US COO Guy Edwards has been appointed Aggregate Industries US chief o p e r a t i n g o f f i c e r, bringing a resume span- ning management roles for the United Kingdom operations of Hanson, Tarmac and Aggregate Industries predeces- sor, Bardon. He will be tasked with strategy implementation and business improvement, and assessing the organization's structure, efficiency and performance. "Guy's industry experience and strategic vision are invaluable for his new role," says Holcim (US) and Aggregate Industries US President Filiberto Ruiz. "His knowledge and commitment to the success of AIUS made him an ideal candidate for this position." Edwards joined Hanson UK as quarry man- ager in 1988, proceeding to various opera- tional and commercial managerial roles. In 2006, he was named a Hanson/Tarmac joint venture managing director, and promoted to Hanson South regional director three years later. He was appointed Bardon Aggregates South East director in 2012, leading to a pro- motion last year to the UK Executive Commit- tee as Director Overseas.

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