Concrete Products

JUL 2015

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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32 • July 2015 BRIEFS PRODUCERS Separately, Mike Anderson has joined Cemstone Products as Ready Mixed Concrete Sales Division account representative. The Minnesota native began his career as a mixer truck driver for Wells Concrete in 1993, soon after transitioning to a plant manager post. Anderson holds National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Field Tech 1 and Plant II certification, and recently completed the American Concrete Institute Certified Flatwork Technician course. Already a key source of clay brick, concrete block and retaining wall units, natural stone veneers and landscaping materials, North Star Stone & Masonry has extended its southern Minnesota footprint by acquiring the Superior Concrete Block Co. plant in Mankato, southwest of the Twin Cities. The deal brings North Star additional landscaping unit capacity and Armorfex erosion control products, while Superior Concrete principals maintain their agricultural precast product business. "The acquisition underscores [our] continued commitment to pro- viding quality service and high quality block, brick, landscape, and contractor supply products to the southern Minnesota and northern Iowa markets," says North Star Regional Manager Chad Grande. "Com- bined with our locations in Rochester, Owatonna and Medford, [it] now enables customers to attain our products over a larger area." Atlanta-based Quikrete Companies marks its 75 th anniversary in 2015. Widely recognized for establishing the pre-mixed packaged concrete category, it helped shape a building and do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement category with what management notes are thoughtful product innovations, unmatched customer service and a dedicated staff of associates. The company's evolution from small building mate- rials business in Columbus, Ohio, to multi-brand conglomerate catering to the needs of millions of homeowners and professionals is posted at "We're proud of our heritage as an American, family-run company that has helped revolutionize the building and home improvement industries during the past 75 years," says Quikrete CEO James E. Win- chester, Jr. "From day one, my father, Gene Winchester, was driv- en to meet the needs of both contractors and homeowners with the highest-quality products at fair market value, and that commitment remains a core value today. It's been quite the journey from a single plant in Ohio [packaging] three products to plants across the coun- try manufacturing hundreds of products, but a journey made possible thanks to our hard working employees and loyal customers." "Long before the term do-it-yourself was coined or HGTV exist- ed, Quikrete was helping homeowners with easy, affordable projects around the house," he adds. "However, we've also stayed true to our core customers in the building industry by providing heavy-duty prod- ucts that meet the needs of even the most challenging projects. Qui- krete has truly evolved from concrete in a bag into an iconic brand that lives up to its mantra, 'What America's Made Of' every day. We're extremely grateful for the success and look forward to writing the next chapter in the company's history." Ted Lindahl Mike Anderson E-mail: Liebherr Concrete Technology Toll Free: (866) 879-6312 Concrete Reclaimers Mixing Systems Mobile Twin Shaft Mixer Mobilmix 0.5

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