Concrete Products

FEB 2018

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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38 • February 2018 of Metromont, treasurer, and Bob Sheehan of BASF, secretary. The meeting also saw confirmation of these board members: Brian Laufenberg and John Leatham of Chomarat; Aaron Fink and Nesile Normile of Oldcastle Precast; Lance Lorah of High Concrete; Tom Kelley of Gage Brothers; Hagen Harker of Mid-States Con- crete Industries; and, Joe Golden of Armtec. AltusGroup renewed John Carson's role as executive director through 2022. Iowa-based precast sandwich panel special- ist Zero Energy Systems has appointed Dan Kramer as vice president, Operations. He brings a 15-year record of overseeing all phases of major infrastructure and environ- mental projects for private-sector clients. His experience includes managing crews of up to 50 in a variety of precast/prestressed con- crete construction projects. "Dan's knowledge of high-performance concrete wall systems from the consulting, BRIEFS PRODUCERS contracting, manufacturing, and erection sides of the industry is a real asset to further- ing the quality goals of our organization," affirms Zero Energy CEO Scott Long. "In addi- tion to product knowledge, his experience in managing workforce timelines and budgets is integral to meeting our plans for rapid growth." Thomas Concrete Inc. has scheduled deployment of CarbonCure Technologies' equipment at an additional 16 ready mixed plants early this year. The producer will have 22 Georgia and Carolinas plant installations of the equipment, which promotes strength development and optimal curing by inject- ing carbon dioxide into fresh concrete loads. Thomas Concrete becomes the largest Carbon- Cure process licensee. Salisbury, N.C.-based masonry specialist Johnson Concrete Products has secured a Canadian patent (CA 2854389) for its mod- ular construction block, ProBlock, likewise covered in the U.S. (Patents 9,739,058 and 9,068,348). "This was a three-year quest finally real- ized," notes Executive Vice President Jody Wall. The ProBlock innovation is more than just a new line of "A" block, but an entirely new concept concrete masonry unit. ProB- lock represents a new standard starting with the development of the mix design utilizing Stalite lightweight (expanded slate) aggre- gate, and the introduction of new (tapered) geometries to the block shape." ProBlock takes full advantage of weight and physical material distribution allowed under ASTM C-90 standards, delivering a highly func- tional, "H" shaped unit molded to solve the mason's problems. ProBlock's lightweight design delivers increased strength and thermal performance. ProBlock's installation and handling effi- ciencies, mason safety advancements, and local-production potential create a new generation of C-90 block. ProBlock supports project cost savings and improvements in the speed of construction as well as transporta- tion and freight savings.

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