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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42 • February 2018 ORGANIZATIONS CTLGroup has appointed Dennis McCann, Ph.D., P.E., vice president and chief operating officer, succeeding Tim Tonyan, who has left the Skokie, Ill., testing and engineering organization. Dr. McCann has been a key member of the leadership team since joining CTL- Group as a principal engineer in 2011, leading efforts in structural perfor- mance assessment or monitoring and failure investigation. His technical expertise includes structural dynamics and mechanics, as well as risk and decision analysis. ASTM International C09 Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has honored University of Texas at Austin doctorate candidate Bruno Fong-Martinez, and University of California, Berkeley graduate student Vincent Wenzel with Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship awards. Both students were recognized for studies related to the concrete and concrete aggregates field. Fong-Martinez has a career concentration in concrete materials, and Wenzel's concentration is structural engineering and civil materi- als. Fong-Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Wenzel holds a bache- lor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. MANUFACTURERS Lehigh Cement Co. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lehigh Hanson Inc., has promoted Quentin McGahey from Mitchell, Ind., plant manager to vice president, Cement Operations Northeast, based in Allentown, Pa. Succeeding him in Indiana is Jerry Miller, elevated from assistant plant manager. On the heels of two nine-figure investments in concrete reinforce- ment milling capacity, Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. is set to acquire 33 rebar facilities plus steel mills in California, Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee from Gerdau S.A. "This acquisition aligns with our strategy to focus on concrete reinforcing products and leverages CMC's core competencies in rebar production and value added fabrication services to non-residential construction customers. These assets provide us the opportunity to optimize our product mix more fully in the U.S.," explains Commer- cial Metals CEO Barbara Smith. "Over the past several years, we have repositioned our portfolio to focus on core strengths of vertically integrated steel manufacturing and fabrication services as well as strengthen our balance sheet—placing us in the optimal position to take advantage of this unique growth opportunity. We plan to invest in these facilities to create efficiencies utilizing our expertise in the latest innovations for steel manufacturing and fabrication." The $600 million deal affords an expanded geographic footprint in the largest U.S. construction regions, and increases CMC's annual melt capacity by more than 50 percent, to 7.2 million tons. Full inte- gration of legacy and Gerdau rebar facilities and mills is projected to yield approximately $40 million in pre-tax operational synergies. Power Technique North America is the new name of the Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America business. The name was chosen because U.S. and Canadian customers recognize power BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS Dennis McCann

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