Concrete Products

APR 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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30 • April 2018 NEWS SCOPE READY MIXED National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divi- sions convening last month in Houston recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Concrete Products joins NRMCA in saluting those honored at the 2018 convention, by AWARD: WILLIAM B. ALLEN Bill Sandbrook is president and chief executive officer of U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas, and was elected NRMCA vice chairman in Houston. The Allen Award recognizes outstanding lead- ership in advancing the ready mixed concrete industry and improving oper- ations' financial health, performance and sustainability. Sandbrook has demonstrated those qualities at U.S. Concrete and throughout a lengthy tenure in executive positions at the Materials, Architectural and Products Divisions under Oldcastle Inc. The award is named after Bill Allen, who had more than 50 years' experience in concrete and aggregates production, transitioning from Memphis ready mixed business owner to building the industry's top management consultancy, Allen-Villere Partners. JOSEPH E. CARPENTER The Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee (SEO) pre- sented the 2018 Carpenter Award to Lafarge North America veteran and principal of John Richardson & Co., a Georgia-based human capital management and asset optimization consultancy. It honors his contri- butions to SEO, where he played a key role in Certified Delivery Profes- sional program development; served as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Safety and Environmental Task Groups; and, was an early National Mixer Driver Championship advo- cate and coordinator. An equipment and fleet management manager at West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rinker Materials, Joseph Carpenter was instrumental in forming the NRMCA Committee on Maintenance, since evolved to SEO. CONCRETE CARES The Manufacturers, Products & Ser- vices Division presented the 2018 Concrete Cares Award to Concrete Supply Co., LLC in Charlotte, N.C., recognizing the producer's support of non-profit, community organiza- tions or programs. The "Rock. Solid. Support!" outreach began with an annual drive supporting United Way, for which Concrete Supply has been a Pacesetter business since the mid-1980s. Last year, employee contributions rose 32 percent year-over-year across 22 Carolinas counties, all while United Way's business donations continued to fall. Thanks to employees, a total of $138,000 was raised for the cam- paign through staff and corporate pledges. Concrete Supply also made financial and materials contributions—$24,000 in cash, $58,000 in concrete—to other charities and non-profit services in 2017. Accept- ing the award was Director of Human Resources Chip Wildman. RICHARD D. GAYNOR The Research, Engineering and Stan- dards Committee honored industry veteran Gene Daniel, whose career spanned management or engineer- ing roles in Beaver Lake Concrete, a 10-plant Arkansas and Missouri operator; a drilled shaft foundation contracting business; and, construc- tion materials testing firms. During the Beaver Lake tenure, he served on the NRMCA board and chaired a plant certification task group. The award recognizes RES contributors and is named for longtime NRMCA technical ace Dick Gaynor, who capped his career as Engineering Division executive vice president. PROMOTER OF THE YEAR–BUILDINGS The Promotion Committee's Build- ings Promoter of 2018 is Concrete Supply Co. Director of Business Development Drew Turner. The com- mittee credits him with aggressively engaging a wide variety of project stakeholders across the Carolinas in an effort to promote the use of cast- in-concrete. His diligence positioned NRMCA to present concrete options for upcoming contracts to the largest multifamily developer in Charlotte, Childress Klein. He also helped convince Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools officials to consider insulating concrete forms for future work. PROMOTER OF THE YEAR–PAVEMENT The Promotion Committee named Andrew Lester, Product Development and Promotion Manager for Mississip- pi's MMC Materials, Inc., as Pavement Promoter of 2018. The committee cites his grasp of promotion as a long-term endeavor requiring multi- ple visits with the same individuals, and developing relationships over extended periods. Lester has estab- lished a reputation with specifiers, contractors and testing companies as a go-to source for technical support and innovative mix designs. He also utilizes NRMCA resources in his promotion efforts, including pavement contractor training sessions plus the Design Assistance Program. A service under the NRMCA Local NRMCA chairman, committees honor annual award recipients William Sandbrook John Richardson Chip Wildman Gene Daniel Drew Turner Andrew Lester

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