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PCA honors executives’ business, government affairs and market development work

The Portland Cement Association has announced 2016 Gleason Awards recipients. Named for longtime staff president, John P. Gleason, Jr., the award honor members who have exhibited industry leadership by advancing key PCA programs and initiatives. By category, winners and finalists are:

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ORGANIZATIONS - October 2016

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has appointed Diep Tu as Florida Prestressed Concrete Association (FPCA) executive director. A licensed professional engineer in Florida, he has served as Florida Concrete & Products Association director of Engineering for more than 15 years, responsible for promoting concrete in parking lots, streets and local roads. Prior to FC&PA, Tu was rigid pavement research engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation Materials Research Office, Gainesville.

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GCC, Eagle Materials Texas and Ohio plant deals net Cemex $700M

As part of a U.S. portfolio streamlining aimed at debt reduction, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has reached an agreement to sell its Odessa, Texas, cement plant and two terminals, plus El Paso and Las Cruces, N.M., building materials businesses to Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, S.A.B. de C.V. Absent from the $306 million deal are Cemex Colorado assets—Lyons mill, Florence terminal—included in an original transaction the producers outlined earlier this year. Subject to competition authority and shareholder approvals, the revised deal will be consummated through Cemex and GCC U.S. affiliates and is projected to close by year end.

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PRODUCERS - October 2016

Oldcastle Inc. parent CRH plc has announced the year end retirement of Mark Towe from the board of directors, while continuing in his role as CRH Americas chairman. Towe joined the global concrete, aggregates and cement producer in 1997 and was appointed a director in 2008.

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MANUFACTURERS - October 2016

San Antonio-based Robert Ober & Associates, LLC has named Alec Woodson as vice president of Business Development. During his tenure with the department, management notes, he has worked with clients plus internal engineering and architectural staff to produce world-class plant installations for concrete and materials producers. Woodson will be responsible for sourcing business and translating the needs of the clients to all Ober & Associates departments.  Engineering and architectural staff will report to him.

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