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ORGANIZATIONS - APRIL 2020

Associated Builders and Contractors has named Matthew Abeles to the newly created role of vice president of Construction Technology and Innovation, spearheading integration of both concepts into all aspects of the group’s strategic initiatives, particularly total human health, world-class safety and workforce development. Abeles has advised and raised capital for construction technology companies, and positioned himself as a leader in the field. He co-founded BuiltWorlds in 2014, a Chicago-based media company, event producer and digital network for construction, real estate, finance and development leaders. He was responsible for outreach to established and emerging players in the construction and real estate sectors, promoting next-generation technologies and addressing influential audiences about the future of the industry.

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PRODUCERS - APRIL 2020

Texas-based U.S. Concrete, Inc. has closed on a $142 million deal for Coram Materials Corp., significantly expanding its East Coast aggregates portfolio. “Coram’s 50 million tons of reserves, located in the quickly depleting Long Island sand market, increases the vertical integration of our New York operations, strengthens our competitive position and advances the continuation of our strategy of expanding into higher margin aggregates businesses,” says (retiring) Chairman William Sandbrook. Following successful integration of Vancouver-based Polaris Materials, acquired in 2018, he adds, U.S. Concrete continues “to seek opportunities of coupling the pull through capabilities of our large regional ready-mixed concrete operations with attractive aggregate assets.”

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MANUFACTURERS - MARCH 2020

Lehigh White Cement, the domestic business of Italy’s Cementir Holding S.p.A., has joined Baltimore-based AltusGroup, a partnership of 17 North American precasters, two international affiliates and 10 affiliated companies. As an Innovation Partner, Lehigh White will collaborate with producer members to accelerate the introduction of Aalborg Inwhite Solution Ultra High Performance Concrete, Extreme and Excel products to the North American architectural precast market. Cementir has more than 3 million tons of white portland cement capacity and operates on five continents.

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ORGANIZATIONS - MARCH 2020

The ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council has elected CECO Concrete Construction Vice President of North Operations Phil Diekemper as director for a term ending in 2022, and Euclid Admixtures Canada President and Euclid Chemical Inc. Vice President Claude Bedard as returning director. They join an SDC board comprising Chairman Charles Hanskat; Immediate Past Chairman Joseph Sanders; and, Directors Kirk Burns, Rodney Chiodo, Beverly Garnant, John Hausfeld, Carl Larosche, Brad Malmsten, Claudio Manissero, Charles Nmai and Glenn Schaefer.

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