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COMMAND ALKON FOUNDER KEN ROBINSON, 1934-2019

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MANUFACTURERS - JUNE 2019

Thirty months into a rollup plan centered on distributors of specialty materials, accessories and tools for U.S. and Canadian concrete and masonry contractors, private equity-backed Construction Supply Group has surpassed the 100-branch threshold. The Denver-based company has acquired Best Materials, a Phoenix-based ecommerce platform, plus Advantage Construction Supply and Spec-West Concrete Systems, both of California.

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PRODUCERS - JUNE 2019

Kurt Jensen has been named managing director of Sparks, Nev.-based Jensen Enterprises Inc. He brings more than three decades of experience to the executive level position as the privately held company continues to expand into new markets. He grew up in the industry learning about the benefits of precast concrete for infrastructure applications from his father, Donald Jensen, who founded the business in 1968. Joining the family enterprise in 1987, Kurt Jensen became involved in every aspect of its business. Most recently, he served as general manager of the company’s Sparks operation, after holding the same title at the Las Vegas plant. He also served as vice president of Asset Management for the properties, fleet, and equipment of Jensen Enterprises.

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ORGANIZATIONS - JUNE 2019

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) has announced grants for six projects this year, including two with environmental themes: “Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator Tool,” led by Kathrina Simonen of the University of Washington-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum and Phil Northcott of C-Change Labs; and, “Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Concrete Applications,” led by Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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MANUFACTURERS - MAY 2019

Charah Solutions, Inc., Kentucky-based fly ash processor and marketer, received two safety North Carolina Department of Labor awards last month for an outstanding record of employee safety in 2018—the eighth consecutive year the company garnered such recognition from the agency. The awards reflect Charah Solutions’ safety record at a structural fill project, Brickhaven Mine in Chatham County, and material management at Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station in Shelby. Both sites received a Gold-level Certificate of Safety Achievement, the state’s highest safety award. The Gold Award is based on a days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate that is at least 50 percent below the statewide benchmark for the industry. North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the awards.

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