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Marcotte Systems Ltd. of Montreal has added to its concrete batch plant and raw material production controls or information technology offerings the software division of Quadra Control & Weigh Systems Ltd., based in Surrey, British Columbia.

“Over the course of more than 30 years, Quadra’s team of seasoned professionals has built a solid reputation of providing key players of the ready-mix industry in western Canada and the western United States with powerful software solutions to boost their productivity and bottom line,” says Marcotte CEO Joel Bardier. “The strategic fit with Marcotte’s mission and vision made the acquisition a natural.”

Hardware and software technology breakthroughs have enabled leaders in ready mixed concrete to reach ever higher levels of precision, resulting in optimal batching productivity, product quality, dispatching efficiency and management decision making, notes Quadra President Horst Blattman. “With the strong level of competition and the current pace of innovation, all players in the industry must keep their eyes open if they are to stay in the game and aim to lead the pack,” he adds. “Having witnessed the Marcotte team consistently display a knack for developing software solutions that are smarter, faster, easy-to-use, flexible and adaptable to the specific realities of businesses similar to that of my clients, it is with the utmost confidence that I pass the relay baton to them.”

Marcotte’s corporate values of flexibility and openness are at the core of its strategy of providing process freedom to empower the competitiveness of each and every customer. “In close cooperation with the Quadra team, we have prepared an economical and seamless transition package that can be tailored to the specific needs of each Quadra customer,” affirms Marcotte Vice President, Global Sales Alex Leblond.


Walter LeMaire

Cemex USA veteran Walter LeMaire has joined South Carolina-based SEFA Group as executive director of Business Development for the Engineering & Projects Business Unit. He will be responsible for strategic and operational planning in new business opportunities and lead promotion efforts behind the company’s proprietary STAR fly ash beneficiation technology.

Prior to SEFA, LeMaire spent 12 years at Cemex USA, the last nine as vice president and general manager of the Mineral Resource Technologies Inc. subsidiary. He has worked in coal combustion products processing and marketing since 1996, with tours of duty at Monex Resources, Boral Material Technologies, and Euclid Chemical. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Roger Shannon

Charah Solutions Inc. has appointed Roger Shannon as chief financial officer and treasurer, while Nicholas Jacoby, whose held those titles in an interim capacity, remains with the fly ash processor and marketer as vice president of Finance. A CPA with more than 30 years of corporate finance and accounting experience, Shannon arrives from Adtran, a publicly traded provider of next-generation networking solutions, where he held CFO, senior vice president of Finance and treasurer posts. Prior to management roles at Adtran and three other companies, he held accounting positions with Vulcan Materials Co. and KPMG

“Roger is a talented executive with a long history of providing financial and strategic leadership to successful corporations across a range of industries,” says Charah Solutions CEO Scott Sewell. “We are confident his extensive financial and public company experience will be immediately beneficial as we continue executing our growth strategy and delivering value to our shareholders.”


Maxsle “Max” Butler

Mack Trucks has named Maxsle “Max” Butler as vice president of National Accounts, responsible for major-customer programs throughout North America. A 30-year trucking industry veteran, he has served in various leadership positions within Mack, most recently as vice president of Parts Sales. Prior to that role, Butler was vice president of Sales & Marketing for Parts Sales, director of Regional Parts, and manager of Proprietary Parts Marketing. He is based at the Mack World headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

Lori Reid

Lori Reid has been named president of Nox-Crete Products Group, three years after joining the Omaha, Neb., specialty concrete chemicals and accessories specialist as chief financial officer. In that capacity, she focused on key metrics, development of financial and operations strategy, asset preservation and financial reporting. She has also played a key role in the company’s transition from a privately-owned, family business to an employee-owned company.

As president, Reid’s duties will shift to developing and implementing the company’s strategic vision, adapting as industry and customer needs evolve. Prior to joining Nox-Crete, she held management roles with three Texas employers: Advanta U.S., Dallas, financial controller; American Star Energy & Minerals, Amarillo, vice president of Business Development and Administration; and, McCleskey Harriger Brazill & Graf, Lubbock, accounting manager.

“We see this as an important change as Nox-Crete moves into its next chapter of growth,” says CEO Michael Linn. “We’ve moved from a family-owned business to an ESOP. Lori’s past experience with our company and in the business world make her the ideal candidate to help Nox-Crete continue to grow and offer customers innovative products.”