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November 2013

PRODUCERS
Concord, Ont.-based Armtec Infrastructure Inc., has named Jason Redman president of Drainage Solutions, a companion to the company’s Precast Concrete Solutions business. His previous experience includes chief financial officer roles for Dealfind.com/Teambuy.ca in the greater Toronto area, with direct responsibility for operations and financial reporting; SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company; and, Look Communications Inc., now ONEnergy Inc. Redman is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and U.S. Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University.

Hanson Building Products has appointed Dustin Kruger vice president of U.S. Sales of its Hanson Pipe & Precast division, the largest source of concrete drainage products in North America. He replaces Scott Szwejbka, who was recently tapped to lead the division. A member of the Hanson Building Products team since 2006, Kruger has held a variety of management roles, most recently area sales manager – Hanson Pipe & Precast, South Texas. In his new role, he will oversee sales for 40 U.S. Pipe & Precast manufacturing facilities.


ORGANIZATIONS
Florida Governor Rick Scott proclaimed October 3 as “Statewide Concrete Masonry Day,” recognizing that concrete masonry is a 100-percent Florida product, mined, manufactured and installed by Floridians; 60 percent of all homes and 35 percent of all commercial buildings in the Sunshine State are built with concrete block; and, that concrete block construction builds the safest, most cost-efficient and long-lasting structures to withstand that state’s frequently harsh and storm-prone environment.

“[The Governor’s] proclamation is a tribute to the hardworking men and women in the masonry industry who build Florida. Masonry is a Florida product and I am proud to be a mason contractor and chairman of the Masonry Association of Florida,” said Danielle Larson of Naples-based GBL Group, Inc.

The association (MAF) coordinated a host of industry events across Florida for the day: Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 at the A1 Block plant in Sanford, determining “Who is Florida’s best bricklayer?”; an educational event, “Addressing the Needs of the Florida Masonry Industry and Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future,” with special focus on the state’s mason labor shortage, apprentice training, contractor continuing education, masonry market information, and the MAF Certified Mason Contractor Program. Additionally, the Mason Contractors Association of America held its Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando to coincide with the Statewide Concrete Masonry Day, which likewise drew participation from National Concrete Masonry Association officials.

A steel fiber-reinforced concrete floor slab, placed without joints and at a thickness up to 30 percent less than a conventional slab, is among 100 finalists in the Chicago Innovation Awards program, which this year saw 562 nominations. Rabine Group, a promotion-sa-vvy contractor offering conventional and specialty concrete solutions for commercial, industrial and municipal slabs, describes the PrimeComposite innovation as the world’s strongest, thinnest, jointless concrete flooring system. Steel fiber reinforcement strengthens and increases the flexibility of PrimeComposite floors, Rabine engineers note, resulting in fewer cracks and lower maintenance costs than conventionally built slabs. The technology landed Most Innovative Products awards at the 2012 and 2013 World of Concrete.

Each Chicago program finalist is in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com. Out of the 100 products and technologies, judges will select 10 Chicago Innovation Awards winners, their proprietors receiving invitations to ring the bell opening Nasdaq exchange trading, and meet with top Chicago and Illinois officials.


Concrete Industry Management patrons seek World of Concrete auction donations
The Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee and Patrons are rounding up tool, equipment, material load, sporting event tickets, travel packages and other candidate items for their ninth annual auction. Staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the event will be January 22—2013 World of Concrete opening day—with silent auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by live bidding. 

According to Michael Philipps (Cemex USA), chairman of the CIM Auction Committee, “The proceeds from the 2014 Auction will benefit the CIM National Steering Committee (NSC) and support the current CIM programs, the Executive MBA program, as well as help fund future program expansion.”

Previous auction donations have included concrete mixer trucks, cement, skid steers, concrete saws, drills, mixers, vibrators, scaffolding, safety equipment, screeds, fiber transport systems, dust collectors, testing equipment, decorative concrete tools, water meters, pumps, generators, training sessions, reference books, advertisements, laptop computers, mobile computers, sports memorabilia, sports travel packages, golf school packages, and vacation travel packages. Funds raised from the 2014 auction will benefit the NSC and support the CIM programs at Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State University and the California State University, Chico.

With $615,000 in gross revenue, notes Philipps, “The 2013 World of Concrete Auction surpassed the previous year’s total proceeds—yet another example of the high value the concrete industry places on the CIM program. The NSC appreciates that our industry donated over 150 items and all the bidders that helped make last year’s auction a huge success.”

“The NSC of CIM has raised more than $3.1 million through the previous eight CIM Auctions,” adds CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher. “We’ve been blessed with tremendous support from the concrete industry. The World of Concrete Show Management, Hanley Wood Publications, McNeilus Companies and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers have been with us from the beginning.”

Those interested in making a donation should contact CIM Auction Committee Chairman Michael Philipps, 713/722-2969; michaelf.philipps@cemex.com.


MANUFACTURERS
Richard Armstrong is transitioning from the Columbia Machine Palletizer Division to the Concrete Products Division, maintaining his title of president and overseeing a full range of product molding and handling machinery, plus batch plant and mixer equipment. Armstrong has been with Columbia Machine for 12 years, the last eight at the Palletizer Division helm. Company officials credit his passion for customer service, market development and product innovation.

At the 2013 PCI Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute National Convention and Bridge Conference, Hamilton Form Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, was recognized as the PCI Associate Member of the Year. Hamilton President Bill Daly (right) accepted the award from 2013 PCI Chairman Tom Kelley (Gage Brothers).

The PCI Board of Directors noted the company’s on-going support of the precast construction industry. Hamilton Form is one of PCI’s premiere partners, a group of supplier companies making significant contributions to the growth of the industry, both financially and through volunteer hours. Hamilton Form employees are active in several PCI Committees including Sustainability, Productivity, Membership, Leadership PCI and the Marketing Council. It has two employees that are graduates of the PCI Leadership Program and an employee retiring this year from the Board after four years of service.

Nox-Crete Products Group has appointed Jeff Bishop Precast Division Manager, responsible for driving leadership and growth for sales in the new division. He joins Nox-Crete after two years as president and chief executive office of ConArt Precast in Georgia, where he directed and managed the sales, delivery and production of architectural precast concrete. With 30-plus years in precast, he brings a depth of product knowledge and hands-on fabrication experience from ConArt, plus Coreslab Structures, Rinker Materials Prestress and Wilson Concrete.