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Briefs Dec 2010


Dean Estoll has joined Hanson Pressure Pipe as vice president, municipal sales, reporting to company president Mike Leathers.  Estoll is responsible for oversight of all pressure pipe sales initiatives targeting U.S. and Canadian municipalities and public water agencies. A manufacturing industry veteran who has managed and supported sales operations for North American concrete, steel and pressure pipe companies, he began his career with United Concrete Pipe Corp. and later contributed to market share growth of various manufacturers including L.B. Foster Co., Thompson Pipe & Steel and Insituform Technologies. Most recently, Estoll was employed 13 years at large-diameter, high-pressure water pipe producer Northwest Pipe Co., where he served as group vice president, eastern sales and director of business development, nuclear energy.

Spancrete Industries has added Chuck Gilbert as Illinois regional sales manager. Bringing 30-plus years of construction and precast experience, he will grow the company’s precast business by promoting its wide array of products and value-engineering and design-assist capabilities. Previously, Gilbert was a sales professional with an Illinois precaster, actively involved with upwards of 200 projects, including numerous parking decks.

Cemstone Products has named Patrick Murphy Safety/Environmental coordinator, responsible for managing respective program initiatives, while reporting to Patrick Bergin, P.E., LEED AP, Environmental manager and Mike Brekken, Safety director. Murphy’s key responsibilities will include conducting environmental and safety inspections at Cemstone plants and mining sites, and satisfying compliance and reporting requirements using best management practices (BMPs). He will update storm water pollution protection plans and emergency protocol guidelines, and work with site personnel and regional managers on the latest Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rules and requirements. Prior to joining Cemstone, Murphy worked as an Engineering Aide for the City of Bloomington, Minn., and focused on storm water management issues. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Staker Parson Cos. and its Western Rock Products subsidiary received three awards for outstanding safety performance from the Utah Safety Council. In addition to Awards of Merit for consistent lost-time and incident rates below the industry average and/or demonstrable improvement, a Perfect Record Award was presented to Western Rock for 12 consecutive months without an OSHA-recordable injury, illness, fatality, or days away from work. Staker Parson Vice President of Safety & Human Resources Chris Kinnersley credits the excellent record to a behavior-based safety process encouraging active participation by every employee.


The National Concrete Masonry Association has announced newly elected board members: Region I: Barry Diller of Nitterhouse Masonry Products, Chambersburg, Pa., Keith May of Peerless Block & Brick Co., St. Albans, W.V.;  Region II, Michael Carlson of Cemex, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Region III, Carol Lee of Lee Brick & Block, Bowling Green, Ky., and Kent Wade of Ruby Concrete Co., Madisonville, Ky.; Region IV, R.G. Atwood of Featherlite Building Products, Round Rock, Texas, and Paul Valentine of Oldcastle Architectural, Atlanta; Region V, Wade Ficklin of Oldcastle Architectural-West, Phoenix, and Dennis Hite of Cemex, Henderson, Nev.; Region VI (Canada), Bruce Dick of Expocrete Concrete Products, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Gary Belisle of Group Permacon, Ville D’Anjou, Quebec. Elected to the NCMA Associate Member Division Board are Marshall Brown of ACM Chemistries, Norcross, Ga.; Mike Mueller of Teka North America, Chesapeake, Va.; and, Dave Sharp of Columbia Machine, Vancouver, Wash. New board members will begin their terms following the NCMA Annual Meeting in March, concurrent with Icon Expo and ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas.

At its fall meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association board elected past NRMCA chairmen Norman Nelson (2001) and David Vickers (2002) honorary members. Recently retired from a long career with Omaha, Neb.-based Lyman-Richey Corp., Nelson was particularly active in Research Engineering and Standards, Promotion, Membership, Government Affairs, RMC 2000, Construction Industry Alliances and Educational Activities committees. Vickers is also retired from a long career in the ready mixed concrete industry, including most recently president of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. His numerous association activities included serving as chairman of the RMC2000 Committee from 1996–2000. Both Nelson and Vickers also served as chairman of the RMC Research Foundation.

Separately, during its annual ConcreteWorks Forum & Expo in Charlotte, N.C., NRMCA honored two longtime industry executives for their engineering and operations, environmental and safety contributions. Accordingly, John Carew of Appleton, Wis.-based Carew Concrete and Supply Co., received the 2011 Joseph E. Carpenter Award, whose Rinker Materials namesake was instrumental in the formation and early operation of the NRMCA Committee on Maintenance. Reared in the family-owned concrete business, Carew began attending Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee meetings 1991 and has since spearheaded its development of the NRMCA Cement Burn Awareness Kit and a warning label approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, plus a bi-fold warning notification of the cement burn issue. As OES Committee chairman in 2007 and 2008, he spurred development of the highly successful National Mixer Driver Championship—the centerpiece of the annual ConcreteWorks agenda. 

In addition, the NRMCA Research, Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee unanimously approved Ed Dunstan as recipient of the 2011 Richard D. Gaynor Award, honoring lifetime achievement in technical advocacy and efforts that advance the ready mixed industry. Retired from Cemex in 2009, Dunstan has been a past chairman and longtime RES Committee member, as well as a strong proponent of P2P and various ASTM and ACI initiatives. He will receive the award—named for the longtime NRMCA engineering expert—in March at the association’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association has added Mitch Bloomquist as project manager. Prior to joining TCA, he was an associate with Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Novak Design Group architectural firm. TCA Technical Director Jim Baty notes, “Mitch’s talent and energy combined with the knowledge of his architectural background expand our ability to steer TCA into the new decade.”


Besser Co. has realigned its sales team, appointing new members or past staff returning to the company: Jack Terhofter, longtime technical service specialist, is expanding his role as sales representative to Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi producers. Former Orco Pavingstones, Riverside, Calif., plant manager Frank Vosmann has joined the OMAG headquarters in Emden, Germany as customer service manager. Eloy Gonzalezhas, with 15-plus years’ servicing and selling Besser equipment, has recently expanded his role to include sales agent duties for Carribean and parts of the West Indies. In Mexico, Nelio Ricalde, Besser sales representative from 1971 through a September 2010 retirement, will continue in special projects and assist new sales representatives Primavera Landin and Mark Kraft in promoting Besser, OMAG and Kraft Energy brands. Oriol Armadàs has been named the sales agent for Spain, Portugal and Morocco and will assist OMAG and Kraft Energy customers in Latin America.

Harold Nott has joined Hydronix Americas as the technical support engineer, replacing Brian Beguhl who left earlier this year for a position closer to home and family. Nott brings extensive concrete industry experience, Hydronix notes, including background in automation control and customer service. He can be reached through the Harbor Springs, Mich., office, 231/439-5000.

Terex Roadbuilding named Graeme Heppenstall Western Region district manager. He will oversee sales, training and dealer development for the company’s roadbuilding and landfill equipment lines—including concrete slipform and hydraulic variable-width pavers, plus ready mixed plants—in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Bringing 15-plus years’ industry experience, Heppenstall most recently served as regional manager and national accounts manager for equipment manufacturer JCB.

Command Alkon placed 244 on Software Magazine’s 28th annual “Software 500” ranking of the world’s largest software and service providers. The company’s 2010 listing marks its 14th consecutive year of being ranked among top software companies worldwide. Based on total global software and services revenue for the year, Software 500 is a ranking of the world’s largest software and services suppliers, targeting medium to large enterprises, their IT professionals, software developers and business managers involved in software and services purchasing. Suppliers are not ranked on their total corporate revenue, since many have other lines of business such as hardware.