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LEED Accredited Professional Meredith Ware has joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Bonsal American, Inc. as director of sustainability. She will report to company president David Maske, who is leading the packaged concrete and building materials giant’s enterprise-wide push for sustainable practices, from internal operations through product solutions for the built environment. “Meredith is charged with helping us design and manufacture sustainability principles into our full complement of Sakrete, ProSpec, AmeriMix, and GemSeal branded products,” notes Maske. “Many of these are already helping architects, contractors and other building professionals gain LEED credits from the U.S. Green Building Council.”

A GeorgiaTech and Parsons School of Design (New York) graduate, Ware will expand the company’s sustainability initiatives, and work collaboratively with other product and process sustainability initiatives across other divisions of Bonsal parent Oldcastle Inc. She joins Bonsal from San Francisco-based Clean Concrete Technologies Inc., where she was chief operating officer. Prior to that, she was sustainability director for Serious Materials Inc., a developer and manufacturer of sustainable green building materials in California’s Silicon Valley. There, she re-engineered and wrote patents on various building materials manufactured with 90 percent less energy against competing alternatives.

“Efficiency is green,” Ware said. “At Bonsal American I am focusing efficiency through environmentally driven product and process innovation. This reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with the best environmental building products delivered through efficient manufacturing, sustainable raw material selection and waste minimization.”

Fleet Owner, the leading monthly in on-highway and on-off highway trucking, named Atlanta-based Oldcastle Architectural Products Group private category runner-up in the Fleet of the Year Awards. The magazine’s editors, who nominate candidates based on their own research, acknowledged the concrete masonry giant’s year-over-year 8.9 percent improvement in miles per gallon and use of technology to cut administrative expenses related to driver logs and trip reports by 5 percent. In addition to private fleets, Fleet Owner names winners and runners-up in for-hire and vocational categories. Topping the latter is Hilco Transport Inc., a Greensboro, N.C., operator running 60 dump trucks for aggregate and other bulk materials delivery.

Architectural and structural precast concrete producer Gate Construction Materials Group will operate all production facilities under the name Gate Precast Co. The Gate Concrete Products Co. name has been used since 1980 for flagship and Pearland, Texas, structural precast plants.

The name change reinforces the company’s long-term strategy to advance its management, operational, sales and technical capabilities to be the leading provider of precast concrete systems, and strengthens the identity of each of its eight facilities. Adds Gate Precast President and Chief Operating Officer Dean Gwin, “[It] more closely reflects the variety of precast products we provide and will lead to a more cohesive marketing and sales approach for the group.”

Metromont Corp. has named Chris Pastorius vice president of Sales and Estimating, leading teams in those two areas plus marketing. Prior to joining Metromont, he spent 20 years with Oldcastle Precast, holding several senior management positions, most recently vice president of Sales and Marketing for Oldcastle Precast Building Systems. Pastorius also serves as a board member for the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute and is the immediate past-chairman of AltusGroup. He will relocate from Maryland to the Metromont headquarters in Greenville, S.C.

Daryl Wenger, sales and marketing manager of Nitterhouse Concrete Products, Inc., Chambersburg, Pa., recently announced the transition of sales coverage for New Jersey and New York City. Hendrik (Henk) Bennink (pictured), a Nitterhouse sales consultant from Red Bank, N.J., covering the New Jersey and New York City areas, will be turning over the reins to Justin Lyons due to health problems. Highly respected by his coworkers, industry colleagues, and clients, Nitterhouse officials note, Bennink has formed close relationships with many prominent individuals in the construction industry during the past 29 years, and will remain involved to team with Lyons on a limited, consultative basis.

Based in Medford, N.J., Lyons (left), is a five-year Nitterhouse veteran who will assume coverage of Bennink's New Jersey and New York City territories, handling all new inquiries for precast concrete design assistance and proposals. In addition to his experience with Nitterhouse, Lyons has an extensive background in related construction, having been a union contractor specializing in precast concrete erection.

Los Angeles-based James Hardie Building Products, Inc. announced a new version of one of its anchor fiber-cement offerings, HardieShingle siding, in conjunction with the 2011 International Builders Show in Orlando. The new line has improved visual authenticity with modifications in shingle widths and a re-engineered texture; like prior offerings, the newest fiber-cement shingles are typically used in combination with lap siding or other siding styles.

With a full line of products, James Hardie enables homeowners and builders to achieve a distinctive shingle style combination and capitalize on the long-lasting, low-maintenance benefits of a complete fiber cement exterior. “James Hardie is dedicated to creating durable design solutions. Homeowners have a variety of personal style options to choose from for a custom look, and builders now have a viable option for creating the look of a shingled house without the drawback of maintenance and durability concerns," affirms HardieShingle Product Manager Alan Miller.

The new siding is available in both 4-ft. panels and individuals with straight, staggered, or rounded edges to achieve a unique, textured combination. The natural grain texture of cedar shingles adds instant character and dimension to a house, James Hardie notes, but they require regular maintenance to protect the wood from rot and color change. New HardieShingle siding captures the authentic look of cedar shingles without the maintenance issues.

Developed within the HardieZone System of fiber cement siding products, New HardieShingle siding is specially formulated to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions. The realistic facade of HardieShingle siding is available with ColorPlus Technology, a multi-coat, baked-on factory finish that eliminates human and environmental error.