With more than 15 years of precast construction experience, Augustine Chung has joined Spancrete Illinois as Chicago area sales manager. A LEED AP who has worked on more than 1,000 precast building projects, including two LEED Silver-rated structures, Chung holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.
Clinton Krell, who began his Spancrete Group career 11 years ago, has been promoted to sales representative covering southwest Wisconsin. Most recently he served as Spancrete Industries director of precast project development and education. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master's in Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Human Resource Task Group scheduled an inaugural meeting last month in Las Vegas, and created a web page whose scope will expand as the group’s role evolves. One key feature is a page where NRMCA members can ask about workplace issues and challenges. The task group will reply via Concrete InFocus’ column “Workplace Q & A.” Members are soliciting participation by producer representatives with management responsibilities beyond human resources, including plant and safety managers or directors. The HR Task Group will be part of the NRMCA Operations Environmental and Safety (OES) Committee, with Eileen Dickson, 240/485-1164 or [email protected], serving as staff liaison.
The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association elected the 2011 Board of Directors at its annual convention last month in Naples, Fla. Officers are President Nicholas Rivecca of Sonag Ready Mix, Menomonee Falls; Vice President Keith Barghahn of Croell Redi-Mix, La Crosse; and, Secretary/Treasurer Todd Brockman of MCC Inc., Appleton. Producer directors are Mike Fiorita of Prairie Material, Milwaukee; Tim Kieler of Bard Materials, Dickeyville; Matt Schmitz of Schmitz Ready Mix, Milwaukee; Mike Tews of Carew Concrete, Appleton; Steve Verrette of Gillett Cement Products, Gillett; Bob Wells of County Materials Corp., Marathon; Todd Widdes of Todd’s Redi-Mix, Rice Lake; and, Scott Zignego of Zignego Ready Mix, Waukesha. Associate directors are Jason Chilson of W.R. Grace, Portage; Dan Large of Propex Concrete Solutions, Port Washington; Keith Nault of Solomon Colors, Waukesha; Brad Oertel of Wisconsin Cement Company, Hartland; Roger Volden of Holcim (US) Inc., Larsen; and, Gary Wallis of St. Marys Cement, Milwaukee.
The American Concrete Institute is scheduled to present its Distinguished Achievement Award—recognizing nonmembers who have made notable industry contributions—to the Florida Concrete & Products Association at this month’s ACI Spring 2011 Convention in Tampa. Incorporated in 1956, FC&PA represents 114 ready mixed, block, pipe, aggregate, and cement interests, spearheading marketing, technical, and educational programs that focus on innovations and proper practice surrounding all forms of concrete. In addition to a proactive approach with legislative, governmental, and environmental issues, FC&PA partners with other industry associations and Florida’s major universities to ensure architectural, engineering, and building construction students have access to current technical information on concrete and concrete products.
Separately, Kevin Mlutkowski, LEED AP, has been named to the new American Concrete Institute position, director of Sustainability. He will work with ACI volunteers, committee members, representatives from other organizations inside and outside the concrete industry, and fellow staff to increase sustainability content in the Institute’s programs, events, documents, products and student activities. Additionally, Mlutkowski will coordinate as ACI’s sustainability activities at events and industry collaborations.
“Members of the American Concrete Institute have long been developing technical resources supporting the best use of concrete in sustainable development,” said ACI Executive V.P. Ron Burg. With this appointment, he adds, “the Institute reaffirms commitment to sustainable development and aims to accelerate integration of technically backed sustainable concepts and best practices into ACI’s industry-leading resources and, ultimately, into the everyday practice of designers, specifiers and constructors.”
Mlutkowski joined the American Concrete Institute in November 2003 as Market Promotion and Research Analyst and was promoted to Manager, Marketing in June 2007. Since then, Mlutkowski has been instrumental in publishing “The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Strategies and Examples” and “The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Applications,” organizing the annual ACI Concrete Sustainability Forum, and representing ACI at Greenbuild and other sustainability related exhibitions. Mlutkowski will serve as ACI’s staff representative to the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative.
The Portland Cement Association, Southeast Region (PCA-SE) named Roger Faulkner as its new executive director, effective February 1. Faulkner is a licensed professional engineer with eight years of experience in the concrete industry. He most recently worked for the Ohio Concrete Association as the Director of Engineering and Promotion. His past employment includes: Vice President and Director of Transportation, Ohio, for URS Corp.; Vice President and Ohio Area Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff; and City Councilman for Hilliard City Council.
Faulkner earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from Capital University. The PCA-SE Region provides administrative support for the American Concrete Pavement Association, Southeast Chapter. PCA-SE represents the manufacturers and distributors of portland cement in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As of January, PCA-SE also represents Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. PCA-SE works closely with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and related local and regional associations and their members.
Separately, PCA has awarded its 2010 Sustainable Leadership Award to City of Frankfort (Ky.) Public Works Director Jeff Hackbart, PE, who was recognized last month during the Kentucky Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s annual convention. Hackbart oversaw use of pervious concrete for a two-tier parking lot at the Public Safety Building in downtown Frankfort. The project was designed with buff and slate mix coloring and featured vegetation in the middle. The parking lot originally had full stormwater runoff into the Kentucky River. Since pervious pavement installation and monitoring in a well, runoff has been fully curtailed.
The Sustainable Leadership Award was created in 2008 to honor those who choose concrete or cement-based products and use them in a sustainable fashion to provide environmental and cost-saving benefits for their communities.
Ed McGuire, vice president of construction at Bob Moore Construction, Arlington, Texas, was elected president of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association Board of Directors at its annual meeting in January. McGuire is responsible for construction and field operations at his firm. He has been a member of the construction industry for more than 25 years and serves on the American Concrete Institute (ACI) C-650 Tilt-Up Certification and 551 Tilt-Up Construction committees.
Other officers serving the Board for 2010 are: President-elect Glenn Doncaster of Citadel Contractors, Inc. (Apex, N.C.); Vice President Kimberly Corwin of A.H. Harris & Sons (Newington, Conn.); Secretary David Tomasula, P.E., of Con/Steel Tilt-Up Systems (Dayton, Ohio); Treasurer Shane Miller of Divcon, Inc. (Spokane Valley, Wash.); and, Past-president Jimmie Ballard of CMC Construction Services (Houston, Texas).
CTLGroup in Skokie, Ill., has appointed Martha VanGeem, P.E., LEED AP, and David Cook, R.A., to chair its Green Solutions practice. A noted expert in the field, with nearly 30 years of research and project work, VanGeem was a key contributor to the development of ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1: Standard for theDesign of High Performance Green Buildings. Cook has extensive experience with building envelope design and repair; during his tenure with the City of Evanston, he oversaw the construction of Illinois’ first LEED Gold–certified fire station.
CTLGroup has been involved in the sustainability arena for decades and continues to expand its professional services to help customers reduce their environmental impact through all stages for the life cycle, from manufacturing, to construction, to end of service life. The firm provides a broad range of services to building owners, designers, engineers and contractors, including: efficient use of energy, materials and resources; LEED compliance documentation, especially Solar Reflectance Index testing; building envelope engineering related to insulation, thermal mass, air barrier and vapor retarder; energy usage analysis/simulation for problem identification and resolution; and, low carbon cementitious materials and concrete mixture designs.
The U.S. construction machinery export market closed 2010 with a gain of more than 28 percent compared to the previous year, for total worldwide shipments of $16.4 billion, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Milwaukee-based AEM consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into a quarterly export trends report.
"It's important to pass the pending free-trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama to help manufacturers create more U.S. jobs by selling their products to international buyers," says AEM Senior Vice President Al Cervero. Export business to Europe gained 23 percent for a total $1.88 billion, and exports to Asia grew 10 percent and totaled $2.2 billion. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 31 percent in 2010 for a total $3.1 billion; and exports to Central America came in at $1.6 billion, a 24 percent increase. Construction machinery exports to Canada gained 39 percent and totaled $5.1 billion.
Dan Willems has transitioned from a senior project management, engineering, research and product development role at Waukesha, Wis.-based Spancrete Group to Spancrete Machinery Corp. vice president and general manager. Succeeding group veteran Joe Dugan, who retired in mid-2010, Willems will oversee machinery division operation improvements and corporate strategy, including sales growth, identifying new revenue streams, manufacturing quality, and parts and service.
New Hampton Metal Fab, a leading precast concrete form and pipe & products machinery manufacturer, has named Doug Keen of Louisville sales representative for Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. A University of Kentucky graduate with Civil Engineering Technology degree, he brings Iowa-based New Hampton Metal 30-plus years’ concrete pipe and precast industry experience.
Norcross, Ga.-based plant equipment specialist iwi group, LLC, has added concrete block and precast industry veteran Lee Martin to its sales team. An expert in big board (single pallet and multilayer) block machinery and equipment, Martin entered the industry as a salesman for Penn-Dixie Cement Corp. in 1965, proceeding to management positions with a major Southeast architectural precast producer; Olin/Ramset Fastening Systems; and, Zenith Equipment, Inc., where he served as president. He retired from Pathfinder Systems in 2009. iwi is the largest broker of used concrete manufacturing equipment in the United States.