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Briefs June 2011

PRODUCERS
Alan Antoniewicz has been promoted to president of Waukesha, Wis.-based Spancrete Group Inc., following an 18-month tour of duty as vice president and chief operating officer, a title he retains. Spancrete officials credit him with providing the company clear direction and refocusing it around the core strengths of precast production and construction, plus hollowcore machinery solutions. They also note how has Antoniewicz has instituted strategic business methods, solid quality improvements and increased efficiencies at all manufacturing facilities, while taking steps to improve sales and engineering for the organization.

“Alan is a determined, dedicated and visionary executive leader, intent on profitably growing Spancrete in these tough construction times,” says Spancrete Chairman and CEO John Nagy.

Antoniewicz will oversee local, regional and global business segments, providing leadership and direction through strategic planning and new product development, effective operational and financial performance, customer satisfaction, growth of market share, and overall organizational development.

Vulcan Materials Co. has named C. Wes Burton, Jr. treasurer. A Georgia Institute of Technology graduate, he joins the Birmingham, Ala., aggregate and concrete producer from the Enterprise Performance Management Strategy practice group of Accenture LLP. Prior to that post, he was senior vice president and treasurer of Birmingham-based retailer Saks Inc.

Cemstone Products Co. has named Alex Olin as safety/ environmental coordinator, reporting to Environmental Manager Patrick Bergin, P.E., and Safety Director Mike Brekken. Olin’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. He will update storm water pollution prevention plans and emergency protocol guidelines, and work with site personnel and regional managers on the latest Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules and requirements. Prior to joining Cemstone, Olin worked as a quality control technician for Dickinson Ready Mix in North Dakota. He holds a University of Minnesota civil engineering degree.

Separately, Jack Mickelson has joined Cemstone as account representative, assisting with various sales & marketing initiatives and reporting Central Division Manager of Wisconsin Dave Cave. His responsibilities will include sales of ready-mix concrete and aggregates, and also Contractor Supply in Cemstone’s Northern Wisconsin Division (Turtle Lake, Spooner and Hayward plants).

Minneapolis-based composite paver producer VAST Enterprises, LLC received an inaugural Leadership in Sustainability Award—Best Green Market Development—from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Green Building Council Minnesota Chapter. VAST developed and patented material science technology that transforms post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics into a new green building material: composite masonry. Every 10,000 square feet of VAST pavers use rubber and plastics recycled from 5,000 tires and 150,000 plastic containers.



ORGANIZATIONS
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Board and Research, Engineering & Standards Committee have approved the 11th revision to the QC3 Plant Certification Check List for certifying ready concrete production facilities. The document reflects revised standards, new technology and provisions to clarify intent of inspectors’ feedback, and applies to requests for plant certification May 15 and beyond.

 

The check list revision coincides with an update of the NRMCA Plant Inspector’s Guide, which describes in more detail the intent of each certification target item and provides appropriate images and numerical examples. Nearing a 50-year mark, NRMCA notes, the certification program is one of the only means to ensure concrete production facilities conform to industry standards as defined in ASTM C94/C94M, Specification for Ready Mixed Concrete. Approximately 2,300 plants, with 18,000 delivery vehicles, are currently NRMCA-certified.

The NRMCA Materials Division has elected David Nicholson, vice president of sales for Cleveland-based Euclid Chemical, as chairman of its board for a three-year term, through 2014. Prior to joining Euclid nine years ago, Nicholson held a variety of positions with MasterBuilders. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and has served on the Materials Division Board of Directors since 2008. The Materials Division has also re-elected Durafiber’s Jim Speakman as vice chairman. The division includes companies that supply materials and ingredients for ready mixed concrete, including cement, fly ash, color, admixtures and fiber.

Structural Group, a Baltimore-based contracting firm that combines specialty construction and maintenance services with proprietary technology to solve engineering and construction challenges, has announced a name change to STRUCTURAL. Capitalizing on more than 35 years of service in the commercial, industrial, energy, public and transportation markets around the world, the new name will establish a platform for a collaborative environment among all locations. Entities known as Structural Group, Structural Preservation Systems, and ElectroTech CP will now be rebranded under the STRUCTURAL name.

“Although the name has changed, what our clients have come to know and expect remains the same,” says STRUCTURAL CEO Peter Emmons. “Together, all STRUCTURAL resources bring industry leading expertise and experience, advanced technologies, and the highest commitment to quality and safety.”

The American Shotcrete Association recently released a new 10-page, full-color brochure that identifies and discusses the numerous sustainability advantages of shotcrete. The brochure also includes case studies demonstrating these advantages in both new construction and repair. (Copies can be ordered through www.Shotcrete.org/Sustainability or by calling 248/848-3780).

“The advantages are not simply theoretical or ideological; rather, shotcrete offers significant sustainability advantages that are solid, quantifiable, and business-benefiting items,” says ASA Sustainability Committee Chair Charles Hanskat. “This is an important document for specifiers, owners, and any other individual interested in placing concrete efficiently and effectively, while also realizing significant sustainability advantages resulting from the method of placement.”

Milwaukee-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers has received the U.S. Department of Commerce's "Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade" in recognition of its work with the department to promote U.S. export development and create opportunities for U.S. businesses through trade. AEM President Dennis Slater accepted the award on behalf of the association from Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, during ceremonies at ConExpo-Con/Agg.

AEM has been a strong partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce for more than 30 years and is an active participant in the Department’s U.S. Commercial Service’s International Buyer Program for AEM-run shows such as ConExpo-Con/Agg and AG Connect Expo.



MANUFACTURERS
A proposed integration of Tekla Building Information Modeling technology with Trimble construction estimating, project management and BIM-to-field platforms will afford contractors a compelling set of productivity solutions and dedicated workflows. Trimble Navigation Ltd. of Sunnvale, Calif., reports that its subsidiary, Trimble Finland Oy, has effected a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Tekla Corp., based in Finland with North American headquarters in Atlanta. The transaction is valued at about $450 million.

 

BIM is becoming a strategic element in customers’ ability to integrate data throughout a project life cycle, while eliminating costs through better accuracy and interoperability, notes Trimble CEO Steve Berglund, adding, “Tekla and Trimble's combined solutions will enable us to provide the broadest and most sophisticated BIM capability available."

The world's construction, engineering, and architectural communities are rapidly adopting BIM to produce, communicate and analyze building models, he adds. Trimble's "BIM to field" vision extends office data to field level systems for precise delivery of design and construction elements.

Steve Howard has been named Kimble Mixer Co.’s director of Sales and Marketing, with overall responsibilities for North American and international business. He will relocate to New Philadelphia, Ohio headquarters from Charleston, S.C., where he has overseen Atlantic Seaboard sales since joining the company in 2009. A veteran of Terex Advance, where he most recently served as director of sales and general manager of Operations, Howard is credited with an instrumental role in development of the new Kimble KF-3100 front discharge mixer line.

Denny Deppen recently retired from Acme-Hardesty Co., capping a 35-plus year career in sales, sales management and marketing in the concrete industry. He spent the last eight years with Acme-Hardesty leading its concrete business and team of masonry specialists.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif., a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award (related item, page 10 sidebar). The recognition spans such accomplishments as a) reducing overall energy intensity by 4.6 percent resulting in the prevention of 32,888 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and decreasing absolute energy consumption by 14 percent over the previous year; b) conducting 144 energy-efficiency projects expected to save over 21 million kWh, or an estimated $2.3 million per year; and c) working with senior executives in national building materials manufacturing associations to promote good energy efficiency practices and encourage them to promote participation in the Energy Star program among their members.