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Briefs July 2011

Hanson Building Products North America has hired Jay Cariveau, AIA, LEED AP, as vice president of sales for its structural precast division. He is responsible for sales, estimating and project management for architectural and structural precast facilities in California, Idaho, Minnesota and Utah. Cariveau has more than 23 years of building industry experience, which includes 13 years in precast concrete with multi-facility producers serving varied market segments. He is a board member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and chairman of its marketing council, as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Society of American Military Engineers, and Urban Land Institute.

Also at Hanson Building Products, Gord Gajich, P. Eng. is the new vice president of Sales and Engineered Solutions for the company’s pipe & precast and pressure pipe divisions in Ontario and Quebec. Bringing more than 19 years of practical experience in the manufacture and construction of municipal infrastructure products and projects, he will work to ensure strategic alignment between the Engineering, Operations and Commercial groups for the two divisions. Formerly general sales manager at Hyprescon International, which Hanson acquired in 2007, Gajich has spent the last five years as director of municipal infrastructure and water resources for Genivar, a consulting engineering firm.

Molin Concrete Products Co. has named Matthew Westgaard to the new position of chief operations officer, responsible for overall safety, quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability measures across production. He joins the Lino Lakes, Minn., producer with 21 years of precast industry experience, including the past seven as vice president and general manager of Hanson Structural Precast in Maple Grove, Minn. He has been active in industry organizations including the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, PCI Midwest, and Minnesota Prestressed Association, and currently serves as Councilman for the City of Elk River, Minn.

Bronx-based ready mixed producer Jenna Concrete Corp. was recently awarded a certification by the Concrete Industry Board in New York City and has subsequently received acceptance from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) as an Approved Fabricator. This authorizes Jenna Concrete to develop its own mix designs and submittals for approval on all projects under the jurisdiction of the NYC DOB. The submittals will not require the approval of a testing laboratory or professional engineer signature, as has been customary. CIB has been developing a comprehensive Concrete Producer Certification program over the last five years. Details about the program can be found at

Spancrete Industries, Waukesha, Wis., has promoted Dick Baumgartner (top) and Davin Stitgen to project managers. They will work on projects from initial conception to completion. Both will assist with projects that have a need for Spancrete’s value-added services, helping to manage the complexities of project requirements and exceeding customers’ expectations. Baumgartner previously held the position of quality control manager at Spancrete’s precast/prestressed facility in Valders, Wis., and has more than 25 years with the company. For the past five years, Stitgen has worked in Spancrete engineering, recently leading one of the company’s internal project charter teams.

Separately, Spancrete added Paul Staroszczyk as manager of Quality Assurance, where he will focus on continuous improvement in the company’s products and processes. He is responsible for developing quality planning for the inspection, testing and evaluation of materials, processes and products that support Spancrete’s strategies and business direction. He most recently held leadership roles for Modine Manufacturing, spearheading continuous operational improvements.

Cemstone Products Co., Mendota Heights, Minn., has promoted Jason Fritz to general manager, Cemstone Contractor Supply (CCS). He will be responsible for managing and overseeing all proposal development/sales, operations and purchasing for CCS. Additional responsibility includes strategic planning and marketing for all products and services distributed through CCS, as well as working closely with the company’s strategic vendors. Fritz joined Cemstone in 1996 as CCS store manager of the River Falls, Wis., location. He subsequently served as an Insulating Concrete Forms sales specialist and most recently held the position of CCS sales manager.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting through August 1 entries from producer members with the most innovative training initiatives of 2010–2011. The Innovation in Training Award winner will be recognized at NRMCA’s 2011 ConcreteWorks, September 25–27 in San Diego. Furthermore, the winning producer’s program will be featured in a best-practices article in NRMCA’s quarterly magazine, Concrete InFocus. Middle Tennessee State University’s Concrete Industry Management faculty will serve as judges.


A new decal for cranes—“Designated/Certified Operators ONLY”—was made possible through an alliance with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. AEM developed it to signify that the machine should be operated only by personnel who have received employer certification of training and evaluation according to relevant OSHA standards. The decal can be found at the AEM Store,

This is the latest project resulting from an AEM-OSHA alliance formed in October 2007 to promote jobsite safety. "AEM and its members are committed to fostering safe equipment operation and we have worked closely with OSHA towards this end. This alliance is an example of our industry's pro-active education and training efforts," said AEM President Dennis Slater. Other AEM-OSHA alliance materials include “best practices” bulletins and safety-message key fobs.

More than 10,000 Facebook users are following the American Concrete Institute on the popular networking site. Since launching in early 2008, ACI has worked to promote its Facebook page to all aspects of the concrete industry globally. About 3,000 fans hail from the U.S., while the other 7,000-plus are from other countries. “ACI recognizes the importance of expanding and maintaining its presence on social networking platforms,” said Executive Vice President Ron Burg. “By offering the opportunity to connect with the Institute over Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, ACI is now more accessible than ever, no matter where in the world you live, with just a click of the mouse.”

Women in Concrete Alliance was among 25 organizations that participated in last month’s inaugural roundtable for women working in blue-collar roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Young people are needed in the trades and we need to take a look at how to create an awareness of those vital professions,” said Alliance co-founder Kimberly Kayler. During the meeting, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, brought to light the unique challenges for women in the industry and encouraged them to work together to address such issues.

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has announced Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year. The program is designed to introduce graduate students to the industry through participation in meaningful research, as well as receive support from a PCI Producer Member allowing interaction with the industry. Fellowships generally conclude with a master’s degree thesis and a summary paper published in the PCI Journal. Winners (listed by university, student, professor, research title) are:
Lehigh University, Patrick Trasborg, Professor Clay Naito, "Development of a Blast and Ballistic Resistant Precast Concrete Armored Wall System"
• University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Jenna Hansen, Dr. Kromel Hanna, "Second Generation Precast Parking Structures"
University of California–Berkeley; Ahmet Can Tanyeri; Professor Jack P. Moehle; "Seismic Performance and Modeling of Post-Tensioned, Precast Concrete Shear Walls"
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dane Shaw, Professor Lesley H. Sneed, "Lightweight Concrete Modification Factor for Shear Friction"
• University of Arizona, Alicia R. Mullenbach, Professor Robert Fleischman, "Analytical Evaluation of Precast Concrete Structure Resistance to Disproportionate Collapse"
University of Illinois, Somashekar Viswanath, Professor Daniel A. Kuchma, "Precast Concrete Solution for Tall Wind Towers"
Missouri University of Science and Technology; Krista B. Porterfield; Professors Jeffery S. Volz and John J. Myers; "The NASP Bond Test as a Predictor of Strand Bond, Transfer Length, and Development Length"
•  Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Razvan Cojocaru; Professor Christopher D. Moen; "Stresses, Deflections, and Twist in Precast/Prestressed Concrete Beams During Lifting, Transportation, and Installation"

Portland Cement Association Education Foundation has awarded two graduate students educational fellowships. The Foundation identifies and rewards outstanding masters and doctoral students in the fields of engineering and physical sciences who are studying areas that advance the science and technology of cement and concrete. It presents the students with $20,000 each for university and study costs. The 2011 recipients (listed by university, student, professor, research title) are University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Ashlee Hossack, Professor Michael Thomas, "Equivalent Performance and Sulfate Resistance with Portland Limestone Cement"; and, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Tengfei Fu, Professor Jason H. Ideker, "Development of Shrinkage Limits and Testing Protocols for High Performance Concrete."

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has elected to three-year Board terms Anthony Errico, Nucor Steel sales manager, CRSI Atlantic Region director; and, Brice Wager, Gerdau Ameristeel vice president/general manager, CRSI at-large director. Board members have also named the 2011-2012 CRSI Executive Committee: Chairman, John Simmet of Simcote; Vice-Chairman, Mathew Brace of CMC Americas; Secretary/Treasurer, Michael Deis of Dayton Superior; Past Chairman, Robert Stone of Nucor Steel; and, At-Large Members Chris Casey of Bec-Don; James Diggs of Gerdau Ameristeel.

Margaret Thomson, Ph.D., director of New Business Development, Technical Services, at Lhoist North America in Fort Worth, Texas, was presented with the ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. The ASTM International Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry recognized Thomson for leadership and commitment to standards development, especially in the area of historic mortars. In addition to her work for C12, where she currently serves as a member at large, Thomson is vice chairman of Committee C07 on Lime and chairman of Subcommittee C07.06 on Physical Tests. Moreover, she serves on Committees C01 on Cement, C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units and E60 on Sustainability.

Additionally, ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates presented the Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow to Gregory Barger, technical center director at Ash Grove Cement Co., Overland Park, Kan. Barger is currently a member at large on the C01 executive subcommittee and serves on the Joint C01/C09 Subcommittee on Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory, and serves on Committees C12 and C15.

Ron Schriever has retired as Besser Co. international sales manager for pipe and precast. He gained knowledge of the entire pipe and precast product line by installing equipment and performing service on all models of Hydrotile, McCracken, Quinn and Besser production systems. Gary Ericson, director of sales for pipe and precast, based in Sioux City, Iowa, and Heiko Boes, sales representative, based in Emden, Germany, will assume all global pipe equipment sales responsibilities.

Ohio-based GivenHansco, developer of the Keystone integrated software products for the ready-mix, aggregate and asphalt industries, has announced an exclusive dealership arrangement with Mid Atlantic Concrete Equipment, a Litiz, Pa., distributor with broad East Coast reach. “Mid Atlantic embodies the commitment to customer service and deep industry knowledge that exemplifies [our] brand,” says GivenHansco President Mike Sanders. “We believe this arrangement will make it easier for more customers to experience the advantages of integrated Keystone software products.”

Separately, Concrete Equipment Co. in Blair, Neb., has named Mid Atlantic Concrete Equipment its Dealer of the Year, recognizing total sales, market share and customer service. Mid Atlantic has been a dealer since 1985, notes Con-E-Co National Sales Manager Gary Tuma, “and this award is a well deserved recognition of [its] dedication and professionalism. Mid Atlantic has earned an excellent reputation for serving the needs of ready-mix producers with a focus on service and after-the-sale support.”

Lafarge NA drivers execute safety month mission
Lafarge North America marked the National Safety Council-designated Health & Safety Month with events across concrete, aggregate and cement businesses focused on vehicular safety. Throughout June, U.S., Canadian and Lafarge Group plants around the world acknowledged their wellness professionals, and supported community events that promoted health and safety beyond the workplace.

Eight of the 18 Lafarge NA business units are in the Lafarge Group Health & Safety Excellence Club, honoring profit centers worldwide that maintain a total injury frequency rate of less than 10, and a lost-time injury frequency rate of less than one for every million man-hours worked.“Health and safety is [the company's] top priority, and we are proud of our outstanding record in that area,” said Lafarge Medical Director for the Americas Dr. Craig Friedmann. “This annual event reinforces our commitment to employees and contractors, as well as to their families and to the local communities where we operate.”

Among regional events was a truck rodeo in conjunction with a 5K Quarry Run/Walk at Lafarge’s Specification Aggregates Quarry and Heritage Square locations in Golden, Colo. The first annual “Golden Gold Rush” is one of only three races in the United States that takes place within an operational quarry site. More than 160 participants took part in the 5K and 18 youth in the kids’ one-third-mile fun run. The event raised $7,500 for the Golden Fire Department. Post-race activities included the mixer driver truck rodeo and live music.

Mixer manufacturer BHS commits to $10 million-plus expansion
Twin-shaft plant mixer manufacturer BHS-Sonthofen GmbH dedicated a new warehouse and placed a foundation stone for a new administration building at its home office in Germany.

Company officials credit continuous growth in their global, mechanical process technology business—encompassing machines for mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration in construction, building materials, chemical and pharmaceutical and environmental industries—for the major facilities investment. Domestically, BHS-Sonthofen recently established a Mixing Business unit at the Charlotte, N.C., headquarters of its North American subsidiary, BHS Filtration Inc. (note Twin-shaft mixer report, pages 60-61).

“Because the building has a high proportion of glass surfaces and a great deal of heat is generated on the interior by technical equipment, such as computers, we chose a particularly efficient combination of insulation, heat recovery and geothermal energy,“ says CEO Christof Kemmann. Building designers adopted the principle of “concrete core activation,” he adds, with heating or cooling devices distributed throughout celings, and affording greater energy savings and comfort levels that conventional HVAC systems. In addition, a large portion of the demand for heating and cooling is covered by groundwater wells.