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Briefs August 2011


Tony Smith of Charlotte, N.C., has accepted the position of director of estimating for Metromont Corporation. Smith has a background in drafting, estimating, and most recently sales and development. He has been with Metromont for 20 years and will be relocating to Greenville, S.C., to assume his new responsibilities.

Separately, Metromont promoted Paul Inglese to the role of sales and business development in Bartow, Fla. With his background in Specialized Technology, Inglese brings to the company his experience in glass fiber reinforced concrete and architectural precast concrete. Metromont also hired Debbi Chez to take the role of sales and business development in the Charlotte, N.C., market. Chez has a degree in Civil Engineering with over 20 years’ experience in project management and business development in the construction industry.

Spancrete has added Michael “Mick” Linse to the role of Contracts Manager where he will work with the Contracts and Administration Group. In his new role, Linse is responsible for reviewing, revising and finalizing all commercial aspects of sales contracts. Additional responsibilities include monitoring contract performance and compliance, as well as resolve contractual issues.

“Mick has previous experience providing legal counsel to clients in the construction industry, so he’s well-versed in the intricacies of the industry,” says Alan Antoniewicz, president and COO of Spancrete.“We’re really fortunate to have him on board.” Linse most recently worked for Olson and Welle in St. Paul, Minn.

Brian Forston, project manager in Spancrete’s precast division, has earned his Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute. This globally recognized certification signifies Forston’s proficiency at leading a project from its conception through its completion. “Brian manages all of the onsite activities for our major precast projects,” explains Alan Antoniewicz, president and COO of Spancrete. “We’re very proud of his recent certification.”

Prior to receiving the PMP credential, Forston earned the AGC STP 8/10 Course Certification and the PCI Project Management Certification. He has been with Spancrete for more than 10 years and has over 25 years of construction management experience.


Tien Peng, LEED AP, CGP, PMP has been hired by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as senior director, Sustainability, Codes and Standards. In his new role, Peng will monitor and provide input to building code updates around the country to ensure ready mixed concrete’s continued role as the material of choice. He will also provide technical expertise to the growing adoption of sustainability standards for buildings.

Prior to joining NRMCA, Peng consulted with private and non-profit organizations on operational excellence as a way toward sustainability and profitability. He has advised the Washington State Legislature on building code adoption as a member of the State Building Code Council and also helped develop the LEED Homes rating system for the U.S. Green Building Council. Peng will be based in Seattle and can be contacted at [email protected] or 206/913-8535.

Separately, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has hired Brian M. Killingsworth, PE, as senior director, Pavement Structures. In his new role at NRMCA, Killingsworth will provide technical expertise and education to the ready mixed concrete industry and its customers to advance the applications and use of ready mixed concrete for streets, local roads and parking areas, including conventional concrete, concrete overlays and pervious concrete. He brings 19 years of experience in consulting and a broad background in pavement design, materials selection, construction and maintenance. For the last five years, Killingsworth has lead a San Antonio-based consulting firm’s Pavement Services Group that provides horizontal design and construction-related services to both public and private entities.

“We are very pleased that Brian has chosen to join us,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “His years of experience and expertise will help our membership increase the use of concrete for critical pavement projects through interaction with federal, state and local governmental agencies.”

Applications are being accepted through October 7 for the American Concrete Institute Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Foundation is offering eight $7,000 to $10,000 fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students who are studying concrete-related subjects. Applicants must attend a U.S. or Canadian university during the award year, and be nominated by a faculty member who is also an ACI member. Additionally, the Foundation is awarding five graduate students and one undergraduate student with $3,000 scholarships. To be eligible, students' studies must be concrete-related, and their program of study must be ABET-accredited or a mutually recognized program by ABET. Scholarship applications will be accepted globally. Additional application requirements and information can be found at

Paul Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, has begun his term as president of the Construction Specifications Institute. Bertram is currently director of Environment & Sustainability for Kingspan North America, a member of the Kingspan Group. At Kingspan, Bertram is engaged in leading-edge programs that are new areas of interest for CSI including: material Life Cycle Assessment and environmental reporting, energy modeling, various energy efficiency and sustainability standards development, and high-performance building strategies. Since 1991, Bertram has served in numerous CSI leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels. Currently, he is a board liaison of CSI’s Green Format Program Maintenance Task Team.

CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill., recently welcomed Thomas J. Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E., FACI, LEED AP, as a principal engineer. As part of the CTLGroup’s team of multidisciplinary professionals, Dr. Van Dam will address complex materials issues across all stages of the construction life cycle for clients in multiple markets.

With more than 25 years of engineering and materials science experience, Dr. Van Dam is a recognized expert in materials consulting and pavement technologies. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter, who is regarded for his research on sustainable construction materials and pavement design and evaluation. Prior to joining CTL Group, Dr. Van Dam directed the materials and sustainability group at a major pavement technology company.

For its upcoming Fall Convention, October 16–20, the American Concrete Institute will be “Bridging Theory and Practice” with 30-plus technical sessions, committee meetings, a new ACI Career Fair for Students and Young Professionals, a trade exhibition and more. In congruence with the theme, it will bring together industry leaders—ranging from contractors to educators—to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards. The event will be held at the Millennium Hotel and Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. Reduced registration rates are being offered to those who register by September 18. To learn more, visit


Michael Reardon has been named vice president of sales for Mack Trucks, Inc., succeeding Michael McNally, who is retiring after a 39-year career with the company. Reardon will be responsible for Mack’s national accounts and business development. Since joining Mack in 1996 from American Isuzu Motors, he has served as vice president of distributor operations, vice president of Mack’s Western Region, executive director of marketing and business development, and most recently, vice president of marketing. Reardon will continue to be based at Mack World Headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

Ash Grove Cement Co. announced J. Randall “Randy” Vance as its new senior vice president of administration in the company’s Overland Park, Kan., home office. Vance’s responsibilities include directing finance, treasury, tax, information technology and human resources. Prior to assuming the role at Ash Grove, he served as chief financial officer and senior vice president – finance and treasurer for Hostess Brands, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.

Charles Sunderland, Ash Grove’s chairman, states, “Randy brings two decades of corporate finance leadership experience and skills to Ash Grove that will complement our senior management team as he leads our administration and finance functions in our company.”

The Board of Directors of Cummins Inc. has announced the retirement of Tim Solso, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer since 2000. During Solso’s tenure, Cummins’ market capitalization has grown tenfold and the company has been recognized for its leadership in emissions reduction technologies and related environmental activities, financial performance and corporate responsibility, as well as diversity.

Solso will be succeeded by Tom Linebarger, Cummins president and chief operating officer. Linebarger has been with Cummins 17 years, and was formerly president of Cummins Power Generation and served as the company’s chief financial officer. He will assume his new role on January 1, 2012. Solso will continue his current role through December 31 to ensure a smooth transition.

Lehigh Hanson recognized four of its North American cement plants for having zero lost-time incidents in 2010. In the U.S., the cement plants in Glens Falls, N.Y., Leeds, Ala., and Waco, Texas, all operated last year without a single accident that resulted in lost time. In Canada, the cement plant in Edmonton, Alberta, also accomplished the same feat.

“As the outstanding efforts of the employees at these four plants clearly demonstrate, at Lehigh Hanson we believe every workplace accident is preventable,” said Dan Harrington, president and chief executive officer. “Safety is the most important aspect of all of our jobs. No matter if it is a manufacturing facility or a corporate office location, we have an obligation to our fellow employees and their families to make safety our top priority at all times.”

Steve Venditti was recently hired as vice president of sales & marketing for Monitor Technologies LLC. Venditti has over 35 years of experience in industry sales and marketing management. He also brings an extensive background in process measurement instrumentation and control with leading manufacturers.

Grace Construction Products, Cambridge, Mass., has closed on privately held De NeefConchem Group, which supports global concrete protection and repair materials sales from U.S., Belgium (headquarters) and Spain production facilities. Preventative and remedial waterproofing products and concrete protection and repair products add a variety of new technologies to Grace Construction Products structural waterproofing and building envelope portfolio, notes President Andrew Bonham. The De NeefConchem acquisition, he adds, fits a growth strategy focused on acquiring companies in high-margin, construction industry segments; opening manufacturing facilities in emerging regions; and, alliances that can accelerate Grace brand extension into new markets. It follows the company’s recent purchase of Wuhan Meilixin New Building Materials, a waterproofing products manufacturer in China.

The contract to construct and operate a new 65-acre landfill for Baltimore-based Constellation Power Source Generation, Inc. (CPSG) has been awarded to Louisville, Ky.-Charah, Inc. The facility, known as Lot 15, will be Maryland’s first permitted coal combustion byproduct (CCB) landfill designed following the EPA’s Subtitle D regulations and will reduce CPSG’s carbon footprint due to the site’s proximity to the power plants. The site, situated on 100-ft.-thick clay layer, includes a fully encapsulated system with HDPE bottom and cap liner systems, and a leachate collection system. Mechanically stabilized earthen walls will be engineered for added airspace and environmental conservation including preservation of existing onsite wetlands.

This project results from a partnership between Charah and CPSG in which Charah designed, permitted, and is now constructing the landfill. Once the facility is constructed, Charah will also manage the day-to-day operations. In addition to the partnership, the design and permitting process actively included the participation of the public and environmental groups. This open dialog will be maintained throughout construction and operation of the site.

W.R. Meadows of Canada’s Russ Snow, technical specialist–building envelope, has been named the industry’s first Construction Specifications Practitioner (CSP), whose role includes setting standards and a high quality of practice for specification writers through prescribed qualifications, courses, and a demonstrated level of competence and ethical practices. Additionally, a CSP will provide a program for continuing improvement of specification writer skills and professional development. The designation has been in development within Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) for a few years and recently has been released.

Mining Media adds Mine & Quarry Trader to publication lineup

Mining Media International (which also owns Concrete Products) has acquired long-standing title Mine & Quarry Trader (MQT) from Penton Business Media, Inc., effective immediately; terms were not disclosed. The 35-year-old MQT will be combined with Mining Media’s Quarry Equipment Marketplace (QEM) to create a distribution solution for buyers and sellers in the aggregates, mining, quarrying, recycling and related industries. As a result of this merger, Concrete Products, Rock Products and Cement Americas readers who have been receiving QEM will now receive MQT in its place.

Advertisers will be contacted soon by long-time sales representatives for both MQT and QEM, Gina Kelly and Christin Doran, who will make sure that customers are informed and comfortable with the transition. Mining Media is committed to providing the resources to make certain that MQT is the most sought after and highly regarded publication of its type in this market. “We will give the advertisers the quality, the circulation and the value that they deserve,” said CEO Peter Johnson.

ACI releases Admixtures, Prestressed titles

The American Concrete Institute has announced the availability of four new publications on the latest concrete-related technology and information. To order these publications, call 248/848-3800 or visit

Antoine E. Naaman Symposium–Four Decades of Progress in Prestressed Concrete, FRC, and Thin Laminate Composites
Fourteen papers cover topics such as development, mechanical behavior, modeling and structure applications of fiber-reinforced concrete and thin laminate composites; repair and rehabilitation of reinforced and prestressed concrete members; and new developments in prestressed concrete bridges.

Fiber Reinforced Self-Consolidating Concrete: Research and Applications CD-ROM
Eight papers cover topics ranging from mixture composition and influence of fibers on the fresh state performance to the connection between fresh state behavior, fiber dispersion and orientation and mechanical properties of the fiber-reinforced composite to full-scale testing, and development of prototype applications for structures and infrastructures.

Report on Chemical Admixtures for Concrete
Chemical admixtures are discussed thoroughly and are classified into 13 groups. Twelve categories of admixtures are described in detail as to type, current usage, and their effect on concrete in the plastic and hardened state. Their benefits and common usage are outlined.

Specifications for Structural Concrete
Covers general construction requirements for cast-in-place structural concrete and slabs-on-ground. First five sections contain but not limited to materials and proportioning of concrete; reinforcement and prestressing steel; production, placing, finishing, and curing of concrete; formwork performance criteria and construction; and treatment of joints.

IT, OSHA compliance solutions providers eye safety promotion

Maxwell Systems, Inc., a leading provider of complete construction business management software solutions, recently announced its partnership with American Compliance Systems (ACS) to provide a comprehensive set of safety tools and consulting services for construction professionals. "By partnering with a leader in workplace safety, like ACS, we are able to offer contractors solutions and services to help simplify jobsite safety compliance, which ultimately helps them to save time, reduce costs, and minimize risk,” stated Jim Flynn, president and CEO of Maxwell Systems.

Moreover, customers will have a number of safety management products and expert capabilities to help them streamline jobsite safety compliance and simplify the related paperwork and record-keeping. With a streamlined compliance process, contractors can increase their chances of winning bids; avoid OSHA sanctions, fines, and penalties; lower insurance costs; reduce owner exposure to civil and criminal litigation; and identify safety measures for optimal benefit.

PCI Convention, National Bridge Conference take ‘Shape’

“Shape Your Future” is the theme of the 57th Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Annual Convention and National Bridge Conference, October 22-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The event will offer more then 60 education sessions, including 120 peer-reviewed technical paper presentations, all of which qualify for continuing education credit. Education tracks will include sustainability, technical, marketing, transportation, research and development, executive leadership, and operations. A 65,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall will offer exposure to the latest in new products and technologies, with approximately 100 exhibitors. Additionally, the event will include networking opportunities, including receptions, plant tours and the prestigious awards banquet.

As the premier event for the precast concrete structures industry, the PCI Annual Convention and National Bridge Conference attracts precast concrete producers, suppliers, representatives for state departments of transportation and other industry stakeholders. The early-bird registration deadline is September 9; additional details can be obtained at Inquiries on sponsorship and exhibit space opportunities can be directed to Kirstin Osgood at [email protected].

Bethany, Conn.-based Laticrete International and New York City-based Supercap have merged to form Laticrete Supercap, LLC. The partnership will benefit from the Laticrete and DryTek Flooring product lines and the advanced technology of the computer-run pump trucks developed by SBS Technologies for Supercap.

The patented pump trucks are used to blend and deliver problem-solving underlayment systems to the jobsite. Pumping is done from ground level and material is delivered quickly and efficiently, directly from the hose to the floor on large-scale surface preparation and remediation projects.

NRMCA Revises Guidlines on Evaluation of Low Strength

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Research Engineering and Standards Committee has released a revision to "Publication 133: In-Place Concrete Strength Evaluation–A Recommended Practice." Publication 133 was originally adopted in 1930, and the 2011 revision replaces the last version published in 1999. This Practice contains guidelines for use when strength tests fail to meet specifications. It is based on research by the Association and others and on experience with strength controversies.

The guidelines include investigation procedures, testing methods and precautions, and assignment of responsibility. It addresses the degree of strength deficiency that warrants further evaluation; a sequence of steps to follow in the investigation and actions that should result from the investigation along with suggestion of allocation of costs.

Publication 133 can be obtained from the NRMCA bookstore or by contacting NRMCA’s Jacques Jenkins at 240/485-1165 or by e-mail at [email protected].