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Briefs September 2011


Roy Kirkpatrick has been named president of Knife River Corp.’s Texas operations. Since 2007, Kirkpatrick has worked as vice president of materials for the company, performing sales and operational responsibility for all aggregate, asphalt, ready mix and rail distribution facilities. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry in a variety of capacities.

In early June, Kirkpatrick was named interim president in Texas. Knife River’s Texas operations include plants and facilities centered in Waco, Bryan/College Station, Tyler, Killeen, Beaumont and New Braunfels.

Separately, Knife River has announced that Rob Rebel is the new president for the Central North Dakota Division. He will oversee all the Bismarck, Fargo, Mandan, Washburn and Beulah facilities in addition to numerous leases located throughout North Dakota.

Rebel has been with Knife River since 2003 and most recently was the senior aggregate engineer working with all of the company’s aggregate operations to improve product processes, assist with capital purchases and relocate aggregate assets. Prior to joining Knife River, Rebel held numerous roles in the construction industry for more than 20 years, including environmental manager, controller, estimator, general manager and vice president.

Fiber cement specialist James Hardie Building Products Inc. has received the "A,A" "Partners of Choice" Award for outstanding quality and service from David Weekley Homes, the nation's third-largest, for-profit, privately held residential builder. James Hardie is one of only two business partners, in a field of approximately 150 companies, that has received the award for seven consecutive years—reflecting about 10,000 individual rating opportunities.

The home builder's evaluation system is so thorough and complete that there is little room for error, Hardie officials contend, and allows staff to measure performance through a complex ranking system spanning diverse companies from different industries. James Hardie products are used in all of the 15 cities where David Weekley builds.

Notes James Hardie Strategic Accounts and Business Development Manager Dan Tresch, "Our relationship continues to strengthen because of the [builder’s] National Trading Partner Survey. The feedback we receive each quarter from the survey allows James Hardie and our channel partners to make the necessary adjustments to take our service and quality to the next level.”


The Yale University Health Center in New Haven, Conn., is the latest milestone in a lengthy project log for Turner Construction, the largest general contractor in buildings and one of the oldest players in reinforced concrete work. The 140,000-sq.-ft. facility is the contractor’s 200th project to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Green Buildings Certification Institute.

Turner announced formal commitments to building green in 2004. It now employs more than 1,200 LEED Accredited Professionals and recently published the second edition of the Turner Green Project Operations Manual for management and staff handling LEED-targeted contracts. In addition to finished LEED projects, the contractor has an additional 230 jobs targeted for certification. Green building projects comprise approximately 50 percent of Turner's construction backlog.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has hired Amanda H. Hult as director, Pavement Structures. In her new role, Hult, who is based in Denver, will provide technical expertise and education to the ready mixed 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. She will also represent NRMCA before the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and other organizations that develop codes and standards for pavements.

For the past three years, Hult was actively involved in promoting concrete pavements in Florida with Cemex USA. She also served as a guest lecturer for the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Building Construction as well as other industry groups. Prior to that, she worked as a civil engineer in residential and commercial land development.

For the first time ever, the National Demolition Association will host its 39th Annual Convention in Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, March 10-13, 2012. The Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk will serve as the NDA convention headquarters hotel. The Riverwalk—one of the nation’s most visited tourist venues—is connected by skybridge to the Grand Hyatt. The association’s Monday Night Theme Party will include an indoor rodeo with PBR riders, a full Texas barbeque, armadillo races, two country Western bands, line dancing, and a Gilly’s-style mechanical bull ride.

Each year, the NDA convention brings together professionals involved in the demolition process, including those involved in demolition contracting, general contracting, civil engineering, recycling and other industries. The convention includes educational programs, entertainment and networking opportunities for both association members and other attendees. For more information, contact [email protected] or 800/541-2412.

CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill., announced the appointment of Thomas J. Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E., FACI, LEED AP, as new chair for its Transportation practice. Dr. Van Dam is a recognized expert in materials consulting and pavement technologies, and a sought-after speaker and presenter, highly regarded for his research on sustainable construction materials and pavement design and evaluation. His major areas of expertise include airport and highway pavement performance and sustainable civil engineering infrastructure. Dr. Van Dam is a leader in associations such as American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Transportation Research Board. He was also an associate professor at Michigan Technical University for 13 years where he directed the University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure and the Transportation Materials Research Center.

CTLGroup has helped transportation industry clients with complex structural and materials issues in a variety of sectors, including: aviation, bridges, highways and pavements, railroads, and seaports. The firm continues to expand its professional services to assist customers across the construction life cycle.

Larry Scofield has joined the International Grooving and Grinding Association as the Director of Engineering and Research. With more than 35 years of experience, Scofield has worked in construction, materials, research and pavement management for the Arizona Department of Transportation, as well as served as the Director of Pavement Innovation for the American Concrete Pavement Association. In his newest role, he will be responsible for providing strategic direction and tactical support for all technical and research initiatives for the IGGA as well as providing technical resources and consulting services to contracting agencies, consultants and industry partners.

Scofield was selected by IGGA in 2008 for the Lester F. Kuzmick Award, the association’s highest honor, which is an award that recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in the grooving, grinding and pavement preservation industry.


ITW Muller, a leading manufacturer of stretch wrap equipment and film, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Rob Payne to Industry Manager. Under his new role, Payne will be responsible for supporting the team in the Western portion of the U.S. and Canada with a specific focus on building relationships with OEMs/Integrators and key distributors. He will also help build relationships with existing and prospective customers throughout the region.

Payne is a past regional sales manager of ITW Muller. Since leaving the company in the ‘90s, he has held a number of sales and management positions within the packaging distribution world. Most recently he was a Packaging Equipment Specialist with Unisource Worldwide. Prior to that he was a Packaging Sales Manager with Zellerbach.

Grace Construction Products, an operating Segment of W.R. Grace & Co., is manufacturing cement additives and concrete admixtures from a new facility near Delhi, India. These products are then sold to cement and concrete manufacturers in Northern India.

The site’s development is part of Grace’s ongoing growth strategy to invest in emerging regions. Since 2010, the company has opened similar facilities in China, Colombia, Panama, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. Andrew Bonham, President of Grace Construction Products, states, “The new facility will allow us to enhance service and delivery times to our customers in Northern India.” Furthermore, Plant Manager Ajay Kapoor notes, “Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment and safe practices at the site. We must ensure our company culture extends throughout all our facilities from safety to product quality to community outreach.”

After years of being tied operationally to a sister dust-collection company, Nordfab Ducting now operates independently as Nordfab LLC, based in Thomasville, N.C., with a Reno, Nev., production and distribution satellite. A manufacturer of clamp-together ducting for dust, mist and fume collection, it now operates with management, financial and software systems specifically for the ducting business—and within a Delaware corporation, Nederman Holding USA Inc.

“Nordfab’s Quick-Fit (Q-F) duct connects to dust collectors made by every imaginable manufacturer. And we have very close partnerships with the largest, most respected names in the industry,” says Vice President of Sales Robin Bolick. The move will enable the company to continue and expand its high level of customer service, quality and fast deliveries, he adds.

Geo-Blue Crete II, the recently unveiled binding agent from Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Blue World Crete, Inc., is said to be a low-carbon-footprint alternative to portland cement. As a one-part system that only requires paddle mixing of its powdered chemical formula at ambient temperatures, the manufacturing process differs from portland cement, although its delivery system is the same. The agent is billed as an economically green alternative to portland cement while also providing a high-performance concrete solution for engineers and architects.

Geo-Blue Crete II's developers note that the product is less dependent on mix water and can reach greater compressive and tensile strengths than its predecessor, Geo-Blue Crete. Ready mixed concrete producers in Ohio and Dubai have put the original product through multiple commercial application tests. The company is currently looking for manufacturers and distributors worldwide, noting that the polymer agent production can be realized at a small fraction of the capital outlay required of a portland cement mill.   —