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Briefs June 2012

Spancrete has announced the hiring of its new supply chain director, Gaylen Haas, as well as its new human resources manager, Toni Muise. Haas brings more than 18 years of supply chain and operations management experience to Spancrete. He has a bachelor’s degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. In addition, Haas is certified APICS, CPIM, CIRM & CSCP, and has an ISM CPM certification.

Muise will oversee the daily management of the Spancrete Human Resources department. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with both a bachelor’s degree in management/human resources and an MBA in management. Muise is also a Certified Professional in Human Resources.

“Gaylen’s experience and leadership will help drive exceptional operational performance throughout the entire organization, and Toni brings a great combination of both union and non-union employee relations experience to Spancrete,” says Spancrete President and COO Alan Antoniewicz. “We welcome both to the Spancrete family and look forward to the expertise they bring to the company.”

Wieser Concrete Products of Maiden Rock, Wis., announced the addition of Shane Harris, sales engineer, to the staff of the Roxana, Ill., location. His responsibilities at Roxana include product sales, business development, and project management.

Prior to joining Wieser Concrete, Harris worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 11 years as a senior construction inspector/civil engineer. He holds NHI Bridge Certification, and has a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Ill. Since 1965, Wieser Concrete has been a premier manufacturer of precast concrete producing hundreds of products for agriculture, commercial, highway and underground applications.


The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2012 T.Y. Lin Award was awarded to the authors of “Evaluation of Prestress Losses in High-Strength Concrete Bulb-Tee Girders for the Rigolets Pass Bridge,” which appeared in the winter 2011 issue of the PCI Journal. Established in 1968, the annual award honors outstanding engineers and their contributions in the field of prestressed concrete and is bestowed on authors of meaningful papers that advance the field.

The authors of the winning paper are John J. Roller, principal structural engineer with CTLGroup in Skokie, Ill.; Henry G. Russell, an engineering consultant with Henry G. Russell Inc. in Glenview, Ill.; Robert N. Bruce Jr., the Boh Chair Emeritus in Civil Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, La.; and Walid R. Alaywan, senior structures research engineer at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

The paper established actual prestress losses measured on high-strength, bulb-tee girders on the newly constructed Rigolets Pass Bridge in Louisiana. This research led to proposed revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications that would allow more accurate predictions of prestress losses.

Professor T.Y. Lin, an eminent prestressed concrete pioneer, endowed the award to the ASCE in 1968 to recognize outstanding engineers and their contributions to the field of prestressed concrete. The award is presented each year to the best paper written or co-authored by members of ASCE in the various publications of ASCE, PCI, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) during a 12-month period.

CTLGroup has expanded its Metallurgical & Mechanical Consulting Services with the addition of two new experts. James F. Lane, P.E.(left), has joined the firm as director, and Giuseppe Sammartino has joined as senior associate, of CTLGroup’s Structural & Transportation Laboratory Services. Lane and Sammartino join Bernie Schulze, principal metallurgist, to market, diversify and broaden the firm’s clientele in the areas of structural, metallurgical, mechanical testing and related consulting services.

Lane has 21 years of consulting experience in materials engineering and failure analysis, with a focus on metallurgy and corrosion. His background extends to the areas of materials characterization, fractography, metallography and mechanical testing. Prior to joining CTLGroup, Lane was a principal engineer with a leading metallurgical engineering consulting group, where he performed materials, corrosion and failure analyses, focusing on stress path analysis and property/ structure relationships.

Sammartino has over 12 years of experience in the railroad industry, specializing in freight car component design and analysis. He oversees qualification and product performance testing for the rail/transportation and construction industries. Before joining CTLGroup, Sammartino served as a Senior Engineer at Standard Car Truck, where he designed and tested railroad truck composites, draft gears and castings, and conducted structural and vehicle dynamics analyses.

“We are excited about the complementary skills and expertise that James and Giuseppe bring to CTLGroup’s Structural & Transportation Laboratory,” said Jeffrey L. Garrett, Ph.D., S.E., president and CEO of CTLGroup. “They will work with our successful structural/mechanical services team to enhance the firm’s Metallurgical & Mechanical Consulting Services.”

Masonry Institute of Michigan Executive Director Daniel Zechmeister received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. A member since 1987, he was honored for contributions to standards for manufactured masonry units of fired clay and shale, concrete, and sand-lime composition.

Matthew L. Brace, Vice President Central Region–CMC Americas, Commercial Metals Company, was elected Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Chairman last month. He joined Commercial Metals Company in 2000 as a regional sales representative for the South Carolina mill. Since then, he has worked as the general manager of sales for both the South Carolina and Alabama mills, the vice president of sales for all of the Americas’ mills, in marketing for the Americas and in sales for the Rebar Fabrication division.

His current duties include Central Region P&L management for the fabrication, recycling, and mill operations. Prior to joining Commercial Metals, Brace worked in various sales roles for Auburn Steel and Birmingham Steel. He started his career in the metals business in 1992 at Vermillion Iron Works as a furnace operator.

In addition, Scott Stevens of Dimension Fabricators, Scotia, N.Y., was elected to the CRSI board for a two-year term and 2012 vice-chair. Other officers and excutive committee members include Secretary/Treasurer Michael Deis, Dayton Superior, Dayton, Ohio; Past Chairman John P. Simmet, Simcote, St. Paul, Minn.; James (Pete) L. Diggs, Gerdau, Nashville, Tenn.; and, Robert J. Stone, Nucor Steel, Charlotte, N.C.

Ron Scherer joins Besser Co. as customer service/product development representative, effective this month. He has 20-plus years’ experience in the concrete products industry, the last eight as manufacturing improvement specialist at Oldcastle APG. At Besser, he will be working with producers around the globe, applying his experience with all brands of production equipment, knowledge of plant operations including mix design optimization and maintenance, to produce higher quality products, improve operational effectiveness and plant profitability.

Quebec plant controls and equipment specialist Scale-Tron has expanded its U.S. presence with the addition of Marc Larin, based in Cary, N.C. He will be responsible for technical sales and support for all products, including Ocmer mixers and plants, along the Eastern Seaboard.


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