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Briefs July 2012

Through a series of agreements with major and independent ready mixed producers, Houston-based U.S. Concrete Inc. has extended availability of its Aridus Rapid Drying Concrete into Southeast, Midwest and Pacific Northwest markets.

Aridus is formulated to prevent floorcovering failures tied to excess moisture vapor in slabs. Developed by subsidiary USC Technologies, the proprietary mix was introduced in U.S. Concrete’s metro New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Texas and northern California ready mixed businesses earlier this year. Joining them in the product offering are Bayou Concrete in Gulfport, Miss.; Cemstone Products in Mendota Heights, Minn.; Irving Materials Inc. in Greenfield, Ind.; MMC Materials in Madison, Miss.; Prairie Material Sales, Chicago; and, Stoneway Concrete Inc., Seattle. Licensees are granted the right to Aridus mix designs and access to all support materials to produce the concrete at designated plants.

“The expansion of our Aridus supplier base through this distinctive group of companies is a great milestone for us to leverage our innovative product solutions, research and development, and quality principles,” said U.S. Concrete CEO William Sandbrook. “We consider this collaboration an advantage for U.S. Concrete to gain access to an extensive national supplier network for Aridus, an expansion of existing business capabilities for our partner companies, as well as an opportunity to continue to bring the latest innovations to the construction industry.”

Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning recently exhibited their final freshwater innovation design clusters for review. The clusters were a part of a three-year design project, designed at the Spancrete Studio (an architectural design studio that was granted to the school six years ago), aimed at developing innovative ways to conserve water and energy by grouping organizations of various backgrounds near one another in urban environments.

Each student team created one of five different building concepts designed for development in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward and to be built with precast/prestressed concrete. The concepts included an intermodal station, a bike armory, an athletic facility, an educatorium, and an executive education center.

Gil Snyder, associate dean of architecture and urban planning, says the Spancrete Studio program is great for teaching students advanced thinking and problem-solving skills. “The Spancrete Studio is the first of its kind in architectural schools, and it really allows students to see how far they can push the limits of architectural design. The program has been such a success that we are now working with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and have created similar studios across the country.”

“Every year, students using the Spancrete Studio at UWM take advantage of advancements in technology and the guidance of our building engineers,” says Spancrete sales associate Clinton Krell. “And every year the students’ projects get better and better.”


The American National Standards Institute’s accreditation of the National Precast Concrete Association Plant Certification, indicating the program is administered in accordance with international standards, represents what the association notes is a coveted stamp of approval.

NPCA has 365 certified precast plants. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 36 state departments of transportation are among contracting entities requiring NPCA Plant Certification for precast used on their projects. “ANSI accreditation took a great deal of effort by the Quality Assurance Committee and Technical staff,” says NPCA President Ty Gable. “To my knowledge, NPCA is the only concrete certification program to have achieved this distinction.”

Manitowoc Co. Chairman Glen Tellock and Martin Marietta Materials CFO Anne Lloyd have been named 2014 ConExpo-Con/Agg Show Management Committee chair and vice chair, respectively. They will lead a group of construction materials production and equipment peers to oversee planning for the March 4–8 event, staged by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Also named to the committee are Thomas Baird IV, director of sales & marketing, Conco Companies of Springfield (Mo.); Henry Batten, president of Concrete Supply Co. in Charlotte, N.C.; Tim Becken, senior vice president of operations, Cemstone Products Co. in Mendota Heights, Minn.; Robert Garbini, president, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; James Russ, president, Centre Concrete Co. in Stevensville, Md.; and, Karl Watson, president, Cemex Inc. in Houston.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors will hold its 11th Annual Conference, September 20–23, at the Wyndham Lisle – Chicago Hotel in Chicago. Mike Rollins of RecruitMilitary will be the keynote speaker. The General Session will feature Dana Galvin and Mario Garza, Barton Malow, speaking on Social Media: The New Business Tool. Additional speakers include Ward Malisch, Jason Weiss, Rocky Geans and Todd Scharich.

The ACI flatwork finisher certification class and exam and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association pervious concrete certification will be offered September 20. Rocky Geans Concrete Construction Business School will be held September 19 and 20.

For more information, or to register: 866/788-2722,

Eric Van Duyne has joined CTLGroup as a senior engineer. Van Duyne will work with CTLGroup’s multi-disciplinary experts on a range of complex projects, including the development of repair designs for distressed parking structures. He has over 15 years of experience in structural engineering, specializing in condition assessment, repair retrofit design, finite element modeling and construction observations for engineering projects.

Prior to joining CTLGroup, Van Duyne worked on residential and commercial foundation designs, analyzed and designed structural systems for residential high-rise buildings, designed structural retrofits for tenant build-outs of high-rise buildings, and designed structural retrofit framing and connections. He has performed investigations for structures such as: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.; NASA Launch Control Center Building, Kennedy Space Center, Florida; and Dupage County Airport, St. Charles, Ill., among others.


The Oshkosh Truck Corp. Board of Directors has appointed Wilson Jones president and chief operating officer, effective August 1. Shifting from his current role as Access Equipment Segment executive vice president, he succeeds Charles Szews, who will continue as chief executive officer.

Jones’ replacement is Frank Nerenhausen, currently Oshkosh executive vice president and Commercial Segment president, with responsibilities for the namesake and McNeilus mixer and refuse truck plus Con-E-Co plant equipment brands. Succeeding him will be Commercial Segment Vice President of Operations Todd Fierro.

Propex Operating Co. in Chattanooga, Tenn., has announced an agreement whereby its Fibermesh brand of concrete reinforcing fibers will be available in western Canadian markets through Brock White, a St. Paul, Minn.-based construction materials distributor with 14 upper Midwest locations, plus 10 additional outlets north of the border.

“Propex and Brock White have a long and successful partnership through the distribution of our geosynthetic products and we are thrilled to offer our entire infrastructure product line through Brock White,” said Propex Executive Vice President Bruno. “With 10 stocking Brock White locations in Western Canada, the delivery of a full line of Fibermesh products will be quick and easy.”

RPM International Inc. has acquired Viapol Ltda., a leading Brazilian manufacturer and marketer of building materials and construction products, including concrete admixtures. Based in Cacapava, near São Paulo, with annual sales upward of $85 million, Viapol will become part of RPM’s Cleveland business, Euclid Chemical Group.

“With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the timing of this acquisition couldn’t be better as we expect to capitalize on the related boom in infrastructure and commercial construction,” said Euclid Chemical President Moorman Scott. “

Viapol's products are brand leaders in the Brazilian market and include rolled asphalt roofing materials, waterproofing products, industrial epoxy flooring systems, structural recovery products, and retail paints, varnishes and stains. The company has more than 300 employees, nearly 125 independent sales representatives and two ISO-9000 certified manufacturing facilities in Brazil.