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Briefs August 2013

Lafarge North America has closed on a deal with St. Louis-based Metro Materials Inc., adding two ready mixed plants and associated equipment assets in New Orleans, one of the handful of markets where it maintains integrated cement and concrete operations.

“This is an important market for us and even though the economic environment remains challenging, we are willing and able to invest in our future,” says Lafarge U.S. CEO John Stull. “The acquisition will give us an opportunity to better serve our customers and allow us to continue to build better cities and communities in the area,” added Stull.

After vacating integrated platforms centered in Atlanta and Denver—through major asset sales and swaps involving Argos USA and Martin Marietta Materials—Lafarge NA has narrowed its U.S. ready mixed production assets to Baltimore-Washington, D.C., New Mexico, New Orleans and New York markets.

CalStar Products has appointed as chief financial officer Mike Lemberg, who has spent the last 15 years helping grow early-stage companies—and the past six years in sustainable products. He brings skills in strategic planning, supply chain management, and corporate development, in addition to those traditionally required of CFO candidates. Most recently Lemberg served as CFO for EcoSMART Technologies, a leading brand of safe and effective pesticides sold through retailers The Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart.

“Mike brings strategic insight and financial experience along with his passion to help high-growth companies succeed,” says CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “His strong track record overseeing financial strategy and executing growth strategies at many emerging companies makes him a great choice as we focus on rapidly expanding our share of the $12 billion U.S. masonry market.”

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has announced Kimberly Corwin, president & COO of A.H. Harris & Sons, as president of the TCA Board of Directors. Corwin has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry and has been a member of the TCA for 16 years. She is past chair of the TCA Promotions Committee, an active member of the Meetings & Education Committee and past chair of the Global Associates Council.

In 2003, Corwin joined A.H. Harris, where she has been promoting the growth of tilt-up construction in the Northeast region through numerous educational events and A/E presentations, as well as advancing the use of welded rebar cages. During her tenure, she has implemented customer focused initiatives, vendor development programs and an internal education forum.

Separately, TCA has promoted Mitch Bloomquist from project manager to managing director. He began his tenure with TCA in August of 2010 when he joined Sauter Baty Associates, the management firm contracted with the association.

Previously with the Novak Design Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bloomquist has taken on the responsibility of TCA’s Annual Convention and for the evolution of both TCA’s primary brands, the website and Tilt-Up Today magazine. Ed Sauter remains as executive director, with responsibilities for general oversight, financial and strategic planning. Bloomquist will manage day-to-day operations of the association.

Stuart Tomlinson joins Ash Grove Cement Co. this month as Midwest Region vice president of Manufacturing, based in the company’s Overland Park, Kan., home office. Prior to joining Ash Grove, Tomlinson was president of Heidelberg Technology Center and senior vice president – Manufacturing/Engineering with Lehigh Hanson. He has also served as president of Mountain Cement Co., an Eagle Materials company and vice president – Manufacturing for Cemex/Southdown. Tomlinson directed both companies’ cement operations, project engineering, technical services, terminal management, sales markets, and logistics.

In his new role, Tomlinson will oversee Ash Grove Midwest’s cement mills in Chanute, Kan., Foreman, Ark., Louisville, Neb., and Midlothian, Texas. In addition to the vice president post, he has joined the Ash Grove board.

MMFX Steel Corp. of America continues to expand regional support for its uncoated corrosion-resistant and high-strength reinforcing steel products with the addition of Jack Schimpf as a Northeast regional sales manager, based in eastern Pennsylvania. Schimpf brings extensive experience in supporting the needs of engineers, owners and users of technical products in the civil construction and infrastructure markets. He will drive the education and sales activities of through direct support of the local engineers and users in his region.