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PRODUCERS - MARCH 2016

Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala., has elevated two senior vice presidents to new posts: Stan Bass, SVP West, overseeing Western and Mountain West Divisions, to chief growth officer, responsible for leading business development, commercial excellence, and strategic growth initiatives; and, Michael Mills, SVP & general counsel, to chief administrative officer, charged with executive oversight of non-financial, administrative functions. Also, Brock Lodge has been promoted from Western Division vice president and general manager to president, and Jerry Perkins, from assistant general counsel to general counsel, maintaining the corporate secretary post.

“As the nation’s leading construction materials producer, our company is poised for a new era of strategic growth, building on our unparalleled positions in recovering and growing markets across the United States,” says Vulcan Chairman and CEO Tom Hill. “We are fortunate to have proven leaders such as Stan, Michael, Jerry and Brock to fill these important roles.”

LafargeHolcim Ltd. Chairman Wolfgang Reitzle, credited with an instrumental role in the 2015 Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger, has informed fellow directors he will not stand for re-election at the May 2016 Annual General Meeting. “I am satisfied that LafargeHolcim is now fully on track with realizing the benefits of the combined businesses,” he said. “With its committed people and leading position in markets around the globe, LafargeHolcim is well placed to reach its targets.”

In a nod to Reitzle, LafargeHolcim Nomination and Compensation Committee Chair Paul Desmais noted, “[His] contribution to bringing the two groups together, and creating the new leader in the building materials industry, has been invaluable.” The Board will propose to shareholders the election of Vice-Chairman Beat Hess, a member of the Strategy & Sustainable Development and Finance & Audit Committees, as Reitzle’s successor. A legal affairs veteran of ABB Group and Royal Dutch Shell Group, Hess joined the Holcim Ltd. board in 2010.

Denver-based Summit Materials, Inc. has appointed to its Board and Audit Committee an independent director, Anne Wade. She brings 20-plus years’ financial experience, primarily in infrastructure sectors including the global building materials and construction industries. Previously, Wade served on the Holcim Ltd. Board and was a member of its Governance and Strategy Committee. 

Wade becomes the seventh Summit Board member. “She brings a tremendous amount of industry expertise and financial acumen, having served on multiple boards and invested in numerous construction-related companies, [and] valuable insight to us as we continue to build our position in new and existing markets,” says Summit Materials CEO Tom Hill.

Atlanta-based Argos USA has logged the first commercial deliveries of ready mixed concrete bearing recycled carbon dioxide and produced under license with CarbonCure Technologies of Nova Scotia. The producer deployed CO2-dosing equipment at its Cumming, Ga., batch plant, and continues to test strength development and other performance characteristics attributable to the gas when injected in ready mixed concrete. “Argos prides itself on displaying leadership in both sustainability and innovation,” says Senior Director of Innovation Godwin Amekeudi.

Adds Vice President of Ready Mix Southeast Zone Bill Wagner, “As the concrete industry continues to shift towards sustainability, we’re excited to lead this initiative and offer products made with CarbonCure’s technology to our customers.”

CarbonCure has announced a series of partnerships with ready mixed concrete producers across the U.S. The technology has been licensed to U.S. and Canadian concrete masonry producers since 2012.


MARTIN MARIETTA ADDS RM PREMIX

The acquisition of two Colorado operators has positioned Martin Marietta Materials Inc. to grow its Front Range stone, sand & gravel, concrete and asphalt production workforce by about 400 and strengthen a long-term position in the state’s southern market—owing to a gain of nearly 1 billion tons of aggregate reserves accompanying the deals. 

The larger of two transactions was finalized in early February, netting Colorado Springs’ Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt and Rocky Mountain Premix. The flagship business spans the Red Canyon granite and limestone quarry; Sokol and Penrose Ranch sand & gravel operations; plus, two asphalt plants and a recycling facility. Rocky Mountain Premix runs two central mixed plants in Colorado Springs. 

The Rocky Mountain Materials and Premix deals follow by three months Martin Marietta’s acquisition of Front Range Aggregates and its Rock & Rail subsidiary, encompassing and aggregates and distribution facility (Parkdale Quarry and Drennan Yard), plus a federally chartered short-line railroad that operates between Pueblo and Parkdale, Colo. All of the acquired businesses join Martin Marietta’s Rocky Mountain Division, based north of Denver in Westminster, Colo. Strong in aggregate, ready mixed and asphalt production, the division emerged from a major asset swap Martin Marietta and Lafarge North America effected in 2011.


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David Hennessee
CIM GRADUATE, EX-MARINE REPORTS TO SPANCRETE HQ

Spancrete has appointed David Hennessee as vice president of Precast Operations for the Waukesha, Wis., facility. He arrived at the Spancrete flagship in mid-2015 after 10 years as plant and division manager with Florida-based Standard Concrete Products. During his Standard Concrete tenure, he served as Gulf South Precast/Prestressed Concrete Association vice president and on the Florida Precast Concrete Association Board.

To ensure a smooth transition, Hennessee has worked for six months under predecessor Scott Galke, who retired last month after nearly four years with Spancrete. Highlighted by PCI Level III certification, Hennessee has extensive experience in production and operations management, and will oversee all such activities at the Milwaukee-area plant. 

Hennessee earned a bachelor’s degree in the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, following a United States Marine Corps tour of duty.


OUTDOOR GREATROOM SHAPES ‘SUPERCAST’

34 Sierra 400Minneapolis-based Outdoor GreatRoom Co. announced three fire tables for 2016 at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. They include the Sierra Linear, with veneer-like, stacked stone base containing 20-lb. LP tank, plus Mocha Supercast top framing 12- x 24-in. stainless steel, UL-listed Crystal Fire Burner. Fire tables are part of Outdoor GreatRoom’s inventory of unique, upscale products for indoor and outdoor living spaces. — www.outdoorrooms.com