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Knife River Corp. employees continued their strong safety commitment, marking another year of reduced injury and illness rates. In the past 11 years, Bismark, N.D.-based Knife River has reduced its injury and illness rates by 83 percent. In 2010, Knife River’s overall recordable-incident rate was 2.19, down 19 percent from 2009 and 50 percent lower than the national industry average. The lost-time-accident rate for 2010 was 0.41, which is 14 percent lower than 2009 and 75 percent below industry average.

LEED Accredited Professional Meredith Ware has joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Bonsal American, Inc. as director of sustainability. She will report to company president David Maske, who is leading the packaged concrete and building materials giant’s enterprise-wide push for sustainable practices, from internal operations through product solutions for the built environment. “Meredith is charged with helping us design and manufacture sustainability principles into our full complement of Sakrete, ProSpec, AmeriMix, and GemSeal branded products,” notes Maske. “Many of these are already helping architects, contractors and other building professionals gain LEED credits from the U.S. Green Building Council.”

Concord, Calif.-based Independent Floor Testing & Inspection Inc., a concrete slab moisture testing specialist, is continuing to invest in the California State University, Chico Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. IFTI CEO Lee Eliseian supports the Chico program, one of five in the nation, by serving as a guest lecturer, running labs and working directly with students to help them become certified in the industry. IFTI has also provided direct financial support.