Fletcher Taylor recently joined Dallas-based Vince Hagan Co. as Southeastern Regional sales manager, bringing 30-plus years of experience in ready mixed concrete. Taylor began his career in 1984 as a loader operator, proceeding to management positions that included tours of duty with City Concrete Co. in Jackson, Tenn., and Foley Concrete Products in north Georgia. In 2004, he joined Irving Materials as Nashville-based operations manager, responsible for 32 ready mixed plants. He will be based in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Liebherr Concrete Technology Division and seven companion businesses are operating under a new entity, Liebherr USA Co., based in Newport News, Va. The realignment nets what management notes is “a simpler structure with broader reach. In practical terms, all points of contact and business relationships will remain the same for our business partners and all contracts/programs/arrangements/agreements will remain in effect.”
“As we continue to grow our brand in the United States, we are transitioning into a mixed-sales company,” says Dr. Torben Reher, one of three Liebherr USA managing directors. “We are confident this new platform will leverage the existing know-how and expertise among Liebherr divisions providing business partners and customers with an exceptional and consistent experience.”
The mixed-sales organization will serve as the umbrella company as these existing sales and service companies become Liebherr USA divisions: Concrete Technology, Components, Construction Equipment, Mobile and Crawler Cranes, MCCtec, Mining U.S. (sales and service only), Refrigerators and Freezers, Tower Crane Divisions. Excluded from the new entity are namesake Aerospace Saline, Gear Technology, Automation Systems and Mining Equipment Newport News businesses.
CarbonCure Technologies in Halifax, N.S., has named 30-year concrete industry veteran William Holden vice president of Sales. He will be responsible for expanding U.S. and Canadian producer adoption of a technology that uses carbon dioxide gas in ready mixed and concrete masonry unit. Reflecting on an extensive track record topped by senior management positions at Block USA and Couch USA, Holden observes, “I’ve been in the cement and concrete industry a long time, and there is an immense demand for solutions that reduce concrete’s carbon footprint. The fact that the technology not only makes greener concrete, but also increases concrete’s strength, makes the technology a win-win for business and the environment.”
Vancouver, Wash.-based Columbia Machine, Inc., has named Mariusz Gil president of its recently acquired business, Techmatik S.A., based in Poland. He joins the company with extensive experience in paving stones, slabs, bagged products and other construction materials. Past management positions have included quick-mix managing director and chief executive officer, sales and marketing director for Wienerberger Group’s Semmelrock Stein + Design, along with various Henkel sales positions.
“[His] experience leading companies that utilize the types of solutions we provide our customers, his high energy, and proactive, customer-focused personality will fit well with our team at Techmatik and the entire Columbia Group,” says Columbia Machine CEO Richard Goode, adding that Gil succeeds Techmatik founder Dariusz Kupidura, who will remain in advisory capacity for the foreseeable future.
Mack Trucks has mapped a Lehigh Valley, Pa., truck assembly plant investment, hovering $70 million over three years and aimed at facility modernization plus manufacturing quality and efficiency improvements. Plant enhancements will include a 75,000-sq.-ft. expansion to improve material handling and flow; new manufacturing IT systems; equipment and tooling; and, a new building for conducting quality audits on finished vehicles. In order to better manage and streamline the manufacturing process, chassis pre-assembly work currently completed by Westport Axle in Breinigsville, Pa., will be moved into the Lehigh Valley plant.
Architectural Polymers of Palmerton, Pa., has joined carbon fiber reinforcement technology developer and licensor AltusGroup as an Innovation Partner, alongside Meadow Burke, BASF Construction Chemicals, JVI Inc., High Concrete Accessories and Finfrock. Architectural Polymers produces formliners and molds to impart distinctive finishes to concrete, including precast walls.
“We have worked with AltusGroup producer members, which have yielded award winning projects and unique art designs for precast projects,” says Architectural Polymers CEO Marshall Walters. “Becoming an Innovation Partner will allow for greater synergy, market education and creative opportunity.”
Link Suspensions of Canada (LSC), formerly Raydan Manufacturing, has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification through Perry Johnson Registrars. The certification demonstrates the LSC Quality Management System has the capability to consistently provide quality products and services that meet and exceed customer expectations. Based near Edmonton, Alberta, LSC manufactures heavy-duty and vocational suspensions, and provides twin steer modifications to serve the unique needs and requirements for the heavy vocational and military industries. Iowa-based Link Manufacturing has been ISO 9001 certified for more than 20 years.
INDY CEREMONY RECALLS ALLISON’S 3 MILLION-BRICK ORDER
Ahead of the 100th Indy 500, Allison Transmission Holdings and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials celebrated their shared heritage and recent centennial milestones. Allison Chairman Larry Dewey (left) presented Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles an award featuring a gear, representative of both companies’ origins and a core Allison automatic transmission component. Boles reciprocated with an original Culver Block from the track’s 1909 construction.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway co-founder James Allison signed a contract for more than 3 million clay units to upgrade the track surface, leading to the facility’s ‘Brickyard’ nickname. As a race team owner, he won the 1919 Indy 500; four years later, he became the Speedway primary shareholder and president, remaining at the helm through the facility’s sale in 1927.