Sources: Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff
Kevin Brown will succeed Columbia Machine Concrete Products Division President Richard Armstrong, who ahead of a planned retirement will shift through year’s end to director of Business Development for Brazil, Bagging and East (North America) units.
Source: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff
Ryan Suszek will transition in April from Besser vice president of Pipe and Precast to president, succeeding Kevin Curtis and becoming the sixth individual to hold the title in the manufacturer’s 115-year history.
Sources: U.S. Geological Survey; CP staff
Surveys from the federal agency closest to the construction materials supply chain indicate that portland and blended cement, sand & gravel and crushed stone producers closed 2018 with respective year-over-year shipment gains of 3 percent, 7 percent and 4 percent.
Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.
The American Concrete Pavement Association Board has approved a resolution formally supporting a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) report stating the case for annual investment of $45 billion to $70 billion to cover rebuilding of Interstate highway pavements and bridges. Proposed funding levels in “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future” apply only to the Interstate portion of the overall Federal-aid highway system.
Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission threshold at which a proposed transaction is subject to pre-merger filings increases from $84.4 million to $90 million, effective April.
Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff
The latest additions to Sika AG’s North American operations are King Packaged Materials Co., a large independent Canadian producer of dry shotcrete, grouts, mortars and concrete solutions, and sister business King Shotcrete Equipment Inc.—both under KPM Industries Inc., Oakville, Ontario. The acquisitions expand the geographical footprint of Quebec-based Sika Canada and improve its growth potential in home improvement, construction, mining and tunneling markets.
Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff
RMC Research and Education Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini and Pankow Foundation Executive Director Anne Ellis will lead “Women in the Industry,” an April 23 webinar continuing dialog they initiated at “Women Building Amazing,” a Command Alkon 2018 Elevate conference breakout session. Among topics they will discuss are challenges of being a woman on the job; applying for construction jobs; double standards and gender pay gap; and, how women and men complement each other in the workplace.
Sources: Swinerton Builders, San Francisco; CP staff
Amid a growing schedule of wood-framed commercial projects in its California home base, Colorado and Oregon, general contractor Swinerton Builders has announced a namesake Mass Timber team. Members will shape the paths for delivering financially-viable mass timber structures, working with peers and key partners across the country to develop, design and deliver projects bearing engineered wood specs.
Sources: Metsä Wood, Finland; CP staff
The 280-ft. (85.4-meter) Mjösa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway, officially opened March 15, becoming the global height record holder for wood building. The 18-floor development includes private residences, a hotel and commercial office space.
Sources: Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia; CP staff
Concrete Pumping Holdings (CPH) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Austin-based Capital Pumping LP, which serves central, south and west Texas contractors through 12 locations. The agreement was unanimously approved by CPH’s board of directors and is expected to close in the second quarter.