|J. Thomas Evans, Jr.|
With 30-plus ready mixed plants in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, Jackson, Miss.-based Delta Industries has outlined a transition plan for retiring President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Robison, naming as his successor Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer J. Thomas Evans, Jr. Robison has been with Delta for 47 years, 25 at the helm, and chaired the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in 2012. Evans has held his present roles for 25 years as well; his responsibilities are being split with the appointment of Lance Bonner as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Lester Howell as senior vice president and chief operating officer.
In a transition announcement, Delta Industries notes, “This team brings strong industry and financial management experience to the organization, and is prepared to lead Delta in its endeavor to be the most customer focused supplier in the industry, and to further strengthen its core values of excellence in customer service, quality product, uncompromised integrity, and quality of life.”
Lafarge Canada Inc. has appointed David Redfern as chief executive officer of Eastern Canada operations, based near Toronto. With 25-plus years in construction materials, he succeeds Bruno Roux and transitions from product line general manager for Western Canada Aggregates and Greater Vancouver.
Redfern has assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout Canada and France since joining Lafarge North America in 1999. “David’s success in our Vancouver market has been focused on commercial growth and operational excellence,” says LafargeHolcim Region Head, North America René Thibault. “Having started his career in logistics and sales roles, I am confident he will bring strong leadership to the organization, and drive strong growth and results in our Eastern Canada business.”
Ronnie Pruitt has been named president of ready mixed and aggregate producer U.S. Concrete Inc., maintaining his chief operating officer title but taking over many corporate functions that support the company’s operational business units. He arrived in 2015 as COO and senior vice president after tours of duty in Martin Marietta Materials and Texas Industries management.
“Ronnie has been instrumental in the strategic growth of our company including very successfully integrating Polaris Materials, a major aggregates acquisition. His leadership and record of success with our ready mixed concrete and aggregates operations has earned him this expanded role,” says U.S. Concrete Chairman and CEO William Sandbrook, who has held the title of president since 2011. “[He] is a champion for the health and safety of our employees, is dedicated to our environmental and sustainability initiatives, and is laser focused on creating enhanced shareholder value through operational excellence.”
Irving, Texas-based concrete pipe and precast producer Forterra Inc. has named Rich Hunter and Vik Bahtia as respective presidents of its principal segments, Drainage Pipe & Products and Water Pipe & Products. Each will continue to report to CEO Jeff Bradley, who characterizes them as “strong leaders committed and able to develop high performing teams, deliver results, and create value for both customers and investors. Appointing them as leaders of the Drainage and Water segments positions us well for future success.”
Hunter joined Forterra in June 2018 as chief operating officer and is credited with steering the concrete segment toward measurable improvements in cost, productivity and quality. Bahtia has had several senior roles since August 2017, most recently providing focused commercial leadership in the development and execution of sales and customer service strategy for Water Pipe & Products.
Easi-Set Worldwide, a subsidiary of Smith-Midland Corp. in Midland Va., has hired Mark Chinery as U.S. Regional sales representative. He will work collaboratively with Easi-Set President Art Miles and key management in the development and execution of sales plans to increase market share for Easi-Set’s licensed precast products, with primary focus on the SlenderWall cladding brand.
Chinery has had a long career in both precast concrete and manufacturing, working most recently with Forterra Pipe and Precast. He has led efforts not only in sales, marketing and business development, but also technical engineering and plant management. After graduating with an engineering degree from Clemson University, he joined ExxonMobil, working his way up from production engineer to manager of a lubricants manufacturing facility. Chinery’s ongoing commitment to further his precast production knowledge includes recent graduation from the National Precast Concrete Association Master Precaster program and prior service on the NPCA Board of Directors.
Chaney Enterprises, Gambrills, Md., has closed on Maryland ready mixed producer PCS Concrete, welcoming founder Tom Pittman to its executive management team as maintenance operations officer, and naming Sharon Carr Pittman as technical service project manager. PCS has a payroll of 40 and operates in Annapolis Junction (headquarters), Westport (Southern Baltimore City), Owings, Waldorf, and Sparrows Point (Baltimore County). The Chaney, Pittman and Carr families, along with their companies, have over 100 years combined in ready mixed concrete. Pittman entered the industry in 1990 and started PCS Concrete in 2008. In his new role, he will have complete responsibility for all of Chaney Enterprises’ concrete and aggregate fleet and plant maintenance. Carr Pittman, whose family has operated a concrete business in Maryland since 1964, was key to PCS success and growth.
“For years we’ve been supplying PCS Concrete with natural sand via barge and truck,” says Chaney Enterprises President Francis “Hall” Chaney, III. “PCS has been an excellent customer and is now a great addition to [our company]. Having worked at family-owned PCS Concrete, our newest employees exhibit the same grit and culture that we do.”
The acquisition continues a growth plan that has most recently seen Chaney Enterprises establish BuilderUp, a building and services division formed in 2018 by the merger of acquired and legacy businesses, Dunkirk Supply and The Concrete Store, respectively. In 2017, Chaney purchased a Bealton, Va., ready mixed concrete plant, and built a second operation in Gainesville to provide increased production capabilities for a growing Virginia customer base.
Atlanta-based Oldcastle APG, the top North American concrete masonry producer, has acquired Virginia’s Allied Concrete Products, an established player in hardscapes under the Eagle Bay brand, and block and lightweight aggregates supplier to the Richmond/Tidewater region. In addition to expanding product offerings, the deal strengthens the suitor’s ability to service mid-Atlantic hardscape and masonry installers with a full line of Belgard paver and wall products; Techniseal paver sand and sealers; plus, Echelon masonry and Amerimix mortars for residential or commercial projects. The acquisition adds two locations to APG’s footprint: An advanced paver and concrete masonry operation in Richmond and a concrete masonry plant in Chesapeake. They bring infill capacity to longstanding APG block & paver production along the Atlantic Seaboard.
“With a shared dedication to hardscape and masonry professionals, Allied is a well-established, quality manufacturer of products that nicely align with Belgard and Echelon Masonry brands,” says Oldcastle APG Chief Operating Officer Steve Berry. “Having Allied/Eagle Bay join Oldcastle APG will expand our manufacturing facilities from the Washington, D.C. area to the Carolinas to give customers better access to our quality brands.”
Environmental StoneWorks TURNS CORNER with NCI, Ply gem
Months after joining the Ply Gem Building Products business, precast concrete veneer producer Environmental StoneWorks will be among Cornerstone Building Brands, based in Cary, N.C. The latter spans the exterior products businesses of NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem, which merged in 2018, and is set to begin New York Stock Exchange trading under the ticker symbol “CNR” pending shareholder approval this month.
The new name represents what management notes is a unified commitment to business transformation that will drive future growth and effectively serve customers and communities across North America. The term Cornerstone emphasizes the essential role the company’s products and solutions play in residential and commercial projects, from churches, schools and government buildings to hospitals and homes.
“We are well positioned to lead the residential and commercial markets as Cornerstone Building Brands, and to make positive contributions to the places where people live, work and play,” says Chairman and CEO James Metcalf. “Through continued operational excellence and innovation, Cornerstone Building Brands is creating industry solutions that will become the cornerstone of countless communities.
“Our all-encompassing transformation will drive sales, efficiencies, customer satisfaction and enhance employee and community support. The combined strength and balance of our residential and commercial sectors uniquely positions us to lead the market,” he adds. “We are dedicated to delivering an unmatched portfolio of products.”
NCI and Ply Gem profit centers will continue to go to market through their existing brand names, positioning the parent company as a one-stop shop for manufactured stone veneer, windows, vinyl siding, insulated metal panels, metal roofing and wall systems and metal accessories. With facilities strategically located across North America, management notes, Cornerstone Building Brands brings a commitment to advanced manufacturing, innovation and research and development. The company is also dedicated to implementing and executing several community-focused programs including the Home for Good project, a campaign that will continue to serve as a key corporate initiative and has helped build and remodel more than 500 homes in 90 communities across the U.S. since 2016.