St. Louis-based Afinitas has promoted Matt Childs to vice president of Sales, Americas for the HawkeyePedershaab-BFS equipment and automation sales organization. He joined the company in 2017 as vice president of Sales, North America.
“Matt is a well-respected leader known throughout our industry,” says Afinitas CEO Brad Schmidgall, and “will be able to share his vast experience, engineering expertise and knack for solving tough challenges with our industry partners in all regions of the Americas.”
A fourth-generation family member of the industry, Childs began his career as a laborer making concrete pipe nearly three decades ago. He proceeded to the American Concrete Pipe Association, applying his knowledge of concrete engineering and production. He served at the association for 17 years, 12 as president, and is credited with increasing members’ focus on technical marketing in precast concrete pipe and box culvert. Childs has a bachelor’s degree in business from Baylor University plus bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington.
“Representing HawkeyePedershaab-BFS and the depth of solutions and expertise that comes with being part of the Afinitas platform makes servicing our customers so rewarding,” Childs affirms. “With our combined strengths, we are confident we have the know-how to tackle just about any challenge in any region.”
Additionally, Afinitas has announced a transition for Hawkeye-Pedershaab veteran Darrell Haar, previously responsible for South American sales, now executive vice president of Sales. He retains oversight of the China and India markets, while focusing on key sales opportunities and accounts on a global basis.
San Diego-based materials specialist Surface Tech has appointed John McConahy as Concrete Products Division corporate sales director, citing his “knowledge and expertise in delivering thought-provoking, innovative, and proven solutions to the construction industry.” After earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, McConahy learned the construction industry from the ground up by leading projects for Whiting-Turner Contracting and Turner Construction. He continued to build on that foundation in a variety of BASF Construction Chemicals capacities, and has a thorough understanding of the concrete industry, mix design optimization, materials, operations, and customer needs. During his last BASF role as Market Development manager, he played an integral part in launching innovative, performance-based concrete product solutions.
Cemex USA’s Miami and Brooksville South cement operations have achieved U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification for 2019, recognizing energy efficiency and sustainability performance. The plants have logged perpetual EPA certification for their conservation efforts—nine consecutive years for Miami, seven out of the last eight years for Brooksville South.
“[We are] committed to delivering world-class products and services to clients across the U.S. and globe while maintaining the highest sustainability standards in our industry,” says Cemex USA President Jaime Muguiro. “Cemex is honored to once again receive these certifications as evidence of responsible stewardship of our planet and its resources.”
Miami-based Diligent, a technology-driven business aiming to optimize construction operations, recently acquired Philips Metal Products Inc. The Boca Raton, Fla., company will allow Diligent to expand its current offerings to include concrete forms, embeds and accessories, welding or metal fabrication services, plus stairs, gates and railings. Former principal Scott Philips will continue to oversee day-to-day operations.
“The acquisition of Philips Metal Products, a company with a longstanding reputation for excellence, puts Diligent in a strong position to provide customers with welding and fabrication services,” says Diligent Services Vice President Hu Montague. “Welding, steel parts for concrete forms, steel columns and metal fabrication are in high demand and now Diligent can provide them to our clients.”
East Manufacturing, Randolph, Ohio manufacturer of aluminum or steel dump bodies, plus a full range of aluminum trailers, has promoted Chris Cooler to vice president of Sales & Marketing. He succeeds the retired Charlie Wells, and will continue in his capacity as product manager – Dump Trailers.
Construction Supply Group has closed on Montgomery, Ala.-based Construction Materials, a concrete contractor-centric wholesaler with seven Florida, four Alabama and two Texas branches, plus others in Jackson, Miss., Atlanta and Nashville. The acquisition strengthens CSG’s role as the number two North American distributor serving concrete and masonry contractors, and extends its footprint to 125-plus branches in the U.S. and Canada.
“With its substantial regional scale and leading market position, the partnership with Construction Materials results in further geographical diversification,” says Mitch Williams, chief executive officer of Denver-based CSG. “We are looking forward to continuing to build on the success and market leadership Construction Materials has experienced to date.”
CIM CHIEF STUDIES EMPLOYEE BURNOUT
One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.”
The 20-minute survey is formatted for respondent anonymity; offered with the understanding that researchers will not attempt to extract personal or identifying information; and, open to employees of U.S. or Canadian companies throughout the concrete value chain. It is divided into Demographics (18 items), Maslach Burnout Inventory (16 items), Areas of Worklife Survey (28 items), and Exit (3 items) sections. Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Avila, 615/898-5715, [email protected].
BESSER SETS 2020 BLOCKMAKERS SCHEDULE
Besser Co. will offer eight week-long Blockmakers Workshop courses next year at the World Center for Concrete Technology, adjacent to the company’s Alpena, Mich. headquarters. Whether new to the industry, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between, Besser officials note, the Blockmakers series has a course that will fit every producer’s needs. Each course combines classroom and hands-on learning in a facility equipped with full-scale Besser concrete masonry machinery. The 2020 courses and dates are:
- Concrete Masonry Technology, March 9-13 and September 7-11
- Vibrapac, March 16-20 and October 5-9
- Advanced Vibrapac, January 27-31
- Product Handling & Curing, March 23-27 and October 12-16
- Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology, September 14-18
- Electronic Controls, February 10-14
- ASV/SMD (Advanced Servo Vibration/Servo Main Drive), March 31-April 2
- Executive Session, July 21-23
Tailored for upper management, Executive Session is a condensed combination of Concrete Masonry Technology and the Vibrapac Workshop. After a single course, participants will have knowledge and skills to improve their plant operation. Complete course descriptions along with registration can obtained at www.wcct.net.