Merts marks iron milestone

Milton B. Merts, Sr. established Albany, Ga.-based Merts Equipment Co. in 1950 to provide contractors, miners and farmers with gasoline or oil engines, roadbuilding or quarry machinery, and irrigation equipment. In the following decade, the company began building small ready mixed concrete batch plants, including models on wheels for staging near pouring operations.

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MANUFACTURERS – SEPTEMBER 2020

Germany’s Topwerk Group, the umbrella organization over Hess, Prinzing-Pfeiffer and SR-Schindler concrete masonry, pipe and dry or wet cast product machinery, has relocated the Topwerk America Ltd. headquarters to Houston from Burlington, Ontario, and appointed Chad Rathke as president and chief executive officer, as well as SR-Schindler regional sales director. Gudrun Hess will continue as president of newly named Topwerk…

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MAJOR GCs INCUBATE BEST SAFETY PRACTICES

San Francisco-based Swinerton is the latest general contractor to join the NEXT Coalition, through which leading critical infrastructure and construction stakeholders promote and share industry safety best practices. Black & Veatch, DPR Construction, Haskell, McCarthy Building and Swinerton are leveraging deep expertise in a campaign to ensure the well-being of crews and office team members facing complex challenges posed by…

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ORGANIZATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2020

The Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee has named to its 15-member board Master Builders Solutions Vice President, Admixture Systems Bruce Christensen; Silvi Group Cos. Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel Frank Flatch; and Forterra Chief Executive Officer Karl H. Watson, Jr. They join 17 others on the board, including the 2020-21 NSC officers Executive Director Eugene…

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PRODUCERS – SEPTEMBER 2020

Concrete Supply Co. Plant Manager Shane Mayberry of Mooresville, N.C. has earned the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 4th Annual Safety Award. He is responsible for the Charlotte-based producer’s Mooresville and Statesville plants, whose teams have logged zero lost time accidents during the past four years—a window spanning 133,494 work hours and 30,292 concrete loads hauled.

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MANUFACTURERS – AUGUST 2020

Chryso Inc. in Rockwall, Texas, has promoted Dan Bentz to vice president of Sales and Marketing, Concrete Admixtures. He will be responsible for managing all brands and promoting sales growth and customer satisfaction throughout North America. Since joining Chryso in 2019, Bentz has made significant contributions to the organization, strengthening sales, marketing and dispenser teams as well as contributing to overall business growth. He will continue as a member of the Chryso Executive Committee, offering expertise as a registered professional engineer and master of business administration graduate with nearly two decades’ technical experience in the concrete industry.

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 21 rising stars from producer and associate member companies for the 2020 Developing Industry Leaders program: Master Builders Solutions’ Mason Booth and Matthew Wilson; Aggregate Industries’ Jenay Brown, Dan Corneau and Matthew Riggi; Titan America’s Marty Elkes, Jr. and David Novitzki (S&W Ready Mix Concrete) and Justin Walker (Roanoke Cement); Euclid Chemical’s Jason Jimenez; Irving Materials’ Andrew Mercker, Tyler Stanley and Kyle Norwood; Oremus Material’s Alireza Nili; Dickinson Ready Mix’s Ben Olin; U.S. Concrete’s Francis Pico-Llerena and Luis Soto-Rivas; Coast 2 Coast’s Micah Red Elk; CalPortland’s William Regis; Bayou Concrete’s Leighton Reynolds; Preferred Materials’ Frank Russo-Alesi; and, Maschmeyer Concrete’s Michael Tucker.

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PRODUCERS – AUGUST 2020

Four-plant, prestressed hollow core panel producer Fabcon Precast has named Mike Rafi chief executive officer. He succeeds Mike LeJeune, who transitions to chairman of the board after overseeing day-to-day operations for 20 years. Rafi has served in senior leadership roles over the past two decades, gaining exposure to manufacturing and construction, along with merger & acquisition activity. He was most recently Contech Engineered Solutions CEO, leading into its acquisition by Quikrete Cos., and had arrived at the concrete and steel infrastructure solutions specialist following an Oshkosh Corp. management tenure.

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MANUFACTURERS – JULY 2020

Hawaiian Cement has unveiled plans for a $6.5 million shipping facility along Pier 2 in Kahului Harbor, doubling cement storage capacity to 6,000 tons. As noted in a Maui News report, the project will carry into 2021 and entail construction of two 90-ft. silos, a 1,750-sq.-ft. warehouse, truck loading area, plus equipment and bagging rooms. Two new underground pipelines will connect the new silos to Pier 3.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 975 of the nearly 1,500 producer member plants entered into the 2019 Excellence in Safety Awards Program. The record number of plants spans Gold (918 recipients), Silver (five) and Bronze (52) categories defined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incident rate (IR) thresholds.

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