Simplex-USA rebranding fuels road creed

American Highway, a Simplex Co. is the new identity of Simplex-USA, a key player in concrete pavement dowels and dowel baskets. “Our intent on this pivot is to better inform and provide more color definition to this large industry landscape,” says Co-CEO Ron Meskis. “Prior to Simplex’s purchase of Dayton Superior’s paving division in 2019, the trade name of American…

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IMI directors reflect on concrete masonry promotion

International Masonry Institute National Director of Industry Development David Sovinski has retired after 28 years in positions supporting the growth of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ (BAC) signatory contractors and members, and representing IMI in The Masonry Society and ACE Mentor Program endeavors. One of the most significant accomplishments he cites during his IMI tenure is bringing…

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has announced Membership Department staff changes as part of a broader, increased focus of delivering more value-added services, education, research and certification offerings. Amanda Muller and Alex Land have joined the department, each holding the title of director of Membership Engagement.

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PRODUCERS – OCTOBER 2020

Sunroc Corp., a subsidiary of Utah construction materials producer and heavy/civil contractor Clyde Companies, has closed on the assets of Idaho Falls peer Depatco Inc. The deal facilitates strategic expansion into eastern Idaho, increasing the Sunroc geographic footprint and product offering. Along with nine gravel pits throughout Idaho and Wyoming, Depatco’s construction services include concrete paving and utilities. The company…

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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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