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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Investment firms lay groundwork for $4 billion Construction Supply Group, White Cap merger

Two private equity fund managers have outlined a transaction spawning a powerhouse in concrete or masonry construction accessories and supplies, plus rebar fabrication. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), New York, will acquire HD Supply’s Construction & Industrial segment, better known as White Cap and including the Home Improvement Solutions and Brafasco businesses, then pursue a merger of that Norcross, Ga.…

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Insurance giant stresses noncombustible construction in “Future Fires”

With business owners facing the ‘new normal’ of rising temperatures, public safety power shutoffs, Covid-19 and—on the West Coast—a seven-month wildfire season, property preparation is more critical than ever this year. To meet the myriad of challenges during unprecedented times, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has teamed with the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) to provide businesses with risk mitigation…

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ACI 318 steers Institutes on path toward Post-Tensioned Structural Concrete Code

An American Concrete Institute and Post-Tensioning Institute partnership, formalized through the new joint ACI-PTI Committee 320, Post-Tensioned Structural Concrete Code, responds to expressed industry need for building code requirements addressing the unique aspects of post-tensioned concrete design. ACI-PTI 320 will develop and maintain a companion to ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.” Chairing the committee will be Dr.…

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Research contrasts resistivity test vs. w/c ratio to gauge permeability

A new Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation report reflecting work at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s College Park, Md. laboratory addresses the lack of a consistent and cost-effective concrete permeability test method. “Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete” authors evaluate mix design and specimen preparation factors that impact resistivity measurement; their conclusions can be incorporated in standards…

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BMH rolls into in Astec ranks, joining Con-E-Co and RexCon

Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., has acquired Montreal-based BMH Systems, a concrete plant equipment manufacturer best known for the RollMaster reversing drum mixer. BMH product integration, Astec officials note, provides a comprehensive concrete plant offering in North America, enhances engineering expertise, creates cost synergy opportunities, and delivers a strong platform for Canadian market development. The deal was announced days after…

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NPCA, PCI clarify certification requirements for products and structures

The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued a joint document to alleviate marketplace confusion regarding certification programs for precast and prestressed concrete products. The document allows specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or if either is allowable. The clarification ensures the accurate specification of certification programs, and that all appropriately…

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