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PRODUCERS - FEBRUARY 2018

Cemex USA and Rinker Materials veteran Karl Watson Jr. has joined Denver-based Summit Materials as executive vice president and chief operating officer, succeeding Douglas Rauh. He arrives at the ready mixed, cement, aggregates and asphalt producer with 25-plus years in construction materials, most recently serving as president of Martin Marietta Materials’ Cement & Southwest Ready Mix business.

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BFS opens HawkeyePedershaab to bigger manufactured-concrete picture

A merger with BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH positions HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. to expand its concrete pipe and manhole machinery presence, and offer new product lines serving the pressure pipe, manhole, pole plant, and block & paver end-markets.

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ORGANIZATIONS - JANUARY 2018

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee begins 2018 with a new name: Safety, Environmental and Operations Excellence (SEO) Committee. The NRMCA Board prompted the change while also creating the Work Force Development Committee, responsible for human resource matters specific to ready mixed concrete, and superseding the former OES HR Task Group.

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MANUFACTURERS - JANUARY 2018

Sika Corp. dedicated an admixture and mortar production facility near Houston late last year. Geared to Texas and Southwest markets, the plant is the company’s 22nd in the U.S. and equipped for production of polymers central to high performance admixtures.

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PRODUCERS - JANUARY 2018

St. Louis-Breckenridge Material Co. and Eastern Missouri Concrete have entered a partnership with CarbonCure Technologies in Halifax, N.S. The ready mixed producers will install equipment injecting carbon dioxide into concrete loads, where the gas converts to a solid mineral in the matrix and improves compressive strength development.

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