PRODUCERS – MARCH 2020

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Eagle Materials Inc. directors have taken a key step toward mid-year separation of cement- and gypsum wallboard-centered Heavy and Light Materials businesses into independent, New York Stock Exchange-traded companies, both Dallas based. Leading the Heavy Materials namesake will be current Chairman Mike Nicolais and President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Haack. Leading the Light Materials business, operating as American Gypsum Company, will be Chairman Dave Powers, former Eagle Materials CEO and current director, and President and CEO Craig Kesler, current chief financial officer.

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MANUFACTURERS – DECEMBER 2019

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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.

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Dominguez heads North to succeed Cemex USA chief Madridejos

Source: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

A routine Cemex executive suite shuffling will see Jaime Muguiro Dominguez, president of South, Central America and the Caribbean, transition September 1 to the post of Cemex USA president, succeeding 23-year company veteran Ignacio Madridejos. Replacing Dominguez will be Cemex Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Operations Development Jesus Gonzalez. His successor, Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Development Juan Romero Torres, will maintain his present duties in a new role, executive vice president of Sustainability, Commercial and Operations Development. Torres’ responsibilities will include Energy, Health & Safety, Procurement, Research & Development, and Technology. 

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PRODUCERS – JULY 2019

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Karl Watson Jr. has moved from executive vice president and chief operating officer at Summit Materials, Denver, to chief executive officer and board member of Forterra Inc., a top concrete pipe and precast drainage structure producer based in Irving, Texas. Succeeding Jeff Bradley, he arrives with 30-plus years in management and executive roles at major heavy building materials operators and, Forterra notes, “a track record of effectively leading through numerous business cycles and improving financial results.”

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PRODUCERS – OCTOBER 2018

Cemex USA officials assembled just after Labor Day in Brooksville, Fla., to mark the producer’s first U.S. admixture blending and packaging facility. The automated, 21,000-sq.-ft. plant will ultimately supply nearly 160 ready mixed plants throughout the Florida and Mid-South regions, shipping up to 16 normal or high range water reducers, setting accelerators or retarders, air-entraining agents and specialty agents by tote.

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Cemex USA opens premier admixture facility

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Cemex officials assembled just after Labor Day in Brooksville, Fla., to mark the producer’s first U.S. admixture blending and packaging facility. The automated, 21,000-sq.-ft. plant will ultimately service nearly 160 ready mixed plants throughout the Florida and Mid-South Regions, shipping up to 16 normal or high range water reducers, set accelerators or retarders, air-entraining agents and specialty agents by tote.

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Cemex stormwater capture plan neutralizes advocacy group gripes

Cemex USA will upgrade stormwater management at three southern California ready mixed operations as part of an agreement with Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Orange County Coastkeeper to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding the groups’ claims of Clean Water Act violations. The producer is revising best management practices (BMP) at Irvine (Orange County), Fontana (San Bernardino County) and Compton (Los Angeles County) plants and bringing water-testing protocols beyond current requirements. The agreement also calls for Cemex to contribute $55,000 to identify and fund future environmental-mitigation projects through third-party groups Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and From Lot to Spot.

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Cemex RM plants move first in responsible sourcing certification program

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Five Cemex ready mixed plants in the San Francisco Bay market have earned Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing certification following an audit of environmental, social, and governance practices by SGS, an independent, third-party registrar.

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