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U.S. Concrete elevates Pruitt to second in command

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

Ronnie Pruitt has been named president of ready mixed and aggregate producer U.S. Concrete, maintaining his chief operating officer title but taking over many corporate functions that support the company's operational business units. He arrived in 2015 as COO and senior vice president after tours of duty in Martin Marietta Materials and Texas Industries management.

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Forterra names Drainage, Water segment chiefs

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas

Major concrete pipe and precast producer Forterra has named Rich Hunter and Vik Bahtia as respective presidents of its principal segments, Drainage Pipe & Products and Water Pipe & Products. Each will continue to report to CEO Jeff Bradley, who characterizes them as “strong leaders committed and able to develop high performing teams, deliver results, and create value for both customers and investors. Appointing them as leaders of the Drainage and Water segments positions us well for future success.”

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Global producers group signs on to concrete materials-certifying council

Source: Global Cement and Concrete Association, London; CP staff

The Global Cement and Concrete Association has joined the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), which operates the world’s only industry-specific certification program for concrete plants and their supply chains. Responsible construction materials sourcing is an increasing priority in high profile projects and public procurement, GCCA notes, adding that “Concrete has an important role to play and its short supply chains and local production lend themselves to being able to demonstrate a high level of environmental, social and economic responsible sourcing.”

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Report chips away at wood industry’s low carbon building narrative

Sources: International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba; CP staff

A Cement Association of Canada-funded report exposes the limitations of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies whose results have thus far painted a more favorable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile of wood versus concrete or steel buildings. As the main tools to measure building products’ carbon footprints at the production, use and end of life phases, LCA studies as presently executed can exaggerate the importance of embodied GHG impacts when they discount or ignore other significant life-cycle emissions, according to “Emission Omissions: Carbon accounting gaps in the built environment.” 

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Environmental StoneWorks shifts to Cornerstone umbrella

Sources: NCI Building Systems, Inc., Cary, N.C.; CP staff

Two months after joining the Ply Gem Building Products business by way of a nine-figure deal, Denver-based precast concrete veneer producer Environmental StoneWorks will be among Cornerstone Building Brands. The latter spans the exterior products businesses of NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem, which merged in 2018, and is set to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CNR” pending shareholder approval next month.

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