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PRODUCERS - JANUARY 2020

ConcreteDirect, a digital solutions brand of LafargeHolcim Ltd., has selected Amsterdam-based HERE Technologies as mapping and location services provider. ConcreteDirect manages orders and tracks deliveries of ready mixed concrete through a mobile application, available on iOS and Android. Customers can place, amend and confirm orders in just a few taps, and subsequently view upcoming deliveries and receive important notifications at their fingertips. They can likewise track the progress of ongoing pours, always informed of where their concrete is and when it arrives.

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MANUFACTURERS - DECEMBER 2019

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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PRODUCERS - DECEMBER 2019

The board of AltusGroup, Inc., a collaboration of over two dozen precast concrete innovators, has announced the election of Hagen Harker, president of Mid-States Concrete Industries, South Beloit, Ill., as its chairman. He will take over the position from High Concrete Group’s Dave Schneider and serve a two-year term, ending at the organization’s 2021 meeting. Rounding out the officer slate are Harry Gleich of Metromont Corp., re-elected as treasurer, and BASF’s Jason Pitcole, secretary.

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ORGANIZATIONS - DECEMBER 2019

D. Thomas Ruttura, owner of Ruttura & Sons Construction Co. in West Babylon, N.Y., has received the American Society of Concrete Contractors Lifetime Achievement Award. A past (2003-2004) president of ASCC and its Education, Research & Development Foundation, he chaired and served on numerous Society committees. The Lifetime Achievement Award is group’s highest honor, acknowledging recipients for their body of work within the industry and their service to ASCC.

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Daimler Vocational Truck Competition sows art, engineering

Teamed with Los Angeles’ ArtCenter College of Design, Daimler Trucks North America and Western Star Truck Sales challenged transportation students to envision vehicles meeting the needs of vocational customers in 2030 and beyond. Concepts displayed late last month at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show, Atlanta, included a novel concrete mixer truck whose control package is contained in a cab where passenger space gives way to a platform, ladder and hatch for better visibility and safety.

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