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MANUFACTURERS - FEBRUARY 2020

Montreal-based McInnis Cement has appointed Baudouin Nizet as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Jean Moreau, who has held the posts in an interim capacity since 2018. Nizet’s tenure in cement includes tours of duty in Montreal as Holcim (Canada) senior vice president, Quebec and Atlantic Region, 2006-2013; and Toronto as president and chief executive officer, 2013-2017, spanning the migration to CRH Canada Group. He has also served as Cement Association of Canada and Canada Green Building Council director.

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Baudouin Nizet
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Alex Wojciechowski

Montreal-based McInnis Cement has appointed Baudouin Nizet as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Jean Moreau, who has held the posts in an interim capacity since 2018. Nizet’s tenure in cement includes tours of duty in Montreal as Holcim (Canada) senior vice president, Quebec and Atlantic Region, 2006-2013; and Toronto as president and chief executive officer, 2013-2017, spanning the migration to CRH Canada Group. He has also served as Cement Association of Canada and Canada Green Building Council director.

Nizet was most recently senior vice president at Calgary-based Stuart Olson Building Group. McInnis Cement directors are confident in his ability to lead the business through its next growth stages and extend a corporate vision of “Producing quality cements in a sustainable, profitable and responsible manner.” Concurrently, the board has named Alex Wojciechowski as chief operating officer. He arrives with 30-plus years’ experience in cement production, including maintenance and plant manager roles, along with overseeing industrial equipment investment projects.

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Joel Simpson

Pittsburgh-based Forney LP recently named Joel Simpson as senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, a new position supporting ForneyVault, an automated, integrated construction materials testing platform. He most recently served in the same capacity for O.Berk Company, a rigid packaging and custom package development company in New Jersey.

Separately, Forney has added Stonemont Solutions, a concrete, aggregate and asphalt quality control and mix design software specialist with 3,500-plus North American plant installations, as a ForneyVault integration partner. The arrangement will see users enter specimen parameters in the Stonemont program, while ForneyVault collects and transfers test results. Stonemont customers can view data, conduct analysis and generate reports in one place.

ForneyVault links testing machines, third-party software and ancillary equipment via a private cloud database. It enables seamless data flow throughout the testing process, reduces risk of errors, and helps increase contract guideline compliance. Stonemont offers desktop, server, enterprise and hosted editions of its software that scale from single plant operator to the largest producers. The centrally managed editions provide real-time data access and material analysis.

Michigan-based Pensmore Reinforcement Technologies, dba Helix Steel, has appointed John Flush as manager of its Grand Rapids plant, responsible for supporting business goals, steering production operations and cultivating a business environment that maximizes efficiencies, workforce development and utilization, and expansion opportunities. He brings more than 30 years’ steel industry experience, including 25 years as Materials/Operations manager for Light Metal Corp. His arrival coincides with machinery installations, increasing plant capacity by 30 percent, in response to growing demand for the flagship Helix Micro-Rebar 5-25, a discontinuous concrete reinforcement product.

Meritor, Inc. has appointed Chris Villavarayan, president of the Global Truck segment, as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for both the Global Truck and Aftermarket & Industrial and Trailer segments, and maintain duties from his most recent post.

Kalmar has outlined a plan to collaborate with Bosch Rexroth to develop fully electric versions of its heavy forklift solutions. The move advances Kalmar’s goal of offering electrically powered options for its entire material handling equipment portfolio by 2021. It also enables Bosch Rexroth, a key drive and control technology player, to expand its portfolio to develop solutions for the next generation of mobile equipment. New heavy forklift solutions will join Kalmar’s growing line of fully electric equipment, which includes light and medium forklift trucks, straddle carriers and yard cranes.

“We will be able to provide our customers with one of the most efficient solutions on the market for electric heavy vehicles with the help of Bosch Rexroth’s world-leading knowledge in hydraulic, electric and gearbox technology,” says Kalmar Vice President Seppo Heino. “The goal is to build a collaboration founded on openness and transparency to develop a flexible platform that meets the varied needs of our customers.”