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Briefs May 2012

Paris-based Lafarge Group has appointed as senior leaders for Canada and U.S.-bordering businesses Bob Cartmel, six Eastern Provinces, and René Thibault, four Western Provinces, three Territories, plus the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest. Based in Toronto and Calgary, respectively, they are responsible for all operational, marketing and functional elements of aggregate, asphalt, cement, concrete (ready-mix, pipe and precast), and construction and paving operations.

Cartmel has 25-plus years of experience with Lafarge spanning Canada, the U.S. and Latin America, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Thibault has 20-plus years of experience with Lafarge spanning Canada and including an assignment at Group headquarters; he holds an Engineering degree from Queen's University and has completed executive studies at Harvard Business School.

By bringing all businesses together under a single leader in each geography, Lafarge Group notes, the appointments will provide further career development opportunities for employees, strengthen the company's customer approach as it delivers sustainable solutions to the construction industry, and allow community investment projects to be more focused.

To mark the 100-year anniversary of parent company Holcim Ltd., the Waltham-based headquarters of Holcim (US) Inc. is participating in a year-long community service initiative called Together for Communities, in which Holcim employees lead local volunteer projects around Massachusetts.

In May and June, volunteers plan on preparing dinner for students, staff and graduates at the Epiphany School in Dorchester and helping 5th and 6th graders with homework assignments. Holcim has also planned several reading events at the Natick Public Schools, where it will provide a book to each student, and a copy of each of these books to the school's library.

In addition, Holcim volunteers led a 2012 Earth Day Charles River Clean Up in Newton. Holcim volunteers will also serve lunch at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston during the months of June and October. Holcim Ltd hopes to engage as many of its 80,000 worldwide employees as possible to volunteer for one day in their community.


Ronald “Ron” Summers, senior vice president, Materials Group, for Glendora, Calif.-based CalPortland Co., was elected National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association 2012 Chairman of the Board during the group’s annual convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“Ron Summers is a champion of our association and is widely recognized as an industry veteran with an overarching understanding of the aggregates business that he applies to the needs faced by the industry as a whole,” said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Pinniger. “His leadership will continue to enhance NSSGA’s strength as a unifying voice of the aggregates industry from coast to coast necessary for today’s challenges.”

The American Concrete Institute has named James Wight, FACI, FASCE, president of the Institute for 2012-2013. Wight is the Frank E. Richart Jr. Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan. Known for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures, Wight’s recent research has concentrated on the strength and inelastic behavior of connections in composite structures (reinforced concrete and steel) and the use of high-performance fiber reinforced concrete composites for earthquake-resistant design of critical members in concrete structures. Wight has been an active member of ACI since 1973.

Additionally, William Rushing Jr., FACI, vice president of Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., Inc., has been elected ACI vice president, and Anne Ellis is now the Institute’s senior vice president. Four members have been elected to serve on the ACI Board of Direction: Roger Becker, managing director of research and development for Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI); Jeffrey Coleman, FACI, licensed engineer and attorney/principal partner at Coleman, Hull & van Vliet, PLLP; Robert Frosch, FACI, professor of civil engineering at Purdue University; and, Steven Kosmatka, FACI, vice president of research and technical services at Portland Cement Association.

Paul Haglund has joined CTLGroup as the firm’s director of finance. Haglund is an accomplished financial executive with global experience in the management of engineering and architecture firms for over 30 years. He specializes in strategic planning, financial planning, cost accounting, accounting systems, risk management and organization development.

In his new role, Haglund will be responsible for the management of CTLGroup’s financial operations, including long-range financial planning, corporate financial performance analysis, annual budget and audit process and the corporate accounting system. He will provide financial input to the firm’s leadership team and its Practice Group Leaders.

Prior to joining CTLGroup, Haglund was the principal and owner of his own financial consulting firm for several years. Before that, he served as principal and chief financial officer at Greeley and Hansen LLC.


David Weber has joined Command Alkon as senior consultant for its innovative optimization product, COMMANDoptimize. Weber has over 30 years of experience in the ready-mixed concrete, aggregate, and asphalt industries having saved companies millions of dollars by focusing on efficiencies and promoting team-based incentives that have proven successful over the years. His new role at Command Alkon will focus on helping customers identify and implement changes using its optimization product to achieve greater efficiencies and profits.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems has purchased Measurement Systems International (MSI), a scale equipment manufacturer based in Seattle, Wash. Since 1977, MSI has provided niche technologies such as crane scales, aircraft load monitors, and more, that are sought after and distributed throughout the world.

Rice Lake plans to keep MSI manufacturing and operations at its current location, including all existing employees, and use the business’s broad customer base and product lines to supplement Rice Lake’s existing catalog and clientele. MSI’s contribution to Rice Lake’s catalog will primarily be in crane scales as MSI is a major player in that market.

The reasoning behind Rice Lake’s purchase of MSI is strategic, to grow portions of the business that are currently underserved.

Two of Roanoke Cement Company’s facilities were honored for excellence in environmental outreach and terminal safety. The company’s Troutville, Va., plant won the “Outreach” Award for the 2012 Cement Industry Energy and Environmental Awards. The awards are sponsored by the Portland Cement Association and Cement Americas, a sister publication of Concrete Products. The recognition is presented to individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this commitment with action.

The Outreach category credits activities that enhance community, employee and government relations. Included among the many achievements and initiatives noted for the Troutville plant was a fifth consecutive Energy Star award, the 2011 Virginia Statewide Mineral Mining Reclamation Award, the on-site mitigation plan and quarry expansion, participation in Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the Second Annual Fishing Day, held at the new fishing dock.

The second award was given to the Castle Hayne, N.C., terminal for its exemplary safety record. The terminal has not had a lost time accident in 15 years and was honored last fall by North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner, Cherie Berry. She presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) “flag” to the terminal for ongoing, effective workplace safety and health management systems. Both awards were presented at the Portland Cement Association's board meeting on April 16 in Chicago.