Source: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.
Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units, while an 11.6 percent gain brought the pace of permit issuance to 894,000 units. These were the strongest numbers seen in both categories since July 2008.
Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff
A definitive equity purchase agreement with Boardman family trustees will net U.S. Concrete subsidiary Central Concrete Supply Co., San Jose, the assets of San Francisco-based Bode Concrete LLC and Bode Gravel Co.
Sources: Ceratech Inc., Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
Eyeing expanded market development of its portland cement-free, fly ash-based binding agents for high performance concrete, Ceratech has named Vance Pool vice president of Sales. He joins the company from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, where as a national resource director he managed South Central business development and field operations. The NRMCA tenure followed Blue Circle Cement, Fibermesh and Grace Construction Products tours of duty.
Source: Concrete Industry Management, Silver Spring, Md.
The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the CIM program, a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management, recently elected new officers and board members, including Cemex Inc. Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Frank Craddock as chairman.
Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.
Mimi Rainero Coles of Bristol, Va.-based Permatile Concrete Products Co. was elected to a one-year term as NPCA chairman of the board during the group’s annual meeting earlier this month in New Orleans. A sales manager for the drainage, underground and highway product operator, she succeeds Tom Engelman, president of Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Precast Co.
Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff
For the first time since the 2005 market peak, ready mixed concrete production increased in 2011, according to results from the recently released NRMCA Industry Data Survey. Although last year’s modest 3 percent shipment increase—to 265.7 million cubic yards—marks a slight improvement against 2010 figures, U.S. ready mixed concrete producers continue to report losses tied to the effects of a prolonged economic downturn.
Source: BASF Construction Chemicals, Cleveland
BASF Admixture Systems has named Paul Seiler manager of Technology, heading a department that formulates innovative products; serves as a testing and support resource for concrete producers; and develops test methods, procedures, and models to assist customers in new-technology adoption.
Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.
Jurors recently honored the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, spanning the Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada, with special recognition as an outstanding achievement in the PCA’s 13th Biennial Bridge Awards Competition. The competition recognizes excellence in design and construction of concrete bridges. PCA will recognize the winners at the American Concrete Institute Fall 2012 Convention, October 21, in Toronto.
Source: McGraw-Hill Construction, New York City
During the BIMForum in Tacoma, Wash., McGraw-Hill Construction presented highlights of new research showing the rapid advance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) usage by architects, engineers, contractors and owners in North America.
Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago
Based in Orlando, this year’s PCI Productivity Tour and Workshop will include visits to five central Florida precast operations over a November 6–9 schedule: Metromont Corp. in Bartow; Finfrock in Orlando; Gate Precast in Kissimmee; plus Coreslab Structures and Standard Concrete Products in Tampa.