American Cement’s Cohrs named PCA chairman

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

PCA’s Board of Directors recently elected Cary O. Cohrs as chairman during the association’s fall board meeting in Washington, D.C. Cohrs succeeds Aris Papadopoulos of Titan America. At the same meeting, John Stull, president and CEO of Lafarge North America Inc., was elected vice chairman.

With decades of experience in the cement industry, since 2005 Cohrs has been president of American Cement Company, LLC, a joint venture of CRH’s Oldcastle Materials Inc., and Trap Rock Industries Inc., based in Sumterville, Fla. In 2000 he was appointed vice president of operations for Florida Rock Industries, where Cohrs also served as plant manager and construction manager. He also was a corporate project manager for Essroc Materials Inc., responsible for the installation and commissioning of capital projects in six cement facilities and two grinding plants.

“It is not only a pleasure but a great honor to serve as chairman of the board,” Cohrs said. “We may be just beginning to emerge from the recession, but the prospects for cement and concrete are incredibly positive. With our shift in leadership from Skokie to Washington comes a greater focus on advocacy and government affairs. But we also must maintain our focus on national and local promotion initiatives and continue to drive gains in both market share and market size.”

In addition to being a long-standing member of the PCA board of directors, Cohrs served as co-chair of the Manufacturing Technical Committee. He also was the local chairman for the 2002 IEEE/PCA Technical Conference. Cohrs has been an active member of the Florida Concrete and Products Association, serving as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

He earned bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Florida State University and an MBA from The University of Tennessee.