Rick Traylor
Rinker Division/Cemex USA’s Rick Traylor chairs American Concrete Pipe Association

By Steven Prokopy

As slow, controlled, steady economic growth has dared to allow those in the drainage products business to be hopeful for state and federal construction budgets advancing long-delayed capital investments, the American Concrete Pipe Association has been hiring regional engineers to put more boots on the ground and help members promote the benefits of structures to state department of transportation officials and other prospects.

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Command Alkon Conference returns to the Big Easy


The Command Alkon Training & Technology Conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, November 12-13. The annual event is one of the industry’s largest information technology- and plant equipment-focused gatherings for ready mixed, manufactured concrete, cement, aggregate and asphalt producers. Participation in the conference continues to rise, Command Alkon officials note, with the unveiling of new technologies, such as MOBILE series computing applications; previews of the latest releases of core products; and, opportunities for users to network with peer producers and gain industry perspective.

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General Resource creates Mapei Americas admixture platform


Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Mapei Corp. has closed on Minnesota admixture producer General Resource Technology, eyeing synergies with its adhesive, coating, grout and mortar portfolio, while extending GRT offerings beyond the Central U.S., first toward the coasts and eventually to Canada and Mexico.

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Oldcastle Architectural’s Crawford transitions to Meadow Burke

Doug Crawford

Doug Crawford has joined Meadow Burke as vice president – Operations & Development. A newly created role, it will see him tasked with leading collaboration between manufacturing and sales functions, plus business development activities, to further strengthen the company’s enterprise operating structure; improve leadership; and, increase the ability to execute strategies driving long-term performance and growth.

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A new look for a bedrock brand

Michigan-based Besser Co. is marking several milestones in 2014: 110 years in the concrete products business, 60 years of industry education, and 10 years as an employee-owned company. “To acknowledge the significance and excitement behind these milestones, we introduced a new logo and website. The new look balances a humble reflection of our past while embracing our future,” says Director of Marketing Kari Schellie. “We felt it was an appropriate time to change our look on the outside to reflect the progress we’ve made on the inside.”

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Scott Stevens

The National Precast Concrete Association noted the early-June passing of founding member Douglas Hoskin, a professional engineer and former president of Ontario-based Unit Step Woodstock. He joined a group of producers and suppliers to form NPCA in 1965, serving in variety of capacities with the association, including chairman (1973).

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Decorative Concrete Council Call for Award Entries

ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council is accepting entries for the seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards through September 30. Presented in partnership with Concrete Construction and Architect magazines and open to DCC members or non-members, the competition spans overlay, cast-in-place–stamped and special finish, stained, polished, countertop, vertical application, concrete artistry, and architectural concrete categories.

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Associated Builders office carries early Green Globes certification

Associated Builders & Contractors’ 19,300-sq.-ft. national headquarters in Washington, D.C., is one of the first buildings to be certified under Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, a program available to owners or individual commercial space tenants from the Green Building Initiative (GBI), Portland, Ore.

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