PRODUCERS – October 2016

Oldcastle Inc. parent CRH plc has announced the year end retirement of Mark Towe from the board of directors, while continuing in his role as CRH Americas chairman. Towe joined the global concrete, aggregates and cement producer in 1997 and was appointed a director in 2008.

“With over 40 years of experience in the building materials industry, Mark has been a key contributor to the Group both as a senior executive member of the board,” notes CRH Chairman Nicky Hartery, adding that the company “will continue to benefit from his vast experience as he remains in his role as Chairman of our business in the Americas.”

Tremron, a premium hardscape materials producer and supplier in the Southeast, is expanding its operations with the addition of a seventh manufacturing facility, sited in Bowman, S.C. The additional production and distribution will further serve growing demand for the brand, management notes, primarily in markets from Savannah, Ga., to Virginia.

Tremron offers a full line of backyard design products, including concrete or porcelain paving stones, eco-friendly permeable pavers, Keystone Retaining Wall block, fire pits and outdoor fire places, plus outdoor kitchens. The South Carolina operation joins six plants and five design centers Tremron operates in Florida and Georgia.

An employment branding solution has certified Spancrete as a “Good Jobs Company,” recognizing the Wisconsin-based precast/prestressed producer for the key attributes of Fun, Extreme Perks, Corporate Responsibility, Flextime, GreenDNA, Inclusion, and Career Development. The Good Jobs service helps employers become more transparent with their unique company culture story, fostering awareness and differentiation in a competitive talent market. A team from Spancrete participated in a Good Jobs workshop to identify how it invests in staff and communities.

“The partnership with The Good Jobs and knowledge gained has helped us develop greater awareness and understanding of our culture’s effect upon employee retention and recruitment,” says Spancrete President Alan Antoniewicz. “I look forward to exploring additional ways to communicate and enhance our culture using The Good Jobs foundation.”

“[We] provide companies a simple way to quantify and communicate their culture to talent,” adds Good Jobs CEO and co-founder Anne Nimke. “Culture is often not revealed to job seekers until the day their new job begins. We believe this is too late in the process, [and] want good companies like Spancrete to put their best foot forward in revealing their culture and values to top.”


Mukarim Syed, P.E., and Lucas Suarez have joined Gate Precast’s Southeast Region as engineering manager and engineer in training, respectively. Syed has 18 years of experience in managing and delivering multi-million-dollar precast contracts, plus a track record of effective engineering and project management solutions.

“The time was right to expand the Jacksonville department due to the market demand for structural precast,” says Gate Senior Vice President, Engineering Steve Brock. “The [headquarters] office already had a strong nucleus of Building Information Modeling and drafting personnel. These additions increase Gate’s design staff to 30 structural engineers.”

“With this additional engineering capacity, we can better respond to our customers’ needs, particularly during the pre-construction phase of projects,” adds Vice President, Operations Tom Newton. “The vast majority of our work is from repeat customers who are confident the design assistance/collaboration approach offered by our in-house engineers, drafters and managers will help maximize the performance, value and quality of projects.”

Chris Ard
Chris Ard

Separately, Gate Precast has added Chris Ard to its Monroeville, Ala., sales team, with a territory including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. In nearly 15 years at the company, he has served in estimating and project management roles.

Tindall Corp. has appointed Kelly Mendez-Scheib as vice president of Human Resources, tasked with overseeing workforce planning and employment, compensation and benefits administration, development, training, and employee relations. She has worked in numerous related positions, most recently as an interim vice president of human resources for a large, Southeast manufacturing company. Additionally, she is a Development Dimensions International Certified Master Trainer and Certified Facilitator.

Kelly Mendez-Scheib Patty Peterson
Kelly Mendez-Scheib Patty Peterson

Concurrently, Tindall Senior Project Manager Patty Peterson has transitioned to a new Human Resources post, director of Organization Development. She will focus on development and training initiatives, including talent management, career planning and succession, and employee engagement. Peterson joined Tindall’s Virginia division in 1995, and her duties have spanned engineering, quality control, contract negotiation, scheduling and estimating.

In addition to her work at Tindall, Peterson currently chairs the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Financial Performance/Risk Management Committee and is a PCI Business Performance Council member. Additionally, she serves on the American Subcontractors Association board, and was previously ASA Metro Washington president.

Pete Needham
Pete Needham

Separately, Pete Needham has joined Tindall as senior project manager, Georgia Division. He arrives with 20-plus years in precast production, and will leverage his technical abilities, experience and key relationships to lead Tindall’s project management team and add value to contracts. He will also assist sales and estimating teams to develop the most effective precast building solution for each customer.


Steve Berry (left) presents Chuck Taylor the 2016 ICPI Lifetime Achievement Award.