Florida-based Gate Precast Co. has appointed Nate Brooks as BIM managing director, coordinating all plant and office efforts tied to Building Information Modeling. Having served in both engineering and production, management notes, Brooks has the knowledge and experience in what is required to take a precast concrete project from design to construction. He will remain based in Gate’s Winchester, Ky., office.

Separately, Fecky Langi, P.E., has been appointed Engineering manager at Gate’s Kissimmee, Fla., office. He has 10-plus years’ experience in precast engineering, design, management and quality control, and is a Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Certified Inspector. To further augment the Kissimmee staff, Minglu Xu (Olivia), P.E., will transfer in early 2017 to Kissimmee from Gate’s Hillsboro, Texas, plant, where she has served for three years as a project estimator.


LafargeHolcim Ltd. CEO Eric Olsen will serve as 2017 chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), part of Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development. LafargeHolcim is a founding member of CSI, whose 23 producer members operate in 100-plus countries and account for about 30 percent of global cement shipments.

“Sustainability in the construction sector is not the preserve of one organization,” says Olsen. “I will focus on ensuring that the CSI continues to play an important role in building collaboration within our industry and encouraging joint action across the entire value chain. As one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector, we have a real opportunity to drive change. Our plans are ambitious and we are conscious that we will only achieve them by working together.”

CSI members aim to concentrate this year on health and safety matters; further carbon dioxide emissions reduction measures; increasing awareness of concrete as a sustainable building material; launching a responsible sourcing scheme for concrete; and, developing common metrics to measure social performance.

Michael Ireland joins Portland Cement Association this month as chief operating officer, arriving after a 12-year tour of duty with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, most recently serving as associate executive director of Engineering. Prior to ASME, he was chief executive officer of the Association for Facilities Engineering and National Environmental Balancing Bureau. Ireland holds a bachelor’s in Industrial Education from Brigham Young University.

Brian Roye has joined the National Concrete Masonry Association Engineering staff as project manager structural engineer, tasked with activities related to The Masonry Society, American Society of Civil Engineers plus codes and standards work. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering from Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University.

Recipients of California Construction & Industrial Materials Association 2016 Safety Excellence Awards include CalPortland Co. Ontario plant and Central Concrete Supply Pleasanton plant, Ready Mixed Concrete category; CalPortland Garey Aggregate plant, Lhoist North America Natividad plant and Vulcan Materials Western Division Corona Quarry, Aggregates; and, Lehigh Southwest Tehachapi plant, Cement. Individuals honored in the program are Lhoist Natividad Lead Kilnman Ramiro Murillo and Lehigh Tehachapi Safety Manager Brian Bigley. Mine Safety & Health Administration Assistant Western District Manager Paul Belanger presented the awards during the 2016 CalCIMA Education Conference.

“These awards honor the plants and individuals that produce vital materials for society while operating in a manner that prioritizes safety,” says CalCIMA President Gary Hambly. “Importantly, [they] recognize improvements in safety culture, communication, employee empowerment, innovation, and impact beyond the plant.”

Systems, ChemSystems Inc., ChemMasters, DecoCrete Supply, Decorative Concrete Resources, North Coast Concrete, National Flooring Equipment, SBU Diversified Brands Division, and VMI Group. Financial contributions were made by Poppoff, Inc.; Ruttura & Sons Construction Co., Inc.; TAS Commercial Concrete Construction; McMahon Contracting; Donley, Inc.; Greystone Masonry; and, Ace/Avant Concrete Construction Co.

Steve Szoke

Steve Szoke has joined the American Concrete Institute in a new position concentrating on efforts to disseminate and promote the group’s codes, standards, and certification programs beyond North America, with special emphasis on outreach to technical and regulatory authorities. An ACI member since 1997, he is an Institute Fellow and has served on the Committee on Codes and Standards Advocacy plus 122–Energy Efficiency of Concrete and Masonry Systems and 216–Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Structures, both of Joint ACI-The Masonry Society designation.

Szoke’s concrete and masonry industry tenure spans positions or contract work with the National Concrete Masonry Association, Portland Cement Association, Southeast Cement Promotion Association and Brick Institute of America. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and International Code Council, and registered professional engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

“Steve’s experience will aid in the global adoption and use of ACI codes, standards, and certification programs, fulfilling [a] vision of providing leadership to ensure our customers are equipped to sustainably address the needs of a changing world,” says ACI Executive Vice President Ron Burg. “His expertise as an engineer, and proponent of technical codes and standards, expands ACI’s efforts to develop and disseminate consensus-based concrete knowledge.”


Keith Wayne, Scott Greenhaus

Northwest Healthcare Center

The American Society of Concrete Contractors Safety and Risk Management Council has named as inaugural Member Owner Safety Award recipient Keith Wayne, president of Wayne Brothers, Inc. in Davidson, N.C., shown below (page 46) on the left with Council Director Scott Greenhaus. The annual award will recognize a contractor member company principal or executive displaying a clear focus and passion for safety, and providing the leadership that creates a best-in-class safety culture. Wayne Bros. logs 800,000-plus manhours annually; for the past three years it has had an RIR of 2.68 and an average EMR of 0.91. In the eight months leading into the award nomination, Wayne Bros. crews had worked just over 600,000 hours without an accident. The contractor also received an ASCC Fleet Safety Award for driving more than 2 million miles with zero accidents.

“Strong safety cultures thrive in an organization where leaders take an active role,” says Greenhaus. “Contractor member owners that understand this know that building a true safety culture begins and ends with them: the priorities they set, the choices they make and their expectations of others. It requires effort and commitment from the top, but employees will tell you that it makes a difference.”

Separately, volunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council and Manufacturer’s Advisory Council traveled to Berea, Ohio, late last year to install a new patio for the Northwest Healthcare Center. Jeff Eiswerth of Cleveland-based H&C Decorative Concrete Products was the coordinator for the installation, which entailed patching of existing concrete, installing a spray texture overlayment, detail color, and sealer application for a 2,000-sq.-ft. outdoor lounge area. DCC and MAC members donated all manpower and materials; ASCC members added a flagpole, flag and new planters and patio furniture.

Council members supplying tools, materials and manpower were H&C Decorative Concrete Products, Sherwin Williams, Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati, Concrete Mystique Engraving, Increte, Increte

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has named 2017 officers: Chair Michael Haberman, president of Gradall Industries Inc.; Vice Chair Richard Goldsbury, prresident of Doosan Bobcat North America; AG Chair John Lagemann, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing–Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Co.; CE Chair Jeffrey Reed, president of Reed International/VSS Macropaver; Treasurer Jim Walker, vice president of Case IH North America, CNH Industrial; and, Secretary Dennis Slater, AEM staff president. AEM officers and directors work on behalf of member companies to provide strategic direction and guidance for business-development initiatives in areas including public policy, market data, and exhibitions, plus technical, safety and regulatory issues and education/training.

AEM has also elected as Construction Equipment Sector Board members Trimble Navigation Ltd. CEO Steven Berglund; Terex Corp. CEO John Garrison; Sandvik Mining & Construction Vice President Jeff Heinemann; Link-Belt Construction Equipment CEO Chuck Martz; Manitou Americas CEO Daniel Miller; Topcon Positioning Systems CEO Ray O’Connor; Reed International/VSS Macropaver CEO Jefffrey Reed; G&D Integrated CEO Patrick Roesler; Volvo Construction Equipment President, Sales Region Americas Stephen Roy; Komatsu America Corp. CEO Rod Schrader; and, Caterpillar Inc. Vice President of Customer Services Support George Taylor.


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Michelle Roberts

Patrick Matsche

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has added two industry experts to the Build with Strength Concrete Design Center, a nationwide effort offering developers and design professional technical expertise aimed at incorporating cutting-edge solutions into their projects. Michelle Roberts and Patrick Matsche have joined the NRMCA Structures and Sustainability Division as senior directors, Building Innovations.