The National Concrete Masonry Association will stage the International Concrete Exposition Machinery & Equipment Show (ICON Expo) February 9-10, 2018, in Indianapolis, billing it as the only machinery and equipment venue completely dedicated to the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry.

“The return of an equipment show will be a valuable addition to the successful ICON-Xchange and B2B,” says 2016 NCMA Chairman Patrick Sauter (King’s Material), referencing the small-scale exhibit and individual business-to-business meeting format NCMA has embraced in conjunction with the 2015-2017 annual conventions. “Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in demonstrations, educational programs and networking events to connect with business prospects.”

ICON Expo 2018 will be held in conjunction with NCMA’s annual convention, February 6-8, and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s annual meeting, February 11-14. It will include 15-plus hours of floor time around an educational component, as well as plant tours and social events.

Five producer and two associate member executives have been elected to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Board of Directors for 2017-2020 terms: Oaks Landscape Products Elliot Bender; Jesse Cravath of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply; Charles Gamarekian of Cambridge Pavers; Manfred Herold of Browns Concrete Products; Todd Holyfield of Huntsman Pigments & Additives; Victoria McCrie of BASF Canada; and, Larry Nicolai of Pavers by Ideal.

Joining them on the board in their capacities as (Committee) chairs, are Brad Cobbledick of Oaks Landscape Products (Technical); Conor Cooper of Anchor, an Oldcastle Company (Dues & Bylaws); Frank Gandora of Creative Hardscape Co. (Construction); and, Roberto Nicolia, Jr. of Nicolock Paving Stones (Government Relations). The ICPI Board is comprised of 32 executives representing companies serving U.S. and Canadian markets.

Mark Helm

Mark Helm, chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Dolese Bros. Co., was elected 2017 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Chairman last month during the group’s annual convention in Las Vegas. “We each want to grow our companies, but I believe we have a unique opportunity to help grow our industry over the next year if we’re willing to get involved in our association,” he told members.

Dolese Bros. recently celebrated 115 years in business. “Our company has been around longer than our state, so we like to say that we helped build Oklahoma from the ground up,” Helm observed, noting how he and 1,000 fellow employees are proud of a long company history of supplying Oklahoma and neighboring states with aggregates, ready mixed concrete, block and various other construction materials. He succeeds 2016 NSSGA Chairman Hal Williford, Jr. of Memphis Stone and Gravel Co.

Lanxess veteran Paul Croushore was awarded National Concrete Masonry Association Honorary Membership during the group’s annual convention earlier this year in Phoenix. The award recognizes his 28 years in the concrete masonry industry, during which he served on NCMA committees, task groups and subcommittees, plus the Associate Member Division Board. He was NCMA’s principal contact whether the pigments business was under Mobay, Miles, Bayer or Lanxess.

The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association in Lancaster, Pa., has named as executive director Tom Holmes, who brings 30-plus years in precast/prestressed concrete production and market development. He will represent the industry in Mid-Atlantic states, liaising with construction managers, architects, departments of transportation, consulting engineers, general contractors and academia.

Holmes has a degree in Marketing from Bowling Green University and has received several awards for Distinguished Sales and Marketing. He has served on the MAPA and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute boards. A regional affiliate of PCI, MAPA is tasked with advancing the use of precast/prestressed concrete for commercial, industrial, residential and transportation design and construction.

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa, has updated the free Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings to further simplify life cycle assessment (LCA) for building designers and sustainability consultants. Version 5.2 includes these improvements over its predecessor: faster internal engine; better LEED v4 LCA credit reporting; new assembly mapping for “extra basic materials”; and, updated life cycle data for precast and ready mixed concrete, concrete block, and cement. The estimator can be obtained at