Fred Jacobs (left, with Besser Co. CEO Kevin Curtis), Concrete Products Division production manager for Consumers Concrete Corp., has earned Besser Co. Master Blockmaker Certification after completing the Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology course at the World Center for Concrete Technology in Alpena, Mich. He has operated a progression of concrete products machines over the past 27 years, from 1956 V2H, Bescopac and V3-12 Vibrapac models to a Vibrapac 2000 and now Consumers Concrete’s new Servopac Select at the Wyoming, Mich. plant. Jacobs invested years of running the equipment and undergoing Blockmakers Workshop training through Besser and Alpena Community College ahead of the Master Blockmaker title.

Reading Rock Inc. of Cincinnati and West Berlin, N.J.-based Russell Cast Stone Inc. have merged to form Reading Rock Russell LLC. With 168 years of industry presence, the combined entity is the largest producer of architectural concrete stone in the United States. Its RockCast brand spans architectural precast and masonry veneer units, custom cast stone, and lightweight stone products.

Spancrete has promoted Jeff Winters to executive vice president. He arrived in 2015 with 20 years in precast production, and from Waukesha, Wis., headquarters will be responsible for overseeing precast/prestressed operations in Valders, Wis., Crystal Lake, Ill., and Sebring, Fla.

“Jeff’s ability to elevate operational productivity and stimulate business growth by cultivating strategic partnerships is the type of leadership that will continue to advance Spancrete’s position in the market,” says President Al Antoniewicz. “We have great trust in his expertise in not only the precast space, but also his background in optimizing operations.”