Charah Solutions, Inc., Kentucky-based fly ash processor and marketer, received two safety North Carolina Department of Labor awards last month for an outstanding record of employee safety in 2018—the eighth consecutive year the company garnered such recognition from the agency. The awards reflect Charah Solutions’ safety record at a structural fill project, Brickhaven Mine in Chatham County, and material management at Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station in Shelby. Both sites received a Gold-level Certificate of Safety Achievement, the state’s highest safety award. The Gold Award is based on a days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate that is at least 50 percent below the statewide benchmark for the industry. North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the awards.

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Former Martin Marietta Materials Chief Financial Officer Anne Lloyd, who retired from the aggregates and ready mixed concrete giant in 2017, has joined the board of welded wire reinforcement and prestressing strand specialist Insteel Industries. She succeeds Charles B. Newsome, who capped 35-plus years as a director in February, and also serves on the boards of fiber cement products leader James Hardie Industries, Dublin, and Highwoods Properties of Raleigh, N.C.

Clearwater, Fla.-based water tank and energy technology specialist Kemco Systems has recently appointed Dillon Moran and David Schwartzel as regional sales managers. Moran, who arrives with a diverse background in water technologies, will be responsible for Kemco’s Northeast Territory. Schwartzel, a civil engineer, brings 20-plus years’ experience designing and selling disinfection and water technologies, and will be responsible for the Northwest Territory. They will support a brand that over the past five decades has delivered more than 5,000 systems worldwide for hot water heating, vapor/steam curing and conditioning, flue gas heat recovery, vapor/steam curing, and total system monitoring.

Airlite Plastics Co., parent of insulating concrete form brand Fox Blocks, has acquired Houston-based TrueGrid, whose 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic system is promoted as an alternative to permeable or pervious concrete and asphalt pavements. Airlite Plastics, which is based in Omaha, Neb., will add the Lego-like, grass- or gravel-bearing grid to its Sustainable Construction Products Division offerings. TrueGrid joins an Airlite production network of four Canadian and 18 U.S. facilities, with combined payroll exceeding 1,000.

“This is a great opportunity for both companies,” says CEO Brad Crosby, as each “shares the same core values while serving customers in a very specialized market niche. Airlite Plastics brings improved access to technical and financial resources. Together, the companies are more capable of serving all our clients’ needs irrespective of market sector or project size. It is a compelling combination that can significantly enhance our value proposition.”