Organizations – April 2024

Chad Montgomery

Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association has promoted Chad Montgomery to executive director. He has served for eight-plus years as promotions manager and arrived at IRMCA from Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc. “We look forward to Chad promoting concrete throughout the state of Indiana, continuing to build new relationships throughout the industry, and retaining member commitment,” says 2024 IRMCA Board President Adam Kress. “He has been with the association since 2016 and has a solid understanding of the ready mixed concrete industry. He has a vision to continue to grow and lead the Association into its next chapter.”

Structural Preservation Systems LLC, a unit of Baltimore-based Structural Group, has completed transition of ACE Restoration and Waterproofing Inc., Garden Grove, Calif., now operating as Structural and part of the largest concrete repair and strengthening company in the United States. The move is aimed enhancing capabilities and expanding operations of a southern California branch serving commercial, industrial, transportation and water/wastewater construction markets. “We chose Structural because they resonate deeply with our core values and commitment to safety and excellence,” says former ACE principal Scott Lansburg. “Together, we believe we can achieve greater heights, offering expanded capabilities and access to more services and products to address concrete and masonry management.”

Groundworks, a leading foundation and water management solutions operator, has acquired New Jersey-based Select Basement Waterproofing, increasing its Garden State footprint. For 20 years, the latter company has served homeowners in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties. It offers a range of residential services, including foundation and structural repair, crawl space waterproofing and encapsulation, and egress window installations.

“Groundworks begins strategic expansion into the Northeast with this acquisition,” says founder and CEO Matt Malone. “By aligning with the experts at Select Basement Waterproofing, we are able to quickly expand services into New Jersey.”

“Joining Groundworks is an opportunity to enhance the service experience for our valued customers, as well as to offer more robust career development opportunities for our employees that include leadership training and an employee ownership program,” adds Select Basement Waterproofing founder Jerome Fokas. “Groundworks and Select Basement Waterproofing share a commitment to high-quality solutions, and we look forward to many more successful years serving our communities.”

Live Oak Construction Supply, Norcross, Ga. construction material distributor, will open its third Georgia location in Savannah in June. Similar to the original headquarters location and newer Marietta branch, the Savannah site will house an expansive showroom offering delivery and other value-added services for contractors. The new location will be led by Joel Landers, who has been with the company for four years and previously worked in sales and estimating with a concrete and masonry supply company for more than a decade.

“In 1990, construction on Savannah’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge was just completing, replacing the previous cantilever truss bridge built in 1953 to allow for taller ships entering the port,” says Live Oak Vice President Ryan Fraizer. “We supplied many of the concrete vibrators for that job. For us, opening a branch in Savannah is like coming full circle. This new branch is part of our effort to support professional contractors and the construction industry in Georgia. Keeping our customers delivering on budget and on time remains our Number 1 driver.”

A family owned and operated company, Live Oak has served the construction industry for almost 40 years, growing from a hardware store known to carry hard-to-find items to a construction material distributor stocking thousands of products.

Viking Mergers & Acquisitions of Charleston, S.C. has acquired Advanced Concrete Cutting & Coring Inc., serving contractors and facility owners in the Carolinas and Georgia. The company has played a significant role in major projects like the Boeing Dreamliner Plant and Georgia Ports Authority, growing to over 70 employees and standing out for its commitment to hard work, exceptional customer service, and a skilled workforce. 

The National Precast Concrete Association Safety Committee recognizes 11 Producer and Associate members in its 2024 Safety Awards program, entries and judging for which contribute to educational programs advancing accident prevention measures at plant operations. Sponsored by Colorado certifying specialist Cranes 101, the program is open to all NPCA Producer members in good standing during the reporting period. Submitted figures must represent all employees at each plant or location for which a separate OSHA log or Canadian Ministry of Labor form is kept. Safety Award recipients, by levels in three incident-free categories, are:

Up to 60,000 Hours. Platinum: Dalmaray Concrete Products; Precast of Maine; Concrete Pipe and Precast, Greencastle; Wieser Precast Inc.; and, Foley Products Company, Athens, Chattanooga, Lenoir City, St. Martinville, and Winston Salem. Gold: Foley Products Company, Franklin. Silver: Foley Products Company, Waco. Bronze: Foley Products Company, Cullman.

60,000-120,000 Hours. Platinum: Brayman Precast and Gainey’s Concrete. Gold: Foley Products Company, Newnan. Silver: Foley Products Company, Clanton. Bronze: Winchester Precast.

120,000+ Hours. Platinum: Cyclonaire Corp. and Concrete Pipe and Precast, Summerville. Gold: Lee’s Precast. Silver: Geneva Pipe and Precast. Bronze: Foley Products Company, Winder.

The just-released Associated Builders and Contractors 2024 Top Performers lists recognizes members’ outstanding achievements in safety, quality, inclusion, project excellence and special designations ranked by number of hours worked. The 2024 ABC Top Performer by work hours is Turner Industries Group LLC, Baton Rouge, La., followed by Skanska Building Inc., Franklin, Tenn.; BL Harbert International, Birmingham, Ala.; plus, Brown & Root Industrial Services and Performance Contractors, both Baton Rouge.

“These top contractors build the nation’s most enduring, innovative, high-quality construction projects, and their leadership teams and employees have thriving, growth-centric mindsets, strategic plans and goals,” says ABC CEO Michael Bellaman. “Business growth is never an accident. It results from a combination of tangibles and intangibles—including a robust culture, innovative tools, commitment to total human health and pragmatic appetite for risk. We congratulate these exceptional contractors for operating successfully in a merit shop environment, attracting and retaining top construction talent and setting the standard in business growth.”

Top Performers candidates must achieve Gold status or higher in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, which helps contractors achieve incident rates nearly seven times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average, according to ABC’s Safety Performance Report. The majority of the honorees also must earn ABC’s Accredited Quality Contractor credential, which recognizes excellence in quality, safety performance, talent management, craft and management education plus community relations. Through credentials like STEP, AQC and other robust programs, ABC Top Performers demonstrate they sustain and grow their businesses, financially and economically; offer market-competitive compensation, benefit and retirement packages; commit to industry-leading safety, workforce development, education and creating career opportunities; develop opportunities for employees to achieve their career dreams; and, cultivate committed leadership.

New York-based Thalle Industries has wrapped new mixer trucks with messages spotlighting Paws Crossed Animal Rescue and the Westchester Parks Foundation. The former institution, whose staff is shown here, is located next to the producer’s Virtual Quarry recycling center in Elmsford and provides shelter and care for homeless pets.

“We understand the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. Supporting Paws Crossed Animal Rescue and the Westchester Parks Foundation aligns with our values and demonstrates our commitment to making a positive impact locally,” says Thalle Industries CEO Glenn Pacchiana.

“Thalle Industries is a fantastic neighbor to us all times of the year and this concrete truck is just another example of how grateful we are to have them as our neighbors. We wouldn’t want anyone else next door to us,” adds Paws Crossed CEO Jennifer Angelucci.