Forterra names Drainage, Water segment chiefs

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas

Major concrete pipe and precast producer Forterra has named Rich Hunter and Vik Bahtia as respective presidents of its principal segments, Drainage Pipe & Products and Water Pipe & Products. Each will continue to report to CEO Jeff Bradley, who characterizes them as “strong leaders committed and able to develop high performing teams, deliver results, and create value for both customers and investors. Appointing them as leaders of the Drainage and Water segments positions us well for future success.”

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HawkeyePedershaab builds portfolio with CAM Sales deal

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

HawkeyePedershaab has acquired Ludington, Mich.-based CAM Sales Inc., which manufactures reinforcement accessories plus shear steel stirrup assemblies for concrete pipe, box culverts and other utility structures, and is the North American representative for the Brecon/Bosch, Eurobend and Habermann brands of precast production components.  

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HawkeyePedershaab unites with Germany’s BFS for deeper pipe, precast portfolio

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

A merger with BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH enables HawkeyePedershaab to expand its concrete pipe and manhole machinery presence, and offer new product lines serving the pressure pipe, manhole, pole plant, and block & paver end-markets.

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NPCA Benchmarking Report pegs 2016 industry shipment gains at $900M

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

The NPCA 2017 Precast Industry Benchmarking Report charts a 5 percent growth rate for producers last year, as shipments in the United States and Canada climbed to an estimated $18.2 billion from $17.3 billion in 2015. The 129-page document reflects 2016 precast, precast/prestressed and concrete pipe production data from 63 companies operating 168 plants.

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Oldcastle Materials, Vulcan veteran Brown named Forterra CFO

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Concrete pipe and precast drainage products leader Forterra has appointed Charlie Brown as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served in the latter capacity at Atlanta-based Oldcastle Materials, leading more than 500 associates in finance, accounting, risk management and real estate personnel; implementing cost savings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and improved business reporting initiatives; and, participating in 100-plus acquisitions.

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Next generation Schmidgall family member leads HawkeyePedershaab

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

Brad Schmidgall has been promoted from HawkeyePedershaab executive vice president of Sales to president. He will lead sales, engineering and service groups, working alongside Ryan Gable, HawkeyePedershaab CEO and managing director of St. Louis-based BW Forsyth Partners, which acquired the company in 2016.

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Pipe Association chief Childs moves to senior HawkeyePedershaab post

Sources: HawkeyePedershaab, Mediapolis, Iowa; CP staff

After nearly 12 years as American Concrete Pipe Association president, Matt Childs has joined pipe and precast machinery specialist HawkeyePedershaab as vice president of Sales, responsible for the North American market. Concurrently, Brad Schmidgall has been promoted to executive vice president of Sales in charge of developing HawkeyePedershaab’s global sales strategies.

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State Engineer Tripp takes helm at American Concrete Pipe Association

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), Irving, Texas; CP staff

Russell Tripp, P.E., will succeed Matt Childs, P.E. as ACPA president, effective April 1. His appointment follows seven years as ACPA California, Florida and Georgia engineer, working with local producer members to strengthen their state associations and build concrete drainage products market share.

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Cemex to unload Rinker pipe and precast business in $500M Quikrete deal

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

Cemex is on track to unload in early 2017 a major non-core U.S. asset: the Rinker Materials concrete pipe and precast business. Under a definitive agreement announced November 28, the producer will sell the entity to Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings Inc. for about $500 million, plus an additional $40 million depending on future performance.

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