ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 975 of the nearly 1,500 producer member plants entered into the 2019 Excellence in Safety Awards Program. The record number of plants spans Gold (918 recipients), Silver (five) and Bronze (52) categories defined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incident rate (IR) thresholds.

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MANUFACTURERS – APRIL 2020

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St. Louis-based Afinitas has appointed Dan Hodel as senior automation engineer, reporting to Dave Stoller, vice president of Global Engineering. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience with Johnson Gas of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; as a concrete curing division combustion engineer, he oversaw design, technical support, sales and marketing for pipe, prestressed, precast, block, paver and roof tile applications. Hodel also worked as an automation engineer for Advance Interface Solutions and process engineer for Eli Lilly.

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PCI-certified plants close in on structural fabricator accreditation

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and International Accreditation Service (IAS) have completed a cooperation agreement that will enable Institute members to apply their PCI plant certification toward IAS approved structural fabricator accreditation, in accordance with the IAS AC157 program. 

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PRODUCERS – MARCH 2020

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Eagle Materials Inc. directors have taken a key step toward mid-year separation of cement- and gypsum wallboard-centered Heavy and Light Materials businesses into independent, New York Stock Exchange-traded companies, both Dallas based. Leading the Heavy Materials namesake will be current Chairman Mike Nicolais and President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Haack. Leading the Light Materials business, operating as American Gypsum Company, will be Chairman Dave Powers, former Eagle Materials CEO and current director, and President and CEO Craig Kesler, current chief financial officer.

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Precast Show activity reflects strength of industry health, prospects

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

The Precast Show 2020, staged earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas, saw more than 4,000 attendees, 350 exhibitors, 100-plus hours of live education and various special events. The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute jointly hosted the event.

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ACI, PCI team to develop a structural precast companion to 318

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

An expanded American Concrete Institute and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute partnership has spawned the joint ACI-PCI Committee 319, Precast Structural Concrete Code, tasked with developing and maintaining code requirements unique to plant-fabricated elements or members common among PCI members. 

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NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

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The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs, and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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MANUFACTURERS – SEPTEMBER 2019

Paul

As a critical component of an ongoing commitment to a complete customer experience (CX) transformation, Daimler Trucks North America has created an entirely new CX organization and named 34-year company veteran Paul Romanaggi as Chief CX Officer.

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Ductile rebar research team seeks simplified precast connector specs

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, McLean, Va.; CP staff

A Charles Pankow Foundation grant will fund “Seismic Precast Concrete Wall and Frame Structures with Short-Grouted Ductile Rebar Connections,” a University of Notre Dame Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences investigation under Yahya Kurama, PhD, PE. Findings could support the development of commercially available connectors holding the potential to simplify precast wall and frame construction. 

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