Redi-Rock charts Besser-blazed trail, earning top Commerce Department Export honor

Sources: Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Lansing, Mich.; CP staff Redi-Rock International, the Michigan-based concrete formwork developer and licensor who helped reshape the wet cast retaining wall market, has received the President’s “E” Award for Exporting from the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

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Redi-Rock optimizes block design for taller, tighter footprint walls

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The Redi-Rock retaining wall system is moving up with the release of XL Hollow-Core blocks, designed at 36 in. high—twice standard units’ height—in 52-, 72- or 96-in. widths. “This is the most significant innovation we’ve made to the system since the release of the Positive Connection blocks in 2011,” says Redi-Rock International President Jacob Manthei.

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Thousands of Redi-Rock retaining walls go up each year around the world, owing to 130 licensed producers across five continents. The massive size of each Redi-Rock block allows engineers to design tall gravity walls and even taller reinforced walls with Positive Connection blocks. Four natural stone textures and a full line of accessories like columns, steps, and freestanding walls round out a complete retaining wall system offering.

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Lafarge veteran Blair takes helm at Michigan’s Consumers Concrete

Sources: Consumers Concrete Corp., Kalamazoo, Mich.; CP staff

Bruce Blair is the new president and chief executive officer of Consumers Concrete, which operates 22 ready mixed plants throughout western Michigan, along with a Redi-Rock precast and two concrete block plants, plus four retail locations. He succeeds Tom Thomas and Steve Thomas, who have retired from day-to-day duty, but will serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, and retain full ownership of the business.

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