Management Changes at U.S. Concrete

U.S. Concrete announced several management changes recently. Robert Hardy, senior vice president and chief financial officer, was promoted to executive vice president and CFO. Michael Gentoso, vice president and general manager of the New Jersey operations, was promoted to regional vice president of U.S. Concrete's Atlantic region. Also, William Albanese, regional vice president for Northern California, was added to the board of directors. Robert Walker will retire from the board at the end of the year. Visit

Aggregate Industries Buys S.C. Producer

Aggregate Industries (AI) has purchased Hardaway Concrete Co. and Hardaway Concrete Co. Upstate. Hard-away operates 10 ready-mixed concrete plants in South Carolina: seven in Columbia and three in Greenville. The company, with 82 trucks and 170 employees, supplied more than 500,000 yards of concrete in 2006. The acquisition gives AI its first plants in South Carolina. AI, a subsidiary of Holcim Ltd., has its U.S. base in Rockville, Md. Visit

Obit: Al Engelman

Al Engelman, owner and CEO of Engelman Construction of Macungie, Pa., and former president of the Tilt-up Concrete Association (TCA), died July 27. Engleman was a dedicated advocate of the tilt-up industry and donated countless hours shaping the association.

One of his main contributions to the TCA was developing the safety awards program. TCA is working with allied associations to develop a memorial. For more information, contact Ed Sauter at TCA at 319-895-6911, or e-mail

WOC Registration

Registration for World of Concrete 2008 is open. WOC 2007 was the largest show in its 33-year history, with 1739 exhibitors occupying more than 900,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attendance of 91,628 also was a record. The 2008 show takes place Jan. 22–25; seminars begin Jan. 21.

THE CONCRETE PRODUCER is the official publication of the show's Producer Center. Look for more information about editorial events in future issues. For more information on registration, seminar listings, and accommodations, visit the event's Web site at

BASF Promotions

The Admixture Systems business of BASF Construction Chemicals has made two promotions in its precast/prestressed and manufactured concrete products (MCP) sales team. Bob Beres was appointed precast and MCP segment manager for the Central Division. He has been with BASF since 1990. Gerald Lapier will lead the Eastern Division as the precast and MCP segment manager. Lapier joined BASF in 2002. For more, visit

Grace Goes Green

Grace Construction Products has expanded its green building initiative by launching a dedicated section of its Web site to green building products and practices. The new Building Green with Grace site links users with an interactive guide to products that help architects and specifiers achieve the prerequisites and points needed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. For more information, visit

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