Spancrete Mourns Deaths

Three senior employees of Spancrete and their pilot died in a plane crash in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Aug. 14. “We're a family company, and our employees are like our family,” said company president John Nagy. “Not only did I lose a brother, I lost two other family members.”

Killed were Daniel Nagy, 30, vice president and secretary of the board of The Spancrete Group. He was the grandson of company founder Henry Nagy and brother of president John Nagy. Michael Wraalstad, 59, was general manager of WBC Corp., Spancrete's trucking division. James Wehr, 47, was a supervisor at WBC. Pilot Nicholas Gerger, 23, was flying the Piper Aztec.

The men were on a business trip to Canada when their plane crashed in Sault Ste. Marie. For more, visit www.spancrete.com.

New Hanson Plant

Hanson Pipe & Precast, Southeast Region, recently broke ground in Winter Haven, Fla., for what it says will be one of the largest automated pipe plants in the United States. The 171,000-square-foot plant will begin operations in August 2007. With two automated pipe production lines, the facility will be Hanson's flagship pipe plant in the Southeast U.S. For more on Hanson, visit www.hansonpipeand products.com

2007 Technology Forum

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 2007 Concrete Technology Forum: Focus on High Performance Concrete will take place May 22–24, 2007, in Dallas. Researchers, engineers, architects, contractors, producers, public works officials, and material suppliers are invited to attend, give presentations, and submit papers. Abstracts are due Oct. 27. For more information on the forum, visit www.concretetechnologyforum.org.

Wilbert Expands

Spokane, Wash.-based Wilbert Precast has bought Yakima Precast. Wilbert will build a new facility to accommodate the Yakima plant it has operated since the early 1980s and the new company it recently purchased. The new 22,000-square-foot plant should be complete by March. Visit www.wilbertprecast.com.

Acquisition Completed

The acquisition of Degussa Construction Chemicals by BASF Corp. was completed this summer. BASF will continue to market Master Builders admixture and construction products from its Cleveland office. Based in New Jersey, BASF Corp. is the North American affiliate of BASF AG of Ludwigshafen, Germany. Visit www.basf-admixtures.com.

New Simem CEO

Simem America named Caludio Carpano as new CEO and David Webb as director of sales and marketing. San Anto-nio-based Simem America, a subsidiary of Simem S.r.L. of Italy, manufactures mixers, reclaimers, automated delivery systems, and batching plants and controls. Visit www.simemamerica.com.