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Ghines and Alpha enter distribution agreement

Ghines and Alpha Professional Tools have announced an agreement for distribution and service of the Ghines product line within the United States.

Ghines manufactures a wide range of products, including high-quality diamond and profiling tools, routers, dust collection systems for stone fabrication shops, and cost-effective, stationary contouring machinery.
Thanks to the Alpha deal, Ghines products will now be stocked in U.S. distribution centers.

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Blastrac Global gets bigger in Oklahoma

Blastrac Global has announced an expansion and investment in its Oklahoma City manufacturing facility.
As part of the expansion, the company has added two CNC machining centers, a roll press, cranes, and high definition CNC plasma equipment. "By moving key, high quality components in-house, we've increased control of the supply chain and costs," said Mark Haworth, vice president and general manager, in a press release.

In the wake of so much global demand for Blastrac's complete line of products, the Oklahoma City expansion will help move top products to the lowest manufacturing point.
As part of Blastrac's restructuring, Jonn Rippman, currently the national training manager, will add a new Inside Sales and Technical Support group, which will focus on taking care of the customer.
Blastrac equipment is designed for surface preparation of concrete, steel, brick, stone, asphalt and other substrates.

Metal Forms Corp. purchases Sterling Handling Equipment

Metal Forms Corp., a leading manufacturer in the concrete construction industry since 1909, has announced its purchase of Sterling Handling Equipment Inc. Both companies have more than a century of manufacturing history in Milwaukee.

Established in 1904, Sterling Handling Equipment makes material handling equipment, including wheelbarrows, mortar tubs and concrete carts. "Sterling has an excellent reputation in the industry, with durable and reliable products," says Metal Forms president Tom Miller in a news release. "This equipment compliments our existing product line and will serve as the cornerstone of MFC's new Handling Division."

MFC plans to move Sterling's production to its manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee, Wis.

Urethane Polymers make hires, acquires companies
Urethane Polymers International has hired Lee Tizard as business development manager and Brandon Carpenter as architectural sales manager.

The president of UPI, Jim Bolotin, feels both men bring a large amount of field and technical experience to the company.

This summer, United Polymers acquired Excellent Coatings Inc. and Tufflex Polymers late last year, allowing UPI to expand its product offerings.

Prosoco hires group specialist

Prosoco Inc., a manufacturer of products that clean, protect and maintain concrete, brick and stone architecture, has added a new member to its Consolideck finished concrete flooring team.

As Prosoco's concrete products group specialist, Jeff Dykstra will promote Consolideck high-performance flooring products, develop new business, conduct training and consult on projects. Though he has responsibilities nationwide, Jeff is based out of North Las Vegas, and will focus mostly on the western United States.

A 20-year veteran of the construction industry, Dykstra has run his own Chicago-based finished concrete flooring company, A & I Futuristic Flooring, since 2000. He's installed more than half a million square feet of finished concrete flooring throughout the Midwest, including at numerous Expo Design Centers and Chicago's City Colleges.

Promotions and a hire at Tindall

Tindall Corp. has announced two promotions at its Virginia Division and one new hire at its Georgia Division.

Charles "Chuck" Wynings has been promoted to general manager of the Virginia Division, located in Petersburg, Va. Wynings has been with Tindall Corp. since 1999, previously serving as engineering manager. His career has included five years with consulting engineers H. Wilden & Associates Inc., and nine years with precaster New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc.

Also at the Virginia Division, Jeff Lepard, P.E., has been promoted to engineering manager. Lepard has served at Tindall for more than seven years, previously as a project engineer. His extensive precast experience also includes a decade with a Pennsylvania precast company.

Phillip J. Iverson, P.E., has been appointed to the position of general manager for the company's Georgia Division in Conley. A member of the precast industry for many years, Iverson comes to Tindall from Spancrete of Illinois Inc., where he most recently served as director of business development. His precast experience includes engineering, estimating and sales positions for other precast, prestressed concrete companies, as well as technical director of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for a number of years.

Tindall Corp. is a leader in the design and manufacture of precast, prestressed concrete framing systems for mixed-use, educational, commercial, institutional, industrial and parking structures; modular products for the corrections industry; and utility products.

Bonsal American realigns key leadership in response to growth

Bonsal American Inc. has added a new position to its leadership team and has promoted two other members to better handle growth.

Gil Seco has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the construction products division, which includes products sold under the ProSpec brand.
Bill Ashton has been named chief operating officer of the dry mix division, which includes products sold under the Sakrete brand.

Andy Brinkmeier has been named vice president of business development, and Daniel Benigni has been promoted from regional controller to vice president of finance.

"The reorganization of our leadership team is key to positioning Bonsal American for continued growth and market leadership," said David Maske, president of Bonsal American, in a press release.

Bonsal American Inc. is one of the largest producers of packaged building material products in the United States, including cement mixes and concrete repair and restoration products.