Cemstone, a Midwestern supplier of ready-mixed, engineered and decorative concrete, has announced the winners of its 2008 Decorative Concrete Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in both design and the use of decorative concrete in residential and commercial construction. Independently judged by Twin Cities landscape architects, winners were recognized for creativity and excellence in four categories: Residential Exteriors, Residential Interiors, Commercial Exteriors and Commercial Interiors. Each of nearly 60 contractor-submitted entries featured Cemstone-supplied colored, stamped or stained concrete.
The Grand Prize winners are as follows: Residential Exteriors: ThemeScapes Inc., Forest Lake, Minn,; Residential Interiors: Foley Construction Inc., Le Sueur, Minn.; Commercial Exteriors: ThemeScapes Inc., Forest Lake, Minn.; and Commercial Interiors: Nelson Construction Services, Balsam Lake, Wis. Cemstone operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa.
ProSpec has expanded its manufacturing capabilities with the opening of a Dallas, Texas, plant.
The Dallas facility adds production and inventory capacity for ProSpec's tile installation, flooring repair and rehabilitation, and concrete repair and restoration products. The ProSpec brand is owned and managed by Bonsal American Inc.
In response to increased demand, Mapei has expanded the size of its Garland, Texas, plant to double its previous square footage.
The new expansion provides more room for the warehousing and shipping departments, and 4 million pounds of products are expected to be shipped from the plant every week. In addition, a state-of-the-art urethane-products production line has been added to the original line to meet a growing demand for wood-flooring adhesives. The second line will allow the plant to double its urethane product capacity. Three old shipping bays now provide space for recycling drums, totes and pallets from raw-material deliveries.
iCrete has signed a strategic use agreement with Webcor Builders, a commercial general contractor and concrete contractor based in San Mateo, Calif. Under the agreement, Webcor will offer iCrete high-performance concrete mixes and quality systems for tall buildings and other major structures. The companies will work together to win major construction and infrastructure projects on the West Coast.
Founded in 2006, iCrete uses advanced technology and processes to optimize concrete design and production for efficiency, workability and strength, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions produced by the final product.
The Commercial Construction Show, scheduled to be held June 2-4, 2009, at the new Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., will attract architects, interior designers and property managers looking for new service providers, especially those companies offering products and services that reduce operating costs.
The three-day event will feature seminars and more than 200 exhibits. Concrete industry professionals can improve their knowledge of retail, restaurant and hospitality construction at the show, said Dave Doucette, vice president and editor of Commercial Construction Magazine, which owns and produces the show, in a press release. "There is still new-unit construction underway and in the pipeline, but builders and architects are placing a newfound emphasis on products that can cut energy costs and reduce maintenance costs while improving the appearance of their buildings. Attendees are interested in affordable ways of upgrading existing facilities, renovating interiors and looking for products that can have an immediate impact on reducing operating costs."
Payback Points is Husqvarna Construction Products' newest customer rewards program.
Within the Payback Points program, customers accumulate points when purchasing most Husqvarna-labeled products (there are a few exceptions). When a customer makes a purchase from within Husqvarna's dealer network, they enter the purchase online at the Husqvarna Payback Web site. Customers may track and redeem their points online. Items available as prizes include cameras, TVs, jewelry, books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and grills.
To give back to those driving the polished concrete and concrete surface preparation industries, Concrete Polishing Solutions has launched the Pay Back Rewards Program.
Contractors can accumulate points throughout the year by buying products they need and use on a regular basis, such as diamonds, chemicals and supplies. These points can be used to purchase items such as vacation packages and additional equipment, grinders and vacuums. The more materials purchased, the more points can be accumulated to put towards higher-tier packages.
Sto Corp., a leader in cladding, coating and restoration systems, has named Christopher M. Thomas as its new chief financial officer. Thomas has more than 13 years of domestic and international experience in all aspects of corporate finance and accounting. He is a certified public accountant and a certified mergers and acquisition advisor.
Ardex Engineered Cements has promoted Jesse David to vice president and general manager. He previously served as the vice president of sales for Ardex. David brings to the position more than 19 years of experience gained at Ardex and a European flooring manufacturer. David will maintain his oversight over sales while adding profit and loss responsibilities for the Ardex Engineered Cements business unit. He will work closely with each functional discipline within Ardex to develop and direct the strategic initiatives necessary to meet the short-term and long-term objectives of the company.
Also promoted was Hendrick T. Goller to director of marketing, a newly created position that will focus on the marketing efforts required to support aggressive product innovation initiatives planned by Ardex for 2009. Goller previously served as product platform manager for Ardex Tile & Stone Installation Products, where he was responsible for the development and launch of numerous new products. Goller has worked for Ardex and The W.W. Henry Co. since 1999.
Husqvarna Construction Products has promoted Steve Chamberlin and Chuck Markley to senior vice president, North America, in their respective departments. Chamberlin will assume the role of senior vice president, North America, sales and marketing. He will oversee sales, marketing and customer service. He previously served as Husqvarna Construction Products' vice president of sales and marketing.
Markley manages the daily operations of the company as senior vice president, North America, operations. His responsibilities include engineering, manufacturing, accounting, finance, information technology and human resources. Previously, he was vice president of operations for Husqvarna Construction Products.