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Destry Kenning named CFA Associate of the Year

Destry Kenning, Nox-Crete Forming Segment Manager, has been recognized by the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) for his contributions to the organization and for his submissions for their publication, “Concrete Facts Magazine.” The Associate of the Year Award was presented to Kenning on July 28 at the CFA’s annual banquet, held in Denver Colo., during their annual conference.

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Destry Kenning, Nox-Crete Forming Segment Manager, has received the Associate of the Year Award from the Concrete Foundations Association.

Craig Coppersmith, Nox-Crete’s vice president of technical sales and new product development, notes that Kenning’s award is well-deserved recognition for an up-and-coming professional making his mark in the forming industry.

“Destry serves as a great technical engineer representing Nox-Crete and we are proud to have him on our team,” Coppersmith said. “What is really impressive about Destry is his commitment and ambassadorship to the forming industry as a whole. It’s nice to have passion like that recognized.”

Kenning says the award is reflective of the importance Nox-Crete as a company places on educating the concrete forming industry. Within the concrete forming industry, Kenning notes solving problems such as buildup on forms is just as important today as it was 63 years ago, when Carl Linn started Nox-Crete by inventing the first chemically-reactive release agent.

“Whether a forming contractor uses wood forms, aluminum forms, or another type of form surface, the money is made by maximizing the life of the forms by keeping them clean and ensuring that they release easily from the concrete,” Kenning said.  “Our articles aim to educate the industry on the factors that affect the result, so that decisions can be made upfront that will lead to the best results in the long run.”

The CFA Associate of the Year Award is presented annually to honor a contributing member to the CFA who has made a significant impact. CFA members submit nominations for the honoree which are then voted on by CFA board members.

Nox-Crete Associates Collaborate for State-of-the-Art Precast Facility

When South Dakota-based precast producer Gage Brothers needed an innovative solution for their production facility, they turned to Moldtech, a precast form manufacturer based in Spain and represented in North America by Nox-Crete. The result was a state-of-the-art facility with customized tilting tables, allowing Gage brothers to replicate the exact sizes and finishes their clients require.

Nox-Crete is excited to work with both companies and, in turn, be part of collaborations which help improve the technology of the precast industry.

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Rhea Gross joins Nox-Crete team

Recent hire Rhea Gross brings accounting, administration experience to Nox-Crete team.

Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., has named Rhea Gross as their Accounting & Administration Manager.

Gross began her role with Nox-Crete on July 8. She previously held positions as a Controller at Gallup Federal Credit Union and with Guide Rock Capital Management, both based in Omaha.

As Nox-Crete Accounting & Administration Manager, Gross will focus on guiding the company’s financial strategy with added concentration on asset preservation and financial reporting. Nox-Crete is a concrete chemical company founded in 1956 based in Omaha.

Nox-Crete Names Lori Reid New Company President

Omaha, Neb., June 18, 2019 – Lori Reid has been named President of Nox-Crete Products Group, Inc., a promotion that comes three years after she joined the team as Chief Financial Officer in 2015.

In her former CFO role with Nox-Crete, Reid focused on key metrics, development of financial and operations strategy, asset preservation and financial reporting. She has also played a key role in the company’s transition from a privately-owned, family business to an employee-owned company in 2015.

In her new role as President, Reid’s focus will shift to developing and implementing the company’s strategic vision, adapting as the industry and customers’ needs continue to evolve.

Prior to joining Nox-Crete, Reid served as Financial Controller for Advanta US (Dallas, TX), Vice President of Business Development and Administration for American Star Energy & Minerals (Amarillo, TX) and Accounting Manager for McCleskey Harriger Brazill & Graf (Lubbock, TX).

Nox-Crete CEO Michael Linn is confident that Reid’s role will help usher in Nox-Crete’s latest stage of development. Linn will retain his CEO title and assist Reid as she takes on more responsibility in her new position.

“We see this as an important change as Nox-Crete moves into its next chapter of growth,” Linn said. “We’ve moved from a family-owned business to an ESOP company. Lori’s past experience with both our company and in the business world make her the ideal candidate to help Nox-Crete continue to grow and offer customers innovative products.”

Reid views the role as an opportunity to leverage the Nox-Crete’s strong history and reputation for excellence to reach the next level.

“I look forward to building upon Nox-Crete’s solid foundation as we adapt to ever-changing market conditions and enter into the next phase of our company’s growth,” Reid says. “With our committed employee owners, superior technical expertise and industry-leading technology, we will continue to be the benchmark for providing cutting-edge solutions to our customers’ needs.”

Easy Work Practice Solutions That Reduce Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust

OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Standard sets very strict standards for exposure, and contractors across the United States are developing their compliance playbook to mitigate risk. Employers must limit access to high exposure areas; provide training and respiratory protection; develop written exposure control plans; and begin to measure exposures starting in 2018.

The Nox-Crete team thinks the best way to prevent health problems related to silica dust is to avoid silica dust altogether. Several of our high-performance chemical and accessory solutions reduce the need for grinding and sanding Tilt-Up wall panels. Less grinding, less dust.

Reduce Grinding Requirements to Limit Exposure

Several products in the Nox-Crete Tilt-Up segment can be implemented as dust control work processes to meet the new OSHA requirements. First, chemically active Silcoseal cure and bondbreaker products deliver uniform and consistent panel separation. Clean panel separation with Silcoseal reduces wall panel grinding and patching requirements, thereby reducing worker exposure to silica dust.

Adding TP-Joint as a preventative work process will eliminate the traditional grinding of concrete “fins” on erected wall panel surfaces. TP-Joint is a pre-molded, flexible temporary floor joint filler that easily fits into saw cut floor/casting slab floor joints to prevent concrete seepage. Easy to install, TP-Joint is also easily removed without the use of any special tools or the need for resawing.

Better Reveals Reduce Dust

Rustication and reveal products made with wood, or porous blown PVC have a tendency to stick in Tilt-Up wall panels, which requires grinding along the entire length of each strip. Grinding, patching, sanding and sealing every inch exposes the team to unacceptable limits of silica dust.

Nox-Crete offers Clean Line Reveal, a high density extruded PVC rustication and chamfer strip. Because Clean Line Reveal won’t cause sugar retardation or expand like wood - you get a full surface contact and tighter joints that release clean from tilt-wall panels. Using Clean Line Reveal will greatly reduce the exposure to silica dust.

Use Smooth Textured Patching and Finishing Compound to Minimize Sanding

Creamy Panel Patch from Nox-Crete repairs minor surface defects on tilt-up wall surfaces, such as: air voids (bug holes), honeycombs, spalls, gouges, chips and scratches with no grinding and only minimal sanding prior to painting. With a unique blend of Portland cement, acrylic polymer modifiers and ultra-fine aggregates, high strength Panel Patch trowels out smoothly to a feather-edge thinness without any coarse, gritty feel.

Panel Patch delivers an exceptional bond to concrete and masonry surfaces, and is color-blended to match natural concrete. Because it dries in as little as 15 minutes, Panel Patch can be painted the same day.

Include Preventative Work Processes in Written Control Plans

The new rule requires employers to have a written exposure control plan that describes the following:

  • The tasks that could expose workers to silica dust
  • A description of the engineering controls, work practices, and respiratory protection used to limit exposure for each task
  • The housekeeping measures and restricted work area procedures used to limit exposure

Your written exposure control plan can also include anything else you think is important about keeping your employees safe from respirable crystalline silica at your worksite. Use Nox-Crete dust control products as a preventative work process to avoid grinding concrete.

Change is inevitable, but staying ahead of this new regulation doesn’t have to kill your profits. In fact, by taking advantage of next generation solutions from Nox-Crete, your operations can run more efficiently to give you an edge on your competition.

Key Dates For Construction Industry Compliance

  • September 23, 2017 - Comply with all obligations of the standard, except methods of sample analysis
  • June 23, 2018 - Comply with methods of sample analysis

Resources

Silica: The Nitty Gritty

  • Workers who inhale very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing silicosis, an incurable and sometimes fatal lung disease.
  • About two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces.
  • Respirable crystalline silica is a worker safety issue, which has big implications on recruiting and retaining new construction workers.