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September 04, 2012

Holcim VP Recognized by Portland Cement Association

SKOKIE, Ill.—Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized Al Innis as a winner of the 2012 John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Award.  

Presented at PCA’s annual fall committee meeting, August 28, 2012, in Chicago, the awards honor employees of member companies who have exhibited industry leadership by taking the Association in new directions.  Awards are presented in each of PCA’s two categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity and Market Development.  Innis was honored in the Business Continuity category.

Innis, vice president of quality and product performance for Holcim (US) Inc., Dundee, Mich., provided constant, unyielding efforts with the AASHTO/ASTM Harmonization Task Group to get limestone cements accepted for the last several years were vital to the final agreement.  These changes to standards resulted in millions of dollars in savings per year to the cement industry.  In addition, it provided an opportunity for manufacturers to produce greener cements with lower carbon footprints.  Under his guidance as co-chair of the Product Standards and Technology Committee, the industry came to consensus on the various issues surrounding limestone cements and was able to defend those positions in the standards arena.

In addition to the PCA Product Standards and Technology Committee, Innis serves on the PCA Board of Directors; Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, Green Concrete Science, Focus Group and Industry Task Group.

The award is named after John P. “Jay” Gleason, Jr., who served as PCA president from 1986 until his retirement in 2007.  Gleason was known for his consensus building among both members and allies and for his strong leadership skills.

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