Ash Grove Cement Company Announces Manufacturing Department Organizational Changes

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For Immediate Release Jan. 6, 2012

Contact: Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA

(913) 451-8900 office
Ash Grove Cement Company Announces Manufacturing

Department Organizational Changes
Retirements lead to transitions among leaders
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 5, 2012 -- “With the impending retirement of two key leaders in the Ash Grove Cement Company’s manufacturing organization during the first half of 2012, the company is beginning the transition to our new reporting structure,” said Michael J. Hrizuk, senior vice president - manufacturing.
The changes were effective Jan. 1, 2012, according to Hrizuk. Ron Vidergar, assistant vice president of manufacturing services will report to Hrizuk. Vidergar’s direct reports will include: Bruce Newell, assistant vice president of manufacturing; Bob Ralls, corporate geologist; Greg Barger, Technical Center director; and Aaron Bufmack, corporate project engineer. Their respective duties are unchanged.
Mike Ralls, plant systems administrator, will report directly to Newell. Ralls had previously reported to Bill Hicks, director of information technology. Ralls had primary responsibility for Avantis, while working closely with the plants on Manufacturing Excellence Program (MEP) issues, including assisting in MEP audits as well as MEP coaching and mentoring. While Ralls’ responsibilities will change little, the reporting change will align his job duties more directly with the support efforts he has been providing to the MEP processes.
Steve Minshall, corporate health & safety director, will report directly to Curtis Lesslie, vice president of environmental affairs. Minshall’s duties are unchanged.
“Fran Streitman, vice president of manufacturing services, plans to retire on or around May 1, 2012,” said Hrizuk. Streitman will continue to report directly to Hrizuk until his retirement. Streitman also will continue mentoring and supporting Vidergar and Newell through the transitional period.
Hrizuk also added that Ralph Jones, senior corporate project engineer, plans to retire on or around April 1, 2012. Jones will continue to report directly to Streitman until his retirement and will continue to support our ongoing engineering projects.
“We are pleased to announce our new team, we wish our retiring colleagues well and look forward to continued success in our department as we produce the quality cement Ash Grove has produced for 130 years,” said Hrizuk.
Celebrating 130 years of operations in 2012, the Ash Grove Cement Company ( has distinguished itself in the cement industry with a strong and longstanding tradition of service, reliability and quality. As the largest American-owned cement company, Ash Grove has the capacity to produce more than 8 million tons of cement annually from eight cement plants located across the country and to distribute through more than 20 cement terminals, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, packaged products and paving operations.
The Sunderland family has led the privately-held Ash Grove Cement Company for four generations. The company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity are at the core of the company leaders’ values. Ash Grove has strong ties to the communities in which it operates.

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