(OVERLAND PARK, Kansas) — On August 17th, the Ash Grove Cement Company board of directors approved three promotions on its executive team from the company’s senior management, according to Ash Grove Chairman Charles T. Sunderland. The promotions are effective immediately.
“We are pleased that the board of directors approved the recommendations for these three talented Ash Grove employees to join our executive team. We have a strong, deep management team, and we were able to implement our company’s succession plan seamlessly in the wake of Ash Grove president and chief operating officer Chuck Wiedenhoft’s untimely death,” said Sunderland. “I am looking forward to working with the entire Ash Grove executive team to guide our 128-year old company.”
Michael J. Hrizuk is promoted to senior vice president – manufacturing and will report to Sunderland. Hrizuk also will be nominated to serve on the Ash Grove Board of Directors at the next annual meeting. Hrizuk served most recently as vice president of manufacturing – west. Hrizuk has been with Ash Grove 21 years. His career in the cement manufacturing industry spans nearly three decades. His direct reports include: Ed Pierce, vice president of manufacturing – Midwest; Fran Streitman, vice president – manufacturing services; and Curtis Lesslie, vice president of environmental affairs.
John Woodfill is promoted to senior vice president – administration and also will report to Sunderland. Woodfill already serves on the Ash Grove Board of Directors. Woodfill served most recently as Ash Grove’s chief financial officer. Woodfill has been with Ash Grove 22 years. Before joining Ash Grove, he served as vice president and treasurer for Payless Cashways. His direct reports include: Dave Ezell, vice president of human resources; Bob Dabler, risk manager; Debra Mays, corporate controller & assistant treasurer; Bill Hicks, director of IT; Mark Meads, assistant treasurer & director of tax; Robert Henning, vice president of finance – Ash Grove Materials Company; and Greg Chase, manager of internal audit and special projects.
Pat Gorup is promoted to vice president, Ash Grove – Materials and will report to Sunderland. Gorup also will be nominated to serve on the Ash Grove Board of Directors. Gorup previously was president and chief executive officer of the Ash Grove subsidiary, Lyman-Richey Corporation. Gorup has been with Lyman-Richey 22 years. Previous to joining Lyman-Richey, Gorup was a certified public accountant for an international accounting firm. His direct reports include: Allan Emby, president – aggregates and ready mix, and Steve Boyland, president – Precision Packaging, Inc. Gorup will continue to provide leadership to Lyman-Richey in his new role, and an announcement will be made in the near future regarding Gorup’s replacement as Lyman-Richey president.
Steve Ryan, Ash Grove vice president and general counsel will report to Sunderland. He recently succeeded Eileen Flink in that position following her retirement from Ash Grove. Flink remains a member of the Ash Grove Board of Directors.
Steve Bird, Permanent Paving, Inc., president, will report to Dewey Fore, vice president of sales – midwest division.
Ash Grove Cement Company has established its leadership within the cement industry and has a strong and longstanding tradition of service, reliability and quality for more than 125 years. As the largest U.S.-owned cement company, Ash Grove produces eight million tons of cement annually from eight cement plants located across the country.
The quality portland and masonry cements produced at these plants are used in the construction of highways, bridges, commercial and industrial complexes, single and multi-family homes, and a myriad of other structures fundamental to America’s economic vitality and quality of life.