Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Kremer honored with Wendt Award

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association named Randy J. Kremer, vice president-manager of construction materials for Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction Inc., recipient of the 12th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community. The award was conceived and is judged by the Manufacturing and Services Division of NSSGA comprised of companies that manufacture and market equipment or provide services to the aggregates industry.

Over the past 35 years, Kremer has helped to bring Granite Construction from a singular, albeit vertically integrated, role as a heavy civil contractor to become a nationally recognized aggregate, asphalt and concrete construction materials supplier. Along the way, Kremer also has been a tremendous champion for the aggregates industry.

"It is fitting that such a respected leader of our industry is honored with the Wendt Commitment Award," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "In my dozen-plus years with the association, I have personally seen Randy's commitment to association operations conferences, and to Board, political, policy and technical activities. He has insisted on the highest-quality all-volunteer-led education offerings that could be developed for the AGG1 Academy. He looks ahead for the workforce of tomorrow. We are deeply thankful for his efforts at NSSGA and, undoubtedly, he has helped better not only ours but all of the organizations in which he has become involved."

The award is named for Iowan Barry K. Wendt (1946-1997), a Cedarapids, Inc., employee and industry leader who was universally recognized as a leader in the aggregates industry. He had served as chairman of the Manufacturers Divisions of both the former National Aggregates Association and National Stone Association. Each year, the Memorial Commitment Award goes to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment demonstrated by Wendt. It is the association's highest individual honor and service award. -- Mark Kuhar

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