Brock, chairman and former CEO of Astec, dies

By |  March 11, 2015

J. Don Brock, chairman and former CEO of Astec Industries, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was 76. Brock was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2012.

Brock, a member of Pit & Quarry’s Hall of Fame, was one of the five founders of Astec, which formed in 1972. Under his leadership, Astec became a global company with 18 subsidiaries around the world. He also held about 100 U.S. and foreign patents on construction machinery and drying equipment.

Brock won a number of awards, including the Man of the Year award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association; the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni award from the Georgia Institute of Technology; the Dougherty Award from the University of Tennessee; the ARTBA Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Construction Professionals of the 20th Century award; and the Dr. J. Don Brock Transovation Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

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