CalStar names new CEO

CalStar Products, a manufacturer of low-energy, low-CO2 masonry products, has hired Joel Rood as its new CEO. Rood has worked in the building products and materials industry for 15 years, most recently as general manager for CertainTeed Canada. He also served as general manager of the southern U.S. division at James Hardie Corp.

Rood’s previous positions also include assignments with Hilti and Schlumberger in the United States and internationally.

CalStar is backed by cleantech investment leaders Foundation Capital, EnerTech Capital, Nth Power and The Westly Group. Under Rood, the company will relocate its headquarters and R&D activity from California to its manufacturing plant in Caledonia, Wis.

CalStar Products develops and manufactures sustainable building products that allow customers to reduce the energy and carbon footprint of their projects and incorporate significant recycled materials. It was founded in Silicon Valley.

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