Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings has hired 20-year industry veteran Derrick Castle to lead project development work for the bridge and highway market. As a project development manager, Castle will assist in directing the development and delivery of coatings solutions designed to maximize the service life of concrete and steel structures. He brings two decades of chemistry knowledge and structural steel coatings industry service to the Sherwin-Williams team. He will focus on the bridge and highway market in the Southwest and Midwest United States.
“Derrick’s extensive knowledge of testing, evaluating and applying coating systems, as well as his deep industry network makes him a valuable leader for Sherwin-Williams,” said Dee McNeill, Director, Bridge and Highway for Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. “Derrick is a great addition to our team who will help to enhance our commitment to service excellence for the bridge and highway market.”
Previously serving as a chemical and corrosion laboratory specialist for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Castle managed daily operations for the chemical section of the agency’s Division of Materials. He was responsible for specifications development and oversight of chemical and physical analyses for materials used in the construction and maintenance of Kentucky’s highway infrastructure. He also served as a chemist and chemist supervisor during his 20-year tenure with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Sherwin-Williams recognizes the unique coating requirements for bridge and highway applications that must endure challenging environments. The company’s proven coatings solutions are designed to conserve public works budgets while maximizing the service life of coated structures.
Castle is the 2013 recipient of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) John D. Keane Award of Merit, which recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of the protective coatings industry and to SSPC. He is an active member of SSPC; the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Materials (AASHTO/SOM); the AASHTO National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (AASHTO/NTPEP); and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). Castle has served as chair of the AASHTO/NTPEP protective coatings technical committee and also served two terms on the AASHTO/NTPEP executive committee.
Castle holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in chemistry from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.