With more than 50 years of experience in the construction materials industry, Birmingham native Carl Register has carved out a successful career as an executive running top engineering companies and leading his own innovative engineering ventures. His engineering savvy and business knowledge have not only elevated his companies to new levels of prominence, but have also helped shape the industry as a whole.
His senior management positions include his current roles as president and owner of CARCO Mineral Resources Inc. and Railcar Solutions Ltd. along with previous stints as division president of Vulcan Materials Company and later as president and CEO of Redland Stone Products Company.
Register graduated with a degree in industrial management from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University in 1963 and was recruited by American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO) to work as a sales engineer. In 1964, he joined Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham. He steadily rose through the ranks until he was named Southern Division president in 1980. During his tenure as division president, he was responsible for managing all of Vulcan’s construction materials businesses in Alabama and four other states, including acquisitions, dispositions and green field start-up operations. As president, Register added more than 15 new operations; demonstrated his unique ability to turn around unsuccessful operations; and exhibited a proven track record of impressive bottom-line financial results. Carl demonstrated his innovative and visionary engineering aptitude by being one of the first pioneers in the development of a quarry operation on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico serving the Gulf Coast of the United States, including Alabama, with high quality limestone. This operation along with the building of the only deep water port on the peninsula is truly an extraordinary engineering feat.
He left Vulcan Materials in 1989 to become president and CEO of Texas-based Redland Stone Products Company in San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management of all aggregate, asphalt, ready-mix concrete, lime and general contracting companies in Texas for Redland PLC. His responsibilities included management of numerous construction materials businesses employing more than 3,000 people, including nine direct report division presidents. During his tenure with Redland, Register made strategic acquisitions and personally orchestrated the sale of underutilized assets. He was also board chairman of each of the company’s nine subsidiaries. When Redland was sold to Martin Marietta Materials Inc. in 1998, it was Texas’s largest producer of construction materials.
Starting in 1996, Register embarked on a series of family-owned engineering and business ventures. Register started CARCO Mineral Resources Inc. which supplies bentonite for enhancing pulp and paper production and for water treatment. During its early years, CARCO’s products were principally used for retention and drainage, deinking, contaminant control and other water treatment applications in pulp and paper mills, but the company has begun a diversification program to broaden its customer base and its product lines with emphasis on pharmaceutical and personal care products.
As managing partner of Railcar Solutions, Register has shown his aptitude for turning novel engineering concepts into marquee business products. Register’s engineering design led to the award of several patents for rail car door closer systems. These products are now being marketed under the DoorBrute name and position the company as an industry leader in rail car door closing products and solutions.
Register has also supported engineering education throughout his career. He and his family created two scholarships for promising Auburn Engineering students from Alabama and Texas. He is also a vital member of Auburn’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Council. In 2015, Register received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.