Industry News

Largest Concrete Pump in Latin America Working in São Paulo Subway

A Putzmeister 63Z-meter truck-mounted concrete boom pump, considered the largest pump in Latin America, is placing concrete for the Moema station in Line 5 of the São Paulo Subway system. The pump was chosen by the engineering staff of the Consortium Helenus & Fonseca / Tiisa and tasked with transporting concrete to an average depth of 82 feet, the equivalent of an eight-story building.

The 63Z has a nearly 204-foot boom, which opens in a five-section, Z-fold formation to pump up to 175 cubic yards of concrete per hour. The pump is owned and operated by RentalMix.

American Concrete Institute Announces New Publication: Legal Issues in Concrete Construction, Second Edition

The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of a new invaluable publication for concrete industry designers, suppliers, and contractors—Legal Issues in Concrete Construction, Second Edition, authored by by Jeffrey W. Coleman, P.E., FACI, attorney at law.

The author provides interpretations of the courts’ findings and contrasts the decisions with other results where possible. This second edition of Legal Issues in Concrete Construction contains over 150 cases—more than three times the number of cases as the first edition— and it assembles the cases into 23 chapters.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Announces Success at 41st Annual World of Concrete

Putzmeister America, Inc. attended the 41st annual World of Concrete Feb. 2–6, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where it presented two booths to showcase its various equipment models and engineering advancements.

Irving Equipment Announces Plans for $4.4 Million Expansion

Irving Equipment has announced that plans are underway on a $4.4 million expansion. This includes a 40,000 square-foot building on eight acres of land located at 1785 CR 1, near its existing facility in Tiffin, Ohio. The expansion became necessary due to growth and increased demand for products, such as concrete pumps and cranes.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Introduces Upgrades to Thom-Katt® Line

Putzmeister America, Inc. has announced significant upgrades to its Thom-Katt® Trailer Pump line. The TK 40, TK 50, TK 60 HP and TK 70 are the first models to feature a relocated fuel tank and a new control box with display. The fuel tank relocation will be featured on the single and tandem axle units and will allow for increased ground clearance. The new TKs will be able to go where previous models could not, allowing for better access over rugged or uneven terrain.

Proposed EPA Ozone Regulations Would Slash Thousands of Construction Jobs

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to further tighten ozone standards could result in the loss of more than 45,000 construction jobs each year, slow the nation’s economy and impede vital infrastructure investments.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Names Tom McKernan Sales and Service Director for its Concrete Mixer Division

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named Tom McKernan sales and service director for the company’s concrete mixer division.

Shaun Nelson Named New Schwing Regional Manager

In a move that brings an experienced sales professional back to Schwing America, the company has rehired Shaun Nelson as the Western Central regional manager. Nelson formerly filled the same position from 2000 through 2008 for Schwing. His region includes his home state of Texas as well as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. “We are pleased to attract Shaun back to concrete pump sales, where he excelled in his previous stint with us,” explains Tom O’Malley, vice president and general manager for concrete pumps.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Announces Testing Results for Bridge Maxx Series Concrete Mixers

Eighteen months of extensive, real world testing across the U.S. has consistently demonstrated reduced pivot stress and improved stability in the booster axle design of Putzmeister America, Inc.’s Bridge Maxx Series Truck- Mounted Concrete Mixers. Following rigorous testing, the components of the axle have shown little wear and analysis has predicted a comfortable 10-year lifespan of the arm.

Alliance for California Business Victorious in Court Ruling

On November 28, 2014, a truck cab suddenly caught fire on Highway 101 in Los Angeles. The following day, onlookers at a truck stop in Natomas watched as flames from a parked burning big rig truck cab spread to two adjoining trucks, destroying all three vehicles. One day after that, at a fueling station in Dunnigan, another big rig truck cab burst into flames, resulting in the vehicle’s total loss and subsequent shutdown of the fueling station itself—fortunately without injury or loss of life.