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ASCC Publishes New Safety Bulletin

ST. LOUIS, MO –  The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has published a new Safety Bulletin:  OSHA’s New Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Dust.

The New Rule went into effect June 23, 2016 but allows a one year leeway for the industry to fully comply.  The ruling cuts the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) by half, a significant change that concrete trades need to prepare for.  It also increases the amount of medical exams and recordkeeping required.

Build With Strength

Using its 2016 National Convention as a launching pad, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has unveiled Build with Strength, a multi-million dollar coordinated industry campaign to better educate the design / build and code communities about the benefits of concrete construction in the low- to mid-rise sector, and in general.

Putzmeister America Welcomes Don Fees as Parts Sales Manager – Houston

Putzmeister America, Inc., has added Don Fees as parts sales manager—concrete transit mixers. In the role, he will be responsible for parts sales and product management of concrete transit mixers out of Putzmeister’s Houston facility.

With 24 years of experience in service parts sales, product management and ready mix operations, Fees brings considerable industry knowledge to his new role. Throughout his career, he has held various positions within the industry, most recently as parts division manager for a large concrete mixer manufacturing company.

Adam Wallace Returns as Schwing Truck Mixer Regional Manager

Adam Wallace has returned to Schwing as west/central regional sales manager. Wallace originally joined Schwing in 2006 after graduating college and worked in ready mix equipment sales for the company. “It is with great pleasure that I return to a first class company that is also an industry leader,” according to Wallace.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Names Jorge Reza West Coast Parts Sales Manager

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named longtime employee Jorge Reza its West Coast parts sales manager, responsible for working with customers in that region to fulfill their parts needs, as well as maintaining inventory at the company’s West Coast facility.

Reza started his career at Putzmeister in the paint department in 1999, transferring to the customer support group five years later. He most recently worked as Putzmeister’s new business manager for South and Central America. Prior to that he was the Latin America after sales parts and service manager.

Air Pumped Sand & Gravel Changes Name to “Air Pump USA”

Air Pump USA, a construction and landscape industry service provider that places aggregates, sands and soil blends into hard-to-reach places, has announced the launch of its new brand, website and centralized location. Formerly known as Air Pumped Sand & Gravel, the name change, new brand identity and recent relocation of its headquarters to Gardena, California (from Mission Viejo), reflects the company’s desire to better serve the growing Southern California construction market and prepare for growth into other regions of the country.

Putzmeister America Honors Randy Ziarek with Sales Excellence Award

Putzmeister America, Inc., honored Midwestern U.S. regional sales manager Randy Ziarek with the company’s first ever sales excellence award at its annual sales meeting held this summer. He was recognized with the award due to his overall dedication and superior customer service.

“Over the years, Randy has developed extremely close relationships with the customers in his territory,” said Bill Dwyer, vice president of sales and marketing for Putzmeister. “This award recognizes his unwavering commitment, and consistently going above and beyond to ensure the best possible service.”

Schwing America Names New Leadership Team

Schwing America Inc. (SAI) has announced its new leadership team of Bill Murray and Tom O’Malley following the recent resignation of former CEO, Brian Hazelton. Bill Murray, CFO for the past four years at SAI, has been named as CEO effective immediately. For two years prior to that, Murray held the position of chief restructuring officer and independent board member. Over his 30-year business career, Murray has held senior level finance, operating and consulting positions in several companies, including divisions of Daimler Chrysler and General Motors.

Adams Announces Successor at Putzmeister America, Inc.

Dave Adams, president and chief executive officer of Putzmeister America, Inc. since January 2000, has announced Peter Mendel as his successor. Adams’ career with Putzmeister spans 20 years, starting with the company as its vice president of engineering, and his past 16 years as president and CEO.


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