Industry News

Putzmesiter America, Inc. Announces 2016 Service School Schedule

Putzmeister America, Inc. has announced the 2016 schedule for its expanding service school program. This year, the company has added new classes and updated the curriculum to help meet customers’ ever-changing needs.

The 2016 Putzmeister Service School schedule includes the following courses:

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Putzmeister America, Inc. Recognizes Top Distributors at 2016 World of Concrete Trade Show

Putzmeister America, Inc. recognized several of its domestic and international distributor partners with its annual “Distributor of the Year” awards at a VIP event in Las Vegas during the 2016 World of Concrete trade show in February.

Cole & Lambert, Inc. won Domestic Large Line Distributor of the Year; Thomas Concrete Machinery, Inc. won Domestic Thom-Katt® Distributor of the Year; Gary Carlson Equipment won Domestic Mortar Machine Distributor of the Year; and Advance Equipment Company won Domestic Spare Parts and Pipe System Distributor of the Year.

Schwing Adds Vice President / General Manager, Parts and Service

In announcing Myron Birschbach as the new vice president / general manager of aftermarket sales and service, Schwing America’s CEO, Brian Hazleton, stated, “The ability of Schwing America to exceed the expectations of our customers after their initial purchase is of utmost importance to us.” Birschbach brings extensive experience to the newly created position. His responsibilities will include parts sales, product support and training and warranty.

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Construction Forms Expands Executive Team with New Vice President of Operations and Engineering

Construction Forms, Inc., announced the appointment of Mark Troyer as the company’s vice president of operations and engineering.

At Construction Forms, a Wisconsin-based leader in the development of concrete pumping systems and accessories, Troyer will play a key role in driving the strategic and tactical direction of the manufacturing and engineering divisions.

ASCC’s Ward Malisch Receives World of Concrete Legacy Award

Ward R. Malisch, Ph.D., PE, concrete construction specialist, American Society of Concrete Contractors, received the World of Concrete Legacy Award on February 2, 2016, just prior to the show’s opening in Las Vegas. WOC established the Legacy Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the concrete and masonry industries, and who have left a lasting mark on the show.

Putzmeister America Promotes Alan Woods to Training Manager

Putzmeister America, Inc., has promoted longtime employee Alan Woods to training manager, responsible for coordinating, conducting and writing curriculum for the company’s training schools both in-house and in the field, as well as for continued field service customer support.

ASCC Announces New Officers

Chris Plue, Webcor Concrete, San Francisco, California, has been elected first vice-president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Missouri, for 2015-2016. Anthony DeCarlo, Cincinnati, Ohio; Chris Forster, Tustin, California; and Mario Garza, Southville, Michigan, were re-elected vicepresidents; and Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, North Carolina, was re-elected as treasurer.

Ramcrete Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

In 2016, Ramcrete Incorporated, Hamilton, Ohio, a long-time leader in the concrete pumping industry, is celebrating 40 years of service to the construction industry. Founder Ron Morgan and his son Todd represent two generations of leadership in the industry, including service to the ACPA as board members. Like most early pumpers, Ramcrete overcame the bias against concrete pumps by working hard to establish the method. “We were fortunate to get in the business when reliable concrete pumps were coming on the market,” states Ron.

U.S. Cement Consumption Growth Projections Down

U.S. cement consumption will be down slightly from fall growth projections, according to the latest cement consumption forecast. PCA has adjusted its 2016 U.S. cement consumption forecast down slightly, to 3.4 percent growth compared to its fall forecast of 5 percent. Growth projections for 2017 were also adjusted down. PCA expects 2017 cement consumption will grow at a rate of 4.3 percent, compared to 5.7 percent projected in the fall.