Industry News

COVID-19 New Labor Requirements

  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave (“FMLA”) Expansion established paid FMLA leave for employees unable to work (or telework) due to needing to care for a son or daughter under 18 whose school or child care provider is closed due to COVID-19. Twelve weeks of FLMA is provided, with the first 2 weeks unpaid.
     

COVID-19 Tax Relief for Your Business

The CARES Act provides a refundable tax credit against OASDI* payroll tax liability equal to 50% of the first $10,000 paid per employee so long as business operations have been fully or partially suspended due to government orders OR your business experiences a year-over-year reduction in gross receipts of at least 50% calculated by comparing calendar quarters. Eligibility for the credit continues until gross receipts exceed 80% year-over-year.

Small Business Support to Deal with COVID-19 Impacts to Your Business

As a result of COVID-19’s serious public health risks, businesses small and large have been impacted negatively. Congress has provided new authority for Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and grants, including the following:

Putzmeister America, Inc. Appoints Customer Advocacy Group to Provide Industry-Leading Support

Putzmeister America, Inc. is committed to providing its customer base with industryleading support across North America. In collaborative efforts with the direct sales team, Putzmeister has developed a customer advocacy team whose roles will be to ensure the full satisfaction of the accounts in their assigned markets.

Schwing Announces 2020 Training Service Seminar Schedule

Schwing has announced its 2020 service seminar schedule, offering intermediate training for operators/mechanics; advanced training for mechanics; and vector training covering operator productivity, machine diagnostics and data for fleet management. The seminars are held at Schwing’s dedicated training facility in White Bear, Minnesota. Seminars include multi-media training aids and hands-on troubleshooting. Students also receive a service manual on CD-ROM, along with a printed copy of the training manual. Concrete pump owners, operators and mechanics are advised to sign up soon.

Putzmeister Academy Announces 2020 Schedule

At Putzmeister Academy, our thoughtfully designed training programs are focused on the customers getting the maximum value out of their Putzmeister equipment.

Terry Holmes Returns to Concord Concrete Pumps

Terry Holmes has returned to Concord Concrete Pumps as sales director. In this role, he will be available to provide all customers with an amazing purchasing experience backed by decades of experience in helping companies to succeed.

Holmes has been in the pumping and crane industry for well over 35 years. In those years, his experience taught him that quality always pays off. “Quality has always been our priority and that’s why you see the first Concords ever built still pumping every day—while retaining their value,” he says.

Understanding the Reptile Theory

According to various sources, Reptile strategy has taken the plaintiffs’ bar by storm. This is at least in part because Reptile theory asserts that you can prevail at trial by speaking to—and scaring—the primitive part of jurors’ brains, commonly understood as the part of the brain they share with reptiles.

Cole Richards Joins Schwing as Regional Sales Manager

Schwing has announced that Cole Richards has joined the team as the new regional sales manager for the South Central Region. Cole comes to Schwing with a sales background and experience in the concrete pumping industry, most recently with Putzmeister America.

In addition to his sales experience, Cole is a certified welder with a certificate in welding from George Trade School. He worked as a welder at Caterpillar before transitioning to sales.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Transitions Repair and Service Center to Wisconsin-Based Dealer, Kriete Group

Putzmeister America, Inc. has transitioned its refurb and repair center to longtime business partner, Kriete Group. The Kriete Truck Center—Racine, located in Franksville, Wisconsin will house the enhanced refurb center.

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