Industry News

Schwing Hosts Mack Press Event

Members of the press gathered at the Schwing factory in White Bear, Minnesota in mid-August, where executives of Mack Truck discussed market conditions for their line of construction trucks. Most encouraging for the concrete pumping industry was that the iconic truck manufacturer is predicting another strong year in the construction segment, where its Granite and TerraPro models have been top sellers.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Hires Grant Sufferling as Sales Representative for the Southeast

Putzmeister America, Inc., has appointed Grant Sufferling as the new sales representative for the Southeast. In his role, Sufferling will report to Phillip Ketcham, the area’s regional sales manager.

Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Sufferling is responsible for representing the Putzmeister brand and its wide variety of industry-leading products. Previous to joining Putzmeister, Sufferling worked at Dell Technologies as an account manager.

Schwing Adds QR Codes for Rapid Referencing

Schwing is beginning to add QR codes to some of its equipment for operators to easily download relevant information for their machines. By placing a phone over the code, a QR code reader will download a quick reference guide applicable to that equipment. These guides cover operation and troubleshooting tips that are invaluable for keeping the machine running at peak performance.

ASCC Offers a New Pre-Construction Safety Checklist

The Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has published a Pre-Construction Checklist for Safety Policies & Procedures. The purpose of the document is to stimulate discussion of job-specific safety protocol and procedures, with all pertinent parties prior to project start-up.

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.

ASCC Specialty Council Publishes a Pre-Construction Checklist for Safety Policies & Procedures

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has published a Pre-Construction Checklist for Safety Policies & Procedures. The purpose of the document is to stimulate discussion of job-specific safety protocol and procedures, with all pertinent parties prior to project start-up.

ASCC/TCA Safety Summit 2020 Announced

ST. LOUIS, MO – The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), Mt. Vernon, IA, announce the ASCC/TCA Safety Summit 2020. This is a new event, designed to bring those responsible for safety in their companies together for a day of information exchange.

ASCC and NRMCA Announce Paving Tool Kit

ST. LOUIS, MO – The joint Paving Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, MD has assembled a Paving Tool Kit, a library of resources for concrete paving contractors and designers.

Conco Pumping Receives Two Significant Safety Awards

Conco Pumping recently received two different safety awards: the 2019 Albert H. Atwood Safety Achievement Award and the Southern California Contractor Association (SCCA) Zero Accidents 2018 award.

The Atwood Award was made on the basis of Conco’s diligent efforts over the course of four years to address the safety risk posed by the lack of fall protection systems on concrete boom pumps, separate placing booms and Telebelt mobile conveyors. As a prominent commercial concrete contractor, Conco was uniquely positioned to address the issue.

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