Industry News

Habitat for Humanity: Changing Lives, One Home at a Time

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity® has helped more than 29 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through affordable shelter. The organization builds decent and affordable homes using high-quality, locally available building materials in partnership with homeowners and local contractors. On 48th Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Habitat built four new homes in fall 2022 and summer 2023 with the help of Kurk Inc., a concrete foundation and excavation contractor serving southeast Wisconsin.

ASCC Introduces a New Concrete Safety Bulletin

The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has published its first ALERT!, a new bulletin to apprise members of issues and developments in the concrete construction industry. The first ALERT! covers Portland-Limestone Cement Concrete. “ALERT! bulletins will be published as needed to provide timely notice of unusual, challenging and sometimes complex circumstances affecting the industry,” said Bruce Suprenant, PhD, PE, FACI, ASCC sustainability committee co-chair.

ASCC Establishes Sustainability Initiative Hotline

ST. LOUIS, MO – The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, MO, has established a telephone hotline and an email address for the sole purpose of receiving and answering questions about concrete construction as it relates to the industry’s sustainability initiative. Both are for members only. Jim Klinger, ASCC concrete construction specialist, answers both, with input from other ASCC technical staff and consultants.

ASCC ALERT! Bulletins

ST. LOUIS, MO – The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, has published its first ALERT!, a new bulletin to apprise members of issues and developments in the concrete construction industry. The first ALERT! covers Portland-Limestone Cement Concrete. “ALERT! bulletins will be published as needed to provide timely notice of unusual, challenging, and sometimes complex circumstances affecting the industry,” said Bruce Suprenant, PhD, PE, FACI, ASCC Sustainability Committee co-chair.

Settling an OSHA Citation

Shortly after issuing a citation to an employer, OSHA will often agree to reduce the penalty amount, provided the employer agrees not to contest it. But could agreeing not to contest your citation invite further trouble? Possibly. At the very least, contractors should give the issue considerable thought before entering into an early settlement with OSHA. And if you do decide to settle, always work to get the citation reduced to an “Other than Serious” status. Many of the companies you work with will overlook “Other than Serious” citations, but will frown on “Serious” citations and above.

Western Concrete Pumping Announces Hire of Bill Murray as COO

Western Concrete Pumping, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Murray, who has joined the WCP Team as chief operating officer.

SCHWING America, Inc. Announces New Chief Executive Officer

SCHWING America, Inc. (SAI) is pleased to announce the hiring of its next chief executive officer, Johannes Schulze Vohren. Schulze Vohren joined SAI as the CEO effective April 1, 2023.

2024 Mack Calendar Contest Winners Announced

GREENSBORO, NC – Mack Trucks announced today the winners of the 2024 Mack Trucks Calendar Contest. Each of the winning entries will represent a month in next year's Mack calendar.
Thousands of Mack fans and followers voted online to choose the winning Mack trucks from among 171 submissions in seven separate categories. The winners will participate in a professional photo shoot set up by Mack. All entries and their photos can be viewed at contests.macktrucks.com.

Mack Trucks Launches New E-Commerce Site

GREENSBORO, NC – Mack Trucks announced that it has relaunched its popular e-commerce site MackShop.com with new features to make it easier to find and purchase official licensed Mack® merchandise.

The updated site features advanced search filters for easier shopping, a customer-friendly account management system and an expanded product lineup, including an expanded women’s line, a larger heritage collection and a specially curated collection of items made from eco-friendly materials.

Return to Reality

As we turn our attention to a new year, we hope to leave much of the disruption of the past few years behind us. Indeed, the challenges of the pandemic years have also created a new business landscape — with its own opportunities, as well as risks. But moving into 2023, it’s to our advantage to remain focused on the fact that, through it all, the construction industry hasn’t wavered. In fact, the industry is better positioned to take advantage of the work that’s coming its way than it has been in quite some time.

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