Industry News

Economic Forecast…The Future’s Getting Brighter!

Portland Cement Association (PCA), April 30, 2012 - Stronger than expected job creation and the beginning of a construction industry recovery means gains in real construction spending will materialize this year—after seven years of consecutive declines.  According to the new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), increases in cement consumption will follow.

PCA revised its fall forecast upward, anticipating a modest 3.7 percent increase in 2012, followed by a 7.6 percent jump in 2013 and a 14.1 percent increase in 2014. 

Schwing is #1 According to Concrete Construction Magazine Survey

Schwing remains #1 according to the readers of Concrete Construction Magazine in a recently completed survey. The official publication of the World of Concrete polls readers every three years regarding brand familiarity and brand use for 58 categories of concrete construction equipment. Schwing retained their #1 standing in two significant categories of concrete pumps.

Cemstone Names Lars Anderson as QA/QC Manager

Cemstone, an Upper Midwest leader in ready mixed, engineered and architectural concrete, as well as aggregates, announced that Lars Anderson has joined the company as quality assurance/quality control manager. Anderson brings to Cemstone an impressive background in the quality field of the concrete and cement industry.

“We are excited to have Lars join the Cemstone team,” said Thor Becken, Cemstone president. “The breadth of his experience in the concrete and cement business, as well as his leadership ability, are valuable assets that will contribute to his success at Cemstone.”

Putzmeister America, Inc. Promotes Alfonso Roa to Regional Sales Manager in Latin America

Putzmeister America, Inc. has announced the promotion of Alfonso Roa to regional sales manager in Lat i n America. He will be responsible for managing the sale of new and used Putzmeister, Allentown Shotcrete Technology and Putzmeister Mortar Machine equipment sales in Mexico, Central America, Venezuela and Colombia.

Schwing Announces New Financing Service

Schwing has announced a new program to assist customers with financing options for new and used equipment purchases. Schwing Financial Services (SFS) will work with Schwing customers to enhance their financing options to conserve traditional bank/credit lines for operating and short-term financing needs in today’s ever-changing environment. SFS can also provide 100 percent financing to reduce initial investment and preserve cash flow by matching payments to the revenue stream/cost savings from Schwing equipment.

Steve Cieszlak Named Regional Sales Manager— Sany America, Inc.

With over 22 years of concrete pumping experience, including 16 years as a dedicated sales professional, Steve Cieszlak has joined Sany America as regional sales manager. Steve will cover all sales-related activities in the Midwest / Northeastern U.S. and Canada.

“Steve is a big-time addition to the concrete pump sector at Sany America, Inc.”, says Roger Anderson, director of sales and marketing. “Simply stated— Steve knows the customer; he’s been in the business at all levels and his work ethic is second to none.”

Schwing Stars in On-Line Video at

Get some insight into a World of Concrete Press Conference and the latest from Schwing in videos produced by, publishers of Concrete Contractor Magazine. Tom O’Malley, Schwing vice-president of sales and marketing presents the information to international media in three videos taped live at the World of Concrete 2012 in Las Vegas. O’Malley explains the features and benefits of the company’s new S 43 SX truck-mounted concrete pump with five-section RZ placing boom.

Strategic Development Council Announces New Chair and Board of Direction Members

The concrete industry’s Strategic Development Council, a council of the ACI Foundation, announces its new chair and board members.

New SDC Chair is Mike Schneider, senior vice president and chief people officer at Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. He started at Baker Concrete in Monroe, Ohio as a project manager in 1978 and helped open Baker’s Houston, Texas, office in 1982. During his career, he has been involved in a multitude of projects ranging from high-rise offices to automotive plants to mainline concrete paving.

ASCC Elects Officers and Directors

Mike Poppoff, Poppoff, Inc., Moxie, Washington, has been elected first vice president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Missouri, for 2012-2013. Scott Anderson, Houston, Texas; Chris Plue, San Mateo, California and Thomas Zinchiak, Woodbine, Maryland were re-elected vice presidents. Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, North Carolina was elected secretary/ treasurer. Jack Cooney, Ft. Myers, Florida and Aaron Long, Rocky Mount, Virginia were elected as new directors.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Welcomes Back Tom Redding as West Central Regional Sales Manager

Putzmeister America, Inc. announces that Tom Redding has been named its new west central regional sales manager. He will be responsible for overseeing new and used equipment sales in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming, in addition to British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

In his new position, Redding will work with current and prospective customers for Putzmeister America’s full line of equipment. He will report directly to Bill Dwyer, vice president of sales and marketing for Putzmeister America.