Industry News

Street Smarts: Stiffer Pavements Can Reduce Fuel Use

MIT researchers have found that a pavement property called “deflection” could save more that $15 billion in annual fuel costs.

Pavement deflection occurs when a car makes slight indentations in the road, from which it must constantly drive out of, and which then results in burning more fuel. The effect is similar to someone walking on sand: with each step, the person’s feet sink and create a dip.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Recognizes Top Distributors at 2013 World of Concrete Trade Show

Putzmeister America, Inc. recognized six of its top distributor partners with its annual “Distributor of the Year” awards at a special VIP event held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas during the 2013 World of Concrete trade show.

Schwing America Acquires Concrete Pump Repair

Schwing America is pleased to announce the acquisition of management control of Concrete Pump Repair (CPR) through the purchase of 50 percent of the company’s shares. Effective December 1, 2012, Concrete Pump Repair, located in North Branch, Minnesota, will operate as a subsidiary of Schwing America, Inc., a subsidiary of Schwing GmbH. Gerhard Schwing will continue as the owner of the remaining 50 percent of the company’s shares.

Drew Williams Named Regional Sales Manager for Putzmeister America, Inc.’s Concrete Mixer Line

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named Drew Williams regional sales manager for the company’s new concrete mixer line. Previously, Williams served as inside sales and customer service manager for Putzmeister Shotcrete Technology.

As regional sales manager for the concrete mixer line, Williams will be responsible for demonstrating and selling the new equipment in his designated territory. He will report directly to Roger Anderson, sales and marketing manager for the concrete mixer line.

Schwing Adds Regional Sales Manager

Tom Oury was recently appointed to the position of Schwing central regional manager in the U.S. and Canada. Oury will be responsible for sales of Schwing’s line of concrete equipment and customer service in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and the province of Manitoba.

Kevin Shaber Joins Putzmeister America, Inc. as Product Manager for Concrete Mixer Line

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named Kevin Shaber product manager for its new concrete mixer line. In the new role, he is responsible for the overall strategy and engineering of Putzmeister’s ready mix trucks in North and Latin America.

“We’re thrilled to have such an accomplished ready mix engineer leading the charge on our new line of concrete mixers,” said Dave Adams, president and CEO of Putzmeister. “Kevin’s varied experience and skills are a great addition to our team for successfully launching this new product line.”

Schwing Overcomes Frost Laws with Engineered Solutions

In order to meet customer expectations for truck-mounted concrete pumps operating in the Northern U.S. and Canada, Schwing America has applied engineered solutions in order to meet the toughest frost laws. These frost laws can restrict travel on certain roads if modifications to the equipment are not provided. With the input of Schwing engineers, the type of truck, the boom length, the pump kit, wheelbase modifications and additional axles are considered to provide maximum utilization of the concrete pump by meeting frost laws and extending the pumping season.

Putzmeister Introduces Advantage Rewards Customer Loyalty Program

Putzmeister America, Inc. has launched a new customer loyalty program, Putzmeister Advantage Rewards, in which customers will receive substantial savings on genuine Putzmeister parts. With every qualifying purchase of parts, accessories and pipe, they’ll earn rewards points that can be used for savings on future purchases.

“We’ve always appreciated repeat business from our loyal customers,” said Doug Brunet, director of customer support for Putzmeister. “This program is a meaningful way we can give back to those customers and thank them for their dedication to our products.”

Schwing Hires New Controller

Tao Xia has been hired by Schwing America to the position of controller. Xia brings an extensive work history to the job that will benefit Schwing for future growth. His international background is also valuable for global development.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Hires Roger Anderson as Sales and Marketing Manager for Concrete Mixer Line

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named Roger Anderson sales and marketing manager for its new concrete mixer line. His responsibilities will include the direct sale of mixers, as well as establishing the regional sales force in North and Latin America, and coordinating mar- keting activities.

“Roger is a seasoned sales professional with decades of experience and a great reputation in the industry,” said Dave Adams, president & CEO of Putzmeister. “He’s a strong addition to our team as we launch this innovative new line of concrete mixers.”