Industry News

Top Schwing Stationary Pump Dealers Fuel Record-Setting Year

Schwing’s top stationary pump dealers in North America were honored at World of Concrete 2020 for their outstanding performance in 2019. “The recent innovations added to our stationary pump line obviously resonated with contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada,” stated Schwing senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tom O’Malley.

Denis Lootens Joins Longhorn Line Pumps, LP

Longhorn Line Pumps, LP, Schwing America’s SP dealer for Texas, is pleased to announce the addition of Denis Lootens to the sales team. As the previous owner of Pipe Technology, Inc., and with over 31 years’ experience, Lootens will seek to expand Longhorn’s presence throughout the industry.

“We’ve known Denis for many years, and he brings a wealth of expertise in concrete pumping hose and accessories, as well as his many contacts in the industry. We know he will be a great asset to Longhorn and are excited to welcome him aboard,” says Longhorn owner, Carl Walker.

2019 Contractor Safety Award

At their annual installation of officers, the Engineering Contractors’ Association (ECA) awarded Doug Marquis of Conco Pumping with their Personal Safety Award. Doug was recognized for his exceptional work in the construction field forwarding worker safety. His achievements include working with equipment manufacturers to improve the safety of boom pump operators in 2018. He improved their safety by collaboratively developing systems to create tie-off points when working on boom pumps. The tie-off points aid in fall prevention and related injuries.

Liebherr’s 42 M5 XXT Concrete Pump and Powerbloc Hydraulic Drive Make Their U.S. Debut

Liebherr introduced a completely newly developed 42 M5 XXT truck-mounted concrete pump and the new Powerbloc drive unit to the U.S. market at the 2020 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 42 M5 XXT is powerful, versatile and compact, allowing the machine to work easily at constricted job sites. And with the Powerbloc, Liebherr has, for the first time, created a product that combines the best features of open and closed hydraulic systems.

2019 ASA Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards

The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2019 Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards.

The recipients were honored at the 15th Annual ASA Awards Banquet held in conjunction with World of Concrete, February 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. These awards confirm and demonstrate the exceptional advantages of shotcrete placement of concrete.

Concrete Pump Repair Redesigns Website to Enhance Customer Experience

Concrete Pump Repair (CPR) recently completed the redesign and rollout of its new website.

“The new site was built to be userfriendly with enhanced navigation and user experience,” said Jerry Anderson, vice president and general manager of Concrete Pump Repair. “It allows customers to access the extensive CPR pump inventory, expanded product and service offerings, and a before-and-after pump gallery.”

On the new, visitors will be able to order pump parts as well as determine the trade-in or resale value of their equipment.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Appoints Customer Advocacy Group

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

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: