Industry News

Pair of Fires in DC-area Reignites Concern with Combustible Building Materials

DC area fireVirginia senior living facility and Maryland 4-story condo complex burn minutes apart


Massive Fire Consumes Wood-Framed Apartment Complex Under Construction in Concord, California

2 people injured from smoke inhalation in blaze that displaces 250 residents


Four-Alarm Fire Nearly Destroys Wood-Frame Apartment Complex Under Construction in Manteca, California

Statement from Build with Strength on most expensive fire in city history


Three Areas for Improvement: Simple Ways to become a better risk

When it comes to controlling how much your insurance policy costs year over year, there are some things you can control—and some things you can’t. Market trends, nuclear verdicts, investment returns—they’re all factors that every insurance buyer is subject to, so there isn’t much you can do to change their impact. However, it’s not all out of your control. There are always at least three areas where you can make small changes that can have a big impact on your business—and make you a better risk.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Wins Davey Award

Putzmeister America, Inc. has received a silver award in the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts’ (AIVA) 13th annual Davey Awards competition. Putzmeister received the award in the design / print campaign category for its legendary “Perform at a Higher Level” advertising campaign.

Nick Rice Named Schwing Field Service Tech

Schwing has added Nick Rice to its field service staff to support a growing number of customers nationwide. “Nick brings a wealth of expertise to the job to help us out in the Southeast region,” according to Myron Birschbach, vice president of aftermarket products. Rice served as a technician with a concrete pumper in Texas before joining Amerit Fleet Solutions, where his most recent position was replacing components on frac sand pumps in the oil fields. Rice joins a factory staff of Schwing technicians strategically located around the U.S.

Concrete Pump Supply Announces Growth Strategy

Long-time concrete parts and systems provider Concrete Pump Supply (CPS) is preparing for growth by investing in inventory, people and a new, over 100,000 square foot facility. “It’s about hiring the right people and letting them build the organization,” says Pat Inglese, CEO. “No matter how much product inventory you have, operation systems in place and facility square footage, it wouldn’t work unless you have excellent employees build it.”

ASCC Opens Registration for Concrete Executive Leadership Forum

Registration for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Concrete Executive Leadership Forum (CELF) is now open. The 2018 CELF is July 19–22 at Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. “Executives from the nation’s leading concrete contracting and general contracting firms attend the forum every year to bolster their leadership and management skills,” says Bev Garnant, executive director, ASCC.

Schwing WOC Reception Features Dealer Awards

Prior to World of Concrete 2018, charter exhibitor Schwing America held a reception for customers and friends at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. More than 500 people attended. Schwing CEO Bill Murray made opening remarks to the record crowd with thanks to all for the company’s excellent sales in 2017. Senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tom O’Malley, also addressed the crowd with information about the company’s new products being introduced at Schwing’s signature booth in the Central Hall.

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Delivers First-Ever State of the Industry

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) delivered its first-ever state of the concrete industry in Houston, Texas, during the opening general session of its annual convention. The event focused on the gains the concrete industry has made over the last two years since launching Build with Strength, and more recently Pave Ahead.