New Hamshire-based Advanced Concrete Technologies celebrated 30 years of North American partnerships last month during The Precast Show in Fort Worth, with a traditional Lonestar State night out for customers and associates—a barbeque dinner followed by a rodeo. Before the ridin’ and ropin’ started at the historic Cowtown Coliseum at the Fort Worth Stockyards, the hosts shared thoughts on the company’s three decades of success.
|Ready to sunset a productive day of Precast Show, National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute activities, guests at the ACT 30th anniversary observance kicked off the evening at Cooper’s Pit Old Time Bar-B-Que before heading to the neighboring Ft. Worth Stockyards Coliseum.
Martin Wieland, CEO of German parent Wiggert + Co., said ACT has built a strong business in North America because it listens to its customers and stays on pace with technology. “In the last 30 years, concrete technology has accelerated at an amazing pace,” he noted. “ACT and Wiggert have been a big part of it. We have led the industry by installing the latest batching and mixing technology in hundreds of plants. So tonight, we’re thanking our customers and partners and celebrating that success.”
ACT Chairman and Co-Founder Max Hoene added that the company’s philosophy is to engineer its mixing equipment and batch plants for extended service life. “Our relationship with customers is a long partnership—like a marriage really—where we promise to serve and support our clients over the years,” he said.
In a nod to the future, he introduced Sales Engineer Charles Watkins as one of the ACT team members charged with nurturing those partnerships going forward. “I’m really excited seeing how the next generation embraces new technology and has a passion for bringing it to our customers. Charles is one of those guys,” Hoene observed. “And as I look out into the audience, I see a lot of young faces. It gives me a lot of confidence about where we are headed as an industry.”
“What inspires us?” he concluded. “Concrete. And our customers. At times, the dreams of our customers have challenged ACT to innovate new equipment solutions. Our best technical innovations always start with our customers. As a company, ACT and our parent company Wiggert thrive on this innovation and partnership.”