ORGANIZATIONS- September 2023

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee-based ConExpo-Con/Agg show manager, has pinpointed three forests for the planting of 139,000-plus trees—honoring each individual who attended the Las Vegas show earlier this year. Planting projects will occur over the next several months, with a primary focus in priority reforestation sites or regions: 

  • Dixie Fire. From July to October 2021, it ripped through northern California, leaving a burn scar of more than 963,000 acres—the second most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. The newly planted trees from the ConExpo-Con/Agg partnership will begin to reestablish disrupted animal habitats. As the trees grow into mature stands, root systems will prevent erosion while improving the water quality for nearby Lake Almanor.
  • Oregon/Washington. Deforestation and flood control measures have degraded the region’s rivers and watersheds. Planting projects aim to use trees as restoration tools. AEM is helping to plant a diverse blend of tree species that will provide cooling shade and water filtration to protect critical salmon populations within Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  • Georgia Rare Habitat. Longleaf pine was once the dominant tree species in the South, but early settlers cleared the forests for agriculture and lumber. Today, the softwood variety covers less than 3 percent of its original range, greatly impacting nearly 600 animal and plant species. AEM is supporting a large-scale restoration effort to encompass the planting of longleaf and shortleaf pines across central Georgia private and public lands.
Dixie Fire site

For the past 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has worked to plant nearly 500 million trees around the world. Through a vast network of partnerships, it facilitates projects that empower organizations of all sizes to reach sustainability goals via measurable, impactful work. “Through their shared support of these impactful projects, ConExpo-Con/Agg and its network have demonstrated a commitment to critical forest ecosystems,” says Arbor Day CEO Dan Lambe. “Our team was honored to attend one of North America’s largest trade shows to discuss and celebrate the unique power of trees with industry leaders from around the world.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made these appointments to the producer-supported Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council: DZ Block Operations Manager Ted Caviglia; Titan America LLC President Randy Dunlap; Oceanside Masonry Co-Owner and Vice President Shawn McGee; Jerry Painter, masonry consultant and retired contractor; Quality Precast Co. Vice President of Sales Preston Sparkman; A-1 Block Corp. Safety and Environmental Manager Michael “Brad” Coolidge; and, Florida Department of Corrections Career & Technical Education Programs Administrator Robert Melgaard. 

The National Precast Concrete Association Board has named Mike Hoffman of Canal Fulton, Ohio as interim chief executive officer. He will oversee the group’s 27-person staff and manage day-to-day headquarters operations while a national search continues for a full-time CEO. Hoffman served as 2018-19 NPCA chair, part of his 13-year involvement with association leadership that included work with the Technical and Sustainability Committees plus the Research Development Advisory Council. He retired from Ohio-based Lindsay Precast in 2021, capping 35-plus years in the industry. 

The appointment follows the early-August departure of NPCA President and CEO Fred Grubbe, who is joining the American Concrete Institute as executive vice president. The NPCA Board anticipates naming his successor by December or January. 

The Mid-Atlantic Resource Center can be reached at 248/516-1113 or [email protected].

Opening just after Labor Day, the American Concrete Institute Mid-Atlantic Resource Center will help meet the region’s increased demand for ACI knowledge through hands-on training and educational offerings. Like the charter ACI Resource Centers in suburban Chicago and southern California, the new Columbia, Md. facility will offer an array of custom training programs designed to impart required skills and demonstrate test methods leading to certification.

“The newest Resource Center is strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region to continue expanding access to ACI knowledge in large concrete construction markets,” says ACI Certification Program Development Manager Michael Morrison, FACI, FASTM. The Maryland facility, he adds, will hit the ground running with Concrete Strength Testing, Aggregate Testing, Cement Physical Tester, Masonry Laboratory and Field Testing, Self-Consolidating Concrete Testing, Shotcrete Inspector and Concrete Construction Inspector and Sustainability and Resilience Assessor offerings.


Trimble opened its new Westminster, Colo. headquarters last month to Semco Publishing, Concrete Products publisher, and media peers. Against the facility’s striking Colorado Rockies backdrop, participants had an opportunity to view and experience the company’s technologies for construction and mining customers. 

Trimble solutions reflect deep understanding of positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics. Company software programmers and hardware specialists aim to solve complex business processes while promising costs savings, efficiency and precision. They also seek to lead the way with a solid dedication to research and development, results of which were demonstrated during the media gathering. 

Concrete Products Publisher Peter Johnson (left) joins Trimble CEO Rob Painter at the media play days event.

Along with current solutions like Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2—a mixed-reality hardhat that allows users to easily visualize 3D designs overlayed against real world construction sites—the host demonstrated brain-computer-interface. Its small headpiece allows hands-free, voice-free, simple computer-aided interactions. While the interface is pre-beta stage, the commitment behind it showcases Trimble’s dedication to research and development and a drive to maintaining industry leadership.

“We believe a lot in innovation,” affirms Trimble CEO Rob Painter. “We put over $600 million back this year into research and development. We don’t just talk about innovation, we invest in innovation.”

One of the Denver Business Journals’ most admired CEOs of 2022, Painter took the helm of Trimble in January 2020. He has worked to translate a “connect and scale” corporate vision that moved the company from “single-point technology solutions and toward building industry-leading cloud platforms that connect people, technology, tasks, data, processes and industry life cycles.”

Trimble employees also demonstrated a hands-free, automated steering system; Geospatial solutions combining scanning stations, software, and receivers; the Construction One suite of software that facilitates access and collaboration on projects; and, TrimbleAgileAssets software that provides transportation asset life cycle management. In almost every example, the technologies showed advanced use of artificial or mixed reality, machine learning, and creative problem solving.