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ECA Taps Devine to Manage Midwest Sales

John Devine, Midwest Regional Sales Manager

John Devine, Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), the leading distributor of foundation construction equipment in North America, has named John Devine Midwest Regional Sales Manager. He will manage all of the firm’s product lines in Western Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Devine has 25 years of construction equipment sales experience in his coverage area. His specialties include sales management, branch management, and territory and product line expansion in both distribution and manufacturing.

“We look forward to John’s contribution to ECA due to his wealth of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of construction equipment,” said Executive Vice President Ben Dutton. “His local knowledge and reputation will complement the ECA brand.”

Devine, a resident of Germantown, Wisconsin, graduated from University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He enjoys hunting, recreational sports, and home improvement projects in his spare time.

About Equipment Corporation of America: ECA has been a leading supplier of foundation construction equipment in the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada for nearly a century. We are exclusive distributors for BAUER Drills, Klemm Anchor and Micropile Drills, RTG Piling Rigs, Pileco Diesel Pile Hammers, HPSI Vibratory Pile Hammers, Word International Drill Attachments, Dawson Construction Products, and Grizzly Side Grip Vibros. ECA offers sales, rentals, service, and parts from six facilities throughout the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canadian Provinces.

Strata Systems, Inc. Hires Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Soil reinforcement product manufacturer and distributor, Strata Systems, Inc., has recently selected Scott Czewski, P.E. as its new Midwest Regional Sales ManagerCzewski joins Strata as part of an initiative to develop new business opportunities in the Midwest, and in Strata’s growing base reinforcement and road infrastructure business, and to manage all of Strata’s existing partners.  He’ll service all Midwestern states from Texas, north to the Canadian border and east to Indiana.

Czewski was selected due to his extensive civil engineering and sales background, which totals more than 15 years. He was previously employed at CSI Geoturf in Michigan as a project consultant where he generated engineering specifications for products, developed concepts and methodologies for cost-effective design and performed internal sales and installation training. Czewski holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Topcon Technology Roadshow Hits Northern Illinois

As part of a 24-stop North American tour, the Topcon Technology Roadshow visited Wilmington, Ill., located just south of Joliet—approximately 55 miles from Chicago. The two-day visit—June 25th and 26th—was held on the grounds of the IUOE Local 150 Union Training Center and was hosted by Positioning Solutions Company, Carol Stream, Ill., an authorized Topcon dealer.

6L4A2525ext copy 2“It was an awesome opportunity for construction and survey customers to see everything in one spot,” said Ed McCaffery, marketing director with Positioning Solutions Company. “From my observations and interactions, it was clear to me that contractors were surprised by the breath of the offering, enjoyed the hands-on exhibits both in the trailer and on the grounds, and they were intrigued with some of the new technologies that were demonstrated.”

Outdoor-Presentation-Areas_Overview copyThe Technology Roadshow displays and demonstrations covered the full range of machine automation, Topcon Enterprise Solutions, BIM and 3D layout, Sitelink3D site management, GNSS and robotics, and scanning and mapping. Contractors were able to maximize their time by scheduling their visit at a convenient time and choosing which displays or demos were of interest.

Justin Smith, survey/machine control manager with K-Five Construction Corporation, Lemont, Ill., liked the opportunity to see engineers and product reps that he’s worked with. “I was able to talk directly with them and get answers to my questions and learn better ways to take advantage of the technology I have.”

Interior Presentation Areas-Overview copyThe 53-foot mobile solutions center truck showcases the latest technology for the construction, survey, civil engineering, architecture, and design industries. The information provided is designed to help contractors learn:

  • The latest tools and technologies available for the job site and office.
  • The impact of field computer technology on project data and administration.
  • The latest software technologies and the ability to improve business productivity.
  • Total job site solutions to fit any size business.

6L4A2622int copy 2“My area of knowledge and expertise is in machine control, so it was nice to have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of survey systems,” stated Dan Breunig, mechanical supervisor with The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, Ill. “The Technology Roadshow was beneficial to me because I had access to Topcon experts and was able to meet other contractors.”

6L4A3154 copy 2During the two-day stop, there were contractors from Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

“All in attendance were decision-makers and key personnel with keen interest in getting as much as they could out of their time there,” McCaffery stated. “Everything is geared toward helping the contractor understand the state of our ever-changing industry and what technologies they should consider adopting to stay competitive. After all, that’s what it’s all about!”

SmithGroupJJR President & CEO Carl Roehling appointed to serve on the AIA/AGC Joint Committee

President & CEO Carl Roehling, SmithGroupJJR

President & CEO Carl Roehling, SmithGroupJJR

American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors of America joint committee provides important forum

Carl Roehling, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, president & CEO of SmithGroupJJR, has been appointed to serve on the Joint Committee of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

For decades, the AIA/AGC Joint Committee has provided a forum for the design and construction community to discuss important issues related to the construction industry. The committee’s goal is to promote cooperation and develop tools that support a collaborative process.

“We are honored to have someone of Carl’s prominence in the profession serving on the Joint Committee. His seasoned leadership and extensive project knowledge will undoubtedly enhance the work of the committee,” said Thompson Penney, FAIA, co-chair of the AIA/AGC Joint Committee. Roehling’s appointment was made by 2014 AIA president Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA.

The AIA/AGC Joint Committee is composed of 10 AIA members and 10 AGC members, which come from small and large firms alike. Current focus topics of the committee include the benefits of early collaboration in the design and construction process, the cost of acquiring work and strengthening the voice of emerging professionals.

As president & CEO of SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, Roehling has remained an active leader of the profession. His 25+ years of involvement features numerous leadership positions with the AIA on both the national and chapter levels. He is the recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal Award — the highest honor the organization can bestow on a member – by two AIA chapters: AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan. Roehling served on the Board of Directors of AIA’s national organization, as well as the American Architectural Foundation.

Roehling, also active in his local community, is on the Board of Directors and past-president of the Michigan Architectural Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Michigan YMCA.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the nearly 83,000 members of the American Institute of Architects ( consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

About SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR ( is ranked a Top 10 design firm by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Its staff numbers 800 employees in 10 offices, including a new office in Shanghai, China. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 343 LEED professionals and 102 LEED certified projects.

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