Construction Media Alliance Announces 2019 Editorial and Marketing Communications Award Winners

Awards recognize the best in construction industry journalism, marketing, content and social media; winners were also announced for the Tudor Van Hampton Award for Editorial Excellence and the first-ever Engelbert Baum Person of the Year award 

The Construction Media Alliance — a network of construction industry journalists, publishers and communicators — has named the winners of its 2019 Editorial and Marketing Communications Awards. The winners were chosen by a panel of industry peers based on criteria set by the group’s volunteer-led awards committee. Entries were considered from April 2018 through July 2019.    

“There’s great enthusiasm for the industry among this year’s participants, as well as an understanding of the critical role we all play in the community — from manufacturing to labor to advocacy,” says Bill Elverman, volunteer, Construction Media Alliance and owner/vice president at PKA Marketing. “We saw weighty examinations of safety, inspiring calls for workforce development — as well as strong product marketing and corporate communications. Many of the categories were closer than they’ve been in voting in the three years we’ve done the awards, and we look forward to it becoming even more competitive every year.”  

2019 Construction Media Alliance Editorial Award Winners:

  • Best Column: “Editor at Large” — Compact Equipment magazine (Keith Gribbins, editor)
  • Best Editorial Feature: “Big Wheels, Big Worries” — Engineering News-Record (Scott Van Voorhis, Thomas F. Armistead and Bruce Buckley).   

2019 Construction Media Alliance Marketing Award Winners:

  • Best Content Marketing: NCCER — #DiscoverMore; Build Your Future (BYF)
  • Best Ad: NCCER — “The Voice Ad – Restoring the Dignity of Work”

Tudor Van Hampton Award for Editorial Excellence 

Bill Wilson, current editor-in-chief at Railway Track & Structures, won the second-annual Tudor Van Hampton award for editorial excellence in recognition of his work covering transportation infrastructure in his previous role as editorial director at Roads & Bridges magazine.  

A special award aimed at honoring a single journalist’s body of work within the entry period, the Tudor Van Hampton Award for Editorial Excellence honors the memory of Tudor Van Hampton, a longtime construction industry journalist and managing editor with Engineering News-Record who passed away in February 2017. All entry fees for this award are donated to charity in Van Hampton’s name, as well as the name of the winner. 

This year, the Construction Media Alliance will donate $1,000.00 to the Indianapolis chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Engelbert Baum Industry Person of the Year Award 

New in the 2019 awards program, the Engelbert Baum Person of the Year award is named after Engelbert Baum, the longtime publisher and titan of construction media who passed away in August 2018. 

“Engelbert, a passionate advocate for the industry, marked his career by a constant drive for excellence, dedication to the construction media community and unrelenting spirit of generosity,” says Ken Singer, publisher, Baum Publications. “He epitomized the camaraderie that the Construction Media Alliance advances, and he would be honored that the Person of the Year Award will carry his name.” 

The winner of the inaugural award is Pat Monroe, the longtime public relations manager for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Monroe retired in December of 2019 and was nominated for her commitment to the industry, her willingness to help others along the way, and her support of the construction trade media during her time at AEM. Monroe was nominated by her colleagues at AEM, and seconded by longtime construction industry editors such as Greg Sitek, Marcia Gruver Doyle and Mike Osenga. 

“Pat was also willing to help marketers along the way, always had the best interest of the industry at heart and was a vital supporter of the Construction Media Alliance and its predecessor, the Construction Writer’s Association,” says Elverman.

The Construction Media Alliance and Baum Publications will honor Monroe with donations of $500 each for a total of $1,000 to a to-be-determined industry program/charity of Monroe’s choosing. 

“And that’s what we’re really trying to do with this association and this awards program — celebrate excellence while also giving back to the construction community that gives us all so much,” concludes Elverman. 

For more information on the Construction Media Alliance, visit ConstructionMedia.org, the organization’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ConstructionMediaAlliance, or on Twitter at Twitter.com/ConstructionMed

Mecalac Hires Industry Veteran Peter Bigwood to Grow North and South American Business

Mecalac, a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment for urban environments, has hired Peter Bigwood as general manager to expand the company’s reach in North and South America. Mecalac, which was founded in France in 1974, manufactures a full line of excavators, loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers for urban jobsites.

Mecalac hires Peter Bigwood as general manager to lead growth in the North and South American markets.

In his new role, Bigwood will build brand awareness for Mecalac by growing the business, developing a strong dealer network, and expanding the Mecalac North America team. In addition to focusing on dealer development, Bigwood will also launch and grow the presence of Mecalac in the rental market.

“Mecalac is a world leader in many of the product categories we have,” said Alexandre Marchetta, Mecalac CEO. “Unfortunately, the North and South American markets are fairly unfamiliar with our brand and product benefits. Adding Peter to the Mecalac team is an aggressive move to change that reality.”

Bigwood brings more than 30 years of construction industry experience in sales and marketing to his new role. Before joining Mecalac North America in September, he served as vice president of sales and marketing for remote-controlled demolition manufacturer Brokk Inc. During his eight years with Brokk, Bigwood identified and launched new markets for the company’s demolition machines, in addition to leading the growth of the sales network in the U.S. and Canada. Before that, Bigwood served as president of Atlas Copco Construction Tools for almost 20 years.

“Mecalac focuses on solving common jobsite problems and creatively developing products to improve safety, versatility and efficiency,” Bigwood said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of helping Mecalac grow in North and South America. I’m also excited to see the benefits these highly differentiated products can provide to our customers.”

Mecalac specializes in compact construction equipment that delivers superior performance in speed, flexibility, fuel efficiency and versatility. Most Mecalac machines are designed for multi-functionality, built to reduce the number of machines needed on the jobsite. With the right attachments, excavators become multipurpose machines — replacing the use of a skid steer or telehandler. Operators can easily transition from one task to the next by changing out an attachment — all without needing to leave the cab. On sites with tight footprints, Mecalac’s swing loader design eliminates the need to move the machine, saving time. The loader can stay in place while the bucket remains operational. Mecalac’s crawler and wheeled excavators feature a signature two-part boom with an integrated offset arm system. The Mecalac boom makes it easy to dig outside the width of the machine, yet operate within a tight radius. Equipped with forks, it allows for unloading heavy material below grade.

Learn more about Mecalac’s full line of equipment at www.mecalac.com.  The company’s equipment will also be on display at upcoming tradeshows, including the ARA Show, booth 1896, Feb. 10-12,  and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, booth F2658, March 10-14.

About Mecalac

Mecalac is an international manufacturer of compact construction equipment for urban sites. Known for its innovative, customer-focused technology, Mecalac has sales offices, distributors and customers in more than 87 countries. Versatile and multi-purpose equipment is available through five product lines, including: excavators, loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers. For more information: Mecalac North America, 282 Dedham, St. Norfolk, MA 02056; 1-508-921-3076; mecalac.northamerica@mecalac.comwww.mecalac.comFacebook;LinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

AEM Hails USMCA Senate Passage

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) senior vice president of government and industry relations Kip Eideberg issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate passing implementing language to ratify the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) today: 
“Equipment manufacturers, farmers, and hardworking families across the country are thankful for today’s full congressional ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA),” said Kip Eideberg, AEM senior vice president of government and industry relations. “This new agreement updates the current, decades-old trade deal, supporting a modernized global marketplace. As members of the USMCA Coalition, we are proud to have joined more than 600 associations and business groups in advocating for a stronger trade deal that will add up to $68 billion to our economy, create 176,000 jobs, and preserve duty-free market access to our Canadian and Mexican trading partners. We applaud President Trump, Vice President Pence, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and House Speaker Pelosi for their efforts to negotiate and ratify the agreement.” 
Since the creation of NAFTA two decades ago, equipment manufacturers have benefited greatly from duty-free market access to our industry’s two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico. Equipment manufacturers support 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. and 149,000 in Canada. The industry also contributes $188 billion to the U.S. and Canadian economies.Over the past two years, AEM has called on both the Trump Administration and Congress to deliver an updated North American trade agreement for the 21st century. USMCA fulfills many of our industry’s goals and strengthens North American equipment manufacturing. 
Efforts include co-hosting the Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, at an equipment manufacturing facility earlier this year in support of the agreement, sending a letter in support of the USMCA to Chairman Neal (D-Mass.) and the nine members of the House Democrats’ Trade Working Group, and running an ongoing public education campaign on the various benefits of a ratified USMCA. AEM is also a member of the USMCA Coalition.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $159 billion to the U.S. economy. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.
Visit www.aem.org/advocacy for more information.   

Caterpillar Announces Officer Retirement

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today that E. Jean Savage, currently vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division, has elected to retire.

Earlier today, Trinity Industries, Inc. announced that Savage, a member of the company’s Board of Directors, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and President, effective February 17, 2020.

“We thank Jean for her 17 years of service to Caterpillar,” said Denise Johnson, Resource Industries group president. “Jean has been instrumental in delivering Caterpillar mining products and services that are focused on accelerating customer benefits in safety and productivity. We appreciate all of her contributions and wish her well in her new role at Trinity Industries.”

Savage joined Caterpillar in 2002 and held numerous leadership roles in Caterpillar’s Progress Rail division, before being named vice president of Advanced Components and Systems division in 2014. Savage went on to lead the Innovation and Technology division before being named vice president of Surface Mining and Technology division in 2017.

Prior to joining Caterpillar, Savage worked for 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a leader in motion and control technologies and systems, where she held a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions. In addition, Savage served nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Savage graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.

Savage’s retirement is effective February 14, 2020. A replacement will be named at a later date.

About Caterpillar:
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2018 sales and revenues of $54.722 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com.

ICUEE Adds New Chair and Vice-Chair for 2021

ICUEE – The Demo Expo announced that Dave Hughes, vice president of global sales for McElroy Manufacturing, Inc., has been named 2021 show chair. He will be leading the ICUEE management committee, a volunteer group of utility construction industry executives for overall show planning. 

ICUEE, or the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is the largest of its kind, known for the invaluable and numerous interactive product demonstrations that take place over the 3-day show. The biennial show last took place in 2019 and is set to reopen September 28 – 30, 2021.

“AEM is more than pleased to have Dave on board as the new chair for ICUEE 2021. His expertise and participation will be incredibly valuable to our team as we continue to work towards our goals for 2021. We know that Dave and the rest of our management committee all have a great vision of what ICUEE can and will be and we look forward to announcing some exciting changes in the coming year,” said ICUEE Show Director John Rozum.

“I am extremely pleased to accept this position for the 2021 show. I know that everyone on the committee is dedicated to best serving industry professionals by providing an interactive and valuable experience at ICUEE,” said Hughes.

Dave lives in Tulsa, OK and is married to Michele whom they have three children together. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his degree in Accounting and earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Dave has served in many capacities at McElroy since joining in 2001. He is also the President and COO of Southern Specialties (SSC) based in Tulsa, OK.  

Hughes is returning to the ICUEE management committee as he served as the 2019 vice chair. 

He is also very active in Young President’s Organization (YPO) and has served his Tulsa Chapter in all of its major offices, including Chairman

ICUEE 2021 Also Names Show Vice Chair and Management Committee

Serving as vice chair of the ICUEE 2021 Management Committee is Julie Fuller, vice president of engineering, marketing and purchasing for Tadano Mantis Corporation. 

Here is the full roster of the ICUEE 2020 Management Committee.

  • Chris Brahler, President and CEO, TT Technologies Inc
  • Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing & Product Management, Terex Corporation
  • Andrew Christopher, Director, Corporate Business Division, John Deere Construction & Forestry
  • Mark Core, Executive Vice President & CMO, Vermeer Corporation
  • Bruce Farrar, Director – Industrial OEM Sales & Support, Cummins
  • Alessandro Ferrari, VP Sales, Prinoth
  • Jim Glazer, President, Elliott Equipment Company
  • Brian Metcalf, CEO, Ring-O-Matic
  • Sam Miceli, VP and GM, Vactor
  • Laura Ness Owens, VP Marketing, Doosan Bobcat
  • Bob Pettit, CEO, HAWE Hydraulics
  • Mike Popovich, VP Sales & Marketing – Excavators, Vacall/Gradall Industries Inc.
  • Jim Rauckman, Managing Member, Rauckman Utility Products
  • Mark Regan, Director of Sales, NA, Versalift
  • Kevin Smith, President, Hammerhead
  • Grant Williams, Marketing Campaign Manager, Altec Industries Inc.

ICUEE is the leading event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends.