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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

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.   

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.

AEM Praises Bipartisan USMCA House Vote

 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed implementing language to ratify the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). 

Dennis Slater, AEM President


“With today’s bipartisan House vote to ratify the USMCA, we’re another step closer to securing a North American trade deal that works for U.S. farmers, equipment manufacturers, and hardworking American families,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “The USMCA will be a boon for our industry and the broader U.S. economy, adding up to $68 billion to our economy, creating 176,000 jobs, and preserving duty-free market access to our Canadian and Mexican trading partners. We now urge the Senate to follow the lower chamber’s lead quickly when Congress returns in the new year.” 
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.   

Getting the Most out of Automatic Grade and Slope Control System

Attend the education session “Taking the Voodoo Out of Automatic Grade & Slope Control” on Thursday, March 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
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Automatic grade and slope control systems for pavers provide paving companies with a broad range of benefits. These include improving grade and slope accuracy; increasing productivity; helping with smooth transitions, controlling mat thickness and yield; and lowering costs related to grade and slope re-work. In addition, these systems decrease operator fatigue related to manually controlling grade and slope.

Nevertheless, observes Todd Mansell, product application specialist with Caterpillar Paving Products, many construction businesses do not take advantage of technologies such as automatic grade and slope control systems because they have technophobia – a fear of advanced technology or what appear to be complex devices. Not only are they overwhelmed by the idea of introducing technology into their organization, they don’t know how or where to begin.

There are companies which have purchased these systems – at a cost of $30,000, $40,000 or more, that do not reap a good return on their investment because “they are not taking full advantage of the system’s capabilities or are not using the systems at all,” he notes. “I’ve seen instances where construction companies have just set them out behind the shop.”

Mansell, who has been has been involved in the paving industry for 30 years and with Caterpillar Paving Products for eight years, does a considerable amount of paver training each year with paving crews. “Consistently, far less than half of those taking the training understand how to setup automatic grade and slope control systems to get the results they want, and even less than that know how they work.

“There are companies that put on these systems because a manager in the organization told them to. The assumption is that everything operates automatically once the ‘go’ button is pushed. That is true, provided the system is setup properly at the start of paving.”

EFFECTIVE TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL

To get the most benefit out of automatic grade and slope control systems, effective training is essential, stresses Mansell. There are many different brands of these systems available today, but they all operate on the same principles and they all do the same things, although a little differently.

In general, straightforward visual displays and touch screen controls allow the operator to easily configure the system and make necessary adjustments for grade and slope, he explains. This prevents the paving of too little or too much material, and greatly improves pavement smoothness, joint matching and tie-ins to existing pavements.

PROPERLY POSITIONING THE SENSORS

“One the single biggest things that operators don’t understand about automatic grade and slope control systems is the importance of properly positioning the grade sensors, contact ski and sonic averaging ski,” says civil engineer Mansell. “Sensor position is critical to the end result.

“If these sensors are not properly positioned, you are going to have a rough ride rather than a smooth one. If you are matching lanes, the only way to get a perfect joint match is to have the sensors in the right place, otherwise you’ll end up with an uneven lane match.”

Poor ride from improper sensor position is what often leads to the automatic grade and slope system being tossed out behind the shop because the crew blames the system, he adds. In reality, it is just a lack of training on proper setup. 

On many DOT paving jobs, there is a bonus pay or a penalty if contractors don’t meet certain smoothness requirements on a road, he says. When they are properly setup, automatic systems will do 10 times better than any human being in smoothness and slope and grade control.

ACHIEVING MAXIMUM ROI

The only way to achieve the maximum return on investment from any automatic grade and slope control system for a paver is “to fully understand how the particular system operates and to know how to set it up appropriately for the specific job,” emphasizes Mansell.

To learn how to feel comfortable setting up and using automatic grade and slope systems over a wide range of applications to achieve exceptional results, attend the “Taking the Voodoo out of Automatic Grade & Slope Control” education session at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This session, being conducted by Mansell, is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information can be found at: https://www.conexpoconagg.com/.