The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) named its 2019 ACPA Award winners.
Gustavo Cruz and Kenny Allen (at top) were named co-recipients of ACPA’s 2019 Safe Operator of the Year award.
“The American Concrete Pumping Association exists to promote a culture of safety at every level in the concrete pumping industry,” said Christi Collins, ACPA executive director, in a prepared statement. “By recognizing operators who exhibit exemplary safety practices, we fulfill this critical element of our mission.”
Cruz began working for McClure Concrete, Aurora, Colorado, in 2012 and has made a substantial impact in the time he has been there, according to ACPA. With ACPA and NCCCO Certifications and OSHA 10-hour safety training, Gustavo is an efficient, knowledgeable pump operator who makes safety his top priority on the job site. Whether setting up traffic control or instructing newer members of the crew on how to avoid job site hazards, it’s clear Gustavo makes safety—for his fellow workers, for the public, and for himself—his No. 1 priority.
Allen has worked for Central Concrete Pumping in Fort Worth, Texas, for 20 years. At age 16, Kenny started working in Central Concrete Pumping’s shop and running a line pump. He quickly moved up the ranks through all the line pumps and then all of the boom sizes. In addition to his role as an operator, Kenny has taken on the position of safety director, ensuring all employees are trained properly and up to date on the latest safety standards.
ACPA member companies submitted nominees for Safe Operator of the Year, and as a condition of award consideration, all nominees held valid ACPA operator certifications. Every nomination included at least one recommendation from a supervisor, coworker, or customer. An independent safety consultant selected the winner according to the criteria of safety record, workforce development and a spirit of furthering the concrete pumping industry.
Roy and Dawn Thompson (left) were awarded the Pioneer Award. The award honors ACPA members who have been active in the early development of the concrete industry, fostered and advanced the concrete pumping industry in a given area; and improved the conditions under which concrete pumping is performed.
In 1986, the Thompsons co-founded Hauser, Idaho’s Champion Concrete Pumping Inc. Through the years, Champion has pushed to develop the concrete pumping industry in their area and was the first to utilize separate placing booms and bring in big booms to the greater Coeur d’Alene/Spokane area. Champion Concrete Pumping has grown steadily, surviving economic ups and downs.
“We didn’t come this far on our own, and we are receiving this award for everyone that has been a part, including but definitely not limited to, Champion co-founders Dave and Janelle Bertsch, my parents, Billie and Lee Roy Thompson; and our committed and hardworking coworkers and customers,” Thompson said in a prepared statement.
Carl Walker (left) was named to the ACPA’s Hall of Fame. Walker of Fort Worth, Texas, has been in the concrete pumping industry for more than 30 years, when he began his career with Central Concrete Pumping (CCP). Today, Walker is the general manager of the CCP family business and also the owner of Longhorn Line Pumps, a Schwing concrete pump dealer for Texas. CCP has served the concrete pumping industry for more than 50 years, and Walker has been an integral to its growth and success, according to ACPA.
Walker has served on the ACPA board for the past 19 years and served on the ACPA executive board as VP and president. He is currently the Southwest’s regional director and is a member of various committees including Communication, Promotion, Events as well as chair of the Education and Legislation Committee. Walker’s activism has been an invaluable resource for the association and industry.