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Industry News products. To maintain his continuing desire for design prog- construction methods in such a profound way. It is my honor ress, he encouraged his sons Friedrich and Gerhard to seek to accept this award on behalf of the Schwing family that still educations that would allow them to handle day-to-day embodies the work ethic and corporate responsibility of Mr. operations of the company. He turned over the executive Schwing Sr. His son, Gerhard, is directly involved in the com- powers of the company to his sons in 1982. His leadership pany to this day and I am proud to be a part of an organization style was to delegate functions better left to his employees that carries on the Schwing family tradition of innovation, so that his pursuit of solutions through engineering would not integrity, and quality. Thank you.” be distracted. He led by example with a work ethic and modesty that meant he wore the oldest suit and drove a twenty- year-old car. Upon receiving advice from his doctor to go home for the day on May 25, 1992, Friedrich Wilhelm Schwing instead went back to the office, where he died. His contributions were acknowledged by the president of the American Concrete Pumping Associa- tion, who wrote in the Winter 1992 edi- tion of the association’s magazine, “I have always been amazed at F.W. Schwing’s dedication, drive and continuing interest in the concrete construction industry up to his last years. In our industry, he will be remembered as a pioneer, a Thomas Edison of the modern concrete machinery business. To his family, we the members of the concrete pumping and construc- tion industries offer our continuing respect for the man who shaped, in some way, all of our lives.” Schwing’s engineering expertise was not only aimed at product performance but also operator safety. Concrete pumping enjoys a remarkable safety record thanks to the design innovations of Schwing that have been adopted by the Concrete Pump Manufacturers Association and adopted by most concrete pump manufacturers. The generous amount of time donated by Schwing America to establish safety guidelines, host safety seminars, and provide a safer work environment for all concrete pumpers is a direct result of Schwing’s corporate policy. This corpo- rate commitment to the industry extends to the ACPA with direct support through sponsorships of safety and marketing materials and hundreds of hours of donated employee time on committees and boards that continues to this day. In accepting the award for Schwing’s accomplishments, Schwing America’s CEO Brian Hazelton said, “It is hard to imagine that one man could improve Shotcrete • Winter 2014 61


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