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Industry News Allen is responsible for helping customers around the world automate their processes with Blastcrete equipment. “We’ve known Bill for nearly 25 years and his familiarity with the industry and our equipment is a great asset to our team,” said Jim Farrell, Blastcrete CEO. “We are a family-owned company and Bill shares our values of working with customers oneon Bill Allen one to determine the equipment that meets their needs.” Allen is no stranger to concrete and refractory after more than 30 years in the construction business. He worked as a Sales Manager for BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, for 7 years and managed its global sales of dry- and wet-process shotcrete equipment. He also served as BASF Construction Polymers’ North American Sales Manager for more than 6 years. It was during his time at BASF that Allen gained familiarity with Blastcrete and the refractory industry. He spent more than 2 years working as the International Business Development Manager for Putzmeister America. “Refractory and shotcrete customers require customized solutions, and Blastcrete is unique in its ability to cater to individual customer needs,” Allen said. “My goal is get the message out there that Blastcrete is one of the few remaining manufacturers with this approach.” As Blastcrete’s Sales Manager, Allen plans to travel regularly to meet with customers in the field. Allen also holds extensive experience in the flooring industry as a formulator of self-leveling underlayment. He started a company, Sub-Floor Science, which tested concrete slabs, subfloors, and floor coverings as well as evaluated floor failures, diagnosed problems, and recommended solutions. Allen served as a Blastcrete distributor with Sub-Floor Science and plans to use his experience to help Blastcrete expand in this market. Allen studied business at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. He earned a Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician—Grade 1 certification from the International Concrete Repair Institute as well as a Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1 license and an Aggregate Testing Technician Level 1 license from ACI. He is an associate member of ACI Committee 302, Construction of Concrete Floors, and a member of the International Association for Testing Materials’ Committee F06 on resilient flooring.  Formerly a Texas resident, Allen relocated to Anniston, AL, Blastcrete’s headquarters, in April.  Blastcrete has been manufacturing safe, reliable, and userfriendly solutions for the refractory and shotcrete industries for more than 60 years. With a complete product line that consists of concrete mixers, pumps, and related products, the company serves the commercial and residential construction, insulated concrete form and structural concrete insulated panel building systems, refractory, and underground markets. More information: Blastcrete Equipment Company, 2000 Cobb Ave., Anniston, AL 36202; (800) 235-4867; fax (256) 236-9824; info@blastcrete.com; www.blastcrete.com. APSP and NSPF Boards Agree to Unify The boards of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and National Swimming Pool Foundation ® (NSPF®) met recently and agreed in principle to merge the two organizations. Both boards believe that the merger will better support the present and future needs of the aquatics industry. Rich Garbee, APSP Chairman of the Board, and G. Bruce Dunn, NSPF Chairman of the Board, jointly stated, “The aquatics industry has seen dramatic changes over the past 10 years. APSP and NSPF each have a distinguished history of service to our industry. We are excited to build a vision where we can achieve even more together.” A process is underway to plan and implement this merger of equals. For more information, or to arrange an interview with Bruce Dunn, President of NSPF’s Board of Directors, please reach out to Jacki Krumnow at (719) 540-9119 or jacki.krumnow@nspf.org. APSP is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development, to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit www.apsp.org or the Association’s consumer site, www.escapetowater.com. Connect with APSP on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Houzz. NSPF believes everything they do helps people live healthier lives. They believe they can make a difference by making pools safer; keeping pools open; and attracting more people to use pools, spas, and aquatic facilities. They do this by offering the world’s leading NSPF and Genesis educational products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, proceeds from all of NSPF’s educational products fund research and help create swimmers through their Step Into Swim campaign with a goal to create 1 million more swimmers within 10 years. To find ways NSPF can serve you, visit www.nspf.org, e-mail service@nspf.org, or call (719) 540-9119. Allen Named Sales Manager for Blastcrete Equipment Company Blastcrete Equipment Company, manufacturer of mixing and pumping equipment for the refractory and shotcrete industries, announced Bill Allen as its new Sales Manager. 70 Shotcrete • Summer 2016


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