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OUR HISTORY: MANY DECADES OF LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

From modest beginnings to global leadership in concrete pumping, it’s been a long and rewarding journey for Putzmeister.

Founded in 1958 on the simple premise of making work easier for an average laborer, Putzmeister today is a $1 billion-plus global organization.

The brand commands the respect of customers and the industry for the durability of its products, quality service and for its pioneering technological innovation in the concrete placing industry.

Here’s a timeline of some events in the decades past. Though we’re more excited about the landmarks to cross in the decades ahead.


THE BEGINNING

  • 1900s: Carl Akeley develops method for spraying plaster onto wire frames.
     

  • 1910: First Cement Gun introduced at New York Concrete Show.

     

  • 1911: Patents and trademarks issued for the Cement Gun and its Gunite process.
     

  • 1913: Cement Gun used to seal walls on the Panama Canal.

              

 

  • 1950s: Wet-process shotcrete application developed.
     

  • 1958: Karl Schlecht founded KS-Maschinenbau in Germany; eventually renamed Putzmeister (German for “plaster master”).

 

  • 1960s: Dry-process rotary gun developed.
     
  • 1961:
    • Karl Schlecht moves his operations to a small factory he called Putzmeister-Werk.
    • Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport.

       
  • 1961: Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport.
     
  • 1963: Company renamed “Putzmeister”.
     
  • 1965: Manufacture of Gypsomat, the world’s first automatic and continuously-working plaster machine for gypsum plaster, revolutionizing plastering technique of the day.

  

TAKING PUTZMEISTER TO THE WORLD

  • 1970s: Swing-tube technology used on wet-process shotcrete equipment, making application and use more practical.
     
  • 1971: Opening of production plant in Aichtal. Putzmeister delivers its 1,000th concrete pump.
     
  • 1974: Putzmeister establishes operations in France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, and Brazil.
     
  • 1977: Putzmeister sets the world record in high-rise concrete pumping at 1,017 feet (310m) at the Post Office Tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
     
     
  • 1978: New world record set for concrete pumping to a height of 1,115 feet (340m) over a total distance of 1,968 feet (600m) in the St. Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland.

                     

SETTING RECORDS

  • 1982:

    • Putzmeister acquires California-based Thomsen, Inc., a manufacturer of mortar machines and boom pumps. Success of concrete boom pumps, Thom-Katt® trailer pumps, mortar machines, Tommy Gun® plastering machines and other products in North America results in sales and distribution responsibilities for the German division's industrial pumps and tunneling machines.

    • Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world, almost 164 ft. (50m) boom height with 196 yd3/hr (150m3/hr) output capacity.

                              

  • 1983: Putzmeister delivers the “Shotcrete Buffalo”, the largest wet shotcrete pump in the world.
     

  • 1985: Putzmeister sets another concrete pumping world record: high rise of 1,417 feet (432m) in the Spanish power station Estangente-sallente.
     

  • 1986:

    • Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world with a 62-meter boom.

    • Putzmeister pumps with special radiation protection used to encapsulate damaged Chernobyl reactor.

                 

 

GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

  • 1993-94: Putzmeister America headquarters and manufacturing facility opens near Racine, Wisconsin, to accommodate added growth and market presence.

     

  • 1994:

    • New Putzmeister America paint facility operational.

    • Putzmeister sets another world record: 1,745 feet (532m) high rise concrete conveying at the power station Riva del Garda, Italy.

    • The company’s Berlin branch is established.

            
 

  • 1995: Putzmeister America warehouse addition complete.
     

  • 1996: Opening of third manufacturing hub at Shanghai, China.
     

  • 1997:

    • Putzmeister sets a new world record: 6,610 ft. (2,015m) pumping distance in Le Refrain, France.

    • Purchased Telebelt® line formerly known as Rotec Super Swinger.
       

  • 1998:

    • Putmeister America becomes the first and only ISO 9001 certified organization in the industry.

    • Putzmeister America begins shipping Telelbelts® from its newly expanded plant.

       

  • 1999: Putzmeister America completes 55,000 sq. ft. paint finishing addition, service training center, parts distribution center and office expansion.

              

NEW INNOVATIONS, NEW ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2002: Thom-Katt® celebrates 20 years.

  • 2003:

    • Putzmeister successfully launches the BSA 702, for delivering fine-grained concrete, self-leveling screed and wet spray jobs. It collaborates with Sika to create the Sika-PM 500 tunnel spray machine.

    • Achievement of ISO 9001:2000 status for Putzmeister America.

       

  • 2004: Putzmeister America celebrates 10 years of production from Sturtevant, Wisconsin, headquarters.
     

  • 2005:

    • Putzmeister reorganizes into four business areas: Concrete Technology (PCT), Mortar Technology (PMT), Water Technology (PWT) and Industry Technology (PIT).

    • Putzmeister America introduces the world's largest truck-mounted concrete boom pump, the 63Z-Meter at ConExpo.
       

  • 2006:

    • Putzmeister establishes operations in Lisbon, Portugal.

    • Russia offices relocate to larger premises north of Moscow.

    • A new representation office is set up in Dubai.

    • Putzmeister America increases size of south offices by 4,560 sq ft.

    • Putzmeister America achieves CPMA certification on all boom pumps.

    • Putzmeister America's grand opening of its 30,000 sq ft. connector building marks the seventh expansion at the Wisconsin site.
        
       

  • 2007:

    • Another world record for concrete conveying: Putzmeister BSA 14000 SHP-D set at a height of 1,971 feet (601m) for the Burj Dubai - soon renamed the Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates.

    • Putzmeister wins the German construction industry's Bauma Innovation Award 2007 in two categories. Its founder Karl Schlecht receives the Karlsruhe Innovation Award from the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction.

    • Putzmeister establishes operations in India.

    • Acquisition of Allentown Equipment, a leading manufacturer of dry- and wet-process shotcrete equipment for the refractory, underground, mortar and civil industries, resulting in most comprehensive line of sprayed concrete equipment, and renames company Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc.

    • Putzmeister America debuts patent pending Steady End Hose technology in North America.
       
       

  • 2008:

    • Putzmeister celebrates its Golden Jubilee: 50 years of excellence (1958–2008).

    • Dubbed 'The Juggernaut' for its size and power, the new 70Z-Meter offers more than 227 feet of vertical reach and nearly 213 feet of horizontal reach. It is not only the world's largest truck-mounted boom pump, it features technologies and support available only from Putzmeister.

    • Putzmeister Concrete Pumps break their own vertical pumping world record at the Burj Dubai.

    • The company changes its corporate form to Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH.

    • Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc becomes exclusive United States distributor of the Sika/Aliva family of wet- and dry-process shotcrete equipment.
         
       

  • 2009:

    • Putzmeister America celebrates 15 years at its Sturtevant, Wisconsin, headquarters.

    • Esser Twin Pipes, LLC moved its operations from Alabaster, Alabama to Putzmeister America, Inc.'s facilities in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and changes its name to Esser Pipe Technology.

    • Putzmeister America certified to the newest 9001:2000 quality standard.

    • Putzmeister placing booms and BSA trailer pumps took on the Colorado River Bridge at the Hoover Dam. The bridge arches about 900 feet above the Colorado River and runs parallel to the Hoover Dam.

    • Putzmeister America announces the establishment of its new location, Putzmeister Brazil Ltda. (PMB), for sales and service of Putzmeister concrete pumps and Telebelt telescopic belt conveyors in Brazil.

    • Putzmeister America's Special Application Business forms partnership between Allentown Shotcrete Technology Inc, Esser Pipe Technology, and Maxon Industries, Inc. The result was a comprehensive system approach for tunnel and mining, dam and power generation, transportation, marine and off-shore projects. MacLean Engineering in partnership with Allentown, develops new self-contained shotcrete spraying machine.
       

      

CONTINUING TO GROW CLOSER TO YOUR BUSINESS

  • 2010: Allentown Shotcrete Technology celebreates 100th anniversary, moves its operations to Putzmeister Americ, Inc.'s headquarters in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, to take advantage of the larger facilities and support available.
          
     

  • 2011:

    • Putzmeister America, along with its parent company, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH, and the Putzmeister subsidiary in Japan, work together as part of a global effort to help contain the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

    • Putzmeister Brazil, Ltda moves to a larger facility due to increased production needs for the sales and service of the complete range of Putzmeister, Allentown Shotcrete Technology and Esser Pipe Technology equipment in Brazil.

    • Putzmeister America, in partnership with long-term Putzmeister distributor, Concrete Pumping Equipment, Aust, Pty. Limited (CPE), announces the establishment of Putzmeister Austrailia for the sale and service of new and pre-owned Putzmeister concrete pumps and Telebelt telescopic belt conveyors in Austrailia.

    • Putzmeister America announces it won orders for equipment on the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks project. This includes: twelve Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130's, one Putzmeister Telebelt 200, three BSF 58.20H Truck-Mounted Concrete Pumps, one BSF 52Z.16H Truck-Mounted Concrete Pump, four Thom-Katt TK 40 Trailer-Mounted Concrete/Shotcrete Pumps, and six Putzmeister Jumbo Troughs.
         
       

  • 2012:

    • Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc. is rebranded Putzmeister Shotcrete Technology.

    • Putzmeister announces merger of its parent company Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH with SANY Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., two of the construction industry's leading companies.

    • Putzmeister America appointed responsibility for all SANY Group concrete pump business operations in North, Central and South America. Continuing operations at its Sturtevant, Wisconsin facility, Putzmeister will fully support the SANY concrete pump product line.

    • Putzmeister America adds ready mix trucks to its equipment portfolio, significantly expanding its offering in the concrete supply chain. Putzmeister's new product line allows the company to better meet market demands

                       

2014: Putzmeister sets up operations in Mexico for the production of truck mixers.

  • THE BEGINNING

    • 1900s: Carl Akeley develops method for spraying plaster onto wire frames.
       

    • 1910: First Cement Gun introduced at New York Concrete Show.

       

    • 1911: Patents and trademarks issued for the Cement Gun and its Gunite process.
       

    • 1913: Cement Gun used to seal walls on the Panama Canal.

                  

     

    • 1950s: Wet-process shotcrete application developed.
       

    • 1958: Karl Schlecht founded KS-Maschinenbau in Germany; eventually renamed Putzmeister (German for “plaster master”).

     

    • 1960s: Dry-process rotary gun developed.
       
    • 1961:
      • Karl Schlecht moves his operations to a small factory he called Putzmeister-Werk.
      • Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport.

         
    • 1961: Construction of the first section of Factory I in Filderstadt near Stuttgart airport.
       
    • 1963: Company renamed “Putzmeister”.
       
    • 1965: Manufacture of Gypsomat, the world’s first automatic and continuously-working plaster machine for gypsum plaster, revolutionizing plastering technique of the day.

      

  • TAKING PUTZMEISTER TO THE WORLD

    • 1970s: Swing-tube technology used on wet-process shotcrete equipment, making application and use more practical.
       
    • 1971: Opening of production plant in Aichtal. Putzmeister delivers its 1,000th concrete pump.
       
    • 1974: Putzmeister establishes operations in France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, and Brazil.
       
    • 1977: Putzmeister sets the world record in high-rise concrete pumping at 1,017 feet (310m) at the Post Office Tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
       
       
    • 1978: New world record set for concrete pumping to a height of 1,115 feet (340m) over a total distance of 1,968 feet (600m) in the St. Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland.

                         

  • SETTING RECORDS

    • 1982:

      • Putzmeister acquires California-based Thomsen, Inc., a manufacturer of mortar machines and boom pumps. Success of concrete boom pumps, Thom-Katt® trailer pumps, mortar machines, Tommy Gun® plastering machines and other products in North America results in sales and distribution responsibilities for the German division's industrial pumps and tunneling machines.

      • Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world, almost 164 ft. (50m) boom height with 196 yd3/hr (150m3/hr) output capacity.

                                  

    • 1983: Putzmeister delivers the “Shotcrete Buffalo”, the largest wet shotcrete pump in the world.
       

    • 1985: Putzmeister sets another concrete pumping world record: high rise of 1,417 feet (432m) in the Spanish power station Estangente-sallente.
       

    • 1986:

      • Delivery of the largest concrete pump in the world with a 62-meter boom.

      • Putzmeister pumps with special radiation protection used to encapsulate damaged Chernobyl reactor.

                   

     

  • GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

    • 1993-94: Putzmeister America headquarters and manufacturing facility opens near Racine, Wisconsin, to accommodate added growth and market presence.

       

    • 1994:

      • New Putzmeister America paint facility operational.

      • Putzmeister sets another world record: 1,745 feet (532m) high rise concrete conveying at the power station Riva del Garda, Italy.

      • The company’s Berlin branch is established.

                
     

    • 1995: Putzmeister America warehouse addition complete.
       

    • 1996: Opening of third manufacturing hub at Shanghai, China.
       

    • 1997:

      • Putzmeister sets a new world record: 6,610 ft. (2,015m) pumping distance in Le Refrain, France.

      • Purchased Telebelt® line formerly known as Rotec Super Swinger.
         

    • 1998:

      • Putmeister America becomes the first and only ISO 9001 certified organization in the industry.

      • Putzmeister America begins shipping Telelbelts® from its newly expanded plant.

         

    • 1999: Putzmeister America completes 55,000 sq. ft. paint finishing addition, service training center, parts distribution center and office expansion.

                  

  • NEW INNOVATIONS, NEW ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2002: Thom-Katt® celebrates 20 years.

    • 2003:

      • Putzmeister successfully launches the BSA 702, for delivering fine-grained concrete, self-leveling screed and wet spray jobs. It collaborates with Sika to create the Sika-PM 500 tunnel spray machine.

      • Achievement of ISO 9001:2000 status for Putzmeister America.

         

    • 2004: Putzmeister America celebrates 10 years of production from Sturtevant, Wisconsin, headquarters.
       

    • 2005:

      • Putzmeister reorganizes into four business areas: Concrete Technology (PCT), Mortar Technology (PMT), Water Technology (PWT) and Industry Technology (PIT).

      • Putzmeister America introduces the world's largest truck-mounted concrete boom pump, the 63Z-Meter at ConExpo.
         

    • 2006:

      • Putzmeister establishes operations in Lisbon, Portugal.

      • Russia offices relocate to larger premises north of Moscow.

      • A new representation office is set up in Dubai.

      • Putzmeister America increases size of south offices by 4,560 sq ft.

      • Putzmeister America achieves CPMA certification on all boom pumps.

      • Putzmeister America's grand opening of its 30,000 sq ft. connector building marks the seventh expansion at the Wisconsin site.
          
         

    • 2007:

      • Another world record for concrete conveying: Putzmeister BSA 14000 SHP-D set at a height of 1,971 feet (601m) for the Burj Dubai - soon renamed the Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates.

      • Putzmeister wins the German construction industry's Bauma Innovation Award 2007 in two categories. Its founder Karl Schlecht receives the Karlsruhe Innovation Award from the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction.

      • Putzmeister establishes operations in India.

      • Acquisition of Allentown Equipment, a leading manufacturer of dry- and wet-process shotcrete equipment for the refractory, underground, mortar and civil industries, resulting in most comprehensive line of sprayed concrete equipment, and renames company Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc.

      • Putzmeister America debuts patent pending Steady End Hose technology in North America.
         
         

    • 2008:

      • Putzmeister celebrates its Golden Jubilee: 50 years of excellence (1958–2008).

      • Dubbed 'The Juggernaut' for its size and power, the new 70Z-Meter offers more than 227 feet of vertical reach and nearly 213 feet of horizontal reach. It is not only the world's largest truck-mounted boom pump, it features technologies and support available only from Putzmeister.

      • Putzmeister Concrete Pumps break their own vertical pumping world record at the Burj Dubai.

      • The company changes its corporate form to Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH.

      • Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc becomes exclusive United States distributor of the Sika/Aliva family of wet- and dry-process shotcrete equipment.
           
         

    • 2009:

      • Putzmeister America celebrates 15 years at its Sturtevant, Wisconsin, headquarters.

      • Esser Twin Pipes, LLC moved its operations from Alabaster, Alabama to Putzmeister America, Inc.'s facilities in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and changes its name to Esser Pipe Technology.

      • Putzmeister America certified to the newest 9001:2000 quality standard.

      • Putzmeister placing booms and BSA trailer pumps took on the Colorado River Bridge at the Hoover Dam. The bridge arches about 900 feet above the Colorado River and runs parallel to the Hoover Dam.

      • Putzmeister America announces the establishment of its new location, Putzmeister Brazil Ltda. (PMB), for sales and service of Putzmeister concrete pumps and Telebelt telescopic belt conveyors in Brazil.

      • Putzmeister America's Special Application Business forms partnership between Allentown Shotcrete Technology Inc, Esser Pipe Technology, and Maxon Industries, Inc. The result was a comprehensive system approach for tunnel and mining, dam and power generation, transportation, marine and off-shore projects. MacLean Engineering in partnership with Allentown, develops new self-contained shotcrete spraying machine.
         

          

  • CONTINUING TO GROW CLOSER TO YOUR BUSINESS

    • 2010: Allentown Shotcrete Technology celebreates 100th anniversary, moves its operations to Putzmeister Americ, Inc.'s headquarters in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, to take advantage of the larger facilities and support available.
            
       

    • 2011:

      • Putzmeister America, along with its parent company, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH, and the Putzmeister subsidiary in Japan, work together as part of a global effort to help contain the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

      • Putzmeister Brazil, Ltda moves to a larger facility due to increased production needs for the sales and service of the complete range of Putzmeister, Allentown Shotcrete Technology and Esser Pipe Technology equipment in Brazil.

      • Putzmeister America, in partnership with long-term Putzmeister distributor, Concrete Pumping Equipment, Aust, Pty. Limited (CPE), announces the establishment of Putzmeister Austrailia for the sale and service of new and pre-owned Putzmeister concrete pumps and Telebelt telescopic belt conveyors in Austrailia.

      • Putzmeister America announces it won orders for equipment on the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks project. This includes: twelve Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130's, one Putzmeister Telebelt 200, three BSF 58.20H Truck-Mounted Concrete Pumps, one BSF 52Z.16H Truck-Mounted Concrete Pump, four Thom-Katt TK 40 Trailer-Mounted Concrete/Shotcrete Pumps, and six Putzmeister Jumbo Troughs.
           
         

    • 2012:

      • Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc. is rebranded Putzmeister Shotcrete Technology.

      • Putzmeister announces merger of its parent company Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH with SANY Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., two of the construction industry's leading companies.

      • Putzmeister America appointed responsibility for all SANY Group concrete pump business operations in North, Central and South America. Continuing operations at its Sturtevant, Wisconsin facility, Putzmeister will fully support the SANY concrete pump product line.

      • Putzmeister America adds ready mix trucks to its equipment portfolio, significantly expanding its offering in the concrete supply chain. Putzmeister's new product line allows the company to better meet market demands

                           

    2014: Putzmeister sets up operations in Mexico for the production of truck mixers.