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ORGANIZATIONS - DECEMBER 2017

The National Concrete Masonry Association has promoted Nick Lang from manager of the NCMA Research & Development lab to vice president of Business Development. He will lead communication, education, membership recruitment and retention activities, along with implementation of various programs and initiatives, continuing an 11-year NCMA tenure.

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Nick Lang

The National Concrete Masonry Association has promoted Nick Lang from manager of the NCMA Research & Development lab to vice president of Business Development. He will lead communication, education, membership recruitment and retention activities, along with implementation of various programs and initiatives, continuing an 11-year NCMA tenure.

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Dwight Messinger

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has elected Power Curbers Inc. CEO Dwight “Dyke” Messinger into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry. He is credited with taking the North Carolina-based business from a small regional manufacturer of slipform machinery to a global player in concrete paving equipment.

Under Messinger’s leadership, Power Curbers launched the 5700 Series curb machine, a product that has had dramatic effects on industries ranging from agriculture to rail. He effected major changes throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including moving to a direct sales and service model; creating a lean manufacturing environment; strategically acquiring other businesses; and, launching a new product line of concrete slipform pavers.

Nominations for the AEM Hall of Fame are open year-round. Companies or individuals can nominate candidates, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the industry’s legacy of progress. An independent panel evaluates potential inductees on five criteria considered vital to the health of off-road equipment manufacturing: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility and sustainability. More than 55 industry leaders have been inducted into the AEM Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.

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Franz-Josef Paus

The Board of Germany’s VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association unanimously elected Franz-Josef Paus, executive director of Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Emsbüren, as chairman for a three-year term. During an inaugural speech at the VDMA General Assembly in Düsseldorf, he underscored the importance of joint research; far-reaching effects digitalization will have on the construction and building material machinery industry; energy transitions; plus, emissions legislation and exhaust gas reduction for construction equipment.

Along with the election of Paus, the VDMA board named as Construction Equipment and Building Material Plants Groups deputy chairs, respectively, Joachim Strobel, sales director of Liebherr EMtec GmbH, and Herrmann Weckenmann, executive director of Weckenmann Anlagentechnik GmbH.