American Concrete Pumping Association Announces Award Winners
The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) announced the recipients of the 2017 ACPA Awards:
2017 ACPA Safe Operator of the Year – Sheldon Gier, Kokosing Construction Company, Fredericksburg, Ohio. On the jobsite at Kokosing Construction Company, Sheldon Gier is known as a mentor and leader who is capable, confident, and committed to emphasizethe company mission of working and living with safety on the mind. Gier has held certificationas an ACPA concrete pump operator for more than 12 years of his 30-year construction career. He recently reached the achievement of working 10,000 man-hours accident-free and has had no damage to date to any equipment or accidents involving Kokosing equipment.
2017 ACPA Hall of Fame Award – Gabriel Ojeda, Fritz-Pak Corporation, Dallas, Texas. Gabriel Ojeda, President and CEO of Fritz-Pak Corporation, was born in Mexico City and raised and educated in Mexico. In 1984, Ojeda began working for Fritz Industries in Dallas and began managing the international promotion of Fritz Industries’ newly patented product, Slick-Pak, in 1994. In 1998, an opportunity arose for Ojeda to buy the Admixture Division of Fritz Industries, and he and his wife Jane formed Fritz-Pak Corporation. As Fritz-Pak grew, Ojeda continued his involvement in the ACPA by working on committees and serving on the Board as a Manufacturing Member since 2006. Ojeda is the first recipient of the newly formed ACPA Hall of
2017 ACPA Lifetime Achievement – Bill Germany, Tri-Way Concrete Pumping, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Bill Germany’s long history in the concrete pumping industry began in 1976 when he formed Bill’s Pumping Service. In 1977, Germany merged his pumping company with Tri-Way Concrete Pumping, the company his father founded in 1968. Through integrity and hard work, Germany helped build a business that became known for exceptional service and equipment for construction projects in Dallas-Fort Worth
and beyond. Germany has remained committed to advancing the concrete pumping industry as an active member of the ACPA and its board of directors.
The ACPA Awards promote merit and achievement in the concrete pumping industry and recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to ACPA. Award winners embody the core values of advancing the concrete pumping industry and commitment to ACPA. For more information about the ACPA, visit www.concretepumpers.com. The ACPA is a non-profit association which serves as an advocate for the concrete pumping industry committed to promotion, education and safety for its members and all those coming into contact with a concrete pump on the construction job site.