June 2024 Vol. 79 No. 6



McElroy, a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic pipe fusion equipment, has a lot planned for its 70th anniversary during 2024.  

McElroy is known for its equipment line which for decades has paved the way for the fusible plastic pipe industry to transform the way the world views infrastructure. But the company’s roots stretch back to 1954, when Art and Panny McElroy launched their new business, McElroy Manufacturing, in their garage in Tulsa, Okla.  

It was the couple’s dream. Art, an engineer and inventor at heart, had an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to always find a better way to make things work. What began as a machine shop and an avenue for Art to market his designs has, in 70 years, become an industry-defining force for fusion technology, equipment and training. 

This year, McElroy will mark this important milestone with a number of exciting announcements, including the opening of its latest (fourth) campus in the Tulsa metropolitan area. Located in Broken Arrow, this new facility provides an additional 193,000 square feet of combined office and warehouse space.  

Once it’s fully operational, this new space will serve as McElroy’s “front door,” while also providing room for the company’s ever-expanding number of machine offerings. Because of the additional space it provides, the three legacy facilities – Fulton, Admiral, and 51st – will be able to increase their capacity, and the company is expected to expand accordingly in the coming years. 

“We’re humbled by our growth over the years, and at the same time we’re thrilled to be in the position that we’re in,” said McElroy President and CEO Chip McElroy. “As a company, McElroy is constantly looking for new opportunities, and we’re excited to incorporate this new space into our plans for the future.” 

McElroy is recognized worldwide as the producer of reliable, efficient, rugged and technically advanced equipment. From its beginnings to today’s four campuses and 300-plus employees, McElroy has forever made its mark on the world’s infrastructure and will continue to remain at the forefront of machinery, training and technology for years to come.  

Poetkker Construction 

Poettker Construction has earned a National Safety Merit Award, from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), for continuous commitment to safety on the job. The award was presented to only 45 contractors nationwide. 

“At Poettker Construction, we prioritize safety and health above all else,” said Charles Wilson, vice president of Risk Management. “We are extremely proud to have maintained a flawless safety record on all of our projects, and we are fully committed to upholding safety excellence throughout our entire company. Whether it's our top-level management or our workers on the job site, safety always remains our number one priority.” 

The 2023 National Safety Merit Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum or Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2023, reflective of their 2022 safety performance data. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Health and Safety Committee.  

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services, with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the education, distribution, federal government, health care, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, municipal, recreation, retail and utility industries. 


Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has taken a 22-percent ownership stake in VizaLogix, a US-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company specializing in digital, brand-neutral solutions for machine monitoring, servicing and tech support in multiple industries. 

The deal supports the Volvo CE strategy to grow services that customers are looking for, as digitization and data take on increasing importance among construction and mining fleets and equipment dealers.  

“This partnership is a great fit because VizaLogix and Volvo CE have a common goal to improve customer experience through increased efficiency, uptime and productivity,” said Scott Young, head of Region North America, Volvo CE. “VizaLogix provides brand-neutral SaaS solutions that are easy to integrate and use, helping fleets, dealers and OEMs make smarter decisions.”  

VizaLogix, based in Connecticut, will continue to operate independently, and support multiple brands with its products to provide best-in-class support for mixed fleets operations.  

“This partnership marks a significant milestone for us,” said Shawn Bonnington, CEO, VizaLogix, “reaffirming our commitment to pioneering innovative solutions in the construction equipment industry. We are confident that together, we will drive even greater value for our customers and stakeholders.”  

VizaLogix offers products that are different from and, in some cases, complementary to Volvo services. Supporting mixed fleets and mixed data connections uniquely defines the VizaLogix product approach and market differentiation: 

  • TethrITNow Equipment and technician support that includes real-time collaboration over multiple channels, such as video calls that allow for augmented reality overlays, letting users visually point, highlight and mark exact areas of focus.  
  • TechnicianNow Streamlined technician deployment that lets customers request service via mobile application, eliminating wait times and providing them with real-time availability of parts and services.  
  • 3602 24/7 machine health monitoring that integrates multi-brand fleet data into one platform.  
  • Vantage Point Stores quarry site productivity and utilization data in one data-agnostic platform, allowing for easy access to real-time and historical data.  

United Rentals 

United Rentals Inc. reported strong adoption across digital platforms. During the first quarter of 2024, over 70 percent of the company’s revenue came from customers who use one or more digital tools to support their safety, productivity and sustainability objectives.  

Customers are using United Rentals’ digital platforms throughout the rental experience: from renting equipment, checking real-time status of deliveries, placing service calls and tracking status, taking equipment off rent, to making payments. In addition, customers can monitor usage remotely through telematics to right-size the fleet on the project, ensuring effective utilization.  

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