Award Bio James L. Bury 1/25/2011

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.


1733 90th Street Sturtevant, WI 53177


Mechanical Design Engineer, Project Manager and Department Director with 25 years of progressive and varied responsibilities in diverse manufacturing environments and product lines. Functional experience includes:

Executive Staff Member Personnel and Budget Management Multiple Department Management Inter-department Relations Management Team/Company/Executive Communications Industry Association Representation Regulatory Agency Representation Guest Speaker/Presenter

Customer and Dealer Relations Vendor Coordination/Selection Stress Analysis and Testing Field Application Experience Product Cost/Benefit/Price Analysis Design and Sales Project Management Competitive Product Evaluation Documentation Management


PUTZMEISTER AMERICA, Sturtevant, WI 1998 - Present Manufacturer of concrete placement products

Director – Engineering 2008 - Present Manager – Engineering, Quality and Documentation 2004 - 2008 Engineering Manager 2001 - 2004 Member of Executive Staff. Responsible for personnel and policy decisions in Engineering, Documentation, Quality, and Test Stand Departments. $2M+ annual budget. 8 direct, 25 indirect reports. Creator and manager of short-term and long-term department planning. Overall responsibility for design, testing, and documentation of all products, project and resource coordination, ISO9001 conformance, company-wide quality assurance, and patent management. Created department mission of supporting all customers, both internal and external. Close coordination and communication with all departments considered crucial for exceeding customer expectations – including product features, quality, reliability, and time of delivery. Active leader of cross-functional process reviews for optimizing internal processes and systems. Very active in regulatory agency management and industry association representation. Co-author of American, Canadian, and worldwide industry safety standards and educational position papers. Guest speaker at industry/university seminars and customer gatherings. Company technical representative in legal matters. Co-reviewer of incoming sales orders and application requests. Division technical representative for PM worldwide initiatives.

Design Group Manager 2001 Responsible for coordination of all technical support personnel (engineers, designers, clerical – 8 total) in Engineering. Coordinated and prioritized work with the Engineering Manager and other departments.

Project Engineer 1998 - 2001 Complete responsibility for creation and implementation of two strategic joint-venture products. Tasks included 3D design, BOM/cost management, manuals creation, regulatory reviews, prototype/production coordination, and executive briefings. Extensive coordination required with all personnel of the partnering companies. Established credibility as effective communicator and advisor. Author of US patent.

CASE CORPORATION, Racine, WI 1998 Manufacturer of agricultural equipment with sales in excess of $5 billion worldwide

Cost Reduction Engineer Responsible for identifying, investigating, designing, drafting (Pro-E), and implementing cost reduction projects. Coordinated projects with other departments, plants, and vendors to gain approval and cooperation in implementation to improve odds of success. Estimated annual savings of over $500,000.

RAYTHEON COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY, LLC., Ripon, WI 1993 to 1998 Manufacturer of laundry equipment with sales in excess of $300 million

Product Engineer 1997 to 1998 Responsible for creation/implementation of a strategic new product line. Covered all aspects of design, drawing/BOM management, vendor selections, technical writing, and cost/budget management. Created and maintained drawings and documentation for over 200 separate parts. Pre-production machines achieved very high product acceptance ratings in field testing. Design team met or exceeded all initial product specifications. Established high credibility as effective communicator and served as project information hub.

Project Engineer 1993 to 1997 Complete technical responsibility for one model in a new product line. Created new concept in frame design that decreased production costs, was proven effective through FEA analysis and rigid stress/fatigue testing, and implemented in other models. Coordinated with others to maintain a product line family appearance.

MESA INDUSTRIES, Elkhorn, WI 1991 to 1993 Manufacturer of medical exam tables and cafeteria folding tables with sales of $12 million

Design Engineer/Department Manager Responsible for Engineering Department and all aspects of product line maintenance. Emphasis placed on coordination and communication with all departments and key vendors. Created entire department including policies, procedures and organizational structure. Interviewed, hired, trained, and managed four employees. Designed two new medical tables that identified annual savings of $300,000.

KOMATSU DRESSER COMPANY, Libertyville, IL 1988 to 1991 Manufacturer of construction equipment with sales in excess of $1 billion

Design Engineer Responsibilities included design and drafting of new product projects. Assignments included product areas critical to safety and performance. Created multiple potential solutions for each assigned problem.

CARTER HOFFMANN CORPORATION, Mundelein, IL 1985 to 1988 Manufacturer of food service equipment with sales of $12 million.

Drafter and Design EngineerResponsibilities included design layout, mechanical drafting and document control for one product line.


Master of Science in Engineering Management - 2002 Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - 1984 Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Industry & Regulatory Affiliations:

American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) – 2004 to Present

Active participant in Board, committee, and subcommittee meetings. Author of magazine articles “Still Confused About the EPA 2007 Chassis?” (Fall 2007) and co-author of “Why Can’t I Use My Boom As A Crane?” (Winter 2011). Participant and resource in special topic efforts (ex: IRS, California Air Resource Board) as well as the following committees: Equipment Safety and Application Committee – Biannual meeting coordinator (acting Committee Secretary). Mission includes addressing equipment safety issues as well as the support and development of educational and resource materials. Certification Committee –Mission includes developing a comprehensive safety training program raising awareness of safe operating practices and procedures. Includes review/revision of ACPA Safety Manual and other safety-related documents and videos. Communications Committee - Mission focused on quarterly ACPA magazine and other means of industry communications. Includes subcommittee that reviews all publishing submissions for visually-evident safety violations that contradict ACPA training materials and positions.

Concrete Pump Manufacturer Association (CPMA) - 2002 to Present

Board Member (President). Active participant in all endeavors and meetings including the following committees: Safety Standards Committee – Co-author of several revisions to CPMA 27-2000 Safety Standard for Concrete Pumps, Placing Booms, and Delivery System. Past Missions included creation and revisions to standard, formal replies to requests for interpretation, and effective transfer of content into ASME/ANSI B30.27 standard. Compliance Committee – Co-author of auditing program designed to ensure that all member manufacturers comply with the above safety standards thru a third-party auditing process. Safety Label Committee – Co-author and reviewer of all standardized safety decals (formerly part of the safety standard).

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - B30 Committee - 2003 to Present

B30 Committee alternate member and B30.27 Sub-Committee consulting expert. Co-author of both original release and 2009 versions of B30.27 Safety Standard for Material Placement Systems.

International Standards Organizations (ISO) – TC195 Committee - 2004 to Present Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – US TAG TC195 Committee - 2004 to Present

Member of US TAG Committee for TC195 (sponsored by SAE). Active participant in ISO TC195 Committee and subcommittees (SC1, WG4). Mission is to create, review, or revise international standards that relate to concrete equipment. Co-author of ISO 21573 Building construction machinery and equipment -- Concrete pumps -- Part 1: Terminology and commercial specifications & Part 2: Procedure for examination of technical parameters Reviewer of ISO11375 Building construction machinery and equipment -- Terms and definitions Reviewer of ISO12603 Building construction machinery and equipment – Classification Reviewer of potential for a ISO safety standard for concrete pumps that incorporates parts of all regional and national standards

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Z151 Committee - 2006 to Present

Committee member and co-author of CSA Z151-2009 Safety Standard for Concrete Pumps and Placing Booms.

California OSHA – 2006

Participant in committee that reviewed/revised California Code of Regulations - Construction Safety Orders for Concrete Pumps and Placing Booms (Title 8, Ch. 4, Art. 29, Sec. 1720).

United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - 2006 to Present

Participant in ACPA-coordinated technical equipment reviews with IRS representatives. Topics: Mobile Machinery exemption of truck-mounted concrete pumps and equipment fuel use in relation to off-road fuel taxes.

California Air Resources Board (CARB) - 2006 to Present

Participant in ACPA-coordinated reviews and lobbying efforts with regard to: [California] Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) Regulation – California Code of Regulations Title 13, Art. 5, Sections 2450-2465 Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Diesel-fueled Portable Engines - California Code of Regulations Title 17, Sections 93116-93116.5 Emission Control Measure for On-Road Heavy Duty Diesel Fueled Vehicles - California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 2025

American Concrete Institute (ACI) – 2009 to Present

Participant in efforts to update and create ACI documents that deal with concrete pumping and concrete mix pumpability. Member/expert for the following committees: ACI 304 Measuring, Mixing, Transporting and Placing Concrete ACI 211 Proportioning Concrete ACI 130B Sustainability of Concrete – Production/Transport/Construction

Patents Awarded

US 6,609,898 - Process and Device for Pumping Compressible Materials with Reduced Pressure Pulsation (2003)

Additional Education

Toyota Production System (TPS) – TSSC, Inc. (@ HermanMiller) – 2007 Foreign Trademarks and the Madrid Protocol – Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall - 2003 Customer Skills for PMA Professionals – MRA Institute of Management – 2003 Self-Empowerment In the Workplace – Unison Consulting - 2002 Concrete Basics II & III – World of Concrete Seminar Series – Dr. Terence Holland - 2001 Concrete Mix Design – I: Adjusting with Aggregates and Admixtures, II: Air Entrained Concrete – World of Concrete Seminar Series - Ken Hover (Cornell Univ.) - 2001 Dollars & Sense of Concrete Pumping - World of Concrete Seminar Series – Edward Lothamer & Dale Bone, Jr. - 2001 Principles of Geometric Tolerancing – GeoMetric Associates – 1998 Project Management – Fred Pryer Seminars – 1998 The Basics of Laundry Cleaning – Proctor & Gamble Consumer Services - 1996 Controlling Corrosion of Stainless Steel Equipment – College of Engineering, Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison (Dr. Peter Elliott – Corrosion and Materials Consultancy) - 1994 Design of Experiments with Design-Ease Software– Industrial Quality Consultants – 1993 The Manager as a Coach – Career Track – 1993 SolidWorks CAD Training - Computer Aided Technology, Inc. - 1993 Supervising Under Pressure – Keye Productivity Center - 1991 Design of Weldments and Welded Structures / Blodgett Welding Design – Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation – 1989 Geo-Metrics II: Application of Geometric Tolerancing Techniques – Lowell Foster – 1988

Technical Presentations

Mix Design Considerations for Pumpability - American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2009 Convention (New Orleans) - ACI 211 Proportioning Concrete Mixes – Nov. 2009 Pumpability: Did You Design It In? – Presentation for Civil Engineering students at Michigan Technological University – Oct. 2009 Pumping Concrete - Heidelberg Tech Center (Heidelberg Cement Group) – 12th Annual QC/TS & Materials Meeting – Sept. 2009 Existing Concrete Pump Safety Standards – Co-presenter Rob Edwards (Schwing) - CSA Z151 Initial Meeting – Dec. 2006