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Putzmeister America, Inc. Wins Large Order for Additional Equipment to Panama Canal Project


Two Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130s pour large aggregate concrete during construction of the lock chamber floor.

Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130s are being in the construction of the 1,400-foot (427m) long by 108-foot (55m) wide by 60-foot (18m) deep floor and walls of the canal.

A Putzmeister Telebelt TB 130 works on a wall for the Pacific side of the Third Set of Locks project.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Wins Large Order for Additional Equipment to Panama Canal Project

STURTEVANT, WI (Nov. 4, 2011) – Putzmeister America, Inc. (Putzmeister) has announced it won orders for several additional Telebelts®, truck-mounted concrete boom pumps and Thom-Katt® trailer pumps to the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks project (Third Set of Locks). While some equipment has already shipped, it will all be on site by June 2012.

Third Set of Locks will create a new third lane of traffic along the Canal, doubling its capacity and allowing more traffic and longer, wider ships to pass through. Equipment from Putzmeister has been on site at the Panama Canal since August 2010, when the company’s Special Applications Business (SAB) was contracted to provide a complete global systems approach, including its pumping and material placing equipment, to the historic project.

“We’re working closely with the Panama Canal Authority and the Third Set of Locks team to meet its date for completion on Aug. 15, 2014, which is 100 years to the day the initial locks on the Canal were opened,” says Dave Adams, President and CEO of Putzmeister America. “Our equipment currently on site is performing impeccably and we’re happy to be sending additional machines to continue work on the project.”

In addition to the six Telebelts already on site at Third Set of Locks, Putzmeister will be sending one of its newest, large-scale Telebelts to the project. The Telebelt TB 200, which is just getting off the production line, offers a multitude of advantages that make it a better conveying system for high volume projects than what is currently available in the market. It offers an increased working range and superior jobsite maneuverability, with a 200-foot (61m) horizontal reach with its four-section boom arm.

Putzmeister will be sending five additional Telebelt TB 130s, which is the model that is currently being used at Third Set of Locks. In addition, three Thom-Katt TK 40s and three 58-Meter truck-mounted concrete boom pumps will be on the project.

The combination of the new group of equipment will be used to place the 1,400-foot (427m) long by 108-foot (55m) wide by 60-foot (18m) deep floor and walls of the canal, as well as in the construction of on-site batch plants and living quarters for construction workers.

For more information on the TB 200, TB 130, 58-Meter boom pump or TK 40, call (800) 884-7210.