Pumper Sets Record: Longest Boom Completes Smallest Pour

In 2000, the Cross Enterprises, Detroit, MI, claimed a world record concrete pour on a tunnel foundation mat at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The nonstop overnight effort by a fleet of Schwing concrete pumps saw 20,917 cubic yards placed in just under 23 hours. In 2004, the contractor possibly broke a second record: the smallest project ever poured with a 55 meter boom pump.

The customer was land development company PRD, Inc., Holland, MI, which hires Cross Enterprises on an almost daily basis. The owner of the development company values the service that the Cross crews provide and, in turn, Cross proved how much they value this particular customers business.

Cross Branch Manager Michelle Thompson said, “The wind coming off of Lake Macatawa was blowing his outdoor furniture around and he asked us to pour a protective wall and new patio.” Sounds simple enough, but…..“There was absolutely no room for pump access or set-up in the back yard, and there was no way to get the ready mix trucks back there,” she said. “We had to have enough reach to get over the house from the driveway in the front yard so we put our 55-meter boom on the job for three separate pours totaling thirty yards!”

Records come in many shapes and sizes and if there is ever a record for customer service, Cross may have earned it. Wolverine Redi-Mix & Supply, Grand Rapids, MI supplied the concrete to the job.