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St Petersburg, FL – Multi-million dollar projects and high-profile jobs can be won when contractors combine their skills and resources, as is evident from recent collaborative efforts by CSDA members.
Just last year, CSDA member Skip Aston of ABC Concrete Cutting—South Florida in Pompano Beach, Florida, contacted fellow member Tim Beckman of Cutting Edge Services Corp. in Batavia, Ohio, to join forces and complete an underwater cutting job in the Bahamas. The two members combined resources to travel to a busy oil terminal in the Caribbean and wire cut a severely damaged steel pier that had been struck by a tanker. The job made the cover of the March 2013 Concrete Openings (click the cover image to read the story).
“Skip and I go way back and hold each other in high regard,” says Beckman. “He wanted our underwater wire saw expertise to supplement his team’s work above the water, so we were happy to enter into a joint venture.”
Another recent combination of CSDA member resources has resulted in the successful restoration of a 129-year-old, 30-foot-tall Civil War monument in New York. CSDA affiliate member Robert Lodge of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc. in Oberlin, Ohio, enlisted the help of a local contractor member, Matt Gehman of MMG Industrial in Buffalo, New York, to cut and remove the monument for restoration. “McKay Lodge elected to utilize our services due to our experience in making precision cuts on metal components with our diamond wire system,” says Gehman.
This year has seen even more examples of collaborative efforts from the membership. Two members combined resources to produce a 13,000-square-foot polished concrete floor system for a Fortune 500 retail company. In another example, a U.S. contractor member cut free 720-foot-long floating bridge pontoons in Puget Sound, Washington, then refered the customer to a Canadian counterpart when the pontoons arrived in Vancouver for renovation work. The results have been both profitable and successful for all companies involved.
The number one benefit for CSDA members has always been the opportunity to network with industry professionals at quarterly meetings and the association’s annual convention. This networking provides opportunities to forge new relationships and learn from other experienced professionals. Casual meetings at association events are developing into profitable partnerships.
Upcoming CSDA meetings will take place in Park City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. The association’s 42nd Annual Convention and Tech Fair is scheduled for March 13-15, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. These events are open to members and non-members. Industry professionals are encouraged to attend and discover what other benefits are offered by CSDA. What better time to get involved in an association with a strong tradition of networking?
For more information, visit, call 727-577-5004 or email
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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

Contact: Patrick O’Brien, Executive Director
Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association

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