In Calgary, Alberta, most ready mixed concrete producers also run at least two concrete pumps. Yet 160 miles up the road in Edmonton, not one concrete producer runs a pump. All the concrete pumping is done by pumping contractors. U.S. producers pump concrete for several reasons. Meyer Material Co. started pumping concrete in 1968 as a way of improving customer service. Birdsall Sand & Gravel started pumping concrete in 1976 as a way to get trucks unloaded faster and as a potential revenue source. Allen's Ready Mix of Wichita, Kansas, began pumping in 1968 to improve customer service and generate additional revenues.
There are numerous benefits to concrete producers who pump concrete. Because of reduced waiting time and faster truck discharge, they can get more production from their trucks. Using boom pumps also reduces wear and tear on concrete trucks by making access easier. The ability to place concrete under muddy conditions evens out fluctuations in concrete demand caused by variable weather conditions. In addition, jobsite safety improves on pumped concrete sites because it's easier to keep trucks a safe distance from open excavations and away from workers who might be in the way of trucks.