Power Curbers

Power Curbers, makers of the 5700 Series, introduced the next generation of the 5700. In January 2020 the 5700-D replaces the 5700-C as the "one machine solution" for concrete slipform applications. The 5700-D excels in curbing, sidewalk, barrier, ditches, paving, tunnel, agricultural and specialized applications, according to the manufacturer.

Power Curbers Companies LLC announced that Stephen Bullock has been named chief operating officer. Bullock has been with Power Curbers for 24 years, and has been vice president of sales and marketing for the last 15 years. In addition, Fred Bryan has been named vice president of sales for the company.

Paving equipment company, Power Curbers, and its subsidiaries has been sold to Steve and Lee Cornwell of Cornwell Capital, in Charlotte, N.C., the Salisbury Post reported. Power Curbers will still operate from its Salisbury, N.C., headquarters, and President Dyke Messinger said he will remain president for another two to three years until he turns 70.

After years of development Power Curbers now offers stringless pouring technology to its customers. The Power Curber 5700-C, equipped with networked digital controls and all crawler steering, is now pouring on job sites in the United States and Canada.

The Power Curber 5700-C is a compact, versatile slipform paving machine that handles concrete curb-and gutter, barrier, sidewalk and special applications. It will slipform barrier or parapet up to 50 in. (127 cm) tall in the offset position. A low center of gravity and balanced weight-to-size ratio make the 5700-C ideal for barrier, according to the manufacturer.

You could say Ben Martin knows all there is to know about the curb and gutter business. He started working with concrete 13 years ago, beginning “with a shovel” as he puts it, and climbing his way to superintendent of Dodd Construction. Today, Ben is very impressed with the innovative Power Curber machines, especially the newest model, the 5700-C.

A post-hole digger for the Power Curber 5700-Super-B digs pier holes up to 34 in. (86 cm) deep for slipforming concrete foundations for steel cable, strung in highway medians. A pier hole can be dug in a matter of minutes by machine, as opposed to the much more time-consuming manual digging methods, according to the manufacturer.

Barry and Les Sauder of Sauder Brothers Construction in Manheim, PA, became Power Curber customers in 1987 and have remained so because of service “and the relationship with the factory” in North Carolina, Barry Sauder said. “Every time I call, they are committed to doing the job and making things happen for us.” The purchase of the company’s fifth curb machine in 2001 turned out to be the 1,100th machine in the 5700 Series produced at the factory.

The Power Curber 8700 pours flat surfaces up to 16 ft. (4.9 m) wide. The paver is designed for V-ditches for irrigation; monolithic curbs, gutters, and sidewalks; roller-compacted concrete dams; barrier and bridge/parapet up to almost 6 ft. (1.8 m) high; and glare screens. The 8700 has the capability to look for a left-side stringline, a right-side stringline or for two stringlines.

An 18-year-old Power Curber 6700, belonging to Larry Chitwood of Chitwood Construction wowed his dealer, Sam Howard of Delta Equipment Service, during a recent visit. “He couldn’t believe it,” said Chitwood. “He said it was the cleanest one he had ever seen.” We’re persistent in making sure that when the day’s pour is over, the machine is cleaned up.

Phil Capolupo of SPS in Boston, MA, was beginning to feel boxed into a corner on a highway interchange project in Woburn, MA. The company had made a decision six months before the completion date to slipform 5,000 linear ft. (1,525 m) of bridge parapet and had planned to use a subcontractor for the work.