One of the leaders in concrete pumping, gunite, and wet shotcrete equipment, Blastcrete Equipment LLC, has announced Patrick Bridger as their new business development manager. Bridger will work with the Blastcrete team to support new and existing customers and help them find solutions for their specific concrete pumping and wet/dry process shotcrete applications.
“Patrick is well-known in the shotcrete industry and has a unique understanding of what our customers face every day,” says Tripp Farrell, Blastcrete Equipment LLC co-CEO. “We’ve worked in the same circles for many years, so it’s exciting having him join our team and adding his experience to our business. Coming together gives us the opportunity to offer our customers decades of combined knowledge to help provide the best solutions coupled with industry-leading customer service.”
Bridger, who lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, boasts more than 35 years of experience in the shotcrete industry. His first role as an operations manager for a shotcrete company brought him to Alabama, where he worked out of the Blastcrete Equipment facility and first became familiar with the company’s shotcrete equipment solutions. Bridger then moved into a position with a contracting company where he gained hands-on experience in the refractory installation business. He most recently worked as the general manager and business development manager for another shotcrete equipment manufacturer where he worked to create and maintain relationships with customers in tunneling, mining, concrete repair and refractory installation industries.
In 1998, Bridger worked with other industry professionals to create the American Shotcrete Association (ASA). He remained an active member of the organization for more than 12 years serving as ASA secretary, vice president and president. He helped develop the first shotcrete nozzleman certification program, which consists of a guidebook, training, written exam and performance exam for all industry professionals.
“My commitment through all these years has been to the customers. The customers make our business; and I strive to keep that in mind while I’m serving the community, whether that’s through my current position or in my role as a member of the ASA,” Bridger said. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out, congratulating me on the new position. Some even mentioned they saw the move coming and are saying ‘finally.’ I’m looking forward to working with the Blastcrete team.”