History

Power Curbers, Inc. was formed in 1953 in Salisbury, NC, USA, the home town of one of the founders, to manufacture curb equipment. Today, the company remains true to its roots in curb and gutter, corporate location and family ownership. Power Curbers 5700 Series curb machines lead the world market.


Power Curbers History

1953

The company is founded by two Salisbury businessmen, John S. Henderson, an engineer, and E.L. Hardin, mayor of the city, to manufacture extruding curb equipment for city streets and for developing land into subdivisions. The first machine, the 55-A Automatic Extruder, mechanized an otherwise time-consuming, manual process of laying out highway turnarounds and median islands. It was described as extruding asphalt much like toothpaste is extruded from a tube. Todays Power Curber 150 and 440 XL are walk-behind pieces of equipment, pouring either asphalt or concrete curb.

1957

The original invention is applied to curb and gutter work. This proves to be a major step for the company.

1959

Richard Messinger, son-in-law of John Henderson, joins the company as president, concentrating on domestic and international markets and building a dealer network.


Power Curbers History

1970-1974

The first concrete slipform machine, the Curb King Model 6500, is manufactured. It held the patent for the first 4-crawler slipform machine.

1971

The Curb King Model 6500 is the first slipform machine to pour in the offset position, now an industry standard.

1980

Dyke Messinger, son of Richard Messinger, becomes president and CEO, with concentrations on research and development, customer focus, and diversification.

1980

Power Curbers receives patent for Trim and Pour Ditch Mold (4,197,032 www.uspto.com)

1982

Power Curbers receives patent for Ditch Mold (4,319,859 www.uspto.com)

1983

Richard Messinger receives the U.S. Department of Commerce’ s E Award for Excellence in Exports from President Ronald Reagan.


Power Curbers History

1985

5700 Series begins, leading Power Curbers to the #1 position in the world in the sale of curb and gutter slipform machines. The 5700 features the hydraulic offset, allowing the machine to maneuver around obstacles quickly. The 5700 Series also slipforms sidewalks, highway safety barrier, bridge parapet, and special applications, such as stadium risers, channel paving, bicycle and golf cart paths up to 8 feet (2.44m).

1988

Power Curbers receives patent for Straddle Legs and Extended Frame (4,789,266 www.uspto.com)

1989

Power Curbers receives patent for Side Shift Trimmer (4,808,026 www.uspto.com)

1990

Associates link themselves to mission statement: Our Commitment Shows.

1991

Power Curber machinery is chosen to pave the railbeds in the running tunnels for the Eurotunnel project beneath the English Channel between Dover, England, and Calais, France. The machinery slipformed the railbed and left-hand right-hand sidewalks on the sloped walls of the tunnels. A total of 31 miles (50 km) of railbed and 62 miles (100 km) of sidewalk was completed from Calais in a record 9 months, as opposed to 17 months of doing the same work by hand from Dover.

1994

Power Curbers wins Governors New Product Award from the North Carolina Professional Engineers of North Carolina for the Eurotunnel Rail Tunnel Invert Concrete Paving Machine design.

1994

5700-B, with enclosed auger for better mixing capability and increased productivity, is introduced.

1994

The 5700-B wins a Top 100 New Product Award from Construction Equipment magazine.

1995

First company-owned dealership, Southern Equipment Service, established to serve customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

1996

Richard Messinger is inducted into the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame.

1996

Quick Connect Mold Mount System is introduced, allowing operators to change molds in a matter of minutes, as opposed to more than 30 minutes by hand.

1997

Power Curbers receives patent for Quick Connect Mold Mount (5662431 www.uspto.com)

1998

Power Curbers improves service to customers by establishing regional sales and service managers in the following states: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Washington, Utah, and California.

2000

Power Curbers receives patent for Auto Slope Compensation (6,109,825 www.uspto.com)

2002

Power Curbers forms Power Pavers, Inc., in Cedar Falls, IA, a manufacturer of concrete slipform pavers, placer spreaders, texture cure machines and form pavers that produce product up to 32 feet wide, with extensions, for residential streets, highways and airports.

2003

Power Curbers/Power Pavers wins Measures of Success marketing award from Publications in Construction and Agriculture, Association of Equipment Manufacturers Marketing Council.

2004

The 5700-SUPER-B is introduced, with 50% more horsepower, for faster production.

2004

The 5700-SUPER-B wins a Top 100 New Product Award from Construction Equipment magazine and a Top Rollout Award from Better Roads magazine.

2004

Power Curbers is selected Manufacturer of the Year for Global Logistics Excellence, World Trade magazine.

2004

Power Curbers receives patent for Paver Steering Collars (6,692,185 www.uspto.com)

2004

Power Curbers receives patent for Paver Strike Offs (6,715,957 www.uspto.com)

2006

Post-hole Digger Attachment for 5700 Series machine receives Top Rollout Award from Better Roads magazine.

2006

Power Curbers receives patent for Slipform Paver Side Plates (6,984,089, www.uspto.com)

2006

Power Curbers/Power Pavers wins Measures of Success marketing award from Publications in Construction and Agriculture, Association of Equipment Manufacturers Marketing Council.

2007

The 5700-C is introduced, with the capability to pour on either the left or right-hand side and Smart Amp™ controls, giving the machine operator greater flexibility for adjusting sensitivity.

2007

5700-C wins Top 100 Products Award, Construction Equipment magazine.

2007

Corporate headquarters moves to a new manufacturing facility in Salisbury that is geared to customer response. The new facility allows for an intense focus on delivering the utmost value to customers, with manufacturing designed to eliminate waste, drive down lead times and drive up parts delivery. Products are being sold in 80 countries.

2008

Power Curbers receives Registered Trademark for Smart Amp™ Control from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

2008

Power Curbers receives Progressive Manufacturing Award from Managing Automation magazine.

2008

Power Curbers receives patent for Post Hole Digger (7,393,156 www.uspto.com)