Contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, engineers, and other friends of the pile driving industry in and around Maryland gathered for The Maryland Mixer at Crooked Crab Brewing in Odenton on November 16th, the third PDCA regional reception of 2023. The regional receptions have been an ongoing program of the organization, designed to provide members with localized networking and social engagement opportunities in areas around the U.S. where an existing PDCA Chapter does not exist, but there is a high concentration of companies that are involved in the pile driving industry.
From 5:30-7:30 PM, attendees enjoyed complimentary pizza, wings, beer, and more while they reconnected with friends, business associates, and new industry connections. PDCA president Brian Heck, along with PDCA staff, were on -hand to deliver a short program where they encouraged attendees to consider establishing a formal chapter, similar to the previously operational PDCA Mid-Atlantic Chapter which served the region for several years before it closed.
Fortuitously, the inaugural PDCA Engineers Driven Pile Institute, had just completed its two-day run at a nearby convention center, and a handful of participants in that program ventured down the road to Crooked Crab to attend the social with the large group of piling industry professionals from Maryland.
The Maryland Mixer was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of several event sponsors, including 'Drive 'Em Deep' Sponsor APE-American Piledriving Equipment, Inc., which due to a last-minute cancelation, was not able to attend. PDCA thanks these event sponsors:
- APE-American Piledriving Equipment
- American Equipment & Foundation, Co.
- Clydesdale Steel
- Dissen & Juhn Company
- Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.
- Pile Solution