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Ready mix suppliers and concrete contractors are making cautious entries into the pumping business in an effort to simplify the concrete placement process. When the supplier or contractor can also pump the concrete, it saves the customer time and money. Phillips Ready Mix, Alpha, Ohio, decided to investigate the possibility of adding pumping to their ready mix services about ten years ago. Phillips now owns and operates three pumps. Phillips chose to go into the pumping business because of difficulties with scheduling outside companies to do pumping work.