3 Critical Strategies for Optimal Material Handling Plant Operation

When it comes to moving product, anything that slows down the process translates to profit loss. That’s why it’s important to work with an established plant designer when building or retrofitting a material handling plant. Here are three ways to optimize your production output. 1. Get your plant’s layout right The layout of a material … Continue reading 3 Critical Strategies for Optimal Material Handling Plant Operation

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How to Find Qualified Employees for Your Precast Concrete Organization

Rebuilding efforts after the wildfire and hurricane damage last year are still underway. Unfortunately, with hurricane season starting up, there's a chance more destruction could follow. There's a lot of work to be done, and more might be around the corner. If your precast organization is feeling the pressure to fill orders, you're not alone. … Continue reading How to Find Qualified Employees for Your Precast Concrete Organization

Concrete Highlights: Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate concrete is a form of decorative concrete achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste and revealing the underlying aggregate. It’s a great choice for landscaping because not only is it easy to customize but it’s stain and skid resistant too. In recent years, industry leaders have pushed the boundaries with exposed … Continue reading Concrete Highlights: Exposed Aggregate

How To Talk Prospects Into a Concrete Driveway

While we can all agree concrete is a superior material, convincing those outside the construction industry can be tricky. Surely after all this time, there are better materials out there, right? Obviously not. We don’t need to spend time convincing you, but you have to convince potential customers. Use some of the points we highlight … Continue reading How To Talk Prospects Into a Concrete Driveway

Revisiting Concrete Pipes: Why They Continue to Dominate

Concrete pipes go back. Way back. Blueprints dated around 1894 detail the construction of a sewer in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring reinforced concrete pipe installed around 1887. St. Paul and other cities in Minnesota are only now replacing the infrastructure that has been in place for more than 100 years. If that doesn’t speak to … Continue reading Revisiting Concrete Pipes: Why They Continue to Dominate

Could a Skate Park Resurgence Be on the Horizon?

Well, the Winter Olympics are finished, and we have our sights set on 2020. Japan caught our attention with one of their Summer Olympic announcements. The Tokyo games will feature a first: skateboarding. While none of us here are about to land a 180 kickflip, we have an interest in skateboarding trends for a pretty … Continue reading Could a Skate Park Resurgence Be on the Horizon?

Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization

Quick fix: Researchers at the University of California recently discovered that hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete (HyFRC) tubes performed better than HyFRC cast-in-place columns during bridge seismic-testing scenarios. In the future, these HyFRC tubes could replace current precast column techniques for bridges. Making concrete bridges stronger During America’s amazing growth from 1945 through 1970, many reinforced concrete … Continue reading Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization