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Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?

Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?Having had the opportunity to travel this great nation from coast to coast and visiting many places in between, I’ve heard a common statement about the current state of the construction marketplace in general and the decorative marketplace in particular. Sometimes it is uttered as a rhetorical question.

Greg Iannone
Dec 8, 2017
Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to Lumber

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to LumberAs a child, who wasn’t thrilled to see the wood forms come out indicating a new sidewalk, driveway or even basement was about to be poured? Today, we know concrete can do so much more, and certainly the forms that helped shape it have changed, too.

K. Schipper
Dec 15, 2017
WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping Up

WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping UpVisitors to World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas Jan. 23-26 will have a chance to get better acquainted with a unique form of, well … concrete forms. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Co., will provide the wall system for the Mall of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

K. Schipper
Dec 8, 2017
Green Matters: Getting Into Green

Sherry A. Boyd
Jun 5, 2012
L.J. Ickes and Joe Quick, Artistic Concrete Coatings

Artisan in Concrete - Change is what they do. Quick and Ickes started in business together in 1998 as a commercial pressure washing company.

Chris Mayo
Sep 4, 2012
How The LEED Program Works And Getting Certified

Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.

Chris Sullivan
May 1, 2016
Grow Your Concrete Business with Customer Service

Referrals from satisfied customers will propel you to the top.

Richard Nutthall
Aug 10, 2005
A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountain

Jeremy French
3 Tests for Measuring Concrete Moisture Content

Measuring moisture in concrete tipsThree easy test that can help monitor the amount of moisture remaining in a slab of concrete.

Peter Golter
Jan 11, 2004
Main Valet Driveway at Caesars Palace

Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear. Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 1, 2013
The Polishing Consultant: Cold-Weather Pours and Early Polishes

Pouring concrete in cold weather

David Stephenson
Recipe: Quicksilver Facelift High-build Metallic Floor Finish

Rich silver metallic epoxy floorEven with a substrate riddled with cracks, pits and spalls, this high-build metallic finish will give your floor a look that is quietly mesmerizing.

Larin Felker
Jun 5, 2010
Uline Distribution Center, Coppell, Texas

D&B Industrial Floor Coatings Inc. is a company that knows a thing or two about retail and commercial floor systems, having polished and sealed floors for some of the largest retail companies in the United States. Three- or four-man crews have the process down almost to a science, capable of delivering projects in a four- to five-week time frame that exceed 500,000 square feet.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 9, 2011
Distinctively Styled Concrete Countertops

Artistic concrete countertop - Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen in Ellicott City, Md. Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen. 

John Strieder
Feb 5, 2014
The First Concrete Countertop Conference

Colored glass used as aggregate in concrete countertop fabrication.The Raleigh-based Concrete Countertop Institute sponsored conference was an important step for professionals in the decorative concrete industry in the establishment of quality standards for concrete countertop professionals and the building industry.

Bent Mikkelsen
Jan 22, 2007
Concrete Decor Show pro bono endeavors brighten stay for families of the ailing

heart lithomosiac on concrete floor with swirl design

Concrete Decor Show pro bono endeavors brighten stay for families of the ailing
At the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term or critical care at the nearby UC San Diego Health.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Decorative Concrete Stands the Test of Time

Decorative concrete tile application at historic hotel in YosemiteWhen this concrete was installed in 1927, the decision makers of this historic hotel wanted the assurance that the building would have the natural look so commonly seen in the High Sierras — and not the look of industrial concrete. And its still delighting guests to this day.

Doug Carlton
May 6, 2007
Decorative Concrete Techniques - a New Way to Throw Concrete Color Release

Using a brush to throw color release onto concreteHow many times have you wished there was a better way to throw the powder release agent down before stamping... besides by the handful? Well, here's another way. How to throw color release onto concrete with a brush.

Editors
Feb 10, 2001
Artisan in Concrete: Jeffco Concrete Contractors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Travel-tested diesel generators, a fleet of polishing machines and a bundle of big-name contracts - all part of how Jeff McCool and his team do decorative concrete in the Deep South.

David Thompson
Feb 8, 2010
Artisan in Concrete: Brian Olson, Cemrock Landscapes Inc., Tucson, Ariz.

You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Radical Radials

Radial stamps, multipiece tools that create circular and curved patterns, have earned stamp manufacturers a round of applause.

Kelly O’Brien
Aug 8, 2010
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