Author: Concrete Decor Staff

Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) Training classes boast 1,000 grads

A milestone has been achieved with the 1,000th student graduating from Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association training classes held November 6-15, 2003. Since the CSDA offered its first class, Cutting Edge, in 1993, 686 students have graduated from this program. Since Operator Certification was started in 1996, 161 students have […]

Change in cement formulation promises to reduce emissions

Members of the Portland Cement Association announced the latest effort by their industry to significantly reduce emissions and provide key environmental benefits by proposing a change in the manufacture of portland cement. Tom Chizmadia, PCA board member and chairman of the association’s Environment and Energy Committee, outlined PCA’s proposal to […]

Portland Cement Association Shepherd named director of sustainable development

Portland Cement Association has named David D. Shepherd, AIA, as Director, Sustainable Development. In the newly created position, Shepherd will be responsible for developing and promoting sustainable applications for cement and concrete. A registered architect, Shepherd joined PCA in 2000 as manager of residential technology and was responsible for coordination […]

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association NRMCA partners with OSHA for safety

Workers in the ready mixed concrete industry will benefit from a partnership agreement signed Nov. 4 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the NRMCA. Among the goals of the partnership are a 30 percent reduction over three years in the total case incident rate (TCIR) for member […]

New facility for Grace/Pieri release agents opens in France

Grace Construction Products has opened a new production facility in Larnaud, France, for its Grace/Pieri release agents. The new plant enables Grace to increase sales of release agents around the world, manufacture the products with higher flexibility, and speed delivery time to customers. Operations in Larnaud are designed to reach […]

Countertop vibration system produces dense finish

The new Vibra-Beam Countertop System is a state-of-theart, patent-pending countertop vibration system. This lightweight system can be attached to any standard sawhorse to create a highquality vibration table that produces an extremely tight, dense and void-free finish. The Vibra- Beam is ideal for both new construction and remodeling contractors. Available […]

Mapei beefs up decorative concrete division

Gary Powell has been named Mapei’s new Concrete Repair Systems Terrazzo Specialist. Powell will be in charge of product development, marketing and sales of the company’s new decorative concrete topping, Terratop Terrazzo. This topping allows for thin installations, which makes it much lighter than traditional cement terrazzo. It has a […]

Versatile Building Products moves to larger facility

Versatile Building Products is relocating to a 28,000-squarefoot facility in Carson, Calif., thereby tripling its capacity for inventory space. The company has realized growth rates of well over 100 percent in 2003. “One of the differentiating factors that our company holds is our product availability,” says Mike Meursing, president of […]

Sealer keeps water out

Okon W-2 economically seals regular concrete block and other moderately porous surfaces such as old weathered brick and heavily textured stucco. Offering superior water repellent performance, it is formulated with a proprietary blend of the highest quality acrylic micro-emulsions and a silanesiloxane solution. The micro-emulsions penetrate the surface to establish […]