Industry News for week of May 20

T.B. Penick receives patent for Pervious Concrete Elements
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to San Diego construction company T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. for a new, innovative building material called Pervious Concrete Elements. Pervious Concrete Elements reportedly provides a smoother, finer surface than traditional pervious concrete and, at the same time, addresses pervious concrete’s aesthetic deficiencies.

Pervious Concrete Elements offers high water permeability and excellent durability. It’s environmentally friendly and can be installed cost-effectively. Because of its exceptionally smooth surface, PCE feels extremely soft underfoot and is conducive to wheelchairs, walkers and heeled shoes. Due to its texture and appearance, PCE offers a palette for unlimited aesthetic applications, including integral color and extremely fine, precise decorative aggregate and glass additions.

Byron Klemaske II, executive vice president and head of the Innovative Concrete Group at T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. is the principal developer of Pervious Concrete Elements. Klemaske notes that PCE is a low-maintenance material that protects and extends the life of the pervious concrete bed below it. This is because small aggregate and glass material embedded in the surface of PCE acts as a filter preventing dirt and debris from penetrating to the pervious concrete bed beneath. Additionally, the product’s Solar Reflective Index value is improved by the addition and use of decorative aggregates.

Pervious Concrete Elements is not exclusive to T.B. Penick and is available for use by other contractors.

Oldcastle Architectural acquires Canadian manufacturer
Oldcastle Architectural has acquired Expocrete Concrete Products Ltd., which manufactures a diverse range of concrete hardscape, masonry and precast products. The Canadian company operates seven manufacturing facilities in the Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, markets.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Expocrete will continue to be led by president David Johnson.

Wagner Meters forms Flooring Division
Wagner Meters has developed a new Flooring Division, which joins its Rapid RH and wood moisture-content tools divisions to offer a complete moisture content focus for flooring and building professionals.

Wagner Meters’ new Flooring Division will still provide the same up-to-date resources, training and information as in the past, but will do so with a more complete approach.

Seal-Krete launches redesigned website
Seal-Krete, a brand of concrete and masonry coatings manufactured by Convenience Products, has launched a redesigned website. The new website offers a contemporary look and enhanced user experience. It is compatible with mobile and tablet devices.

The website includes new photo galleries and the ability to search by product or project. Website visitors will find surface-specific projects accompanied by supply lists and general directions for completing a project. New features include a “Where to Buy” tab as well as a search and translation tab located at the top of each page. Seal-Krete’s High Performance Industrial Coatings catalog can be easily accessed from the home page.

EDCO converts literature to E-Brochures
Equipment Development Co. has converted their paper literature into E-Brochures. Linking to EDCO’s new E-Brochure Library from the company¹s homepage gives visitors interactive, 24-hour access to catalogs, parts listings, owner¹s manuals and other relevant information. Embedded inside these E-Brochures are videos, product links and web-training features. These brochures have replaced the PDF versions of the same literature.

Included options in these E-Brochures are word searches, text highlighting, and note writing. Also included are EDCO training videos, QR Codes and high-resolution images. All EDCO E-Brochures can be emailed or shared on social media.

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