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Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

10 Amazing Concrete Jobs

round concrete tea barOf all the lists we compiled for this special issue, this one was probably the hardest. It wasn’t because there were so few good jobs to choose from — quite the opposite.

10 Most-Accessed Articles from Concrete Decor's Archives

a husband and wife and their wedding rings, the grooms hands have concrete burnsWe took a look at the most-read articles from our archives, and this list gives a unique picture of what information interests our readers the most.

Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

Manufacturer Profile: How Colormaker Floors does Concrete

Man in white hard hat measuring pigment to add to a concrete mix.Products and training from Colormaker will help you turn an ordinary floor into an artistic creation.

Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

The Power of Diamond Grit

Polished concrete in an Atlanta, Georgia, building was the most efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Manufacturer Profile: Increte Systems, Inc.

Increte Systems is a one stop shop for decorative concrete supplies push education on its customers.After 39 years in business it's still; quality products, quality education, quality support that equate to quality installations every time.

10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second.

Manufacturer Profile: Architectural Concrete Looks and Feels Like Stone

The form itself does everything because the concrete fills in the cracks, and it flows very nicely.Arch-Crete's lightweight forming system gives the look and feel of real stone.

Superabrasive and Lavina A Company and a Brand You Can Trust

LAVINA by Superabrasive has become a Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grindersleading name in the concrete grinding and polishing industry. It is well recognized for its reliable and efficient floor machines and high-quality diamond tools. Here is what concrete contractors shared about their experience with LAVINA products and the company that makes them -- Superabrasive.

Manufacturer Profile: Stegmeier Corp.

An alternative to a pre-cast concrete wall capA disposable foam form for cast in place concrete wall caps to be, creating cantilevered edges that look great but won't bust the budget.

Contractors in need of custom wall caps typically choose between pre-cast concrete, which is elegant but pricey, or cinder block caps, which are — and look — a lot cheaper.

10 Influential People in the Decorative Concrete Industry

How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn't easy, that's for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.

10 Most-Read Blog Posts About Concrete from Concrete Decor's Website

Metallic red and gray tile pattern garage floor coatingNot everything we write or receive ends up in Concrete Decor. We have a section on the website for “Online Exclusives,” things that we don’t have space for in the magazine but are too good not to share.

ConcreteNetwork.com: Everything You Wanted to Know About Concrete, But Didn't Know Who To Ask

concrete network websiteBack in 1999 when Jim Peterson was attending his umpteenth World of Concrete showcase, he was intrigued with the array of new concrete-related products that he saw in Las Vegas. Yet he was even more amazed that there wasn’t a central clearinghouse that building industry types could tap into to learn more about these new products and techniques once the show was over.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

Introducing Rare Earth Labs, Inc.

Hand Engraved concrete stones were individually stained with Rare Earth colors.Making concentrated concrete stains in Arkansas, with these stains water makes them better.

Davis Colors: A Company That Thrives on Chemistry, Color and Concrete

Davis Colors for concrete was started by Jackie Davis who fled Austria after the Nazis confiscated their pigment business.As decorative concrete has become more widely used, contractors in all parts of the country have grown increasingly skilled in the craftsmanship required for high quality colored concrete work.

Concrete Decor Publisher Letter: October 2010

Bent Mikkelsen Concrete Decor magazine 2010If you haven’t started, now is a good time to set the wheels in motion. It’s only a hunch, but I believe we are all in for a healthier year ahead businesswise.

Decorative Concrete Bigwigs Don the Pink Hat and Boa

Bent and Sheri Mikkelsen in pink hat and boa.If you were just at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show in San Antonio, you might recognize a few of these industry players.

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