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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.

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.

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.

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.

Up Close with Versatile Building Products

Near a clothing store dressing room is a sun stained on a concrete overlay surrounded by blue, green, and tan stained floor.Versatility is the name of the game with Versatile Building Products' floor and decking products.

Manufacturer Profile: L. M. Scofield Co.

LM Scofield produces specialized decorative concrete products as seen here a fern leaf imprint in concrete.The recognition of the name L. M. Scofield comes from more than 85 years in the industry, creating high standards for products that form a virtually unlimited menu for coloring and texturing concrete.

Manufacturer Profile: Concrete Solutions

A close up look at stamped and stained concrete butted up next to each other.San Diego-based company, Concrete Solutions Inc., wholesales products, stamps and tools for repairing, restoring, beautifying and protecting existing concrete surfaces. The company provides products and services to contractors and suppliers in the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

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.

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.

Got Concrete Slurry?

Pool of concrete muddied water on a jobsite.If you’re doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you’re likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

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