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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forging A Bond: An Overview of Bonding Agents in Decorative Concrete

Bonding agents are a widely debated family of products. Some concrete contractors will tell you they have a favorite bonding agent, one that they use almost exclusively. Others say they evaluate every job and develop a unique solution, drawing from a wide range of products. And there are some contractors who swear by the oldest bonding agent of them all, simply using a mixture of portland cement and water.