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Thanks for the Great 122nd Metalcasting Congress, Hill and Griffith Foundry Supplies

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 03:37 PM

The Leading Industry Event for Education and Networking

2018 METALCASTING CONGRESS 700

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The show is wrapping up today and we would like to thank everyone that stopped by Booth 209. Our show team in the photo from left to right: Mike Lawry, Barry Morgan, John Spindler, Doug Schwall and Tom Dempsey did a great job.

We were sharing our Foundry Supplies Brochure below and you can download it here

Foundry Supplies Brochure page 1a

Foundry Supplies Brochure page 2

We're also big supporters of the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) and you can learn more about this important student awareness initiative from the video below.

See you at a the next American Foundry Society event.


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The Hill and Griffith Company's green sand metalcasting foundry chemicals and supplies help achieve the EPA's M.A.C.T. standards and reduce Benzene emissions. Our variety of environmentally sound release agents, coatings, partings, lubricants, core oils and specialty products will help you meet your metal casting's needs. We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy."
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See You At The Denver Precast Show 2018 Booth 1527 Next Week

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 03:14 PM

The Precast Show is the largest precast-specific trade show in North America and the one place where you can find the industry’s most important suppliers and foremost equipment experts under one roof. Come see the Hill and Griffith Company at Booth 1527.

February 22-24, 2018 – Denver, CO
Colorado Convention Center
Hill and Griffith Company Booth 1527

Thursday, Feb. 22 – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Precast Show is sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute with additional collaboration from the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and the Cast Stone Institute.

EDUCATION

The Precast Show offers attendees many benefits beyond the trade show floor. Information about The Precast Show 2018 education courses offered, special events, awards programs and plant tours are found below. Learn more.

Precast University

Starting with the fundamentals of precast concrete production and progressing through advanced technical, safety and leadership topics, NPCA’s Precast University offers a comprehensive series of precast-specific training courses for anyone who wants to advance in the industry. Precast University brings together all NPCA’s Production & Quality School courses in a career path that concludes with an industry-recognized certification – the Master Precaster designation. Learn more.

Read how Jodi Zwart's life changed after she attended Precast University, “I really had no interest in it when I was younger, other than when I needed a summer job,” said Jodi Zwart, daughter of Bobby Zwart, the company’s president. “And when I did work at the plant, dad would have me weed whack and do all the dirty work.”

Plant Tours

Lindsay Precast Inc. Colorado – Dacono Plant
5294 Grandview Blvd., Dacono, CO 80514
Learn more.

Vaughn Concrete Products
12650 Tucson St., Henderson, CO 80640
Learn more.

Front Range Precast Concrete Inc.
5901 Dexter St., Commerce City, CO 80022
Learn more.

Rocky Mountain Prestress
5801 Pecos St., Denver, CO 80221
Learn more. 

 


Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands-on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend concrete release agents, packerhead concrete form releases, concrete form seasoning, potable water and non-petroleum concrete form release, biodegradable releases, rust inhibitors and concrete dissolver products that suit your needs.

Hill and Griffith Samples

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy."
Contact Us »

 

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On-site casting defect investigations, product testing, machine start-ups and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request.
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Bulletins and Technical Papers for Concrete Casting Products 

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Hill & Griffith's Newest Addition

Posted by Samantha Farris on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 01:33 PM

Although it's not the new bundle of joy that comes to mind when adding a new addition, we here at The Hill and Griffith Company are very excited to introduce our newest addition to our growing family!

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The Hill and Griffith Company has been delivering high quality products since 1896!

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Cincinnati Employee Took A Gamble

Posted by Samantha Farris on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 02:08 PM

Don't bet because there's always that chance you will lose!

STEELERS

Cincinnati Employee-Sean Carter lost a bet with Mike Lawry. Sean bet that the Cincinnat Bengals would win the game against the Steeler's this past weekend. Guess who lost?

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Tim Cowell - XVI Simposium 2017

Posted by Samantha Farris on Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 04:18 PM

Tim Cowell-Hill & Griffith's Technical Director for Die Casting & Metal Working Fluids

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In the picture above Tim Cowell is presentinig his Formal Presentation at the XVI Simposium 2017 in Queretara, Mexico

News from Sales & Operations

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 02:17 PM

New Technical Representatives and Mike Lawry's appointment to Vice President of Sales and Operations


Dear customers and friends of The Hill and Griffith Company,

It's been a busy year here at The Hill and Griffith Company. We've had successful foundry and concrete industry shows and you'll find us this week at the North American Die Casting Association's Die Casting Congress & TabletopSeptember 18-20, 2017 in Atlanta, GA, Booth #225. If you get the chance, please stop by and meet these new employees.

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I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Schwall for the Northern Indiana territory for sales. Doug comes to us with 20+ years of machining, die casting and maintenance experience as a hands-on manager. His duties will include die casting, foundry, concrete and machining with an emphasis on new customers and growth to existing accounts in the area. Doug’s understanding of the area and key personnel will be a tremendous asset with growing this territory to its fullest potential. Doug’s contact info:  

Doug Schwall
The Hill and Griffith Company
Technical Representative
317-313-4059
dschwall@hillandgriffith.com

 

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And I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Angela Cox for the Northern Illinois/Wisconsin territory for sales.  Angela comes to us with 15+ years of die casting, machining and industrial chemical sales experience. Angela’s contact info:

Angela Cox
The Hill and Griffith Company
Technical Representative
931-216-2026 Mobile
acox@hillandgriffith.com
 
 

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Also, I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Rodney Schisler for the Southwest Ohio territory for sales. Rodney comes to us with 28 years of die casting and low-pressure casting experience as a hands-on manager. His duties will include die casting, foundry, concrete and machining with an emphasis on new customers and growth to existing accounts in the area.  Rodney’s past experiences will be a tremendous benefit with his process knowledge and will be utilized in other territories as needs arise. Rodney’s contact info:
 
Rodney Schisler
The Hill and Griffith Company
Technical Representative
513-503-3314
rschisler@hillandgriffith.com


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One last thing, my new title is VP of Sales & Operation. After 26 years with The Hill and Griffith Company, I look forward to improving our sales and service even more in our core markets as well as new ones. My door is always open, so contact me at any time with any concern or a new idea to help make your job easier. My contact info:

Mike Lawry
The Hill and Griffith Company
VP of Sales & Operation
317-727-8276
mlawry@hillandgriffith.com

Sincerely,

Mike Lawry


Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend release agents, lubricants, plunger lubricants and permanent mold lubricants that suit your needs. Products that represent the latest in technology and ongoing research that enhance competitiveness and increase productivity. 

Hill and Griffith Samples

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy." Die Casting and Squeeze Lubricants- Diluco®, Permanent Mold Coatings- Concote™, Plunger Lube™- Graphite and non-graphite oils and pastes with excellent anti-wear properties, Casting Operations Products: Start-up lubes, Ladle coatings, Anti-soldering pastes, Water glycol, Trim press lubricants, Surface protection for casting storage, Corrosion protection for die storage, Cleaners for machines and dies, Corrosion protection for machines, Heat treatment quenchants, and Heat-transfer fluids. Also, Industrial Lubricants Griflube®, Hydraulic fluids with fire-resistant and anti-wear properties, Bio-Syn natural ester-based hydraulic fluid, Way oil knuckle lubes and Metalworking Fluids- Grifcut™

Contact us for Product Samples

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

Technical Services & Support

On-site process surveys, Casting defect investigations, Product testing, Tooling start-ups and Statistical process controls and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request. 

Contact us to Arrange a Visit

Bulletins and Technical Papers for Die Casting Products

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Tim Cowell to present - Die Casting Plunger Lubricants & Porosity

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 03:59 PM

NADCA Congress Session Spotlight - Tim Cowell, Technical Director at The Hill and Griffith Company to present at the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop 

In the weeks leading up to the 2017 Die Casting Congress & Tabletop NADCA highlights information on papers that will be presented during the congress sessions. The following paper is scheduled to be presented on Wednesday, September 20: Computer Modeling II - 8:00-9:30 AM, Session Chair: Charles Monroe

Plunger Lubricants and Porosity: How they interrelate within the Die Casting Process
Timothy Cowell, Technical Director, Hill and Griffith Company

High Pressure Die Casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal is injected, with a die casting machine using applied force and high pressure, into a steel die to form various products (castings). Within this process, there are large numbers of variables that need to be controlled to make an acceptable casting. If these variables are not controlled then defects within the castings (parts) occur making them unusable.
 
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From the NADCA Newsletter

Only 5 Days Until the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop - Register TODAY


The 2017 Die Casting Congress & Tabletop will be held September 18-20, 2017, at the Atlanta Convention Center at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA. This three day event will feature more than 120 exhibitors ready to highlight their latest and greatest products and technology. Over 30 Congress presentations will be given by experts from around the world on topics such as computer modeling, process engineering, advanced technology, additive manufacturing and a special Global Trends spotlight session, just to name a few.These presentations will expose metalcasters to the latest technology, ongoing research and successful management tools that will assist companies in enhancing their competitiveness.

Winners of the International Die Casting Design Competition will be on display and honored as well as the Die Casting Industry Award winners. Companies looking to send more than 5 attendees will receive a special discounted rate. For more information or to register* please click here.

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Those exhibiting in the show will receive special instructions on how to register their complimentary personnel. 

Attending the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop? There’s An App For That 

Have you downloaded the NADCA App? This app provides you with access to up-to-the-minute information about the show, congress sessions, exhibitors, special events and notifications.   
  
You can search more information about our exhibitors, browse congress session topics and abstracts as well as create a personalized schedule for yourself.  The app is absolutely free to download on your device! Just click the link below and select your operating platform: 

2017 NADCA App
  
Download the app today and start planning all of your “must see” exhibitors and sessions. See you soon!

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend release agents, lubricants, plunger lubricants and permanent mold lubricants that suit your needs. Products that represent the latest in technology and ongoing research that enhance competitiveness and increase productivity. 

Hill and Griffith Samples

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy." Die Casting and Squeeze Lubricants- Diluco®, Permanent Mold Coatings- Concote™, Plunger Lube™- Graphite and non-graphite oils and pastes with excellent anti-wear properties, Casting Operations Products: Start-up lubes, Ladle coatings, Anti-soldering pastes, Water glycol, Trim press lubricants, Surface protection for casting storage, Corrosion protection for die storage, Cleaners for machines and dies, Corrosion protection for machines, Heat treatment quenchants, and Heat-transfer fluids. Also, Industrial Lubricants Griflube®, Hydraulic fluids with fire-resistant and anti-wear properties, Bio-Syn natural ester-based hydraulic fluid, Way oil knuckle lubes and Metalworking Fluids- Grifcut™

Contact us for Product Samples

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

Technical Services & Support

On-site process surveys, Casting defect investigations, Product testing, Tooling start-ups and Statistical process controls and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request. 

Contact us to Arrange a Visit

Bulletins and Technical Papers for Die Casting Products

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Hill and Griffith Company at the 2017 Metalcasting Congress Show

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

It was a very successful 2017 Metalcasting Congress show according to the traffic at our booth and many of the attendees.

Joe Murphy, sales representative for MODERN CASTING Magazine said, "It was good seeing you at Metalcasting Congress. Having personally visited over 70 exhibitors, by nearly all accounts it was a terrific, upbeat, positive and very productive show for many. (As I shared with you, one supplier has now gone to a second shift and moved to a larger facility to keep up with the demand of "more back orders than they've ever had in the company's history." This is a direct verbatim quote.)

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Shown in the photo are left to right: Barry Morgan, Tom Dempsy and John Shindler.


Besides the technical papers delivered, the highlight of the show was the display of the Casting of the Year and other winners.

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Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend concrete release agents, packerhead concrete form releases, concrete form seasoning, potable water concrete form release, non-petroleum concrete form release, biodegradable concrete form release, rust inhibitors and concrete dissolver products that suit your needs.

 

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy."

Casting Release Product Samples

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Technical Services & Support

Customer Service

On-site process surveys, Casting defect investigations, Product testing, Tooling start-ups and Statistical process controls and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request.

Contact us to Arrange a Visit



Bulletins and Technical Papers for Metal Casting Products

 

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Hill and Griffith Precast Show 2017

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 06:16 PM

It was very active the first day for Hill and Griffith at the Precast Show in Cleveland, OH. Come see us tomorrow as we dress up as our favorite Rock Star in honor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

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Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend concrete release agents, packerhead concrete form releases, concrete form seasoning, potable water concrete form release, non-petroleum concrete form release, biodegradable concrete form release, rust inhibitors and concrete dissolver products that suit your needs.

Hill and Griffith Samples

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy."
Contact Us »

 

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

Technical Services & Support

On-site casting defect investigations, product testing, machine start-ups and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request.
Contact Us »

 

 Bulletins and Technical Papers for Concrete Casting Products

Tags: Concrete Form Release Agents, Biodegradable Concrete Form Release, Low VOC Concrete Form Release, precast show

Cleveland Rocks with Grifcote FR 50 Concrete Form Release

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

(This week's post comes from CONCRETE PRODUCER and their article titled "Cleveland Rocks, Allega Cos. answers Corps contract commanding nearly 120,000 tons of wave-worthy precast." Here's a link to the article. They included this statement about Hill and Griffith in a caption to one of the photos, "Lindsay Precast Concrete demonstrated handling and stripping features of a prototype prior to a nod from Anthony Allega for 49 additional dolos forms. After testing a handful of form oils, the producer opted for Hill & Griffith’s Grifcote FR 50 Concrete Form Release.")

Cleveland Rocks 

Hill & Griffith’s Grifcote FR-50.

 

A weather front emanating from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 tested infrastructure well inland of metro New York and New Jersey, the area hardest hit by precipitation, wind and storm surge. Among federal and state agencies contending with long-term responses to Sandy-level exposure is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District. It capped the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons closing repair and upgrade contracts—Oswego Harbor Detached Breakwater, New York; Cleveland Harbor East Breakwater, Ohio—using non-proprietary precast concrete structures known as dolosse, in tandem with limestone or granite armor block.

District engineers outlined finished structure air content, flexural and compressive strength, plus surface quality specifications for respective Oswego and Cleveland project precasters, Lakelands Concrete Products of Lima, N.Y., and Allega Cos. of Valley View, Ohio. Both determined that highly fluid, self-consolidating mixes are the best solution for accelerated production of structures that will be submerged or subject to frequent Great Lakes wave exposure through a service life plausibly extending into the next century. Early indicators suggest the dolosse installations contribute to a Corps roster proving the efficacy of SCC for structures prone to extreme weather or temperature events, sharp freeze-thaw cycles, and rare, but catastrophic loads.

Hill & Griffith’s Grifcote FR-50.

Dolosse resist breakwater or shoreline erosion from waves and undercurrent through their mass and energy-dissipating geometry. Known as dolos individually, the monolithically cast structures comprise three members of octagonal cross section: Uniformly sized shanks connect fluke ends. The latter are flared, tapered members running in opposite directions, along X and Y axes. Dolosse are fabricated in four- to 16-ton sizes, sans lifting hardware, and placed by sling so each structure interlocks such that even the most forceful waves or undercurrents meet long plain or reinforced precast concrete chains of inordinate tonnage.

The Corps Buffalo District used a formula factoring statistical 20-year wave height and 10-year water level to determine 16-ton and 6.5-ton dolos sizes for the New York and Ohio installations. Located near the southeastern corner of Lake Ontario and serving the first U.S. port from the St. Lawrence Seaway, the upgraded Oswego Harbor structure marks the District’s first use of 16-ton dolosse. Lakelands Concrete fabricated 997 of the 11-ft. long structures with conventional reinforcement (Concrete Products, July 2015). The dolosse represented the bulk of a $19 million contract Michigan’s Durocher Marine completed in November 2015.

Slightly trailing the New York engineering and casting schedule were preliminaries for the much more ambitious Cleveland Harbor work, centered in Lake Erie about two miles east and one-half mile north of downtown Cleveland. Buffalo District engineers specified the 6.5-ton dolosse, plain and 8.3-ft. long, for 4,400 feet of breakwater structure, which sustained more than $31 million in damage attributable to the Superstorm Sandy-spurred weather system. The Corps found that the intensity of the winds over Lake Erie created extraordinarily rare waves, measured at nearly 18 feet offshore of Cleveland.

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Great Lakes Dock & Materials customized a precast handling device in house, and turned to a GPS-guided, crane cable-mounted topographical 3D system, Posibloc, for precise dolos placement. Companion Visibloc technology recorded each unit’s location, so the crane operator could target subsequent placements for optimal density and interlocking. Although not Posibloc-prescriptive, the Cleveland Harbor contract required a system a) with positioning technologies and sensors to produce a 3D image of dolos being placed; b) capable of guiding the crane operator to place units in designated positions with interlocking control; and, c) equally accurate above and under water.
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The contractor deployed two 100-dolosse barges for June 2015–November 2016 breakwater repairs and upgrades. Anthony Allega Inc. began fabrication in April 2015, whereby Great Lakes Dock & Materials approached peak season with a two- to three-month dolosse inventory. SITE PHOTOS: Andrew Kornacki, Corps Buffalo District

CONTRACT ESCALATION

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MasterGlenium HRWR assured self-consolidating properties in the mixes for the dolosse, each requiring 3.25 yd. Between its rapid placing rate and zero vibration requirements, the self-consolidating concrete proved critical to a 300- to 350-dolosse weekly production schedule. Allega Cos. mobilized fabrication at its headquarters property, running on both sides of the Interstate 480 crossing at Valley View, Ohio. PLANT PHOTOS: Concrete Products

After securing the precast contract, Allega Cos. mapped a dolosse production and storage plan at its headquarters, south of Cleveland and about 15 miles from a precast off-loading point. The site is the base of fleet and plant equipment supporting Anthony Allega Inc., a building and heavy/civil contractor operating mainly in Ohio; and Allega Concrete Corp., a four-plant, northeastern Ohio ready mixed producer.

Seasoned in precast barrier and sound wall fabrication, Anthony Allega enlisted Canal Fulton, Ohio-based Lindsay Concrete Products to fabricate 50 forms, enabling 300 dolosse output on a six-day schedule. Through lead Cleveland Harbor contractor Great Lakes Dock & Materials LLC, Muskegon, Mich., the Corps initially called for 12,577 dolosse. Anthony Allega was set to cover that quantity over an April 2015–October 2016 production window. Site assessments, coupled with the availability of additional funding, compelled Buffalo District engineers to increase the precast order to 18,257 dolosse. The schedule for two shifts of casting plus form stripping and maintenance crews went from six to seven days a week in 2016.

The option of self-consolidating mix specifications allowed Anthony Allega and Lindsay Precast to design freestanding dolos forms, with the 1.67-ft. octagonal end of a fluke serving as the lone charging port. Individual stands bear two hinged form sections: one main, with full 8.3-ft. fluke and shank tapering from 2.67 to 1.67 ft.; the other with remaining fluke and clamped end. Anthony Allega staged production between a 200-yd./hour batch plant and storage area equal to 2,000 dolosse.

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Lindsay Precast Concrete demonstrated handling and stripping features of a prototype prior to a nod from Anthony Allega for 49 additional dolos forms. After testing a handful of form oils, the producer opted for Hill & Griffith’s Grifcote FR-50 Concrete Form Release.

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend concrete release agents, packerhead concrete form releases, concrete form seasoning, potable water concrete form release, non-petroleum concrete form release, biodegradable concrete form release, rust inhibitors and concrete dissolver products that suit your needs.

Hill and Griffith Samples

Product Samples

We are pleased to provide samples in quantities large enough to allow you to "try before you buy."
Contact Us »

 

Hill and Griffith Customer Service

Technical Services & Support

On-site casting defect investigations, product testing, machine start-ups and much more. Also, lab facilities are available to provide testing upon request.
Contact Us »

 

 Bulletins and Technical Papers for Concrete Casting Products

Tags: Concrete Form Release Agents, Biodegradable Concrete Form Release, Low VOC Concrete Form Release