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Safety Data Sheet Regulations for Concrete Form Releases

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 14, 2018 4:21:30 PM

The New Globally Harmonized System: The Right to Know

Are you or your employees at risk?

New rules, new regulations for concrete form releases. It seems that we are faced with these on an almost daily basis. If you are not up to date, you and your employees could be at risk, and your company could be facing penalties. The United States, in conjunction with other nations, has agreed to new rules regarding employee rights and need to know concerning hazardous materials (previously covered in Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDSs). The new reference will be called Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

We use many materials in the precast industry, and many of them have given us better castings – but always at a price. That price often comes in the form of special care and handling of materials that are classified as hazardous, including those that are considered flammable or combustible, or cause irritation, sensitivity, corrosion, and are proven or suspected carcinogens. Part of our responsibility is to help reduce the threat, whether minor or serious, to our workers and the environment. OSHA commonly refers to it as “the right to know.”

You are probably already aware of the new rules and regulations regarding SDSs and the training necessary to comply with the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This applies not just to precast suppliers, but the precast producer is also responsible for complying with certain regulations including training.

GHS Label Elements

In making a brief survey of precast and pipe producers, I found that while they are generally somewhat aware, most do not realize the full scope of the new regulations. Here is a quick overview of the GHS.

First, the MSDS is a thing of the past. It is now being replaced by the SDS, and while the format is very similar, there are some significant changes. You will need to have SDSs from all of your suppliers. Some states will have additional requirements, although they are not necessarily addressed here. 

June 1, 2015, is the time for everything to be in place. An additional review of the policies will occur June 1, 2016, after which there may be additional changes. However, some of the laws are already in effect. If you are not in compliance with them yet, you will need to move quickly. 

The Employer is responsible for:  

  • Identifying and maintaining a list of hazardous chemicals known to be present at the plant

  • Obtaining, keeping up to date and providing employee access to SDSs

  • Being sure that all hazardous materials are properly labeled

  • Presenting a training program for all employees who will be exposed to these hazardous materials

  • Having a written hazardous communication program in place

  • Having SDS information available to employees and ensuring they have access to the company training program

  • Ensuring that employees read and understand the SDSs and the label on the containers of all hazardous material

Perhaps the first area of concern to producers is the fact that employee training of the new GHS was to be completed by Dec. 1, 2013. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to do it. 

Your training program must include:

  • The requirements of the standard

  • Places where hazardous chemicals are present in your work area

  • The location and availability of the written program, the chemical inventory and the SDSs

  • How to access the SDSs in your work area

  • How to read the SDSs

  • How to read the GHS-style container labels

  • Any specific labeling used in-house if different from the standards

  • Specific hazardous chemicals in the employees’ immediate work areas

  • How to detect the presence of a release of a hazardous chemical

  • The physical and health hazards of those chemicals

  • Measures you can use to protect yourself against these hazards

  • Required personal protective equipment (PPE) available and how to use it 

Next, you must have a written program and a list of all SDSs spelled out in the program.

All SDSs must be in English (worldwide), and additional languages also must be available to convey to employees in their native language or a language they understand. The manufacturer of the hazardous material is responsible only for supplying the SDS in English, so you are responsible for any additional languages.

Materials that fall under the GHS include: 

  • Health hazards

  • Physical hazards

  • Environmental hazards 

  • Hazards not other classified

  • Other hazardous chemical 

Hazard Warning Levels

Any material falling under the “hazardous” classification must have the following information on the label:

• Product identification
• Pictogram
• Signal word
• Hazard statement(s)
• Precautionary statement(s)
• Name, address and telephone number of the chemical 
manufacturer, importer or other responsible party 

Hazard Warning Labels

While there is no specific format for the label, all of the above must be clearly shown.

Pictograms are also required for quick identification of the hazard. On the SDS itself, there will now be a total of 16 sections – all of which must be completed for any material that falls under the hazardous classification: 

1. Identification

2. Hazard(s)identification

3. Composition/information on ingredients

4. First-aid measures

5. Firefighting measures

6. Accidental release measures

7. Handling and storage

8. Exposure controls/personal protection

9. Physical and chemical properties

10. Stability and reactivity

11. Toxicological information

12. Ecological information

13. Disposal considerations

14. Transport information

15. Regulatory information

16. Other information (including date of preparation or last revision) 

 

As a final note, all hazardous materials in your workplace must be cross-referenced by supplier and/or manufacturer.

These new OSHA regulations place an additional burden not only on the manufacturer/distributor, but also on the end user– you! Owners and operators are now responsible for keeping employees aware of any hazardous material on the premises, and all new employees must go through this training before being allowed in the workplace. OSHA will likely ask about the GHS in your workplace and assess stiff fines for not being in compliance.

The National Precast Concrete Association offers its members a free webinar titled “Webinar: Guide to Globally Harmonized System Documentation” by logging on to precast.org/ education.


Concrete Form Release SDS paper 3-14 

By Bob Waterloo, published in the March/April 2014 issue of PRECAST INC.

Bob Waterloo is Technical Sales Manager, Concrete Release Agents, Hill and Griffith Co., based in Cincinnati. For additional information, contact him at bwaterloo@hillandgriffith.com

The online Precast Inc. magazine article is available at: precast.org/2014/03/new-globally-harmonized-system-right-know/.

For a PDF of this article, click here or on the image.


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Review: "Guide for Surface Finish of Formed Concrete"

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 6, 2018 1:05:46 PM

(This week's post is a review of the American Society of Concrete Construction's "Guide for Surface Finish of Formed Concrete." You can read it at Google Books here.)

Amazon Book's summary (April 1, 1999), "Exactly what is a smooth-form finish? What is a rough-form finish? To what extent are bugholes, voids and fins acceptable in each type? This easy-to-use guide explains and illustrates the answers to these questions and, even more importantly, serves as the standard for the differences between as-cast structural concrete finishes. The succinct, yet thorough, text includes a glossary and a handy table on as-cast finishes. But the guide's Presentation Photos are what make it truly unique. Three sets of 6 different, full-scale photographs depict various as-cast finishes, with bugholes and voids ranging from 1/16" or less to 2" across. Attach a Presentation Photo to a bid or specification to show what surface finish is to be expected."

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(Jan 1, 2005 edition from Google Books)

Form Release Agents

Release agents are differentiated from form coatings or sealers that are usually applied in liquid form to contact surfaces either during manufacture or in the field. Coatings and sealers serve one or more of the following purposes:

  • Alter the texture of the contact surface 
  • Improve the durability of the contact surface
  • protect the contact surface from moisture

Release agents, on the other hand, are applied to the contact surface of the forms to prevent bond to the concrete and thus facilitate stripping. They can be applied to form materials during manufacture or applied to the form before each use. Manufacturers' recommendations should be followed in the use of coatings, sealers, and release agents (Reference 10-11), but ACI 347 recommends independent investigation of performance before using a new product.

There is no ACI standard to define these products, but the term form oil is frequently applied to petroleum compounds originally intended for other applications such as diesel fuel or heating oil, while release agent more often refers to products containing proprietary reactive ingredients specifically formulated for use on concrete forms. Release agents are commonly classified on the basis of how they act instead of what is in them. The two basic categories are barrier agents and chemically active agents, sometimes called reactive agents. Some release agents are a combination of the two types.

Barrier type releases agents create a physical barrier between the form surface and the fresh concrete, preventing the concrete from sticking to the form. Familiar examples are home heating oil, diesel oil, and used motor oil. U.S. environmental regulations prohibit the sale of these commodities as release agents, but they have been widely used because they are inexpensive and readily available. They are applied in relatively thick films, covering 200 to 600 sq ft per gallon, and such heavy applications can increase surface staining and bugholes on the concrete surface. If coated forms are left for several days before concrete is placed, barrier oils may evaporate, possibly leading to some sticking of the concrete to the form.

Chemically active or reactive agents contain an active ingredient that may be dissolver in an oil-based carrier or emulsified in a water-based carrier. The active ingredient is typically some type of fatty acid derived from plant or animal sources, and it combines chemically with calcium ions in the fresh concrete. The reaction product is a thin layer of what chemists refer to as a grease or metallic soap or salt; non-water-soluble, it permits the form to release readily from the hardened concrete.

The reactive fatty acid components are generally considered biodegradable and have found favor in the past decade because of increasingly stringent environmental regulations. For similar reasons, manufacturers have also been turning to water-based carriers, which will probably be subject to freezing.

 


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Precast Concrete Producer Profile: Team Elmer, Traverse City, MI

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 23, 2018 4:18:25 PM

Welcome to another episode of The Team Elmer's Update, where we take you past the orange barrels and onto the job site.

Precast concrete form oil 1

Manhole structures are vital components when reconstructing a roadway, connecting several underground pipes together, while allowing workers access to those underground facilities, but how was it made? Well, it's actually created ahead of time in a pre-cast production facility.

It's hard to mold things out of concrete in the field. A lot of bridges that you drive over are pre-cast bridge beams, so it basically means a plant took concrete of a certain specification and pre-stress steel, and molded that into a certain size for an application. It's a pre-cast structure. We're making something ahead of time in order to use in the field. The reason that we're using concrete in these applications is for strength and longevity.

 
It basically connects pipe, so you have a sewer pipe coming into a manhole, and a sewer pipe going out, and it allows you access to those pipes and underground facilities. Elmer's makes a variety of pre-cast products. We make pre-cast septic tanks. We make retaining wall blocks. A lot of the outlying plants, we make septic tanks with waste concrete. It depends on the health department code as far as what sizes are allowed in each county. We make 1200 gallon tanks. Some of them are double compartment. The biggest thing that we make probably is manhole structures, which are behind us.
 
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First step is making a manhole is setting up your wire, rolling it, get your rebar out and tied onto it. The grease just fills any cracks where the metal doesn't fit real snug, and then the form oil has to be on there or you would never get the metal back out of your form. The concrete would stick right to it, and then you wouldn't be able to use your form again. Then you would flip it, set it down somewhere, and then strip the skins inside and outside of it, set it back down and redo the process.
 
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Dave calls the concrete dispatch and asks for a load of concrete. The driver comes over and they actually just fill the form up with concrete.

Once you pour it, about eight hours is all you've really got to let it sit before you can pull it again. It all depends on how busy we are. Sometimes we pour certain stuff twice a day.
 
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Dave and Keith have a lot of prep in what they do. They have to put the wire in the structures. They have to put lifting pins in the structures. They have to look at the plans and understand where they're going to put holes in the structures. They either cut those holes or ahead of time, they actually preform them. There's a lot of math behind it, a lot of skill behind it, and a lot of prep. It's not just pouring concrete and walking away.
 
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But our pre-cast capabilities don't end there. Our production facility can also be used for a variety of other miscellaneous projects, including special events to benefit the community.

We recently built a memorial monument structure, which was very exciting. Barry, Dan, Keith and Dave did a very nice job with that. Max headed up that, and it's a really cool thing to go see. But really, you can make anything out of concrete. We do different things every year. It just depends on what the challenge is, and Dave and Keith are up for anything.
 
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Thanks for tuning in to another episode of The Team Elmer's Update. As always, stay safe out there. We'll see you next time.

Don't forget to subscribe, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. And check out teamelmers.com for more project information.-
 
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Do I need to remove concrete release agent from rebar?

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 16, 2018 11:20:02 AM

No. A common misunderstanding in the concrete industry is clarified in this review of an article from ForConstructionPros.com.

Question: On several of our most recent projects, the inspector has been complicating our pour schedule when finding form oil over-sprayed on the rebar. Is it our misunderstanding that form oil on rebar shouldn’t pose a problem to the performance or the acceptance of our pre-pour inspection?

Answer: Your question addresses a common problem across the construction industry. Code edition after code edition presents challenges throughout the industry to remain current with the latest acceptable practices. This is a question of appropriate code reference — ACI 332 — rather than ACI 318, and of referencing the most recent version, ACI 332-10, instead of older versions -04 or -08.

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Stated in section 4.2.4 of ACI 332-10, the code provides:

"4.2.4 Surface conditions of reinforcement—At the time concrete is placed, deformed bar and welded wire reinforcement shall be free of materials deleterious to development of bond strength between the reinforcement and the concrete."

"R4.2.4 Common surface contaminants such as concrete splatter, rust, form oil, or other release agents have been found not to be deleterious to bond."

First, during construction, nothing should be found on the reinforcement that would adversely affect the bond strength of the reinforcement in the concrete. Second, what common site conditions found on rebar are not to be considered deleterious to bond. Form oil is a surface contaminant that is not considered deleterious to bond.

Deformed bar and welded wire are designed to achieve a mechanical bond with the concrete rather than a chemical or adhesive bond. The mechanical bond relies on a keying action with the deformations along the length of the reinforcement bar. As long as the surface contaminants do not effectively eliminate the presence of those deformations, they would not be considered deleterious to bond.

ACI 332-10 is available through the bookstore at www.concrete.org.

To read the full article about concrete form oil on rebar go to, "Oil on Rebar."


The Hill and Griffith Company also works closely with pipe and form equipment manufactures to provide optimum concrete release characteristics with their equipment.

All Grifcote products are readily biodegradable, which means they have a half-life of 28 days or fewer. And by definition, all Grifcote products are inherently biodegradable with a half-life of 60 days or fewer.

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Quick Reference Guide To Concrete Form Release Agents

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 8, 2018 2:05:50 PM

Concrete form release agent product lines, Grifcote® and Cast-O-Magic® are fast drying, readily and inherently biodegradable.

Technicians are available to visit your site, determine your needs and design the right product for you. Arrange a Casting Solutions® Visit.

Grifcote FR-50-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® Workhorse FR-50-VOC is the workhorse for the concrete industry.
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Grifcote PR-SS-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® PR-SS-VOC Packerhead Pipe is specifically designed for Packerhead pipe operations and those really tough release jobs. Give us your toughest release challenge and we’ll recommend an economical solution.
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Grifcote LV-50 Plus concrete form release agent Grifcote® LV-50 Plus NSF Potable Water was created specifically for use with castings that would be exposed to potable water. The material is NSF (ANSI 61) approved for use with potable water and some restrictions do apply in specific applications.
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Grifcote Bio Gold non-petroleum concrete form release agent Grifcote® Non-petroleum Bio Gold is a non-petroleum, non-staining concrete form release that is both VOC compliant and biodegradable.
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Grifcote FR-50-VOC concrete form release agent Grifcote® Biodegradable Con 1.1 VOC is a concrete form release specifically designed for the construction/poured in place industry. It is a proprietary blend of organic materials that promotes clean and easy separation from all types of forms while deterring build-up and sticking.
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Grifcote LV-Super concrete form release agent Grifcote® Biodegradable LV-Super is a proprietary blend of vegetable oil base stock (renewable resources) and a highly refined petroleum distillate while incorporating additional reactive materials resulting in superior form release technology. 
 
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Cast-O-Magic 320 Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 320 is a mineral oil based product which excels in architectural wall panels, T and I beams and general precasting where appearance is important, and minimum form clean-up is desired.
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Cast-O-Magic 320 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 320 VOC is formulated to meet EPA California, Northeast States OTC and Great Lakes VOC regulations. 
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Cast-O-Magic 229 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 229 VOC is formulated to meet the strictest environmental standards. It is a vegetable oil blend and contains low VOC’s. Its biodegradability allows for little or no storm water run-off implications.
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Cast-O-Magic 205 VOC Concrete Form Release Agent Cast-O-Magic 205 VOC is a high-performance release agent formulated to meet and exceed the strictest environmental standards. It works well on all types of forms - steel, aluminum, plywood, epoxy, coated foam, and urethane.

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Causes and Fixes for Self Consolidating Concrete Bug Holes, Article Review "Precast Inc." Magazine

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 2, 2018 9:52:30 AM

Like a persistent mosquito, one question has plagued precast concrete producers for years: “How can I eliminate bug holes?"

Preventing_Bug_Holes

In the past, this question was much harder to answer, because concrete was placed at a stiffer consistency that required excessive vibration. And excessive vibration sometimes caused more bug holes. After the introduction of self-consolidating concrete (SCC), bug holes(ii) became a less common occurrence. Yet, as a recent online industry discussion revealed, this perturbing problem is still with us.

Let’s focus on production’s tail end

The first thing we all learn about SCC is that it’s a tricky devil to work with. There is no room for error, consistency and control are king, and problems, like bug holes, can have more than one cause.
Most online commentators agree that there are three main causes of bug holes:

1.  Improper selection and application of form release agents
2.  Problems with SCC mix design (cement, water content, viscosity, admixtures)
3.  How SCC is placed in the form

Rather than trying to cover all possible sources of bug holes, I decided, like the online commenters, to focus on form work, placement and form release agents. Attempting to cover complex SCC mix-design issues would be too unwieldy for one article(iii).

National Precast Concrete Association / Precast Magazines / Precast Inc. Magazine / 2014 – May-June / Causes & Fixes for SCC Bug Holes / Causes and Fixes for SCC Bug Holes

By John Pelicone, June 2, 2014 

Two types of release agents

1.  Chemically reactive agents: When a chemically reactive form release agent is used, a nonviolent chemical reaction takes place when fatty acids react with free lime on the surface of fresh concrete. This reaction results in the formation of a metallic soap, a slippery material that allows air bubbles to rise along the vertical surface. This “soapy” film also prevents the hardened concrete from adhering to the forms during stripping.

2.  Barrier release agents: Thicker coatings on forms are typical of the older barrier-type materials, like heavyweight used motor oil, vegetable oils, diesel fuel and kerosene. Barrier type release agents are less expensive than chemically reactive agents, but they are not generally recommended for reducing SCC bug holes.

A problem with the heavier, thicker barrier agents is that the flowing SCC may actually push the release agent down the vertical face of the form, thereby enfolding or entrapping air pockets that lead to surface bug holes.

(The article continued with comments from industry leaders.)

Bob Waterloo, technical sales manager, Hill & Griffith Co., Indiana (hillandgriffith.com)

“Training. I’m a huge proponent of training workers on proper application. ‘Thinner is better’ is what I advise plant workers during my training sessions.

“Here’s an analogy: Think about waxing your car. You put on a thin coat and then buff it out; it’s the same with release agents. In fact, the coating should be thinner than a wax finish on a car.

“But do workers always take the time to mop or rub down forms after spraying? Labor is a major expense for all precasters, and the person prepping forms may not follow proper application methods if he knows the forms are needed in production ASAP.”

So in conclusion, let’s summarize the industry’s consensus from for preventing SCC bug holes in three points:

1.  Use the thinnest application possible of a quality form-release agent, using superior sprayer equipment (pumpers maintained at proper pressure and sprayer tips/nozzles in good condition);
2.  Maintain proper SCC placement from one pour location in the form, remembering that a slower placement rate allows entrapped air to escape; and
3.  Maintain forms in clean condition.

Read the whole article here. 


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Precast Solutions: Bourbon, Neat, with a Splash of Precast Concrete

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 26, 2018 12:55:28 PM

Two Kentucky bourbon distilleries look to precast concrete for their building needs. 

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Kentucky is known for many things: horse racing, college basketball, Hot Brown sandwiches and bourbon, to name a few.

Driving through Kentucky farmland, it’s easy to spot the distilleries by the distinct buildings used to age bourbon. These rickhouses are essential to producing America’s native spirit, which is unique thanks to the region’s limestone water, corn and new charred oak barrels.

Recently, two bourbon distilleries have moved away from the traditional look and turned to precast concrete for their building projects. Based on their experiences, they are hoping the material is used more across the industry in unique ways.

Learn more by going to the article by Matt Werner in the Fall 2018 issue of Precast Solution Magazine from the National Precast Concrete Association. Photo of Riff Distilling in Newport, Ky. courtesy of Schumacher-Dugan.

Matt Werner is the managing editor of Precast Solutions magazine and NPCA’s communication manager.


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NPCA extends product-specific certification to water, wastewater tanks

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 18, 2018 12:42:09 PM

The National Precast Concrete Association takes quality control and validation to the next level with a new product-focused certification for water and wastewater tanks.

NPCA Certified Water Tank

Water or wastewater tanks fabricated by Listed Product participants will soon have an additional quality assurance marking to accompany NPCA Certified Plant. Photo and article from Sept. 2018 Concrete Products Magazine.

While its Plant Certification program has traditionally centered on precast concrete production processes candidate operations must abide, the just-launched Optional Product Listing for Water and Wastewater Tanks Program describes specific product models, plus design and performance criteria to obtain certification. Like other association programs, the new offering enlists independent third-party engineering firms accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for Plant Inspection.

All NPCA Certified Plants can participate in the water and wastewater tank program by completing a detailed submittal package for the model(s) they wish to list. The submittal includes plant information; product description indicating tank capacity and model number; complete set of drawings; plus, reinforcing details and structural calculations. Documents must bear structural or professional engineer stamp. Once the submittal is approved, the plant undergoes an unannounced inspection that includes a watertightness test on a tank chosen at random. The plant will be granted a product listing based on successful test completion. Listed products will appear on the NPCA site, www.precast.org, below the producer name, and with plant product schedule.

Just as Plant Certification enables quality-conscious agencies, engineers and specifiers to identify and select premier precast concrete producers, NPCA notes, the Product Listing Program takes certification one step farther to include specific water or wastewater tank models. Plants displaying the NPCA Certified Plant and NPCA Listed Product markings on their tanks underscore processes complying with industry, design and performance standards. The certification and listing programs reflect NPCA’s commitment to assisting members with maintaining excellence in precast production and operations. By setting one standard of quality, they level the playing field for all producers pursuing market segments or individual contracts.

Additional information on Plant Certification and Listed Products can be obtained from NPCA Director of Certification and Regulator Services Richard Kolewski, 800/366-7731. 


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Elections, Awards and Plant Tours Top NPCA Convention in Providence

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 11, 2018 6:25:34 PM

NPCA members elected a new chairman of the board, honored a longtime Associate member with the industry’s most prestigious award and toured eight precast plants in three states during the association’s annual convention in Providence, R.I., the first week in October.

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NPCA’s 53rd Annual Convention hosted more than 500 attendees and included the Hill and Griffith Company's display.

Mike Hoffman, vice president of corporate development at Lindsay Precast Inc., headquartered in Canal Fulton, Ohio, was installed as the chairman of the Board for the next 12 months. Hoffman, a 32-year employee at Lindsay Precast, has a long history of leadership on NPCA committees and task groups and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012.

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Chairman of the Board Mike Hoffman, Lindsay Precast (R), is handed the gavel by Immediate Past Chairman Ashley Smith, Smith-Midland (L).

Howard Wingert, president of Concrete Sealants Inc., in Tipp City, Ohio, was honored as the 2018 Robert E. Yoakum recipient. The Yoakum Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the precast concrete industry, is presented annually to an NPCA member for service to the association and the industry. Wingert has contributed much to both NPCA and the industry, serving on the NPCA Board of Directors and many committees, serving on ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe and ASTM Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products, which he chaired for more than 10 years.

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2017 Yoakum Award Winner Andy Wieser, Wieser Concrete Products (L), presents the 2018 Yoakum Award to Howard Wingert, Concrete Sealants Inc. (R).

The Douglas G. Hoskin Award, NPCA’s top membership development honor, went to Leo Feuerstein, operations manager at Western Precast Concrete in El Paso, Texas. The Hoskin Award is presented to the NPCA member who sponsors the most new members. It was the third Hoskin Award in the last four years for Feuerstein, who sponsored 29 new NPCA members.

The Northeast Precast Concrete Association helped coordinate the full slate of plant tours, which kicked off the Convention with eight plant visits over 1 ½ days to precast facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. NEPCA, an NPCA affiliate group, also had a strong presence at the event.

More than 500 attended, which makes it the second largest Convention in NPCA’s history, behind only the 2008 event in Hawaii. More than 80 exhibitors filled the Precast Marketplace, which is a record for the annual fall event. The NPCA 54th Annual Convention will be held Oct. 3-5, 2019, in Seattle, Wash.


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Video Tour of Mammut Technocrete Precast Concrete Manufacturing Plant, Dubai

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Oct 4, 2018 9:32:07 PM

Building is a technique just as much as it is an art. Brick by brick, panel by panel, column by column, a building takes shape. While constructing beautiful buildings, great cities are created.

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Revolutionizing the construction industry in the Middle East region is Mammut Technocrete. Mammut Technocrete was established at Dubai TechnoPark in early 2005.

The world's largest manufacturer of precast concrete panels. The first company in the world to combine innovative construction technology from Canada with German high-tech production equipment.

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Mammut Technocrete became the world's largest and most advanced precast concrete production facility in an incredibly short span of time. Defining the success of Mammut Technocrete is a strategic combination of strengths. Excellent production facilities, unmatched product quality, diversity of products, unsurpassed service, consistent availability, and the support of a satisfied clientele.

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For Mammut Technocrete, every business opportunity begins with a thorough understanding of a client's needs.

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Working closely with clients, consultants and contractors, the Mammut team offers technical guidance on the types of products required for each project. With technologically enabled manufacturing capabilities, Mammut Technocrete is able to offer a full spectrum of concrete products for any construction requirement.

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Equally important is the fact that the Mammut product range has earned global renown. An annual production capacity of 2,500,000 square meters, in addition to customized precast panels, enables uninterrupted supply to help complete clients' projects on time.

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The high-tech automatic plant has four production lines, where every activity is carried out by fully automated machines or robots, right from mixing concrete to transportation and storage. The highly reputed 65 millimeter Mammut Plank is manufactured at the semi-automatic plant. Used as roof or floor slabs, or as formwork, Mammut Plank is particularly useful in fast-paced construction projects.

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From wall panels with greater or architectural openings to staircases, columns, beams, landings, and footings, the special plant at Mammut Technocrete produces a variety of special elements. Each product here is made to order.

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Mammut Technocrete's operations are backed by several highly acclaimed characteristics that have revolutionized the construction business. A large of variety of aesthetic, cost-effective and durable products, standard sizes and custom made panels, the most advanced cutting-edge technology, dedicated product teams, stringent quality control, and constant research and development for better products and procedures.

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With all these and more, Mammut Technocrete has made an impressive mark on the real estate development scenario in the region, ensuring architects more freedom in their designs, contractors lesser project turnaround time, developers faster return on investment, building owners with structures that are safer and require less maintenance, and residents' peace of mind with homes that are more resistant to sound, fires and earthquakes.

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True to its name, Mammut Technocrete has built up a strong reputation with technology that is truly ahead of its time, to revolutionize the building of a country that thinks ahead of time.


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