Cheng Concrete has introduced Cheng Concrete Countertop Products to brick-and-mortar stores for the first time. A select line of Cheng Concrete products is now available in four Home Depot stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Each store has trained associates on site to answer questions on how to make a concrete countertop.
Cheng Concrete debuted its product line with in-depth two-hour free concrete countertop trainings at the stores. The initial presentations by the Cheng Concrete Training Academy were reportedly enthusiastically received. The Academy also spent two days training three Home Depot employees from each store. The locations will be offering free clinics in 2009 on mixing and pouring concrete, mold-making, and polishing a concrete countertop.
Concrete Coatings Inc. has opened a new distribution point in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
The new location will allow customers and distributors to get product quicker and at a lower freight cost. Concrete Coatings Inc. also maintains a Utah manufacturing facility and a distribution point in Webb City, Mo.
Elite Crete Systems has completed construction of a new 32,000-square-foot headquarters that will house corporate offices, research and development, and a manufacturing and training center.
By combining the technical support and training office with manufacturing operations, the company expects to work more efficiently and provide better customer service. The expansion was driven by product demand and the addition of 20 new Factory-authorized Distributors.
Blastrac, NA, has formed Diamatic Management Services (DMS). This new arm will coordinate and handle management, specification writing and training for large surface preparation and polishing projects.
Diamatic Management Services will qualify and approve procedures, write specifications, certify contractors and operators, and assist in the supply of proper equipment and consumables for job-specific operations. DMS will approve contractors through its Ultra-Flor System, using hands-on training, instruction and testing on the proper equipment, and procedures and techniques for achieving specified grinding and polishing requirements.
The Ultra-Flor System will also answer the call from big chain stores to certify and standardize polishing processes.
Blastrac, NA, has announced that Aramsco, its largest United States distributor, has been appointed Diamatic Distributor and will serve the territory of Southern California and adjoining states from Aramsco's location in Ontario, Calif. Aramsco will also handle Blastrac and Diamatic distribution in Florida as expansion into new markets continues.
As a Blastrac and Diamatic distributor, Aramsco will handle a complete range of products and materials, from shotblasters, grinders and polishers to consumables and dust collectors.
Blastrac has enjoyed a long-standing association with Aramsco, which now serves 30 states from 14 distribution centers across America.
Aramsco has also recently hired Karl Lloyd, who brings years of expertise and product know-how to Aramsco's already knowledgeable staff.
BlastPro Manufacturing Inc. has named Concrete Solutions and Supply as a master distributor of its portable shotblasting equipment, replacement parts, and dust collectors for portable shotblasting equipment. Concrete Solutions and Supply is responsible for equipment sales, parts sales, rentals and service of BlastPro equipment in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Concrete Solutions and Supply has sales locations in Newbury Park, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev., as well as a store and service center in Fullerton, Calif. Concrete Solutions and Supply is an industrial surface preparation specialist.
To give back to those driving the polished concrete and concrete surface preparation industries, Concrete Polishing Solutions has launched the Pay Back Rewards Program.
Contractors can accumulate points throughout the year by buying products they need and use on a regular basis, such as diamonds, chemicals and supplies. These points can be used to purchase items such as vacation packages and additional equipment, grinders and vacuums. The more materials purchased, the more points can be accumulated to put towards higher-tier packages.
BlastPro Manufacturing Inc. has announced Niagara Machine Inc. as a master distributor of its portable shotblasting equipment, replacement parts, and dust collectors for portable shotblasting equipment. Niagara Machine Inc. is responsible for equipment sales, parts sales, rentals and service of BlastPro equipment in the United States east of the Mississippi River, with the exception of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Niagara Machine Inc. has sales locations in Memphis, Tenn., Rochester, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Detroit, Mich., and sales and service centers in Erie, Pa. and Charlotte, N.C. Niagara Machine is an industrial surface preparation specialist and has been in business since 1950.
Blastrac and Diamatic sales and distribution are expanding with Jordan Power Equipment Co. of Tallmadge, Ohio.
With branches established in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, Jordan Power Equipment will also become the premier dealer for Blastrac in Ohio and reach into Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Jordan Power has had a relationship with Blastrac since 1982, when the company began to sell, rent, service and supply parts for Blastrac shotblasters and other surface-prep equipment.
Cemstone has entered into a partnership with Whitemud Resources Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, to use WhitemudMK high-reactivity metakaolin throughout Cemstone's upper Midwest operations. Cemstone is the first ready-mix concrete producer in the United States to distribute and use the additive.
WhitemudMK is an ingredient utilized in concrete to enhance its strength, durability and workability while reducing its carbon footprint by as much as 13 percent. Cemstone will use WhitemudMK in its concrete mixes for infrastructure projects such as bridges, large structural slabs and parking structures.
WhitemudMK improves concrete's strength and durability by reacting with the calcium hydroxide in concrete to produce insoluble compounds, which, in turn, results in denser concrete with lower porosity and permeability. It is finer than fly ash and cement, yet not as fine as commonly used silica fume. As a result, concrete with the metakaolin is more workable and easier to finish than concrete made with silica fume.
Concrete Coatings Acid Stain and GemStain are now available in sample kits. Sample bottles hold 4 ounces and can be used for sample boards or artistic designs.
Concrete Coatings Acid Stain and GemStain react with concrete to create antiqued marbled effects. The stains work on microtoppings, stampable overlays and bare concrete.
Acid Stain sample kits are available in 11 standard colors and GemStain sample kits are available in 10 standard colors.
In distribution news, Concrete Coatings Inc. has partnered with Concrete Coatings of Georgia to distribute products in the Southeast. Also, Arrow Construction Supply and Pierce Concrete Supplies have teamed up to offer Concrete Coatings products out of Pierce's location in Nampa, Idaho.
Flexmar Coatings LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of polyaspartic coatings, has announced new manufacturing operations with improved quality control measures that take mixed pot-life consistency and batch-to-batch color matching to unsurpassed levels.
Flexmar also plans to streamline its distributor base. The company is reorganizing its distribution regions and selecting new distributors strategically located within these regions, with a renewed focus on customer service.
Arizona Polymer Flooring is opening a 3,500-square-foot, air-conditioned training facility in Glendale, Ariz. The official grand opening is slated for July 24, 2009.
The company will be hosting an open house to celebrate the opening. Information about scheduled seminars is available on the company's Web site.
Luigi Di Geso has been named president and CEO of Mapei Americas.
Di Geso has been in the Mapei family for almost 10 years, most recently holding the position of general manager for Mapei Inc. in Canada. In that role, he managed operations and sales functions and assumed responsibility for overall profitability of the Canada operations.
Bruce Dwyer has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer for Werk Industries Inc. and its related companies.
In his new role as CFO, Dwyer will be instrumental in developing a financial strategy to assist in the dynamic growth of WerkMaster and its related companies, as well as lead the acquisition program that Werk Industries is currently undertaking.
Nawkaw Corp. has added a second sales representative to its Nawkaw Pacific Southwest Inc. territory.
Collyer Cronk will be responsible for sales and customer accounts for Nawkaw Architectural Stain, Reckli Concrete Formliners, and accessory product lines for all of California. Nawkaw Pacific Southwest Inc. covers California, Nevada and Arizona.