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New colored mortar display kit available

Spec Mix Inc. recently released its new 25-Channel Spec Mix Colored Mortar Display Kit. The kit promotes the consistency and quality of dry, factory-blended, colored mortar to design professionals, building owners and contractors. The sample kit includes 10 standard colors, as well as 15 additional colors readily produced by more than 60 Spec Mix plants in North America.

Spec Mix market representatives are skilled at matching mortars from existing buildings, as well as picking colors from a spectrum of options, to ensure only the correct colored mortar is produced and shipped to the project.

Spec Mix Colored Mortar and the complete array of Spec Mix products are available in both 80-pound and 3,000-pound bags.

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Equipment One now carries Duraamen

Equipment One is now a Duraamen distributor. Customers from Oklahoma and nearby states may order Duraamen products by contacting Equipment One.

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Decorative surface group addresses efficiency and quality

Several industry veterans in both the flooring and polished concrete industries have launched the Decorative Surface Solution Group with the intent to connect the industry’s best suppliers with premier contractors across several channels. DSSG serves the hard surfaces market which includes pourable overlays, epoxies, polished concrete, resins and terrazzo. Though many of these technologies have been around for years, their use in the flooring industry is still relatively young.

These high-growth categories are gaining market shares daily and the DSSG will help bring some needed consistency in product placement standards. The company also will help suppliers efficiently reach what is a fairly fragmented market.

“The traditional flooring market has long been a part of this collective buying and marketing strategy,” says Curt Thompson, president and CEO. “Now is the right time to bring this next level of sophistication across our segments of the business.”

Based in California, the DSSG team has been actively involved in developing and revolutionizing the concrete polishing industry for two decades. “Concrete polishing and alternative decorative surfaces really took off in the late ’90s and have seen tremendous momentum ever since,” says Mike Price, one of the DSSG founders. “We are seeing strong double-digit growth in these alternative surfaces as our major commercial end-users are shying away from higher life-cycle cost items such as resilient flooring and carpet.”

Major players are already lining up to participate in the program. “I’m anxious to see our industry continue to grow and prosper and I think the leadership team at DSSG will help the key players drive this for years to come,” says Jeff McCool, president and founder of Jeffco Concrete Contractors, a premier contractor in the Southeast.

If you would like more information about DSSG, contact Thompson via (925) 964-6377 or

Thomas Concrete Group creates common branding

The Swedish family-owned Thomas Concrete Group has established a company-wide common branding and a new logo.

The company began in Karlstad, Sweden, in 1955. Over the past 60 years, the Thomas Concrete Group launched a series of new plants, while acquiring other facilities in Sweden, Germany, Poland and the U.S. Today, the group operates 122 plants and is the largest independent supplier of ready-mixed concrete in its markets.

The company, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, has rebranded its subsidiaries and establishments in various countries under a single name: Thomas. The former, more loosely organized group will now work in a more integrated way, particularly in the fields of technology, development and marketing.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015, Thomas launched a new brand image this spring and has rebranded all its plants, and its fleet of 750 concrete trucks will be painted in uniform colors. All activities will take place under the name Thomas, in recognition of its founder, Martin Thomas, who ran the company for many years. The word “concrete” also will be integrated into the new brand in various languages, connecting the company’s product and its local presence.

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Stewart & Stevenson now carrying Atlas Copco

The Atlantic division of Stewart & Stevenson has added Atlas Copco construction equipment to its fleet. The division will carry a variety of Atlas Copco products, from light towers and generators to pumps, pneumatic tools and compressors.

For more than 50 years, Stewart & Stevenson has provided equipment and service to customers in the construction industry. It rents, sells and services a wide range of new and used equipment and parts at its five locations in Lodi and Piscataway, New Jersey; Middletown, Connecticut; Latham, New York; and Marlborough, Massachusetts.

“We take pride in our customer service and reliability, which is why we chose to add Atlas Copco to our fleet,” says Michael McGovern, senior vice president of Stewart & Stevenson. “Atlas Copco has a reputation for high-quality and dependable equipment, something our customers rely on us for day in and day out.”

Stewart & Stevenson provides prompt customer service with around-the-clock product support for customers regarding parts, service and rentals. It has more than 40 field service vehicles, which are available for dispatch to support customers.

Atlas Copco designs its machines for optimal productivity and to withstand day-to-day use in tough working conditions. McGovern explained that adding Atlas Copco equipment to its fleet allows the division to serve a wider range of customers and core markets, such as construction, industrial and mining. The line also gives Stewart & Stevenson customers a large breadth of products, which gives customers the opportunity to rent or purchase all their equipment at one venue.

“We are thrilled that Stewart & Stevenson is expanding its offering of construction, mining and industrial equipment with the addition of Atlas Copco products,” says Eudes Defoe, mid-Atlantic regional channel manager at Atlas Copco Construction Equipment. “Its 24-hour response gives it an exceptional customer service reputation, and we are proud to work with so many respectable companies, including Stewart & Stevenson.”