CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp. (Booth S10207), Cypress, Calif., made a commitment at the end of last year to continue doing research that is product development centered as a hallmark to its 50-year history, which has allowed the company to grow and expand. “Research and development is more important than ever in a recession,” says Ken Vallens, vice president of Product Development. The company is dedicated to helping contractors do their work faster and more cost-effectively to remain competitive in today’s market. “While many companies regard research and development as simply an expense, CTS Cement understands that it is an investment,” said Vallens.