March 2008 Table of Contents

Editorial Comment A Look At the Past, An Eye Toward the Future

According to our records, close to 10,000 attendees visited the Artistry in Decorative Concrete area—many of which frequented the site more than once. Of course, the numbers don't lie. . . Read more

Effective Safety Programs Features Effective Safety Programs

One of the truly defining elements of a company's culture is a commitment to employees, clients, and community. Nothing reveals this dedication better than having a great program that demonstrates safety as a corporate core value. When people start to change their personal values and live their lives in a true safety-oriented culture, a natural paradigm shift occurs in how they perceive their jobs, co-workers, spouses, children, families, and friends. Read more

Theme and Variations in Forming Features Theme and Variations in Forming

While the use of plastics was spreading in the 1950s and 1960s, it is no surprise that someone came up with the idea of using rigid foam to both form concrete walls and then provide insulation, with the added bonus of not having to strip and clean the for Read more

Site Preparation: Making a proper bed for concrete Features Site Preparation: Making a proper bed for concrete

Methods used for preparing the ground for concrete placement depend on the job. Read more

Can You Dig It? Features Can You Dig It?

If you're a concrete contractor who just wants to move materials around the jobsite and dig the occasional footing, you probably don't have the need or desire to acquire 'big iron'—now you don't need to. Equipment manufacturers have come up with a broad r Read more

Lesser Known Evils of the Concrete World Hime & Erlin On Concrete Lesser Known Evils of the Concrete World

Erlin and Hime catalog some of the lesser-known -- but equally significant -- evils of the concrete industry. Read more

Tolerances On Display and Under Discussion

Colin Milberg and his team from San Diego State University (SDSU) will have their laser scanning setup on display as one of the exhibits at the ACI Convention in Los Angeles. Read more

Aggregate View A Seamless Transition

In January 2008, my father, uncle, and I finished the transition of our concrete construction company from their ownership to mine, and I'm proud to say that ours was relatively painless, well executed, and, possibly even strengthened our family bond. Read more

Get With the Program Safety Matters Get With the Program

Sometimes it's difficult to know where to start your program and how to focus your efforts. Hopefully these organizations can provide the guidance your company needs. Read more

Decorative Concrete Custom Formliners

I've heard stories in the past about contractors who would switch ready-mix producers if there was a $1 difference in price of concrete per yard. Or the customer who always chooses the lowest bid, regardless of the contractor. It's hard for me to understa Read more

Pickup Power Jobsite Products Pickup Power

Few vehicles can handle the job of moving massive loads better than a diesel pickup. Built specifically for work, American manufacturers Dodge, General Motors, and Ford have updated their models with new diesel powertrains to meet more stringent emissions Read more

Products Solving Problems Technology Paves the Way

Until a few years ago, most businesses with fleets and mobile resources had limited tools to help maximize their performance. Read more

Problem Clinic Controlling Moisture in Concrete Slabs

Controlling moisture in concrete slabs can be tricky, but it's one of the most important factors a contractor needs to focus on. Read more

About Time LLC, Phoenix Manufacturer to Watch About Time LLC, Phoenix

A profile of Amber Carothers of About Time LLC, who discusses running a woman-owned company. Read more

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