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Industry News services for tunneling projects across North America. As nationally recognized experts in tunneling and underground services, Shannon & Wilson has performed tunnel work for railroad, utility, and transportation clients for more than 60 years. Senior Vice President and Denver Office Manager Greg Fischer stated, “We are excited to have NCTI certification as part of our condition assessment capabilities. It will allow us to better serve our clients by guiding them through the NTIS requirements and regulations. It also serves as another tool to help our clients with the important task of asset management.” Blastcrete Equipment Company Named Finalist for Small Manufacturer of the Year Blastcrete Equipment Company, manufacturer of mixing and pumping equipment for the refractory and shotcrete industries, is one of eight finalists for the Small Manufacturer of the Year award in Alabama. The Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama named the winner of the award, which honors the state’s leading manufacturers’ accomplishments, on April 12 during the 2016 Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Awards luncheon at the Activity Center in Montgomery, AL. “Our employees take a tremendous amount of pride in what we do here. I’m proud of them, and this is quite an honor for us,” said Jim Farrell, Blastcrete CEO. “We’re a family-owned business and unique in that we design and manufacture our products in-house. Our 20 employees accomplish the same things as a larger company, only on a smaller scale. That gives us the ability to not only produce great equipment but to also back it up with personal customer service.” Blastcrete is a finalist in the small manufacturers category, which includes businesses with 99 or fewer employees. The award recognizes innovation in manufacturing, commitment to excellence, dedication to employees, and community investment. “Now in its 17th year, the Business Council of Alabama is honored to salute Alabama’s best manufacturers for their valuable participation in not only the state’s economy but also the economies of their employees and the suppliers who do business with them,” said William J. Canary, President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama. “The Manufacturer of the Year Awards continues to be a premier event for the BCA, the Alabama Technology Network, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, and the National Association of Manufacturers. The BCA is proud to be the exclusive affiliate in Alabama to the NAM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.” Jim Douglas founded Blastcrete in 1950 in Los Angeles, CA, as a manufacturer of single- and double-chamber gunite machines. Farrell purchased Blastcrete in 1983 and relocated the business to Anniston, CA. The company continues to grow as it designs and manufactures products for refractory, construction, and concrete customers throughout the world. Blastcrete has been manufacturing safe, reliable, and userfriendly solutions for the refractory and shotcrete industries for more than 60 years. With a complete product line that consists of concrete mixers, pumps, and related products, the company serves the commercial and residential construction, ICF and SCIP building systems, refractory, and underground markets. For more information: Blastcrete Equipment Company, 2000 Cobb Ave., Anniston, AL 36202; (800) 235-4867; fax (256) 236-9824; info@blastcrete.com; www.blastcrete.com. Cemrock Builds Seaworld Habitat with Quikrete Shotcrete and Stucco Last year, SeaWorld San Antonio (TX) opened Pacific Point Preserve, a new realm designed to teach visitors about sea lions, harbor seals, and Asian smallclawed otters and how to protect them in their natural habitat. A critical element in creating Pacific Point Preserve, which resembles a fishing wharf along the Pacific Coast, was incorporating a home for the Asian small-clawed otters, sea lions, and harbor seals. Cemrock Landscape, Inc., employed a multi-phased process using a combination of QUIKRETE® Shotcrete MS and QUIKRETE Base Coat Stucco – Pump Grade to transform an old existing exhibit into a new natural habitat. Once the deteriorated exterior of the existing exhibit was removed and repairs were made to the underlying frame, Cemrock Landscape, Inc., spray-applied seventeen hundred 80 lb (36 kg) bags of QUIKRETE Shotcrete MS to create a structurally-sound foundation. Cemrock then spray-applied twelve hundred 80 lb (36 kg) bags of QUIKRETE Base Coat Stucco – Pump Grade over a strategically placed structural armature before sculpting stone and wood features familiar to Asian small-clawed otters, sea lions, and harbor seals. Finally, artisans used colored iron oxide pigments to give the exhibit a truly indigenous appearance. “The QUIKRETE products proved be a perfect fit for this unique project,” said Thomas O’Keefe, superintendent for Cemrock. “The shotcrete provided a sturdy structure and the stucco adhered well to the armature, and was easily molded so the exhibit really looks like a natural habitat. In addition, by spray-applying the materials, we were able to work quickly and efficiently while minimizing waste and rework.” Despite being small and meek in appearance, Asian smallclawed otters average 6.5 lb (3 kg) and can be very destructive, so the long-term durability of the exhibit is important. As a result, QUIKRETE Concrete Acrylic Fortifier was mixed into the stucco for increased strength as well as to provide protection against continuous moisture and salt water. QUIKRETE Shotcrete MS is a single-component microsilica-enhanced repair material that achieves more than 9000 psi (62 MPa) at 28 days, and features very low rebound 62 Shotcrete • Spring 2016


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