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Allen and Grace Industries: Building Bridges Together

Why purchase bridge building equipment? This question was crucial to the owners of Grace Industries of Bath, Pennsylvania, in early 2009 when they chose Allen Engineering as the supplier for their bridge deck finisher.

Opened in 1982 by Ron Check, Jr. and his brother Todd - both Civil Engineers with no desire to be stuck in an office – along with their father Ron Sr., Grace Industries hit the ground running with contracts for parking lots, landscaping, and small pipe projects. Steady growth was experienced as the company expanded their project list, and by 1995 they were completing all of their own excavating, demolition, concrete curbing, sidewalks, retaining walls, bituminous paving, underground utilities and landscaping. By that time, single span bridge building was also an integral part of their business, but it was all subcontracted out, leaving them at the mercy of someone else’s timetable.

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Rental Opportunities with Concrete Contractors

When ride-on trowels were introduced to the industry in 1988, a 23 horsepower engine was considered awesome. Today, a 3000 pound, 12 foot wide, ride-on trowel can be outfitted with an 87 horsepower turbo diesel. The evolution of the concrete working industry started with contractors doing everything manually to the growth of machinery that do all of the work. New products continue to become available that make the job easier and improve the quality of concrete floors, parking lots, bridges and roads.

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A Very Large Dollar Store!

Ahal Contracting Company of St. Louis (Bridgeton), Missouri tackled a challenging job at the 1.1 million square foot Dollar General® Distribution Center currently under construction in Marion, Indiana this summer. The challenge was to construct 1.3 million square feet of concrete floor, 374,300 square feet of tilt-up panels, and 200,000 square feet of concrete pavement in an exposed environment while meeting the owner’s specifications associated with an enclosed, climate controlled building. The conditions on the job were hot, sunny, and windy with the occasional afternoon thunder storm. Furthermore, concrete floors are always stressed in a tilt-up operation since they are used as the casting bed for the wall panels. In order to meet the challenge, Ahal employed advanced scheduling and the latest technology on its concrete pours.

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