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This isn’t a fancy industry, but like one of our speakers said, ‘concrete touches everybody’s lives,’” said Bill Gleason during a concrete seminar offered at Bisett Building Center in Bradford on Tuesday.

Gleason, vice president of operations at Bisett, offered the comments while contractors and business people from the area took a break in a seminar offered at the company.

“Concrete is really underrated for what it does,” Gleason remarked. “Right now the big thing is the (replacements and repair) of bridges in Pennsylvania, and we are responsible for that.”

Gleason said the seminar was the first of its kind to be sponsored by the company and was attended by approximately 40 contractors from several municipalities and businesses as well as the Bradford Area School District.

“We sent invitations out and got a real good response so that tells us that people want to get educated,” Gleason continued. The goal of the event was to help contractors brush up their skills with the product before the start of spring and construction season.

The seminar opened with a discussion on the composition of cement which is made from coarse gravel, sand, water and Portland cement, a basic, paste-like ingredient of concrete. Gleason said the class also taught contractors about mix designs and how to work with the company’s concrete after it is delivered to a job site.

“Then it’s their responsibility to place it and finish the project to the specifications that the owner wants,” he said of contractors. “Once it gets to the job site, these guys are responsible for what the finished product is going to look like.”

Speakers included a representative from Armstrong Cement and the BASF company.

“We have a concrete technician (Ernie Cowell) on site that Bisett hired” for questions that arise, he added.

George Gigliotti said he and Ken Schaming, co-owners of Bisett, approved the seminar planned by Cowell. Rudy Snow, manager at Bisett, said Cowell’s expertise and certification in working with cement is required for government contracts.

“That’s why we’re doing this,” Snow explained. “We’re making sure our contractors know there is a little more to it than throwing sand and gravel together.”

Gigliotti agreed and said the science of creating solid, durable cement was brought to the country by immigrants, who learned the craft from their forefathers.

“They don’t have that experience that helped (create) bridges that will last 100 years,” Gigliotti said of some modern day contractors. He said this is why the seminar and training with the product is important.

Those who attended the event included Andrew Miller, a construction management student at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

“We spent a whole semester on concrete last semester,” Miller said. “I figured this would be a refresh run, and good to hear it out of somebody’s mouth instead of a professor

Another attendee, Mike Gleason of Gleason Masonry in Bradford, said he also appreciated the class.

“(The speakers) are very knowledgeable — I’m learning a lot about the different chemicals that go into concrete,” he concluded.


We have a couple open days next week that we can pour your flat concrete whether it be:
-stamped concrete
-agriculture slab

If you need a last minute crew to come and do a quality job at an affordable price we are your concrete solution.

Concrete project this week, in between anchor jobs! This pool was a 2 day project for Yoder Laser Concrete. Call us for your next detailed project. Get great quality at an affordable price!

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We are busy all over, especially in the greater Columbus area. We have a couple 70,000-80,000 sqft schools, and a 80,000 sqft hardware in Cincinnati. We also have some other miscellaneous projects beginning to fill up our books for the year. We are still looking for a couple large square footage projects (100,000-500,000sqft). We are bidding full packages this year i.e footers, slabs, and site work. So if your looking for a 12-20 man crew that has a Somero S-100 Laser Screed and Riding Power Trowels for your big slabs, look no further than Yoder Laser Concrete. We can save you money with our laser screed by cutting down the number of pours.

Our Laser Screed, Riding Power Trowels, and Crew is fired up and ready to save you $$$ on your large concrete slabs. Whether it is a warehouse, parking lot, ag slab, or school project. We want to help you. We have jobs in Columbus, Indiana, and Grove City. Jobs range from 3 schools, VA hospital, Sams clubs; a short list of some projects in our schedule. Looking for more big slabs 10,000-20,000-50,000 sqft. If you can give us the sqfts, thickness, location, jobs start, we can have you a quote in little as 30 minutes!

Call Main Phone: (330) 231-4282 or Alternate Phone: (614) 668-0038!

Being in construction now for 15+ years we typically pour 10,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft per day. Last week we poured 40,000 sq ft a day in Cincinnati Ohio. We also pour Wal-Mart floors.

The largest commercial school was 500,000 sq ft, this was a 2 year project. Most of the schools we are working on now are only about 100,000 sq ft each.

We can do footers and slabs, but most contractors prep the slabs and have them ready for us to pour. We then pour, finish, seal and saw cut.

We follow these contractors all over Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana. If you have a lot of slabs coming up, we make special combo packages with large sq footage jobs. Any large concrete pad works with the latest 3D laser screed SXPS240 and S100 laser screeds making it faster, and flatter.

Need quality work at a great price? Call us today and ask for Dan at 330-231-4282!

We’re looking for spring work! Large warehouse pours are our specialty! We can pour up to 600 yards of concrete per day! We have a Somero Laser Screed that assists in getting the flatness your customers need.

We’re currently working on a 252,000 sq ft warehouse in Kenton, OH

If you have projects you’ve been awarded for the spring 2015 season, please give us a call at (330) 231-4282 or 614-668-0038 Alex or Tim will be glad to help you out with any information you need.

With our combined experience of over 100 years, you can’t go wrong with Yoder Laser Concrete.

With concrete season in full swing, we wanted to take a moment and re-introduce ourselves to you.

We are currently in the process of bidding on new projects, such as, warehouses, apartment buildings, schools, etc.

We will offer a 20% discount if we can fit you in between our large pours.
Yoder Laser Concrete has a very strict safety policy. We complete safety training for each project, utilizing all OSHA standards and also enforcing a drug free workplace.

Yoder Laser Concrete ensures that only the best workmanship, using highly skilled professionals with lifelong concrete experience and using the latest technology in laser screeds, riding power trowels and pans. Exceeding all FF and FL requirements that any architect or engineer can spec.

Q: Is your company more expensive than other companies using the more conventional methods?
A: No, in fact, most general contractors use us over and over because we can come in and pour about 3 times as much per day as the conventional method.

Therefore, the job is ahead of schedule and they save up to $100,000 on a 500,000 sq ft pour.

Some contractors prefer to prep their own slabs for our company to come in and place, finish, seal and saw-cut the floors. Many contractors want us to install, dig and pour footers and basically included the complete concrete package for the job.

Do less pours and no re-work! Laser screeds tend to be faster, flatter and take fewer pours!

Concrete is truly a versatile building material. Concretes in use today are formulated with very specific performance characteristics in mind and include lightweight, heavyweight, porous, fiber-reinforced, mass, high-performance and cellular concretes to name just a few. Each provides specific characteristics or properties for their intended use. These properties are achieved by intentional formulation and control of such variables as cement content and type, pozzolan type and content, aggregate type, admixtures used, the addition time and rate of those admixtures, as well as other, often subtle, differences.

By George W. Seegebrecht and Steven H. Gebler
Contributing Editors

One widely used specialty concrete is known as “shotcrete.” The major difference between shotcrete and its close cousin, concrete, is the placement method. Concrete is discharged from a ready-mix truck, placed on the ground or in forms and then must be vibrated for compaction. By contrast, the shotcrete process, whether using wet or dry material feed, does not require forming or compaction thereby enhancing design creativity and application flexibility, often resulting in a savings of time or money

Shotcrete, was originally called “Gunite” when Carl Akeley designed a doubled chambered cement gun in 1910. His apparatus pneumatically applied a sand-cement mixture at a high velocity to the intended surface. Other trademarks were soon developed known as Guncrete, Pneucrete, Blastcrete, Blocrete, Jetcrete etc. all referring to pneumatically applied concrete. Today Gunite equates to dry-mix process shotcrete while the term “shotcrete” usually describes the wet-mix shotcrete process. At point of application, both are typically referred to as shotcrete.

Dry-mix process shotcrete, introduces and mixes the required water at the application nozzle as the dry cementitious materials (fly ash, slag, silica fume etc.) and aggregates are delivered through the “gun” The nozzleman controls mix consistency, adjusting water addition to suit the changing conditions of the work area. The dry-mix process also is well suited for sporadic application operations since the majority of the water only comes into contact with the cementitious materials as it leaves the nozzle.The wet-mix process utilizes concrete delivered to the job that is thoroughly mixed excluding of any required accelerators. The ingredients are generally delivered in ready-mix trucks as with normal concrete. Accelerators or other admixtures may still be metered into the slurry at the nozzle along with air under pressure to increase the velocity of the material and improve control of the application or “shooting” process.

The impact velocity of properly applied shotcrete instantly compacts the material, yielding an “in-place” mix that is richer in cement and higher in strength than the same mixture prior to placement. Typically, a fine aggregate dry-mix shotcrete mix delivered in a 1:3 cement to aggregate proportion upon entering the application gun results in a 1:2 cement to aggregate ratio when in place. What appears to be a waste of materials and a dust nuisance known in the trade as “rebound” and overspray, actually results in dense, high-strength shotcrete as a portion of the aggregate ricochets off the receiving surface and away from the placement location. The loss through rebound will vary depending upon the dryness of the mix, the shooting distance from the surface, wind conditions, etc. The intended thickness is generally overshot, trimmed back to the design thickness and finished to the desired surface texture and appearance.

While the dry mix process sounds quick and economical, it requires precautions to ensure application quality. The nozzleman’s workmanship and experience are critical, since the nozzleman controls the critical water-to-mix ratio going into application equipment. With the wet-mix process, the nozzleman has no control over the consistency of the mix delivered to the job site, but can control the velocity of the materials and the addition of accelerators as the mix leaves the nozzle.

Just as in concrete mix designs, the water-to-cementitious materials ratio remains the single most important parameter influencing the compressive strength, shrinkage and overall durability of the final product. Application technique is also crucial and less forgiving than ordinary ready-mix. Good “shooting” technique can mean the difference between a dense high-strength material or one that looks good on the finished surface but actually has underlying sand pockets, voids and poorly encased reinforcing steel. Poor application technique increases the probability of cracking and its negative ramifications.The shotcrete process is more versatile than conventional concrete placement. If the shooting surface is sound, clean and accessible, shotcrete can be applied in very difficult or complex shapes or sections where conventional concrete formwork would prove difficult or impossible as well as cost prohibitive. Shotcrete is especially applicable for unique shapes desired in complex shapes, swimming pools and other unique features of aquatic parks. It can also be an excellent overlay and repair material for existing structures because of its potential to achieve good bond strength and low permeability.

The nuances and differences between concrete and shotcrete are too numerous to cover in a short article. Selecting a concrete placement method, whether it be conventional concrete, wet-mix or dry-mix process shotcrete, can be a challenging task, since there are positive aspects of each for almost every application. While it is true that one approach may be more applicable, adaptable or economical than another, the final concrete placement selection for the project should be based on project design, material performance criteria and overall budget.

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