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Cold Weather is here

Posted by mike on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Jack Frost might be nipping at your nose, but that doesn't mean you have to pack up your tools.  At Orrville Trucking we are committed to supplying your needs no matter the weather.  With the addition of our sand heater we can supply warm concrete in any temperature.  Good concreting practices still need to be followed (ie. don't pour on frozen ground, protect concrete from freezing, etc).  We also have many admixtures that can assist you in providing a high quality job no...

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It's Hot!

Posted by mike on July 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We are in the middle of the dog days of summer.  Not only are Ohio's hot days tough on the contractors, these high temps are hard on ready mix concrete.  When the concrete temperatures rise the reaction of the cement in the mixes is accelerated.  This makes for significantly faster set times.  The chances of a pour running away from you is much higher.  Our only choices are to work very hard and very fast (not easy and probably dangerous for the workers) or to add ret...

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DEFLATED

Posted by mike on June 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Driving on asphalt is like driving on flat tires. They both increase rolling resistance and decrease miles per gallon. According to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, concrete pavement‘s greater stiffness reduces vehicle fuel consumption by as much as 3 percent. That can add up to over 270 million barrels of crude oil and $15.6 billion saved in a single year. It’s yet another way that concrete keeps us rolling.

Learn more at

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Macro synthetic fibers in lieu of traditional steel reinforcement.

Posted by Wes on April 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (1)


Traditional steel, i.e. wire mesh and rebar have been used for decades as a secondary reinforcement for concrete slabs. The purpose of the steel is to help hold broken pieces of concrete tightly together after the concrete has cracked. However, many times the steel is placed directly on the subgrade rendering the reinforcement useless. The Wire Reinforcement Institute states: “Only when the reinforcing steel is properly selected, placed and supported can its use be recom...

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Debris Disposal

Posted by Wes on April 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Do you have a waste issue? We take in Concrete, Block, Asphalt for recycling. If you are located in Orrville, Wooster, Dalton, Smithville, Shreve, Wadsworth, Creston, Seville or surrounding areas this will really help to save our environment. We have a small tip charge, unless you are purchasing Concrete from us to replace. All of our customers enjoy the convenience of this free service !!!

Also, if you are in the market for high quality base material we stock Crush...

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Won't Be Long Now

Posted by Wes on March 1, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yay it's March finally, surely spring can't be far off now. Time to start getting ready for the new construction season. For contractors it's a great time to make sure all of your equipment is clean and repaired if needed. If you take the time to make sure everything is in working condition now, it will save you time and money later on when you need it and it works. 


It's also a great time to start calling some of the customers you've done work for in the past and see i...

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Precautions Before Placing Concrete in the Cold

Posted by Wes on February 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (13)

You know the old Boy Scout motto about being prepared—failing to be prepared is preparing for failure. Same goes for concrete work in general, but especially when cold weather comes on unexpectedly. To handle the cold, have everything you might need on hand and review these tips:

 

Frozen ground—NEVER place concrete on frozen ground or onto ice or snow. There are a couple of problems with this. First, frozen ground will settle when it thaws, cracking the concrete....

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Website Additions

Posted by mike on February 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We are adding new content to our site constantly.  If there are tools or information that will be helpful to you, please leave a comment and we will try to include your suggestions as we evolve this new site.

Concrete Design and Testng

Posted by Wes on February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a link to Ohio Concrete's ACI Coursework that will be coming up next month.

Great opportunity to learn more about designing and testing concrete.

www.ohioconcrete.org/Current%20Schedule_Calendar.htm 


Holding Times

Posted by mike on February 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In recent months we have seen the price of diesel fuel ballooning through the roof.  Since we set our prices for 2013 diesel fuel has increased over 25%.  All indications are that the price will only continue to increase.  As you can see this puts a lot of pressure on our company.  Many in our industry have resorted to fuel surcharges.  We feel this is unfair as it forces all customers to bare the same burden no matter how much diesel fuel is burned to service their o...

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