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Heavy Duty Stains Equals Aggressive Prep

When Industrial Flooring Specialists arrived on the scene for a coatings job at a machine shop in New England, they found a concrete floor that was stained and in need of some serious surface preparation

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Polyurea Reverses Sewer System Deterioration

Sewers deteriorate with age and typically require a high level of maintenance. In Hong Kong’s aging infrastructure, brick and mortar manholes are particularly vulnerable to cracking and crumbling.

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Transformed Brewery Floors

When an abandoned Colorado Springs, Colo., elementary school needed a facelift, Tom Behunin and his eponymous construction company were ready to tackle the job of helping transform the nearly-century-old structure into a revamped, multi-use center complete with a unique anchor tenant.

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Three-Alarm Coating Emergency

Surface preparation is a vital part of all coatings jobs. Without a properly prepared surface, even the best coating system can and will fail. Industry veteran Pat Sicilia of Industrial Flooring Specialists has seen many jobs over the years where poor surface preparation has led to coatings failures, but one in particular stands out. Sicilia and his crew were recently called in to rescue the floor of a fire station in a major city in Florida.

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Mine Facility Floors: A Diamond in the Rough

Building a facility over a coal mine is tricky business, a balance of sorts. The facility must be very durable, since it is to be used 24 hours a day by hundreds of workers. But it will also have a shorter shelf life, which is dependent on the coal excavated from under ground. So the facility will shine bright for a few years and then burn out. It’s an odd balance, but it has been achieved in at least one mine facility in Western Pennsylvania. Arguably, without the use of epoxy on the floors, it wouldn’t have been possible.

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Bridge Work: Coatings Dive Deep

Until recently, The Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel, more popularly known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was also known as one of the “Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World,” joining the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal on the list of structural marvels. Although the “aging technology” has been replaced on the official list, the achievement behind it remains impressive: the location, daunting. This fact became immediately apparent to the coatings crew charged with repairing and recoating the bridge’s 54" (137.16cm) concrete piles after they were badly damaged by a run-away barge.

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Protecting The Iwo Jima Memorial

As the fall Ohio air turned crisp, a mural of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima came to life decades and a world away from the famed Pacific battlefield. The mural, the dream and creation of artist Michael Sekletar, is the reproduction of Joe Rosenthal’s iconic World War II photograph on the side of an office building in downtown Amherst, Ohio.

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Second Lease on Life for Wastewater Treatment Plant

Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans, Louisiana’s Gretna Wastewater Treatment Plant has faithfully served its 18,500 residents and 900 businesses for 30 years. It has supported the city’s explosive growth and increased demands on municipal services over the last several years.