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Apr20

Contractors Supplied by County Materials Win Big at Annual WisDOT Awards

Categories // Press Release, Awards and Recognition, Bridge Girders & Prestress

Contractors Supplied by County Materials Win Big at Annual WisDOT Awards

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recognized four projects supplied by County Materials Corporation at the Annual Contractor-Engineer Conference held in Madison, Wis. on January 26-27, 2017. A total of nine projects were presented with Excellence in Construction Awards, which recognizes contractors for their efforts in innovation, saving time and money, and overall quality.

The following projects incorporating County Materials’ products received recognition:

The Excellence in Small Structures Award went to Pheifer Brother Construction Company, Inc. of Neenah, Wis. for their work on the US 51 overpass Bearskin Trail in Oneida County. The new overpass replaces an old structure that had inadequate clearances. County Materials’ Roberts, Wis. plant supplied the project with prestressed concrete bridge girders.

Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, Wis. received the Excellence in Large Structures Award for the 766 foot US 12 Bridge between Lake Delton and Sauk City. The bridge spans two railroads and the Baraboo River. County Materials’ Roberts and Janesville, Wis. plants supplied the project with prestressed concrete bridge girders.

Lunda Construction also received a Special Merit Award, along with Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis.; and Edgerton Contractors of Oak Creek, Wis. for their work on the Zoo Interchange Phase I in Milwaukee County. County Materials supplied the project with 57,700 feet (over 10 miles) of reinforced concrete pipe storm sewer.

Winning a third award, Lunda Construction received the Major Project Special Recognition Award for their work on nearly five miles of I-41 between De Pere and Suamico, Wis. The massive undertaking included 19 bridges. The WisDOT noted the extra effort Lunda Construction put in this project by handling extra traffic volumes after I-43 was shut down for emergency repairs to the Leo Frigo Bridge.

County Materials is pleased to congratulate all the contractors for their recognition from the WisDOT, and is proud to be a supplier for these award winning and high profile projects.

Apr19

Covering Ground Newsletter April 2017

Categories // Covering Ground, Newsletters, Landscaping

Covering Ground Newsletter April 2017

Know the Difference Between Slabs & Pavers... and why County Materials’ Slabs offer a Better Solution

What is a Slab?

Oversize pavers, known as concrete paving slabs in the landscape industry, are trending as a popular alternative to traditional size pavers. While their predominate use is in the residential market, a growing percentage are being installed on commercial projects. As customer interest and application for slab use increases, it is important to understand what differentiates a slab from a traditional size concrete paver and even more importantly, why slabs manufactured by County Materials offer better advantages in design and application over competing products.

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Apr05

County Materials and Local Businesses Benefit from 2017 Business Day at the Capitol

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Community & Education

County Materials and Local Businesses Benefit from 2017 Business Day at the Capitol

On March 8th, County Materials participated in the 2017 Business Day at the Capitol. Tom Peterson, Regional Manager and Carlos Villarreal, Location Manager represented County Materials. The annual event, sponsored by the Minnesota Utility Contractors Association (MUCA) and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, is designed for businesses to learn about key issues and give them the opportunity to support their priorities directly to their elected officials.

Peterson and Villarreal used this time to promote the concrete pipe industry with Minnesota legislators and discuss the important issues facing the industry. Peterson detailed one topic they discussed, “We met with several legislators and asked them for transportation and infrastructure funding, specifically to ensure the Clean Water and Safe drinking Water State Revolving Fund meets the required amount to receive the Federal match.”

Peterson and Villarreal also spent the day with Mark Magney of Magney Construction and Matt Brenteson of Brenteson Companies to gain a better understanding of issues contractors face and to advocate together for issues facing the construction industry.

Mar30

County Materials Donates Product to the International Masonry Institute's Apprentice Training

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Awards and Recognition, Community & Education

County Materials Donates Product to the International Masonry Institute's Apprentice Training

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) of Wisconsin culminated their Apprenticeship Program with thirteen Apprentice Competitions held across the state. To support the effort, County Materials donated five pallets of concrete masonry units to the Kenosha and Milwaukee programs' competitions held at the New Berlin Training Center held on March 10th and 17th, 2017.

The Apprentice Competitions are designed to challenge the young masons who completed either the under 2,000 or over 2,000-hour Apprentice Course. Apprentices in the same course are pitted against each other to build the best wall. Each participant is given blueprints and is tasked with planning the build and laying the block and brick in a specified amount of time. Journeyman masons worked to judge each apprentice for the levelness, neatness, and quality of their wall.

IMI Coordinator and Trainer Don Borchert praised County Materials for their continued support of the industry, “County Materials has always been a part of our competition at some level, and is very involved with new apprentices. I am grateful for their effort in developing a new generation of masons.”

Elliot Knoke and Bran Wardall from the Kenosha program and Nick Haehle and James Fox from the Milwaukee program won at the March 10th and 17th regional competitions and will move on to the state competition hosted by CR Myers on May 20th, 2017.

Mar20

Covering Ground Newsletter March 2017

Categories // Covering Ground, Newsletters, Landscaping

Covering Ground Newsletter March 2017

The innovation and beauty of County Materials’ hardscape products were recognized at the 2017 Wisconsin Masonry Alliance Excellence in Hardscape Awards. Five projects with concrete pavers, slabs and retaining walls manufactured by County Materials received awards at a February 22nd, 2017 gala, hosted at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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Mar20

Concrete Perspectives Newsletter March 2017

Categories // Concrete Perspectives, Newsletters, Masonry Products

Concrete Perspectives Newsletter March 2017

County Materials Corporation was recognized as the ready mix supplier for five award-winning projects in the Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association’s 35th Annual Concrete Design Awards . The awards recognize exceptional commercial and residential ready-mix concrete construction projects in the State of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Mar09

2017 Excellence in Hardscape Awards Recognizes County Materials' Concrete Pavers, Slabs and Retaining Walls

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Awards and Recognition, Landscaping

2017 Excellence in Hardscape Awards Recognizes County Materials' Concrete Pavers, Slabs and Retaining Walls

 

The innovation and beauty of County Materials’ hardscape products were recognized at the 2017 Wisconsin Masonry Alliance Excellence in Hardscape Awards. Five projects with concrete pavers, slabs and retaining walls manufactured by County Materials received awards at a February 22nd, 2017 gala, hosted at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.

A panel of industry judges selected winners from an entry pool of many exceptional landscape projects located in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Landscape projects were judged on their overall excellence in design, creativity, functionality, selection and quality of hardscape materials, installation techniques, craftsmanship and finished appearance. 

Three projects featuring County Materials’ pavers, slabs and retaining walls took top honors with Gold Awards in different categories.

In the category for Best Concrete Paver Commercial Application Over 2,500 sq ft, Gold went to the patio at the Church Mutual office in Mosinee, Wis. completed by CW Terramaster.

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Church Mutual

 

Also earning the top Gold Award was the Madison, Wis. Lake Edge Apartments in the Best Structural Retaining Wall Commercial Application Over 2,500 sq ft completed by TMS Landscape Inc.

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Lake Edge Apartments

 

Finally, the Neenah, Wis. Menasha Corp earned the Best Permeable Paver Commercial Application category, completed by Miron Construction.

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Menasha Corporation

 

In the Best Driveway Application category, Wolfrath’s Nursery & Landscaping of Hortonville, Wis. earned the Silver Award for their Smoke Tree Pass residential driveway project in Appleton, Wis.

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Smoke Tree Pass Residence

 

The Bronze Award was given for Best Permeable Paver Residential Application to Shawano Lawn and Stone for their work on the lakeside Emile Court residence in Gillett, Wis.

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County Materials is a leading supporter of the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance and the Excellence in Hardscape Award competition, and partner with professional landscape installers and designers. We congratulate each of the winners for their excellence in the industry.

Feb14

County Materials Congratulates Ready-Mix Design Award Winners

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Awards and Recognition, Concrete, Ready-Mix and Aggregates

County Materials Congratulates Ready-Mix Design Award Winners

County Materials Corporation is pleased to congratulate the winners of the Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association’s 35th Annual Concrete Design Awards. The awards recognize exceptional commercial and residential ready-mix concrete construction projects in the State of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

A panel of Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula construction professionals judged entries for innovative use of concrete, engineering design skill, construction technique, integration of site and materials and aesthetics. Winners were announced and honored at the WRMCA Concrete Design Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The following projects received the prestigious award and utilized County Materials’ ready-mix:

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Thiex Construction LLC of Birnamwood, WI was recognized in the Agriculture category for the Matsche Farms expansion in Birnamwood, WI. The expansion included a 27 million gallon manure pit, two free stall barns, a feed slab and a state of the art milking parlor. The project utilized more than 14,000 cubic yards of ready mix and helped the Matsche Farm get closer to their family’s goal of adding 5,000 cows.

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Lewis Construction of Schofield, WI and Miron Construction of Neenah, WI were recognized in the Decorative Commercial category in the North Central Region, for their work on the new Skyward facility in Stevens Point, WI. Ready-mix concrete was used in five unique applications for this building – a partial basement and parking garage; floor and columns; a custom designed retaining wall leading to the parking garage; an employee patio; and entryway with a heated slab. The new facility provides space for an additional 500 employees Skyward is expecting
to hire through 2021.

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S.D. Ellenbecker Inc. of Athens, WI was recognized in the Industrial category for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Knowlton, WI. The ready mix was utilized to build the facility’s walls, caissons, floor and storage tanks. The massive storage tanks were constructed with 2 feet 4-inch concrete walls and contain 151 tons of steel rebar reinforcement.

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Advance Concrete received Special Merit in the Parking Lot category for the construction of the Biolife Plasma Services’ parking lot in Wausau WI. The 75,000 sq. ft. parking lot used 1,384 cubic yards of concrete. County Materials helped accommodate the project's tight timeline by making deliveries on time and effectively communicating with the job site. The pour was completed in an impressive two days.

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Alchemy Concrete of Nelsonville, WI was recognized in the Decorative Commercial category for the installation of a patio break area with a walking trail at the Heartland Farms Facility in Hancock, WI. The patio and walking trail utilize red and green integral dye and come together to form Heartland Farm’s logo—a heart with a plant growing from the top.

County Materials extends its warmest congratulations to the winners and to all participants of this year’s concrete design awards.

Feb14

Marathon High School Construction Trades Class to Close the Skilled Labor Gap

Categories // Press Release, Community & Education

Marathon High School Construction Trades Class to Close the Skilled Labor Gap

marathon high2Marathon High School Technology Education Teacher John Vanderwyst leads classes covering automation, robotics, manufacturing, engineering and woodworking. As an educator in the technology and manufacturing field, Vanderwyst is aware that Wisconsin is facing a shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. Recently the Marathon School Board approved a proposal for a new Construction Trades course to begin in the fall semester of 2017. This course is designed to help close the skilled labor gap by giving students hands-on experience and helping them learn about career opportunities in the manufacturing and construction industry. Marathon High School has already partnered with local companies including County Materials Corporation, Hurtis Heating & Air, Marathon Plumbing Service, and the Central Wisconsin Contractors Association. Vanderwyst is still looking for additional electrical and carpentry partners.

In preparation for the new Construction Trades course, County Materials hosted a tour of their corporate office and production facility in Marathon City for two dozen students from Marathon High School’s woodworking class. This opportunity introduced current juniors and seniors to the manufacturing industry before the new Construction Trades course begins. Students visited County Materials’ dispatch center that manages a fleet of professional drivers, quality control lab for testing aggregates and concrete, ready-mix production facility, and concrete block manufacturing plant. In each area, students asked questions and learned about the large number and diversity of jobs available to graduates.

Vanderwyst was thankful for the opportunity and happy students were able to learn more about the locally-owned company that is celebrating 70 years in business in 2016. “I am always thankful for opportunities to tour local facilities like the one County Materials provided because it shows students that success is all around Marathon City. Students do not have to travel far after high school to find fulfilling careers with upward mobility,” said Vanderwyst. “By connecting the school with local business and industry, we can attract students to stay or return to our community. Marathon has small town connections and a booming economy; the more students can see that the better Marathon is able to ensure its future.”

Students shared many positive comments about their hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom. Several were impressed by the scale of the company’s operation just down the road from their classroom. “I never thought County Materials had that many machines and big pieces of equipment,” one student said. Another student commented, “The sheer amount of concrete they produce is impressive.” Other students focused on a different facet important to the manufacturing process, “The safety sensor features we were shown were pretty cool.”

Jan24

Hollowcore Enhances Safety in New Eau Claire Development

Categories // In The News, Hollowcore

Hollowcore Enhances Safety in New Eau Claire Development

Hollowcore Enhances Safety in New Eau Claire Development

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair students and Eau Claire residents will soon have a new place to live, shop and do business. The project is currently under construction on the 200 block of Water Street. The four-story complex will house a grocery store, bank, office space and 87 apartment units. County Materials is supplying one of the primary construction components for the structure. The company has produced more than 84,300 sq. ft. of 8” hollowcore plank and 54,300 sq. ft. of 12” hollowcore plank for the large scale project.

The development’s location on Water Street is a welcomed addition to the area. Close to campus, students will enjoy a new opportunity for off-campus living. Many nearby residents will benefit from a new grocery store moving into their neighborhood. Currently, the surrounding Water Street community is designated a food desert by the USDA, meaning the area does not have a grocery store within walking distance—making it difficult for residents to quickly obtain healthy eating options and fresh produce.

Tenant safety was a primary concern when designing the multi-story building. With a 56-stall underground parking area, the development required a durable, fire resistant building material to separate the parking area from the businesses and apartments above. The project’s engineer looked to hollowcore plank because of its proven fire resistance and performance.  County Materials’ hollowcore systems meet fire ratings for up to three hours. Made of high-strength, steel-reinforced concrete, hollowcore is built to withstand severe temperature from fire - it does not burn or give off toxic fumes.

Hollowcore also helped meet project design requirements, allowing for longer spans with reduced support beams. This helps to open up space for the grocery store and offices while giving design versatility for each apartment unit to have large open living areas.

In addition to hollowcore systems, County Materials is supplying 9,344 ln. ft. of precast columns and inverted tee beams. County Materials’ dedicated dispatch team and drivers have already delivered 374 truckloads of material to the site. As a result, the Eau Claire Water Street Development is continuing on schedule and is slated to open August 2017.

Jan17

Community Park Gets a Facelift with Donation from County Materials

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Community & Education, Concrete, Ready-Mix and Aggregates

Community Park Gets a Facelift with Donation from County Materials

Fishing conditions along Bukolt Park’s waterfront in Stevens Point, Wis., were noticeably treacherous. A roadway surrounding the lagoon left little space for people between the road and water, in some areas as little as three feet. Additionally, a steep slope down to the water prevented access, so many people chose to fish from the road itself. Prime Water Anglers, a community non-profit organization, came up with a solution to provide safer fishing conditions with the help of County Materials.

Prime Water Anglers designed five platforms and a center pier, all of which were constructed through partnerships with local businesses and the Stevens Point Department of Parks and Recreation. The five self-standing platforms were constructed using wood to overhang the water’s edge. The center pier is located along a walkway, allowing water to flow beneath and pedestrians to cross above. The center pier was constructed with ready mix concrete donated by County Materials.

Prime Water Anglers approached County Materials for a ready mix donation to help alleviate project costs. Construction began in short time. After a frame was built with metal rebar for reinforcement, County Materials delivered and poured two sections of the pier, each with 3.5 cubic yards of concrete.

Prime Water Anglers views fishing as a means of connecting communities. Every year they host Kids Fishing Day, a two-day program that introduces local youth to fishing basics. Through Kids Fishing Day and other programs, Prime Water Anglers engages kids and parents and helps foster outdoor family recreation.

Jan16

Concrete Perspectives Newsletter January 2017

Categories // Concrete Perspectives, Newsletters, Masonry Products

Concrete Perspectives Newsletter January 2017

Many historic buildings in Kaukauna have exterior walls constructed with limestone harvested from local historic limestone quarries. When designing a new municipal building for the city of Kaukauna, the architect Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. wanted to reflect this history and match surrounding buildings. 

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Jan11

Code Administrators Look to County Materials for Enhancing Industry Knowledge

Categories // In The News, Press Release, Community & Education, Landscaping

Code Administrators Look to County Materials for Enhancing Industry Knowledge

Attendees at the Wisconsin County Code Administrators Association (WCCA) fall conference strengthened their professionalism in the administration of Wisconsin County Land Development Codes and learned firsthand how permeable pavers are manufactured and the advantages they offer in storm water management. County Materials, a leader in manufacturing concrete construction and landscape materials such as concrete permeable pavers, conducted presentations and hosted a tour of their Appleton, Wis. facility.

Bob Roehrig and Jennifer Schaff from County Materials demonstrated the sustainable benefits concrete permeable paver systems offer in managing storm water runoff. Schaff noted, “it is exciting to share with industry officials what we are learning about permeable pavement through our joint research project with Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin DOT, USGS and others.”

After the session, nearly 40 WCCA members toured County Materials’ Appleton production facility to experience concrete block manufacturing processes. WCCA members learned how County Materials sources local aggregates and utilizes advanced technology to produce high performance, durable concrete products used in construction and landscape applications.

Daniel Everson, vice president of WCCA, appreciated the learning opportunity hosted by County Materials. “The session regarding permeable pavers was greatly appreciated and we are pleased that County Materials was able to take the time sharing their expertise with our membership.” Everson also said these sessions are a benefit for their membership. “I believe it is our responsibility as land use professionals to provide options for our landowners that live and work in the rural areas of our counties on what’s the best approach to balance the individual desires and requirements prior to development.”

Dec20

County Materials Pavers Featured in Masonry Magazine

Categories // In The News, Awards and Recognition

County Materials Pavers Featured in Masonry Magazine

Masonry Magazine, a nationally recognized industry publication, featured the inspiring application of County Materials Corporation’s interlocking concrete pavers at the East Norport Drive Residence in Port Washington, WI. The publication’s October 2016 cover prominently displayed the project in addition to a full two-page spread featuring a project case study with additional photos of the driveway and backyard patio, which creates a stunning scene around the equally as impressive house.

The 13,000 square-foot drive way and 4,000 square-foot patio and pool area were constructed with Elements Paving Stones manufactured by County Materials. The primary color, Serenity features blended reddish-brown and gray that complements the colors of the home. To set off the driveway and provide a softer transition between drive and landscape, tumbled Elements Paving Stones in Vision – a light cream color – were selected as an accent border.

Project Case Studies are beneficial for enhancing industry knowledge. They record detailed descriptions of the process, development, and decision-making that go into complex construction projects. County Materials continues its tradition of leading the industry by publishing a variety of case studies for residential, municipal and industrial applications.

The East Norport Drive Residence case study highlights why concrete pavers were the material of choice for this project, which includes their aesthetic appeal, weather resistance, easy repair, longer life span and the increased value they add to the property. Also covered were installation considerations; after close inspection it was revealed that the existing concrete driveway was sound enough to be overlaid with pavers. Drainage was another concern. The existing grade required correcting the pitch on the pavers to get the water to sheet properly.

This application not only provided a perfect sample for a case study, it is an award-winning project. It received a Silver Award in the Best Residential Driveway Application category in the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance’s 2016 Excellence in Hardscape Awards.

Dec15

Covering Ground Newsletter December 2016

Categories // Covering Ground, Newsletters, Landscaping

Covering Ground Newsletter December 2016

More project owners and construction professionals are requiring landscape contractors to fulfill and maintain industry-approved training credentials because they recognize the value of using professionals who stand behind their workmanship and uphold industry standards...

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