With several state-of-the-art manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities in the U.S., and internationally in France, Sweden, and Mexico, Rain Bird manufactures and provides irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments, and homes in 130 countries worldwide.
The company recently completed a second expansion of its manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facility in Steele, Ala.
Contracted to supply the concrete for the slabs used to expand the facility, Kirkpatrick Concrete used steel fiber in lieu of rebar or wire mat to reinforce the materials.
“It was a unique approach, but also one that we’re seeing more and more requests for,” said Spencer Glassco, Sales Manager for Kirkpatrick’s Northern Division.
“The steel fiber slabs help speed up construction and reduce labors costs out in the field,” Glassco explained. “In the end, the general contractor likely saved money by making that choice.” The project itself was fairly standard for Kirkpatrick, although introducing steel fiber into the concrete mix and ensuring a good, consistent mix throughout did require some additional effort and attention.
“Our goal was to make sure that the mix was both workable and able to be finished once it got to the job site,” said Glassco. “We achieved that goal and the job went smoothly.”
- Location: Steele, AL
- Producer: Kirkpatrick
- Published: 09-28-17