We’re in mid-September. The majority of customers in the industry are calendar year fiscal companies. This is the time when most people are reviewing their capital expenditures for 2018 and looking at how best to make capital additions that allow them to better serve their customers. There are two overriding themes I keep hearing as I visit customers at their plants:
- Lack of available production labor
- An aging workforce resulting in multiple retirements, which leads to existing tribal knowledge (and the skill sets that go with that knowledge) exiting the workplace
How do we in the industry look forward as we go to allocate dollars to 2018 and beyond to address these two critical issues/factors?
We have to replace labor inputs with better processes, with more devices/systems that improve productivity or automation that allows for the products demanded by our customers to be made with significantly reduced labor inputs.
We also need to remember that to successfully and dramatically adopt increasing levels of automation may require significantly longer planning, acquisition, and installation lead times than have been common in the industry.
Here at Spillman, we know that Ted Coons holds the keys to the kingdom and has his finger on the pulse of the Precast/Prestressed industry. In order to access his wisdom, we’ve decided to start something called “Ted’s Concrete Ideas,” a weekly sit down with Ted Coons, to discuss pertinent and relevant issues affecting the industry, or whatever might be on his mind.
This week’s topic:Hurricane Harvey and pole forms
Spillman Company is currently producing a series of dual cavity self-stressing pole forms that will be used by one of our long-time prestress customers to assist their local power utilty to continue to harden their transmission and distribution (T&D) network. Once again, prestressed concrete products are being used to upgrade and strengthen our country’s infrastructure.
In light of Hurricane Harvey and the potential of Hurricane Irma to make landfall, our industry has growing opportunities. Here’s another example where precast and prestressed products offer superior solutions to comparable competitive materials.
Spillman Company of Columbus, Ohio has reached an agreement with ICON of Kansas City, Kansas to be their exclusive distributor to the precast/prestressed concrete products industry in the US and Canada for ICON’s complete line of patented composite shear connectors. Made with glass fibers and epoxy resin for strength and thermal efficiency, ICON composite shear connectors are available for insulation thicknesses of 2”-4” thick. Spillman is currently stocking ICON composite shear connectors for direct shipment from our warehouse.
Call Ted Coons or Don McNutt with any questions, or Pam Johnson to place an order at 800/44-FORMS.
Spillman has new high stack chairs! The redesign not only makes the chairs stronger and sturdier, but each chair now offers two covers. Our 1″ chair has a 1/2″ cover option, our 1-1/2″ chair has a 1″ cover, and the 2″ chair has a 1-1/2″ cover, so you can use one chair to support two pieces of perpendicular bar. They can also be stacked in any combination to achieve higher covers, and meet more of your spacing needs. The chairs support #2-#6 rebar for additional flexibility. An open grid design allows for increased concrete flow through the chair, while a small contact footprint minimizes exposure on concrete surface.
For pricing and to place an order, please contact Pam Johnson at email@example.com or 800/44-FORMS.