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Asphalt contractor takes on concrete work

Albuquerque Asphalt faced a common problem for asphalt contractors – to subcontract or self-perform concrete work. Though they handled dirt work and asphalt in-house, subbing concrete and underground work left them short of the 50% self-performing requirement to bid work as a prime contractor on many jobs. When an experienced concrete crew became available last fall,… Read More »

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Creative Solutions for Canal Project

When Australian firm Baldwin Civil NT was approached about constructing a regulating reservoir as part of the new Inpex natural gas project in the Northern Territory, they didn’t even know if it was possible to slipform a 2.1 m (6 ft 10 in) high wall.   “Originally, the contractor looked at doing it with one… Read More »

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Radius Work? No Problem!

Charlie Ewing, equipment operator for Curbs Etc of Smyrna, DE, has seen it all in over 20 years of Power Curbers’ machines. Specializing in pouring curb, Curbs Etc’s range of work has included sidewalk, traffic separator, and ditches. Recently they tackled one of their most challenging jobs at the Dover (DE) Transit Center. The… Read More »

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Where is the Stringline?

Thorncrete Construction Ltd is the largest curb and gutter contractor in all of Ontario, Canada. Established in 1973, the company grew from a small family business with one machine to a major concrete player running five curb and gutter machines and employing 210 employees. Throughout the decades, Thorncrete relied on one manufacturer for… Read More »

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Power Curbers is ready for 3D – when 3D is ready for your jobsite.

3-D Technology for Curb Machines Power Curbers, Inc., is actively engaged in 3-D technology research for curb machines. The possibility of eliminating the setting of hubs and the labor-intensive setting of stringline will revolutionize curb work. The use of common control systems for graders and curb machines is an advancement of unparallel proportions…. Read More »

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North American Small Manufacturer Urges President

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 13, 2008 – Dyke Messinger, president of Power Curbers, Inc., of Salisbury, North Carolina and Executive Committee member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Board of Directors, urged President Bush today to increase the exploration and production of domestic sources of energy. Messinger briefed the President with leaders of… Read More »

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Some Perspective

We recently published and mailed our last 2010 company newsletter, Power Curbers Profiles to contractors all over the world.  In reviewing our 2010 issues, the change of scenery in our industry was more evident than ever.  Though the days of subdivision after subdivision were profitable and frankly, easy, the work we see in 2011… Read More »

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Changing Seasons, Changing Businesses

My office window overlooks a a large grove of hardwood trees.  The maples, oaks, and elms have just begun their fall color explosion.  A few reds and bright yellows have worked their way into the canvas that’s been green since April.  Each autumn, the leaves remind me of the inevitably of change in our… Read More »

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No Barriers to Pouring Barrier

In past entries, I’ve written about customers diversyfing in order to keep their machines running.  With federal stimulus dollars earmarked for highway work, bridge parapet and barrier wall opportunities have increased dramatically across the U.S.   Over the past 12 months we’ve seen many customers, who were strictly curb and gutter contractors, make the leap into the barrier market. … Read More »

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Bauma 2010 Report

Last weekend it looked as if Bauma might have to go on without many of us.  Inbound flights to Europe were cancelled all over as ash from Iceland’s volcanic eruption settled in over German airspace.  After a few too exciting days the Power Curbers crew was able to make it into Munich on Tuesday,… Read More »

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