World of Concrete 2015 – Las Vegas, NV

The World of Concrete 2015 was busier than ever this year. Proline’s booth was hopping and I got to meet several of my customers as well as create bonds with new customers. It was also great seeing those of you I’ve met in past years.  Several of you took advantage of our yearly 20% off sale during the month of February for the World of Concrete attendees. There were some fantastic savings for those of you that saved up and purchased the large quantities. One customer saved $2500.

Some new items were introduced at the Wold of Concrete.  Most popular was the new reclaimed wood series. Proline introduced the new 16″ wide by 8′ long reclaimed wood stamps as well as a reclaimed wood bench mold (16″ x 5′) and table top molds in two different sizes (52 x 37 in. and 72 x 37 in.)

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We Got A New Sign

new sign-400The mother ship, Concrete Accessories, Inc., got a new sign!  Our store has been in the same spot on Meade Avenue in Las Vegas for almost as long as I can remember.  My dad, Jack Sr., established Concrete Accessories in 1971.  I remember a small office with shag carpet on the walls that my twin sister and I thought was really cool. We were around 5 years old.  (Remember, it was the early 70s if you are wondering about that carpet on the wall.)

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Established in 1971

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Jack “Tapper” Christiansen Jr.

Later my dad bought some land and built the warehouse that is in this picture.  He took pictures of the construction progress from start to finish. He was proud and so were we.  The thing that really amazes  me is that my dad had the guts to go out on his own and start his own business with three very young kids and one on the way. My dad was the sole provider in our family. That took nerve.    I think about that often. I have just one child to support and I don’t think I would have the guts to start a business with all of the uncertainties.  It certainly wasn’t easy for my dad.  In the early 80s things got tough and the Vegas economy (especially construction) tanked.  The store was open half days and my dad had to let most of his employees go. I think he just had one other guy besides himself.  The stress of that with kids to support must have been incredible. He persevered though, and the late 80s proved to be good times for the construction industry.  My little brother began working full time for the business after college and soon after was running the store. I began working for the company managing the website when I had a baby and wanted to be at home. I’d hoped to do it for five years until my son started school. Amazingly, both my brother, his wife, and myself are all employed by the company my dad started.  It’s been 12 years for me. When I attend the concrete shows I hear a lot about second and third generation concrete.  My brother and I are second generation concrete. My niece (she’s the boss) is now third generation concrete. Thanks Dad!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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My niece, already working for the company, third generation concrete.

Stamped Concrete Job of the Month – October

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4′ Compass Medallion (MD7401) used as a table top

This creative job was done by Premiere Concrete Design out of Wilson, NC. (www.premierconcretedesign-llc.com)

They used our 4′ Compass Medallion (MD7401).  The designs that you can create are endless when using our concrete medallions, border art  and accent pieces. You can create bars, backsplashes, benches, tables in addition to unique concrete patios that will set your work apart.

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Grapevine Corner Piece with Hammered Edge (BAC1100HE)

Coloring is easy with water-based EZ-Tique and Ez-Accent.  There is no hurry. Let the concrete dry and apply the color at your convenience.

Below you will find links to all of these fantastic products.

 

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Stamped Concrete Job of the Month – September 2014

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Compass Medallion 4′ Diameter (MD7401)

This stamped concrete patio was created by John’s Cement out of Milford, Michigan. John’s website address is www.johnscement.com. The 4′ diameter Compass Rose Medallion (MD7401) was used along with the New England Ashlar Slate concrete stamps (AS100-P). This project could be colored with Adobe Beige Color Hardener (CH-602) and Antique Release Saddle Soap (AR-632). The different colors in the Compass and on the Ashlar stones can be achieved using acid stain or water-based coloring such as Ez-Accent (Cimarron, Mission Brown, Sandstone and Pinto) as well as Ez-Tique in Saddle Soap. All of our Ez-Tique, Color Hardener and Antique Release products are available in the same colors.   A separate color chart is available for the Ez-Accent. (I provided a link below for the color charts.) A good rule to remember, Ez-Accent must be applied before the Ez-Tique. It will not hold if applied on top of the Ez-Tique. Don’t hold back on trying the water-based colors to jazz up your jobs. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and quickly they are applied as well as the fabulous presentation they help to create. Continue reading