Concrete Products

APR 2012

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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT GREG FORCE, PCI "One of the the things we really have seen in the market is better pinpointing what our true marketshare is, and finding opportuni- ties for improvement. For example, we know that precast has traditionally done well, and continues to do well, with parking decks. But in insulated sandwich panels, there's been an uptick in the last year or two be- cause of their inherent thermal benefits. We're seeing more opportunities for business in that area, as well as the ability to do quite a bit of architectural enhancement, cer- tainly at Tindall that's the case." Force says that the total precast system approach, something that actively has been around for a long time, is gaining further ground around the country as owners and designers gain an under- standing and appreciation of the inher- ent benefits of precast construction. The concept is where all major building com- ponents, including the structural frame and architectural cladding, are integra- tively designed with precast concrete. "That's been a point of emphasis for years," Force explains. "And it's the most viable solution, particularly when you have the precaster involved in embellishing or developing the conceptual designs. He brings the best knowledge on how to use that medium for construction. There has been so much work by our Institute and its technical committees in terms of under- standing the total structural response of precast. The work that was done in the seismic area on diaphragms, making sure that the diaphragms were integrally tied together to act as a unit and transfer the forces to the various elements and the focus that has been given to load paths and the connections, that's been a big point of interest. I think that's led us to this further exploitation of total precast. "The marketing folks were able to appreci- ate it all the more when they could bring the aesthetic qualities to the forefront. For so long, architectural precast was used as cladding for other types of buildings. Now, one of the major points of total precast so- lutions is that the architecturally enhanced element is an integral part of the structure itself, rather than being a redundant clad-on piece. Some producers have promoted that for a number of years, but I think it's some- thing that we can emphasize throughout the country, particularly for mixed-use buildings that might have parking with retail, with of- fice or with residential. In the last five or 10 years, that's where we've seen the greatest utilization of total precast solutions." GETTING MEMBERS INVOLVED Much like his predecessor, Force sees a key element of his one-year term as being get- ting more involvement from PCI's member- ship and committee structure. "It's one thing to be somewhat removed and then throw stones and say, 'I don't know what I'm getting out of my membership.' There TINDALL CORPORATION AT-A-GLANCE Tindall is a diverse industry leader in the de- sign, manufacture and erection of precast, prestressed concrete systems for mixed-use, educational, commercial, industrial and parking structures. The company also is a leading supplier of underground structures and fully upfitted modular prison cells. In 1963, the Lowndes family purchased Tindall Concrete Pipe Co., Spartanburg, S.C., which had six employees manufacturing con- crete utility pipes. The company's product line soon expanded to include additional un- derground utility units, with particular at- tention to manholes, and by 1967 Tindall completed a new facility in Spartanburg and began manufacturing prestressed concrete framing system components. The 1970s saw steady growth and the suc- cessful completion of noteworthy projects in the Carolinas, which brought about the com- pany's first expansion in 1974, when the Spartanburg facility was upgraded and ex- panded to meet increasing demand. During the 1980s, the company's success required a new office building to house the growing en- gineering and administrative functions. In 1986, Tindall purchased two precast produc- tion facilities in the metro Atlanta area, form- ing Tindall Concrete Georgia, Inc. Two years later, the Lowndes family formed Tindall Con- crete Virginia, Inc., and established a state- of-the-art production facility near Petersburg. The company's product line also expanded to include correctional cell modules. In the early 1990s, the company initiated operations in Mississippi with a major Biloxi parking deck project, followed shortly by the opening of a fully operational satellite facility in the city. With the opening of this fifth fa- cility, the company had a total production area of more than 350,000 sq. ft. In 1997, Tindall Corporation was formed, uniting all Tindall en- tities under one corporate name. The name change allowed a stronger identity in all three major market areas—precast, prestressed con- crete framing systems; correctional cell mod- ules; and underground utility products. Tindall entered the 21st century resolved to continue providing its customers with the finest products, expertise and service to as- sist them in gaining a competitive advan- tage in their markets. This dedication has resulted in Tindall becoming one of the largest privately held precast companies in the country, with plants strategically located throughout the south. In recent years, Tindall has opened a high-tech precast facility in Moss Point, Miss., to replace the Biloxi plant damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; the Virginia plant went through its third expansion and capacity increase to meet the growing de- mand of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia areas; and production of cor- rectional cell modules began at the newly built San Antonio facility. WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM APRIL 2012 | 29

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