What's Worrying Your QC Manager?

Customers are having trouble keeping up with the complexity of concrete mixes. “Thirty years ago, the only admixtures available were air entrainers and sugar-based water reducers,” says Dick Chatterton of Metro Ready-Mix in Salt Lake City. “Today, we have more things coming out all the time.”

Left: Some engineers do not understand the conditions in which a producer works. “Often, the engineers of record are from another state,” says Shawn Baker of S&W Ready Mix Concrete in Clinton, N.C. “They specify materials or combinations of materials that aren't available to us.”

Above: Quality control managers say it's difficult finding qualified employees. “It's been hard to find quality lab people or people to run operations in the batch plants,” says Pennsy Supply's Milan Lipensky.

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