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It’s been a while since I’ve had time to let you know what’s going on over here. After Anthony went back to school and JR went into retirement, I’ve spent the last few months with my head down like a true grunt to keep things going over here. I’m proud to say that for the first time in my company’s history we are less than 5 orders away from clearing out our backlog and we are actually ahead of schedule for new orders. Purchasing materials in bulk and bringing Jordan back to run the workshop has really made a difference.
Recent side projects: In between making molds we’ve taken on a few local Las Vegas projects.
Titanic: We’re working on a mold project for architectural (movie-set) elements from the film Titanic. The first finished piece has already been shipped out to a collector in England. We’ll add more pictures and create a blog page once we get more time:
Custom ‘Used’ Bricks: A local masonry contractor in Vegas was under the gun to complete a project that was already a few months behind schedule due to the stone veneer not being ready for delivery from a major stone veneer manufacturer.
We created the look of used industrial bricks, within the projects existing color scheme, and within a 2 week time frame. After a few revisions we came up with the design in the pictures above. The designer and owner are extremely happy with the way things turned out. We’ll be posting pictures of the finished installation soon.
New Concrete Molds: Now that we have a handle on our mold production, we’ve decided to add a few new styles.
Sills: Our new sills are designed with input from world-class designers and architects. There was a need for a watersill/trim that would fill the middle ground between standard watersill/trims that can be purchased at a local stone yard, and designer watersill/trims offered by upscale precast concrete firms. Our new molds are the first of their kind, and they still have 100% natural stone textures.
The new molds don’t just create straight sills, they also can create clean 45 degree edges for corners, from the same mold. We’ll be putting the new sills molds on our website soon.
Used Brick: See the “Custom ‘Used’ Bricks” above
Architectural Trim: We’ve made a good amount of custom architectural trim molds over the years. We’ve decided to bring some of our library out for our customers to use as well.
That’s about it for this company update. Call or email Connie for help 702-222-0456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking the time to read about us. We appreciate your support while we grow.Happy stone making!
John “Shawn” Romant
It took us a while to recover from the precast concrete water bottle project but we’re doing it.
It’s been 8 years since we started out on this journey from a small 2′ x 4′ closet. We’ve experienced economic boom, the bust and our rebirth as a company. Within the next few months we’re expecting to reach another milestone by working closer with our international clients and soon to be partners.
After enlisting the Department of Commerce to help us facilitate the confusing realm of international business, we’ve been knee deep in paperwork and calculations (red-tape), but it will be worth the effort. Once we’re finished with all the paperwork and negotiations, we’ll let you know what’s going on via our blog.
Our Workshop: Our crew has prepped over 400 mold tools for the next concrete mold production run. After we train up a new crew member this week, we’re ready to produce a minimum of 500 hand-crafted concrete molds per month.
Our current concrete molds per month. Since we’re not interested in quantity over quality we’re sticking with our hand-crafted latex rubber system, at least until the next generation of rubber compounds comes down the pipeline.production system requires us to hand-craft each mold layer-by-layer over a 3-5 day period. When compared to a urethane rubber production system, which only takes a few hours, a latex rubber system is a significantly slower process. By using the faster urethane rubber system our mold production will increase to a staggering 8000
Seasonal Price Increase: Make sure to place your concrete mold orders early this season to avoid paying more once we hit peak season 2013. Right now we are offering 1 free mold with every 10 molds that you order, this discount will not be available during peak season. The earlier you order your molds the better.
Website: Our website needs a major overhaul to include the new concrete molds and services we’ve been offering over the last year. We finally got around to finishing the pool coping molds page so check it out when you have a moment.
Shipping: We used to spend a significant portion of the week boxing and shipping out your concrete mold orders. Now that we are older and wiser we have enlisted a local pack and ship service to take care of getting your orders out. So far the new shipping system is proving to be an improvement over our old system, but only time will tell.
That’s about it for now. Remember to stop by our workshop the next time you’re in town…just give us a heads-up before you do.
Happy stone making!
We are fabricating the precast concrete forms that create these column caps out of Latex rubber, with a stiff filler added on the back-end to prevent shrinkage. Expect these forms to last for 3-5 years of daily use if cared for properly.
Pictures of the 2nd generation master will be posted once it is ready. We appreciate your feedback as we develop our newest precast concrete chiseled edge column cap forms. Send us your feedback to email@example.com or just put a message in the box on our website.
Hello everyone. Many of you have been asking for more pictures of the water bottle project so we created the below gallery. We will be adding more pictures over the next few weeks as the concrete form is being used. Enjoy! Visit our website, or stop by our workshop the next time you are in town.