Box Lunch Presentation Update

ReCon has updated its Power Point presentation that we suggest you use when making Box Lunch presentations to Specifiers…Civil Engineers and Architects.  New content that has been added includes: A couple of slides that discuss the history of small block SRWs (and their price point) and the history of large block SRWs (and their price point) The larger / deeper ReCon Gravity Wall Blocks…all the way to 84” in depth. Gravity Wall Charts reflecting the 84” deep blocks. The ReCon Channel Block…26 degree batter and another tool that allows us to go taller with gravity walls. A “sneak preview” of ReCon’s new Weathered Edge Texture…to be announced officially before yearend. Several new case studies. New
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Amendment to ReCon Spec regarding “Concrete Quality Measures”

One of the biggest selling points with the ReCon Block is the long term durability of wet cast air entrained concrete as compared to the smaller dry cast concrete block products. The Federal Highway Administration issued a report in 2008 documenting the problems with the durability of the small dry cast block products in areas of the U. S. where there are significant freeze thaw cycles combined with road de-icing chemicals. As a ReCon Licensee, you need to make sure that (a) you are promoting the durability of wet cast concrete, and (b) you have in place a durable concrete mix design for the ReCon block that you are producing. As ReCon (and big block in general)
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Quality Concrete and “Raising the Spec”

As our environment becomes more and more competitive, one thing that each licensee can do to “set itself apart” from the competition is to (a) raise the bar on quality and (b) get specifiers and customers to demand that higher level of quality. ReCon recognizes that with an increase in quality, some costs (materials costs, testing costs, etc.) may go up. At the same time, many of our ReCon Licensees are already delivering a measure of quality that is above the “minimum” that is set forth in the ReCon standard specification. Thus, why wouldn’t you want to promote it and take advantage of it. In addition, many of you have the capabilities to incrementally increase quality and / or
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Lifting Anchors for ReCon Block

Dear Licensees: Attached you will find information on Lifting Anchors for both Stripping the ReCon Block from the form and for use as the Placement Anchor in the field. Over the past ten years ReCon has had multiple suggestions for lifting anchors, the most recent having been the wire rope loops. However, we now believe that we have a lifting anchor that (a) works for both stripping and placement, (b) is economical, (c) has been tested for strength and failure modes, and (d) can work with all ReCon Block sizes (from 24” deep to 84” in deep). It is called the R Anchor and it is available from A. L. Patterson and from Conac. These
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Your Website and Search Engine Optimization

Let’s All Work Together to Drive Traffic to our Websites!  In a highly competitive marketplace with a less than robust economic environment, each dollar is precious and the need to be very cautious with spending is a big focus for many of us. Advertising may be one of the first temptations to cut back on. Yet in these times, advertising and promotion may be more important now than ever before. One way to reach our customers and specifiers is with our website. It is an inexpensive way to reach out and into the marketplace. ReCon would like to share a number of thoughts that can help all of us. Please read on. THE VERY BASICS 
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