Las Vegas, Nevada 1/13/13 – SealMaster/Allentown was presented with the prestigious Franchise of the Year award (for 2012) at the Annual SealMaster Franchise Award Ceremonies. The event was held at the Bellagio Hotel and was attended by SealMaster Franchisees from coast to coast as well as SealMaster Licensees from around the world. The award is presented each year to the Franchisee that excels at all aspects of operating a SealMaster Franchise. Darrel Stein, owner of SealMaster/Allentown, stated, “We are honored to be selected as Franchise of the Year. We have a great team at SealMaster/Allentown. We continually strive for excellence and professionalism in all aspects of our business. We place extra emphasis on product quality and unparalleled customer service. And our customers continue to reward and support us with their loyalty. In fact, it’s because of our great customers that we are standing here today. If you provide the best products and the best service, it’s a hard combination to beat.” Stein also noted that “We have multiple locations and that contributed to our success; Harrisburg, Norristown, New Britain, Bensalem, Allentown and Manville, New Jersey.”
The Federal Highway Administration is currently encouraging initiatives for new paving to include a Safety Edge to reduce crashes when vehicles leave the pavement and try to return. The FHWA has currently joined agencies with 20 different states to promote this program and interest is growing.
In order to ensure the long-term effectiveness of this new technology, as with a majority of asphalt surfaces, these new edges of asphalt pavement will need to be maintained to reduce raveling and breaking apart of the edges due to sun and rain and freeze-thaw conditions. If left unprotected, these edges will begin to deteriorate due to Mother Nature. Once deterioration occurs, their effectiveness in safety from vehicle departure off the road loses effectiveness or purpose. What is the solution? The answer is sealcoating those shoulders that utilize the Safety Edge.
A recommended product for maintaining the integrity of asphalt shoulders is an asphalt emulsion fortified with polymers for flexibility and fiber-reinforced for longevity. That product of choice is Liquid Road. As many of you know and understand, sealcoating more than doubles the life of asphalt. Counties and street departments can save tax payer dollars by lengthening the life of the new highway edge program by extending the life of the asphalt edge. Sealcoating will reduce the number of times needed to repair or repave these edges.
Liquid Road is the material up to handle this task. The polymer modification from the manufacturing process of Liquid Road makes the difference. Elastomeric polymers are hot blended into Liquid Road to ensure maximum flexibility, weather resistance and adhesion to the pavement surface. The special fibers built into Liquid Road provide strength. Fiber reinforcement provides a more durable surface coating. A sealcoating program applied to the asphalt edge every few years will protect the asphalt and limit the raveling that will occur without sealing the shoulders of roads and highways.
As the FHWA program takes hold and expands across the country, it is good to know that Liquid Road is available Nationwide throughout the SealMaster network.
SealMaster/Denver was recently awarded bids for Pothole Patch as a winter mix and won the bid for hot pour crack sealant for La Plata street maintenance program.
La Plata County put out the patch bid as High Performance Winter Mix requirement. SealMaster/Denver won the 600 bag procurement by outbidding the other numerous patch producing suppliers.
The county also put out bids for crackfiller material to meet ASTM D6690 Type I or II requirements. SealMaster/Denver proposed CrackMaster P.L. and won out over other leading crack sealant manufacturers for the project. The amount is 15,000 pounds.
The new CP 260 offers an impressive list of changes from previous models, and looks to fill needs in both the contractor and DOT markets. Designed with Safety, Ergonomics and Performance in mind, a few of the changes and innovations included on the CP 260 include a longer-lasting, screw-type air compressor capable of 85 CFM; a lower profile and wider footprint for ease of load, better field of vision and easier maneuverability; a new heated hose and wand systems allowing for greater mobility and ergonomically-friendly usage; and a 6 inch channel frame for overall strength and stability.
SealMaster National Equipment Sales Manager Craig Walter continues to impress the government sector; most recently with sale of two (2) CP 260 Twin Electric Hose units. Recently, a large municipality in Montana announced SealMaster as the winner of the bid for the two units, with the potential for 25 additional units. The ability of each hose to be operated independently, in conjunction with a well-designed information package, contributed to the successful bid.
Also on the government front, Walter has found that state budgets are experiencing continuing cuts in nearly all regions of the country. Working the 3 major trade shows, and 13 territories over the past 90 days, Walter has found that states are looking for help to maximize their efforts with less money and increased project work. Walter states that new paving in 2010 will cost approximately $120,000 per lane mile – as opposed to $1,200 per lane mile when using SealMaster’s Crack Sealing Rental Program.
“A new CrackPro with an air compressor and enough crack sealant to repair 20 miles of road (both lanes) can be budgeted at the cost of a melter and a truck load of material,” says Walter, “The sale price is lower than ½ the cost of one lane mile of new asphalt paved road surface. Now’s the time to strike.”
It’s that time of year again when many of us find ourselves balancing time between squeezing every last dollar we can out of our season; closing things out and shifting gears for the offseason; and planning our business trip to winter tradeshows. However you see it, the sealcoat season has either ended, or is quickly coming to a close and most of you reading this will soon be experiencing weather conditions that range from slow business to no business. There are a few important things for all contractors to consider as you head into the offseason.
Many contractors will push the limits of their material by working as deep into the fall season as possible, to a time when nice weather is in full retreat, and the opportunities to book work are coming with less and less frequency. It makes sense to continue making sales calls until the snow falls, knowing that you can start building your books for spring. The successful contractor also knows how to best manage the changes in conditions beginning in, for most of the sealcoating world, early October. Below is a small sampling of comments, tips and recommendations made to SealMaster’s people from across the country, by contractors who work in these ever changing-conditions year in and year out:
- Resist the temptation to do jobs that you, as a professional, believe have low chances of success. Cash-in-hand must be weighed against the possibility of having to redo the work at no cost, and the almost certain hit your reputation will take. It’s better to not do a job, than it is to re-do a job.
- Be mindful of the weather – if temperatures at application are not 50° and rising for 24 hours; or if there’s a chance of rain in that timeframe, you’re better off holding off on the job rather than risking failure.
- Try to work in direct sunlight – the effects of cloud cover and shade at this time of year are amplified at this time of year. Start projects later in the day and be sure to conclude the day’s work earlier, giving the water ample time to evaporate before the cooler temperatures of the night set in. If possible, keep your tank inside at night or put a belt heater on it to keep the temperature up.
- Always try to be aware of the pavement’s temperature. Sealcoaters should be equipped with a digital thermometer for surface temperature monitoring. Most large contractors will not sealcoat unless the surface temperature is 55° and rising.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s mix design. SealMaster locations can assist you with recommendations on the proper amounts of water and sand to add; as well as which specific additives are best for the job you’re doing. Use of less water and more sand, based within the manufacturer’s specified ranges, often help with dry time.
- Be aware that two coat jobs are difficult to do later in the season. The first coat must be dry before the second can be shot, so it’s often best to plan on 2 or 3 thin coats. The thicker the coat, the longer it takes to cure and bond – the opposite holds true for thinner coats.
- Encourage your commercial accounts to at least do the crack sealing portion of the job in the fall – this will help protect the asphalt through the freeze/thaw cycle, and will allow for quick work to be booked for spring.
One option that many contractors are choosing is to avoid the changes by continuing their season working in one of the warmer states. Mid-western and east coast dialects can be heard well into January from Southern California through Phoenix, Albuquerque and Texas, and deep into Florida in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. If you’re considering year-round operation in multiple locations, be sure to check with each state for their specific requirements with regard to taxes, permits and out-of-state worker status. You will want to check with your material suppliers to determine if they are present in your chosen market, and if they are, you will want to let them know in advance that you are coming so they can do their best to ensure material availability. Also, it is common for manufacturers to have agreements with national franchises, chains, and property management companies that can provide consistent, year-round work, to contractors who are willing to travel, and who enjoy a change in scenery.
With the arrival of the offseason comes the task of winterizing your equipment. This key piece of preventative maintenance needs to occur immediately after your last load of the season in order to better your chances of avoiding damage to your pumps. The process of winterization involves flushing and cleaning out material from pumping systems, tanks and hoses, and the protection of the equipment and its components during winter storage. You can greatly extend the life of your equipment and the systems that make it work by following a regular program of maintenance that includes winterizing. For more information, see Winterizing SealMaster Sealer Application Equipment and Winterizing SealMaster Bulk Storage Tanks. We also encourage you to check with the manufacturer of your equipment or your local SealMaster® for advice on how and where to best winterize your equipment.
The off-season is a good time to to research your industry and market, and to invest some time in becoming as knowledgeable as you can about your profession. A little knowledge combined with the experience gained from going to work each day will help you become better at what you do, and will give you the best chance at success.
New owners have taken over two facilities in Texas and plan to open two others in Missouri and in Oklahoma.
In August, 2010, Dale and Quinn Cutler became the new owners of SealMaster Dallas. The Cutlers were originally slated to open SealMaster Las Vegas, but shifted to Texas rather than continue to pursue the Nevada opportunity.
In September, 2010, John and Marilyn Peterson purchased SealMaster Houston. The Petersons re-opened the facility that had been closed for more than three years.
Also in September, Mike and Irene Bashir purchased SealMaster St. Louis. The Bashirs, who also own SealMaster Chicago, are scheduled to open their St. Louis facility in spring, 2011.
Finally, in December, Kevin and Cathy Gullick finalized plans for the newest SealMaster in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
SealMaster/Baltimore was recently awarded a bid to supply a total of 12 custom made logos to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Please follow the link below for the story as found in the local Fredericksburg Newspaper. http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/112010/11302010/591262
This is the second such project SealMaster/Baltimore was involved in this year. Earlier this summer, The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. completed multiple projects with the assistance of SealMaster/Baltimore; to include safety warnings, as well as nearly 300 custom-made elephant foot prints leading to the elephant exhibit.
12/2/2010-from an email from Tom Decker.
SealMaster® is back in Houston! SealMaster®/Houston is open for business under the ownership of John and Marilyn Peterson.
SealMaster®/Houston is located at 14435 I-10 East Freeway on Houston\’s east side. The telephone number is 713-453-7325.
Like all SealMaster® locations, SealMaster®/Houston offers a full-line of pavement maintenance products, including sealcoat, crack filler, traffic paint, sports surface material, equipment and tools.
There are more than 60 SealMaster locations nationwide. For the SealMaster® nearest you, call 800-395-7325.
One new SealMaster® location has opened and another is on the way. The new facilities are in Pinellas County, Fla. and Orange County, Calif. The Pinellas County location, is at 5775 126th Avenue North in Clearwater, Fla. The telephone is (727) 584-1300. The Orange County facility will be opening soon at 719 West Collins Avenue in Orange, Calif. The telephone is (714) 771-7325. For the SealMaster® location nearest you, dial (800) 395-7325.