This month we are pleased to feature Sanders Pre-Cast Concrete Systems Inc. as part of our Meet a Precaster blog series. Answers were provided by Mark Sanders, president and CEO.
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Q: Where are you located?
A: Whitestown, Indiana.
Q: How did your company get its start?
A: We originally started out as a cast-in-place foundation contractor in 1976 and entered into the precast business in 1999.
Q: What value does NPCA bring to your company and to the industry?
A: The opportunity to interact with other precasters and staying informed about new products.
Q: How have the relationships you’ve developed through NPCA membership impacted your business?
A: Precasters in other markets are willing to share information which helps the learning curve when developing new products to offer.
Q: What are the top advantages of utilizing precast concrete products?
A: Top advantages include tighter quality control and production costs.
Q: What’s the most interesting or unique precast project you’ve worked on?
A: We provided precast bridge beams on a rehab project to help keep the original design intact. Also, we provided barrier walls and specialized curbs for the motorcycle races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Q: What drives you and your employees to produce quality precast concrete products?
A: When getting feedback from contractors complimenting us about our products and how they are treated, we pride ourselves on providing quality products and service.
Q: Tell us about a time when you changed a spec to precast on a project and why the change was made.
A: A project in downtown Indianapolis had to be completed in a very short timeframe and originally had cast-in-place walls. We worked with the contractor to get these changed to precast so we could produce them ahead of schedule.
Q: How do you see the precast concrete industry – and your company in particular – evolving in the future?
A: Contractors and owners are seeing the benefits of precast vs. cast-in-place and realizing how its use shortens the construction schedule. We are constantly looking for ways to offer more options and products.
The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the member, and not of NPCA or any of its employees.