Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips for Placing Cold Weather Concrete

Mixer truck discharging in pump truck on a cold day.

Baby, its cold outside! Just like hot weather, cold weather effects the setting characteristics and strength of concrete, too. Once average daily temperatures fall below 40 degrees more than three days in a row, contractors and suppliers should start taking the necessary precautions to prevent a placement from being affected. There are ACI guidelines specifying…

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Overheated: How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

Sunrise behind Knights Redi-Mix Truck

As much as we love summer at Knight’s Companies, we must admit there are some drawbacks to the season. Along with more business activity comes oppressive heat and humidity, which puts workers at risk for heat-related illnesses. The human body can only handle so much, and once it can no longer regulate its temperature, heat…

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Rained Out: How to Place Concrete Exposed to Rain

Knight's mixer truck receives load from a batch plant on a stormy day

When the clouds come rolling in, it’s never a good day for a ready-mix concrete supplier or construction crew. Inclement weather often results in changes to the dispatch schedule or outright cancelled orders, and sometimes just the threat of rain can postpone projects for weeks. “The contractor is responsible for looking at what the potential…

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Last Man Out

Billy Kilcoyne at his batching station

It’s very rare in life that people ever meet someone who is a true hero, let alone work with one every day. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him because he seems like a happy-go-lucky guy, but Billy Kilcoyne has stared down the face of death more than once. Kilcoyne is a Knight’s Redi-Mix…

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Burning Up: How to Handle Placing Concrete in Hot Weather

Large slab pour at Palmetto Christian Academy

As summer begins, daily temperatures are on the rise, which can cause difficulties when placing and finishing concrete at job sites. Temperatures above 80 degrees mean a faster setting time, the potential for more crazing and plastic shrinkage cracking, slump loss, increased water demand and strength loss for the final product. However, there are simple…

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Rock Strong Women

Laurie Sanders poses next to her mixer truck

It takes a long time for mindsets to change. In 1920, women won the right to vote in the United States. 50 years later, they campaigned and marched in the streets to become an equal share of the American workforce, and at the beginning of 2020 they succeeded in that goal. However, in that same…

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Knight’s Companies Adds Concrete Pumping Division to Services Offered

Press Release dated August 6, 2019 Knight’s Companies of Summerville, South Carolina, now offers concrete pumping services in the Lowcountry and Midlands with its new pumping division.  Gregory Bates joined Knight’s Companies to head the new division in April, 2019. As the operations manager, Mr. Bates oversees drivers, ensures trucks are properly maintained, and coordinates…

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Choosing a Commercial Concrete Producer in Columbia, SC

The success of any commercial construction project relies on having a good ready mixed supplier to supply concrete. Whether you need concrete for walls, parking lots, floors or drains, you want to make sure you turn to a concrete supplier you can trust. It can be tricky choosing the right concrete supplier while trying to…

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Using Tilt-Up Concrete in Your Commercial Construction Project

Concrete is a trustworthy material that has been used in construction for literally thousands of years. The quality of concrete is evidenced by the fact that many of these ancient structures still stand even to this day. This ancient construction material has seen plenty of innovations throughout history, from the inclusion of Portland cement to…

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Does Your Commercial Concrete Need to Be Repaired or Replaced?

Concrete is a versatile, durable material that works well in many commercial construction projects. You can count on concrete to last for decades and to require little maintenance over the years. Despite this, there could be some issues with your concrete that you might run into. Knowing when your concrete should be repaired or replaced…

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