Richburg, SC – Bobby McIntyre from Jay-Ton Construction showed us around the ongoing GITI tire manufacturing plant in Richburg, SC. GITI expects this facility will generate nearly 1,700 jobs. The colossal project calls for 60,000 yards of concrete for Phase 1, with roughly 20,000 left to pour. Bobby explained to us that it takes coordination in building a facility of this size. Since there are 7 different contracting companies involved, from electricians to plumbers to carpenters, the order of the construction process is important. For a particular row of equipment pads, carpenters and Jay-Ton work together. The U-shaped equipment pads have wooden framework covered by concrete. It’s important to build these with a low tolerance, as strategic holes in the concrete hold the machines in place as they operate.
Based out of Tennessee, Jay-Ton builds automotive plants all over the Eastern United States. The company is experienced with setting up mobile batch plants to supply large job sites with the concrete required. However, even the most capable company can run into problems. As some slabs onsite need up to 1,000 yards a piece, it takes frequent truckloads in a short amount of time. If a truckload gets delayed and the previous load already began to set, this prevents the necessary blending of adjacent pours, which can result in a cold joint. The two loads may not have a gap between them, but the intersection creates a point of potential weakness. Being the professionals they are, Jay-Ton set up a second, smaller mobile batch plant as backup to prevent any delays.
Jay-Ton uses a helpful piece of machinery called a Line Dragon. Using a remote control, a worker can aim where the concrete will be delivered from the truck . Bobby told us this process that used to take up to five guys now takes only one. After a slab is poured and troweled, the concrete is covered with Sika NCF Ultra Cure Blanket. This Concrete Curing Blanket prevents evaporation from drawing too much water from the setting concrete. It’s important for the water ratio to be consistent throughout concrete slabs, especially for the foundation crafted by Jay-Ton, so that there is structural consistency.
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