Columbus, OH – Anderson Concrete in Columbus, Ohio has been using Sika’s concrete admixtures for 35 years. With five plants across central Ohio, the family owned business has been supplying Ohio with concrete for nearly 100 years. The facility at the Columbus location is massive. The facility’s central mix plant can produce up to 315 yards of quality concrete per hour. We met with Sika’s Steve Allender to learn about the multiple reasons that Anderson Concrete is a reliable business.
Rodney Jenkins from Anderson explained that quality control is taken very seriously to meet the demands of their customers. While he said concrete is not exactly rocket science, the addition of admixtures can get technical. Anderson currently has about 1,600 active mixes in their system that can satisfy a wide variety of specifications. Part of the reason that Anderson trusts Sika’s admixtures is that there is proven compatibility between admixtures that perform various functions. Anderson incorporates many different admixtures throughout their mixes, including shrinkage control, corrosion inhibitor, slump control, air entrainment, and several others.
The Columbus location that we visited is designed to continue running during many potential problems. The plant has both its own cleaning station to clean trucks after each run and its own gas station to ensure the trucks are always filled. A generator is kept operational to supply electricity to the plant during an outage. The plant has a particularly large hot water heater to supply hot water throughout the winter, while doubling as cold water storage in the summer. In addition, 5,000 tons of their reliable shale is kept onsite to ensure future quality. Because Anderson Concrete is prepared for nearly anything, they are trusted as a reliable concrete supplier throughout Ohio. At this rate, the reliability of Anderson and Sika will allow quality concrete to be supplied to Ohio for another 100 years.