Construction History

Another productive week this week. Heavy Florida summer rains persist daily, however we have had a good week working between showers. Photos and video include our material storage area... The material storage area wall construction is largely completed... video includes pouring the parking area in front of the office building. The spring run is located in downtown Green Cove Springs near the plant.

020
012 (3)

 

Another great week this week. He have set a new daily record, a new weekly and will soon have a new record month. And again for those who have Facebook accounts, please search for "Major Concrete" and "like" and "share" our page... doing so will increase our outreach and will result in new business... Photos and video include our material storage area that remains full... The material storage area wall construction continues... The new plant wash-out catch basin continues construction as well.

021A
024A

 

We've experienced another good week even though rains have returned and caused a number of cancellations. We launched a Social Media marketing program recently utilizing Facebook and Instagram. We've had a great initial response from a short promotional video that has already translated into business. For those who have Facebook accounts, please search for "Major Concrete" and "like" and "share" our page... doing so will increase our outreach and will result in new business... Photos and video include our material storage area that is now full and being re-filled daily... Material storage area wall construction continues... A new plant wash-out catch basin is being constructed as well. 

039
032

 

We had a great week as we set a new sales record. We will exceeding 1000 yards which will equate to over $100,000 in sales for the week. We began our day today (Friday) at 3:00 AM with a 160 yard pour in St Augustine.

Site development, landscaping projects continue as well .

Photos and video include landscaping, wheel loader, concrete truck loading operations, control/dispatch room, material storage area and the new wall in the material storage area.

Have a great weekend!

007 (3)
001
005 (2)
004 (2)

 

We exceeded our daily sales record with 270.5 yards on Thursday. Rain and the Independence Day Holiday limited production but we still will exceed 600 yards this week. 

Site development, landscaping projects and modification of the stormwater pond continue as well .

Photos and video include concrete trucks loading, stormwater ponds and the new wall in the material storage area.

 

013
016

 

Progress continues as we now have seven drivers on-board with one more joining the team next week to give us full capacity with our trucks. We expect sales to exceed 700 yards this week despite many cancellation due to heavy rains.

Landscaping projects continue as we plant more sod and apply mulch across the property.

Photos and video include recycle sprinkler system and landscaping projects.

 

024
023
021
020
015
013

 

Progress continues as we now have five drivers on-board with one more joining the team on Monday. We hope sales will exceed 500 yards this week with the addition of the two new drivers (three drove week one). 

Landscaping projects continue as we now have approx. 50% of the sprinkler system installed with a large number of shrubs and tress planted. Sod (Centipede) planting and Cypress mulching are beginning this week as well. 

Modification of the stormwater pond is underway (required as a condition of our DEP Permit approval).

Photos and video include control room, stormwater pond, recycle sprinkler system and landscaping.

 

005 (2)
006
008 (2)
009 (2)

 

Now we're cooking with gas...

Heavy rain storms did not stop us... We sold almost 500 yards of concrete last week and should have 5 drivers on-board before weeks end.

Photos and video include material storage areas and recycle water containment sump and landscaping projects.

Have a great week!

012 (3)
005 (2)
007
008 (2)

 

Great news! We are selling concrete TODAY! DEP has approved our permit and we are ordering additional materials in preparation of deliveries. We are also in the process of landscaping the property, planting shrubs and trees.

Many thanks to Joe Hall (Hall's Nursery) for providing all of the plants and trees at cost!

We have included a video along with the photos this week to provide a better perspective of site development projects.

Photos and video include material storage pads, truck discharge/washing and drying pad, recycle water containment sump with pump, landscaping/irrigation projects.

015
007
567
011
021
018
010
007

 

553

The tropical storm with its heavy rains delayed progress slightly this week. We continued pouring slabs throughout the property between rain storms. We moved the green water tank to its slab by utilizing an excavator and wheel loader to transport it into position. The handicap access ramp was modified to allow for better access to the office. We are still waiting for the approval of our DEP Permits (Dept. of Environmental Protection). Our engineering firm met with DEP on Wednesday to discuss our permit application status. DEP has committed to responding right away. All eight trucks now have tags, titles, insurance and registration. Photos include material storage pads, green water storage tank (to be painted gray), truck discharge/washing and drying pad, recycle water containment sump (25,000 gal) with pump and handicap access ramp modification.

542
560 (2)
563
565
564
550
548
567

 

009

We continue refining the concrete mixes in operating the plant this week while pouring slabs throughout the property. We have battled the weather again this week with rain delays presenting a challenge.

Our plant office is gaining in functionality. We now have installed computers, some office furniture, a printer/scanner and temporary Wi-Fi internet connection. We are awaiting a fiber optic connection soon to be installed.

Our goal is to begin selling concrete next week. We are, however, awaiting approval of our DEP Permits (Dept. of Environmental Protection). We are meeting with DEP early next week to discuss the status. All eight trucks will be processed for tags, titles and registration next week as well.

Photos include the material storage pad and loading chute, control room window installation, water storage tank (20,000 gallon), pumping station and slab and an installed air pressure control system.

003
001
007
003
002
010
007
006

 

major_concrete_photos176

We began operating the plant this week! Our first pour began on a very rainy day as we created a sidewalk to the office that elevated us out of the mud puddles resulting from the heavy rains. We received our eighth truck this week and are currently retrofitting each of them with an air pressure control system that inflates/deflates the tires. Deflating the tires allows the trucks to travel through soft sand or mud with better traction. Photos include the material loading chute, an extension of the truck loading ramp and the first pour at the sidewalk referenced previously. Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos175
major_concrete_photos177
major_concrete_photos174
major_concrete_photos171
major_concrete_photos173
major_concrete_photos172

 

major_concrete_photos170

Another productive week. Power was turned on Tuesday and we have received four trucks to date. The remainder of the trucks should be delivered before next Wednesday. 

We plan to power-up the plant on Monday and cycle all of the valves and process systems. He hope to create our first batches of concrete before mid-week. Initial concrete pours will be made on-site for logistical efficiency and cost-savings. 

Photos include the new mixer trucks, the concrete walls separating the loading chute from material storage area, material storage slab, Doosan excavator to install a stormwater drop-inlet and piping.

Have a great weekend!

 

major_concrete_photos163
major_concrete_photos169
major_concrete_photos162
major_concrete_photos165
major_concrete_photos164
major_concrete_photos166
major_concrete_photos168
major_concrete_photos167

 

major_concrete_photos160

We have had another productive week. We successfully finalized/closed the truck loan. Thanks again to everyone for responding so promptly to the bank’s request for Guaranty documents.

We plan to power-up the plant possibly as soon as today (Friday) and create our first batches of concrete. Our eight trucks should start arriving next week.

Photos include the concrete wall separating loading chute from material storage area, material storage slab, electrical power line conduit, water pump housing shed and chemical storage tank hoses and connectors.

We will be off to the races very soon!

 

major_concrete_photos159
major_concrete_photos152
major_concrete_photos153
major_concrete_photos150
major_concrete_photos156
major_concrete_photos155
major_concrete_photos161
major_concrete_photos158

 

major_concrete_photos147

Thanks to everyone for quickly responding regarding your personal Guaranty. Remember that we need a scanned copy emailed ASAP plus the original signed copy sent via FedEx (free w/ provided account number) returned on Monday. Loan should be closing next week and the eight trucks should be headed this way VERY soon.

We are nearing the finish line of the construction and start-up of the plant as well. We should have power for the plant completed next week. 

Photos include the continued constructing of one of the two driveway entrances, electrical and air compressor building, chemical storage area, hopper chute ramp and the office restroom drain field.

Have a great weekend!

 

major_concrete_photos146
major_concrete_photos149
major_concrete_photos148
major_concrete_photos143
major_concrete_photos142
major_concrete_photos145
major_concrete_photos140
major_concrete_photos141

 

major_concrete_photos130

Steady progress has continued this week.

Please be ready to finalize the truck financing the first of next week as the personal guarantees will be finalized by the bank and will distributed for signatures.

Photos include constructing of one of the two driveway entrances, conveyor belt assembly, electrical and air compressor building and the truck washout area.

Our plans are for the plant to begin operation the first week of May.

Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos138
major_concrete_photos131
major_concrete_photos133
major_concrete_photos132
major_concrete_photos136
major_concrete_photos137
major_concrete_photos134
major_concrete_photos135

 

major_concrete_photos115

Good progress continues. Heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday delayed us somewhat, but dry weather later in the week allowed us to continue our forward momentum. Loan financing details should be finalized next week and we will forward you the loan guarantee document to review and sign. We are making progress in our landscape permitting with the county. Our 8 trucks are completed and will ship as soon as the loan is approved and the funds are released by the bank.  We will have our electricians, plant construction/assembly and system control hardware/software teams on-site and working over the next three to four weeks. We continue to pour concrete slabs and structures simultaneously. We hope to be operational in three to four weeks. Have a great weekend!


major_concrete_photos123
major_concrete_photos127
major_concrete_photos126
major_concrete_photos116
major_concrete_photos117
major_concrete_photos120
major_concrete_photos121
major_concrete_photos119
major_concrete_photos118
major_concrete_photos125
major_concrete_photos122
major_concrete_photos124

 

major_concrete_photos108

Another week of good progress.

We were, however, delayed somewhat with rain delays as we move into Florida Spring shower season.

Photos include the water well, truck wash out slab, recycle pond and power breaker switch building.

Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos109
major_concrete_photos114
major_concrete_photos110
major_concrete_photos111
major_concrete_photos112
major_concrete_photos113

 

major_concrete_photos107

We have enjoyed another good week of progress at the site. We are pouring concrete structures for water recycling and truck wash-out pads.

Thought you might enjoy a birds-eye-view of the site as many photos were taken from the top of the cement silo. We have a pair of Canada Geese, two Alligators and a large water turtle that have taken up residence in the stormwater pond.

We will continue to assemble and run wire to power the plant next week as well as install the irrigation system. Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos100
major_concrete_photos103
major_concrete_photos104
major_concrete_photos102
major_concrete_photos101
major_concrete_photos105

 

major_concrete_photos98

We continued to experience excellent progress as we assembled the large components of the plant last week.

Our team was praised for having successfully constructed the foundation slab to within 1/16th inch tolerance. The silo and bins then rested precisely in-place as a result.

We will now continue the assembly process with electrical, water and pneumatic system construction. The office trailer will receive furniture and computer/control systems when power lines are installed, tested and permitting is completed.

Material storage structures and water recycling systems are under construction.

Overall we are progressing nicely.

major_concrete_photos92
major_concrete_photos96
major_concrete_photos95
major_concrete_photos94
major_concrete_photos91
major_concrete_photos99

 

major_concrete_photos88

More good progress this week.

The forming boards for the two new foundation slabs and six silo support columns were removed. A new driveway slab and the foundation for the electrical control building/room was formed and poured.

The silo and conveyor system (the plant) is scheduled to arrive on Monday. Two large cranes (50 Ton and 130 Ton)  will work Tues through Thurs to "Stand-Up" the plant (to quote Mike).

Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos85
major_concrete_photos87
major_concrete_photos84
major_concrete_photos89
major_concrete_photos90
major_concrete_photos86

 

major_concrete_photos77

Steady progress continues this week.

The stormwater pond elevation was refined and the soil stabilized by spraying a coating of Hydromulch on the soil surface.

We constructed forms for two new foundation slabs and six silo support columns. We continue to move soil to achieve the proper elevation throughout the site.

On Friday afternoon we poured the two foundation slabs and six columns.

Have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos78
major_concrete_photos79
major_concrete_photos80
major_concrete_photos81
major_concrete_photos82
major_concrete_photos83

 

major_concrete_photos69

We have again enjoyed good progress this week. We started early (3:00 AM) this beautiful Friday morning  with our team pouring the plant foundation slab.

We have moved large quantities of dirt this week to establish accurate design elevations. The stormwater pond nears completion and we plan to hydro-seed the exposed soil to stabilize the pond's walls.

Thanks to all for promptly addressing the banks request for your financial information. We are making progress in all things banking and will update you again very soon.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

major_concrete_photos70
major_concrete_photos71
major_concrete_photos73
major_concrete_photos74
major_concrete_photos75
major_concrete_photos76

 

major_concrete_photos59

We have had another very productive week. The photos include digging the stormwater pond and preparing the foundation form. Photos of the site elevation work are included as well. A drone was used for the aerial view.

Many thanks to Larry Higginbotham and Dan Wilcox for their great efforts with the project this week! They both worked tirelessly and were a tremendous help. You guys are great!

major_concrete_photos67
major_concrete_photos62
major_concrete_photos64
major_concrete_photos61
major_concrete_photos63
major_concrete_photos65
major_concrete_photos60
major_concrete_photos66

 

major_concrete_photos53

We continue moving forward with steady progress at the site. Included in this recent update are photos of the digging/preparation of the foundation slab, installation of the water well, installation of the power transformer.

We continue to experience significant cost savings by completing most of the site development in-house. We are preparing the foundation slab as well as digging the stormwater pond ourselves.

Lastly, we are receiving a very positive response from the construction community. Mike is meeting on Monday with the largest concrete finisher in NE Florida. He is asking for MORE concrete than we can supply (he reached out to us). Mike has also spoken with other potential customers that are interested in doing business with us as they learn we are about to open.

major_concrete_photos57
major_concrete_photos51
major_concrete_photos52
major_concrete_photos55
major_concrete_photos56
major_concrete_photos54
major_concrete_photos58
major_concrete_photos50
major_concrete_photos44

We continue to make good progress at the site and have received the entire new ModSpace office building. The power line pipes have been installed and the trench filled as well.

We are experiencing significant cost savings by completing a large amount of the site work in-house. The new fence was installed at less than half the cost of the quotes that we received prior to the decision of installing it ourselves.

Mike attended the Florida Independent Concrete & Associated Products conference this week in Orlando. Mike was happy to see old friends and network with industry professionals. We will attend local monthly meetings that will be a great source of new business.

major_concrete_photos45
major_concrete_photos46
major_concrete_photos48
major_concrete_photos49
major_concrete_photos35

We are making good progress in the build-out of the project. Silt fence was installed initially around the perimeter of the construction area and a chain link fence has been recently installed along the site boundary as well.

major_concrete_photos36
major_concrete_photos37

We have just received our office building and it will be stored in place while permitting is approved. We have poured the transformer foundation/slab and dug a trench to direct power from the street to its location just next to the office and plant.

major_concrete_photos38
major_concrete_photos40
major_concrete_photos41
major_concrete_photos43
major_concrete_photos42
major_concrete_photos39