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ULMA Architectural – ACO’s New Challenger

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The 600 Pound Gorilla ACO, a German-based company with manufacturing in Arizona, was the first modular trench drain manufacturer in the North American marketplace and initially found a home for their polymer concrete product line in construction markets that dealt with excavating, concrete placement and general contractors. They are the drainage leaders in the civil market; in […]

Universal Ductile Iron Trench Drain Grate (TDS 461D)

Previous articles I’ve written have discussed the evolution of the polymer concrete trench drain channel and how it came to the U.S. Market. The big takeaway is that the rise of modular trench drain started in Europe and migrated to the United States, bringing with them metric dimensional standards (channel length and width) which rendered each […]

How to Replace 1 Inch Thick Grates

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Let’s just say it: 1” thick grates aren’t considered heavy duty anymore. Standards change. Architects once specified one inch thick iron grates for loading docks, warehouses and industrial areas. Typically, contractors installed them in an angle iron frame using the old wooden box form method. Why can’t I replace my 1” iron grates? Increased traffic […]

4 Tips to Help Pick a Polymer Concrete Brewery Drain

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Polymer concrete drains are a viable option for breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, but they can be tricky to understand. As with stainless steel trench drain installations, there are grating and catch basin considerations when planning a drain. But with polymer concrete channels, process temperature and chemical resistance of the process becomes more of a […]

Understanding Polymer Concrete vs. Vinyl Ester

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When choosing what is needed for your drainage project, there are many factors to consider, including what materials your system is made of. This decision depends highly upon the application requirements. Trying to understand the science between polymer concrete and vinyl ester drainage systems can be difficult. Most people don’t realize the importance of knowing […]

Planning Drainage When You Don’t Have A Plan: A Case Study for Breweries

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Overview: One of the most important components of planning a new brewery or expanding an existing facility is the drainage system. Acidic chemicals, high-temperature fluids, and sanitizers make it necessary to have a high-quality system made of stainless steel or vinyl ester concrete. Breweries discard large volumes of fluids. Some larger breweries see drainage of […]

Made in America: POLYCAST® Trench Drain

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POLYCAST® is a leading American manufacturer of polymer concrete trench drains and high volume fiberglass drainage systems. Started in Fargo, North Dakota almost 32 years ago, POLYCAST® grew its line of drainage products and became an instrumental part of the U.S. trench drain industry. The company’s product offerings recently expanded after Hubbell, a multinational company headquartered […]

Cork: City of Trench Drains

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Cork, Ireland is a trench drain paradise. Cork is settled at a low point just inland of the southern coast of Ireland where the River Lee flows into the Celtic Sea. At 187 feet above sea level, the city center is an island created by a split in the river. You’ll run across trench drain everywhere you […]

Dublin: Old World Trench Drain Systems

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Since returning from Dublin, I’ve developed a theory that Ireland is called the Emerald Isle because the plants are so well watered.  Whether the sky is overcast or sunny, it seemed as if I could expect a stray shower to pop up at a moment’s notice.  Frequent rains, combined with the island’s mild climate, create […]

Trench Drain at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri

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I got an insider’s look at stadium drains by going to a football game. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, uses a wider breadth of trench drain systems than its sister stadium, Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Heel-proof Trench Drains Arrowhead Stadium has recently gone through a remodeling, adding a new press […]