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Volume 8, Issue 5

Atlantic Precast Concrete Picnic in GA
Submitted by Tammy Hindley

Atlantic Precast Picnic 2007
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A day of fun for all in Georgia

Hudson’s by the Lake is a beautiful place for the picnics we have every year.

As you can see we had a number of activities from the chicken dance to the electric slide and a few in between. Baby Cakes the clown is always a hit with the young and old. The Hayride takes us around the lake to enjoy the beauty of it all and the Barbeque is always the best.

We had a great turnout at our company picnic and would like to say thank you to all of our dedicated employees for making this a success.

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Volume 8, Issue 4

Atlantic Celebrates 10 years on the Web!
Submitted by Robert Kelly

Where were you in 1997?

1997 Billboard Top Pop Artists
http://www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0120185/Ss/0120185/fcstil_0123.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0120185 © 1997 Columbia Pictures
1 LeAnn Rimes
2 Spice Girls (pictured)
3 Jewel
4 Toni Braxton
5 Celine Dion

1997 Top Movies (www.boxofficemojo.com)
1 Titanic
2 Men in Black
3 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4 Liar Liar
5 Air Force One

1997 Top Selling Cars in America
http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/1270016.html © 2007 Hearst Communications, Inc.
1 Ford F150
2 Chevy CK Pickup
3 Toyota Camry
4 Honda Accord
5 Ford Explorer

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1997ws.shtml © 2000-2007 The Baseball Almanac

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXXII Source: wikipedia.org

Atlantic knows where we were in 1997!

A brand new website on the Interent!
www.atlanticconcrete.com 

Back in 1997, I created the website over an AOL dial up connection, using a Gateway 2000, running Windows 95.  AOL was number one and growing at the time.  We put our site up when there were 20,000 other sites on the ENTIRE internet.  Ten years later, there are more than 100,000,000 websites.  The hottest new processor back then was a cool Pentium 133 with 32 MB of ram!  Now, the hardware that simply drives your display is better than that!

Current computers are 60 times faster.
Have 60 times more memory
An internet connection typically at least 60 times faster
And hard drives are 100 times bigger than the dinky 2.5 GB, back then

I shot pictures for the site on a “cutting edge” Sony digital camera in 1997.  It saved pictures to a 3½” floppy!!  When was the last time you used a floppy?

That first year, we had 300 visitors to our site. Today, we get about 300 a week. Hopefully, you find it interesting and informative.

Be sure to check out www.atlanticconcrete.com often, as it is updated just about every month.

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Volume 8, Issue 3

Sarasota, FL - Taking Pride in our Community
Submitted by Megan Ditcher

eScrap

Ever wonder what happens to all those old monitors, keyboards, and other electronic goodies?  Well, usually they end up in the trash and therefore at the landfill.  However, since 1998 the DEP has taken initiatives to change that in Florida.  Most computer parts contain some harmful elements such as lead, gold, copper and cadmium which are harmful if not disposed of properly. 

In observance of Earth Day this year, we properly disposed of our collection of E-scrap.  All of the scrap pictured above was recycled costing us only $30.00 and a little time. 

We feel an obligation to our community and our earth to do what is right. As can be seen in the graphic below, about 15% of monitors are actually recycled in Florida.  This leaves much room for improvement. 

Since we are in the clean water business, we thought we should at least do our part to help clean up our small part of the earth.

Computer Monitors Recycled in Florida
Bureau of Solid & Hazardous Waste #850-245-8707 MS #4550

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Volume 8, Issue 2

Douglasville, GA - Possible new product

Valve Marker - Used to locate water lines and other important valve
Valve Marker

Round Valve Pad - Used to protect the valve for the water main
Round Valve Pad

Our contractors here in Georgia use both of these small structures everyday.  We would possibly make them some day using our excess concrete and rebar, leaving us with less scrap.

by Tammy Hindley

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Volume 8, Issue 1

Tullytown, PA - Safety Awareness and "The Hot Dog Experiment"

In our industry, all too often, we forget that the concrete and forms we use are hard, heavy and can cause a tremendous amount of bodily harm.  “Minor” finger injuries, or worse, can occur when an employee places himself in the wrong place. 

There are traditional barriers in promoting safety awareness, sometimes a language barrier.  Many people say they understand, but injuries prove otherwise.

Our maintenance supervisor, Glenn Hanson, came up with a unique way of demonstrating the devastating effects of placing fingers in an inappropriate location during form assembly.  By applying the age-old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, a demonstration can be priceless.

He decided to replicate a finger by placing a pencil through a hot dog and place it in a pinch point.

Hotdog injury 1Hotdog injury 3
Hotdog injury 2

All too often, we look for elaborate design changes or other fixes to solve our safety problems.  Sometimes, all it takes is a simple, visual reminder to keep us all aware of the hazards around us.

Spread the safety word every day and remember that a picture is worth a thousand words!!

by Kelly Sanchez

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