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Like father, like son

Following in the footsteps of his father, Jim’s passion for building started with his first set of Lincoln Logs.  Jim was lucky to have a father who was skilled in masonry and carpentry and would work alongside him at various construction sites. Because of his hands-on experience and knowledge in concrete, architecture and design Jim was managing his own mason crew at the early age of 18.

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For the past six years, there has been a steady increase in the precast concrete industry. According to research conducted by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), they expect growth in overall sales to increase to almost $24 billion in 2017.

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“The opportunities look quite positive for continued growth in the coming years,” said Ty Gable, NPCA president.

The versatility of precast concrete is one of the primary reasons for this growth. Historically, precast concrete products were primarily used in nonresidential structures. With innovative approaches to manufacturing, precast is making its way into residential construction markets as well as deepening ties to transportation and other infrastructure projects.

With a 45-year history serving the precast industry, we continue to support this growth. It is our responsibility to give our industry more. More value, quality, service, and products.

For example:

  • ALP Supply’s Technical Solutions Center provides in-depth knowledge for producers to overcome the real-life, challenges they face daily
  • Providing innovative products such as X-Cord® and Isoflex® bearing pads, GFRP rebar and the MC-Alignment Connector
  • Active participation in national and local associations and events

Click here to read more about the NPCA study

 

 

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Gate Precast wins PCI Award for innovative townhouse project using ultra high-performance precast concrete reinforced with PVA fibers.

When Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) is reinforced with PVA fibers, the result is an unequaled solution for strength, durability and aesthetics in a wide variety of applications. These include demanding engineering structures such as bridges, walkways, roofs and stairs and creative architectural concrete designs including walls, lattice, furniture, art and other components.

UHPC was first developed in the 1980s by European manufacturers for construction requiring exceptional strength and corrosion resistance. Since that time, UHPC has found uses in iconic buildings, structures and works of arts across the globe. The features of UHPC are extended when combined with fiber reinforcement. A frequently used fiber with UHPC is poly-vinyl alcohol, or PVA.

Unique Fiber Properties

PVA fibers are unique in their ability to create a fully-engaged molecular bond with concrete that is 300% greater than that of other fibers. PVA improves the impact, shatter and abrasion resistance of concrete. In applications requiring thin profiles, PVA is the optimal fiber solution providing multidimensional support along with enhanced durability and toughness.

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 Drew Artin – Inside Sales Tech

A business is as strong as its employees

Ever wonder…

“Who is on the other side of the phone when calling ALP Supply?”

There is an extraordinary team and we want you to know us.

Get to know our employees who:

• answer your call
• conduct quality testing of the products ordered by your company
• drive across the country to visit your plant
• process, execute and ship your order.

ALP Supply is more than just our company name. We are a broader community within the world of concrete and invite you to join us.

Look to this blog and our social media channels to learn about the fascinating people and personalities behind ALP Supply.

Get to know: Drew Artin – Inside Sales Tech

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Drew started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade and was fortunate enough to play through high school and college. He loves the skill, strategy and competitiveness of the game.

As a Division I student-athlete, Drew began his leadership roles as captain of the lacrosse team at the University of Mississippi and as a college coach.

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He’s On Vacation?

Recommended best practices when placing an order. Read how to get it quickly processed and shipped.

As we kick off the summer busy season, we’re thrilled you’ve selected ALP Supply as a key partner.

To make sure you receive your orders on time, all the time, do not directly email your sales representative. They may be on the road travelling, out to lunch, or even on vacation.

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We guarantee your order is quickly processed when you follow one of these best practices:

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Get the Correct Hardware, Every Time

Although we focus on serving and supplying precasters/prestressers at the plant level, we also receive calls from erectors and contractors who are working with precast elements at the jobsite. Often, they are looking for the lifting apparatus to lift a piece that has been fabricated using either our Lifting Pin or QuikLift™ anchors, but they are not sure which size lifting hardware is required for their particular application.

A Common Misconception

A common misconception is that the overall weight of the precast piece will dictate which size Lifting Eye (for Lifting Pin) or Ring Clutch (for QuikLift™) is needed, as these are referred to by their rated capacity (1T, 2T, 4T, 8T, 20T), however, that is not necessarily the case. The proper Eye/Clutch is determined by the actual anchor that the precaster has embedded in the element in question, and there are several methods to determine that answer. The most common way is to contact the manufacturer and ask which specific anchor was used in the precast component, but that is not always possible, especially on a piece that has been in place for some time.

A Reliable Solution

There is another reliable method, and that is to measure the void left by the recess in the casting process, which is the area around the anchor where the Eye/Clutch will engage:

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POSITION DESCRIPTION
ALP Supply Marketing InternWe are seeking an enthusiastic intern to join our marketing department and offer creative ideas and a “get-your-hands-dirty” work ethic to help achieve our goals. This internship will have administrative, creative and operational duties. Expect to collaborate with our marketing team on a variety of campaigns including events, print and digital.

This paid internship will help the right person acquire and strengthen their marketing skills, provide knowledge of various marketing strategies and gain broad experience in the industrial distribution space.

INTRODUCTION TO ALP SUPPLY
For over 40 years, ALP Supply has provided a one-stop shop for manufacturers of concrete products for steel lifting/reinforcement systems and architectural materials. We are a leader and innovator in the industry and are well-respected for our product quality, engineering solutions and customer service.

WORKING HERE
ALP Supply boasts an atmosphere of family, comradery and meaningful opportunities. In fact, many of our employees have spent over 10+ years with us. We emphasize community, fitness and personal growth. Our headquarters in Bucks County provides a stocked community kitchen, gym/locker room and weekly workouts with a personal trainer. Summer BBQs, holiday parties and celebrations are part of the norm.

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A.L. Patterson, Inc. Honors its 75 Year History and Legacy of Founder by Rebranding to ALP Supply

CONTACT
Michael Neil, Executive Vice President, Marketing
ALP Supply / A.L. Patterson, Inc.
215-310-2136 | mneil@alpsupply.com

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA, March 1, 2017 — A.L. Patterson, Inc., the leading “single source supplier” to producers of precast and prestress concrete products, announces it has evolved its brand and has changed its name to ALP Supply.

ALP Supply reflects our company’s heritage and pays homage to founder Albert Lester Patterson. Patterson was known as the first prestressed strand salesman in America. Over 75 years ago, Patterson started his career at Roebling Wire which introduced the new technology of prestress strand in the United States. He traveled the country and helped precast manufacturers expand their business by educating them on how to produce prestress products. In 1972, Patterson founded his own business distributing products to manufactured concrete producers and contractors.

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We’re growing and seeking the next amazing person to join the A.L. Patterson family. Read below for more information.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:

careers(at)alpatterson.com

INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY – A.L. PATTERSON, INC.
For over 40 years, A.L. Patterson has provided a one-stop shop for manufacturers of concrete products for steel lifting/reinforcement systems and architectural materials. We are a leader and innovator in the industry and are well-respected for our product quality, engineering solutions and customer service.

WORKING HERE
A.L. Patterson boasts an atmosphere of family, comradery and meaningful opportunities. In fact, many of our employees have spent over 10+ years with us. We emphasize community, fitness and personal growth. Our headquarters in Bucks County free parking, provides a stocked community kitchen, gym/locker room and weekly workouts with a personal trainer. Summer BBQs, holiday parties and celebrations are part of the norm. As part of the A.L. Patterson team, full benefits (medical/vision/dental) are offered along with a 401k plan and corporate profit-sharing plan.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
After an expansion to a fifth distribution center, the position of Purchasing & Inventory Assistant was created to assist the Purchasing Department in maintaining efficiency of operations. The Purchasing & Inventory Assistant is responsible for supporting the Purchasing Department with tasks related to purchasing, inventory and database management, warehousing and logistics. This person will report directly to the Purchasing Manager. This is a full-time position. M-F, 8AM – 5PM.

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES
• Create Purchase Orders for stocked inventory
• Submit Purchase Orders to vendors
• Track fulfillment of Purchase Orders
• Follow-up with vendors for PO acknowledgements and lead time confirmation
• Update ERP system data as pertains to Updates to: existing product information, new product setup, price list updates, updating warehouse batch number reference
• Enter overseas container manifests for tracking
• Receive purchased material into stock
• Perform regular maintenance to ensure accurate stock levels across 3PL warehouse locations
• Perform audits against 3PL warehouse invoices

QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent work experience
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Must be proficient in Excel
• Previous experience with ERP and data management systems preferred
• Must have a knack for detail and dedication to organization and accuracy
• Must be process-oriented, but willing to take on a variety of tasks

COMPETENCIES
• Character — Exhibits integrity, professionalism, practical judgment, and a positive attitude; demonstrates perseverance and initiative when facing problems and challenges; must be able to take direction and accept constructive criticism.
• Results-oriented—Able to make timely or planned decisions appropriate to the circumstances or situation.
• Teamwork—Self-starter but also effective as a member of a team
• Organizational ability—Can organize resources to prioritize and get projects completed; and has a strong ability to keep order in a fast-paced work environment.

COMPENSATION
• Competitive salary
• 401k w/profit sharing
• Medical, with up to 90% health insurance premium paid
• Dental/Vision/Disability

A.L Patterson, Inc
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Patterson has been a top supplier in the precast/prestressed industry for over four decades.  After years of offering same day service, excellent customer interaction and supplying our growing customer base, it was time for Patterson to expand. CEO Barry Fleck wanted a building that exposed Patterson’s abiding dedication to the industry and precast was the answer.  In 2007, the new Patterson headquarters broke ground in the middle of winter to start the erection of its current 31,000 sq. ft. building. When it comes to precast, weather conditions are no barrier; the walls were up in less than two weeks. Built to environmental standards and constructed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Deign) certified, nine years later the building is still maintenance free and its benefits are unchallenged.

Our precast building has a lot to show off and be proud about.  We didn’t just stop at retaining walls and prestressed insulated wall panels.  The building holds precast manholes, pipe, a 20,000 gallon holding tank for the sprinkler system, box culverts, precast steps, benches, and our BBQ cooking wall with thin-set brick detail (where all the famous ALP BBQ’s take place).  To put it briefly, our building is pretty cool, especially in the summer!