American Concrete Construction Inc.
- Written by: Molly Shaw
- Produced by: Brandon Bagley
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
Located in Trinity, North Carolina, American Concrete Construction Inc. (ACCI) has been a trusted provider of convenient, quality, turnkey concrete installations throughout the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. ACCI offers a complete scope of concrete services, including footings, foundations, slabs, tilt-up wall construction and exterior concrete paving, but the company also offers specialty applications such as joint-free steel fiber reinforced concrete, shake-hardened floors and super flat floors.
In large-scale commercial and industrial facilities where mass amounts of concrete need to be poured effectively and efficiently, ACCI is a go-to name in the business. “In concrete you have one chance to get it right,” says Scott Niemitalo, founder and president of ACCI. “Doing a job right the first time takes proper planning and procedures. That’s something we really focus on – making sure we’re doing a quality job. Quality is No. 1; it’s what will bring you repeat business and increase your margins.”
Being well prepared and quality oriented has established ACCI as one of the most trusted concrete contractors in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic since inception in April 2000. “I established ACCI in 2000 after working for 10 years as a partner at another concrete company,” says Niemitalo.
Since starting his own operation, Niemitalo has formed ACCI into an industry-leading, award-winning name. “By delivering quality projects and beating schedules, ACCI has fortified strong business relationships with general contractors and developers,” he says.
ACCI has had the privilege to take part in many specialty projects across the country – super-flat floors for television studios, massive warehousing needing precise flooring for robotic equipment and even racetracks.
Most recently in March 2014, ACCI placed the world’s flattest dragstrip in Benson, North Carolina, for GALOT Motorsports, with all four tire lanes exceeding FF 100. “ACCI is also a two-time winner of the FACE Companies Golden Trowel Award, one of which was the highest F-numbers ever achieved,” adds Niemitalo.
Achieving such project success starts with preparation and unseen aspects of the business such as mix design reviews and testing, something Niemetalo takes very seriously. Another component is a highly skilled, trained team.
“The success of ACCI in this economy involves having the best team in the business and focusing on retention of those key team members,” says Niemitalo. “ACCI’s team raises the bar for concrete contractors by doing things safer, faster and with unmatched quality.”
As a turnkey concrete contractor, ACCI is well versed in a wide range of applications, including footings and foundations, slabs on-grade, concrete paving, super-flat F-Min floors and joint-free steel-fiber reinforced concrete, as well as shake-hardened floors, which are highly resistant to wear and tear.
“We offer tilt-up wall construction where we put in the footings and foundations and pour the walls on the floor,” outlines Niemitalo. “We lift the walls using a crane and brace them until the steel erector has welded his steel to the panels.”
One of the largest traditional concrete projects ACCI has tackled in recent years is in Anderson, South Carolina, where the company is pouring more than 1.3 million square feet of concrete. “This project doubles the size of First Quality Tissue’s facility,” says Niemitalo. “First Quality Tissue is a toilet paper manufacturer. We started the footing and foundation work in September 2014 and we’re working on the slab now, pouring 45,000 cubic yards in just the slab alone.” To place the large foundation pads with rebar, ACCI is working with a trusted subcontractor partner – Southern States Rebar.
While all concrete jobs require certain skills to ensure the slab is poured right the first time, ACCI is also making a name in nontraditional applications. “In Minnesota we just finished a major 420,000-square-foot Wal-Mart distribution center including a massive freezer and refrigerator area,” says Niemitalo. “We utilized a joint-free system with no saw cuts, pouring large 125-by-150-foot areas.”
This type of concrete construction was attractive to Wal-Mart because bacteria can grow in floor joints. “This is a good application because it makes for a cleaner environment for storing food products,” says Niemitalo. “Twintec USA, Inc. designed the joint-free system, which was poured over 6 inches of insulation. It has to be insulated to maintain the ideal temperature in the storage area but this presented challenges for us. We had to pump in all of the concrete without trucks – trucks would crush the insulation.”
“The project went so well that the Wal-Mart grocery group wants to use the same joint-free system in another upcoming facility in North Carolina,” adds Niemitalo.
Tough enough to withstand wear and tear
In large warehousing facilities subject to high traffic, ACCI offers shake-hardened floors which help resist wear and tear. “With this application we can create a highly durable surface by broadcasting high-quality aggregates or metal, such as iron, over the concrete surface,” explains Niemitalo.
The same application can make the concrete surface bright and light reflective. “Working with the R.H. Barringer Distrubuting Co., they wanted a bright facility so we cast light-reflective shake hardener using a white colored dry-shake material on the floor surface to achieve more light,” says Niemitalo.
Along with routine services, these special capabilities make ACCI an industry expert. “We’re very involved in the industry, even in actually writing the manuals used for certain applications and projects,” says Niemitalo.
ACCI is an active member of the Associated General Contractors of the Carolinas, the American Society of Concrete Contractors and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). “I serve on two committees with ACI,” says Niemitalo. “The 302 Committee, ‘Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction,’ and the 360 Committee, ‘Design of Slabs-on-Ground’ -these groups help set the standard and write the manuals for floor-slab construction. When an engineer needs to know how to design a certain floor, he consults one of these manuals.”
By delivering a quality product time and time again, Niemitalo and his team at ACCI continue to set the industry standard for concrete construction and cutting-edge applications. 2015 marks 15 years in business for American Concrete Construction Inc. and the company has much to celebrate as a nationally recognized leader.
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