POLYQuik to be Showcased at 2013 APWA Congress & Expo

With the 2013 APWA Congress & Expo in Chicago just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to spotlight POLYQuik, one of the divisions of Willamette Valley Company.

POLYQuik can best be described as high-performance concrete repair products, color-stable coatings, fillers and sealants, floor coatings, primers, and spray coatings.

The products are tested and developed to the most stringent standards. Systems are thoroughly evaluated for performance with the latest in application equipment, physical properties testing, weather exposure, adhesion testing, chemical resistance testing and much more. The resulting concrete repair products are fast curing, tough materials.

Our laboratories and research centers are located in Oregon, Georgia, Louisiana and Chile. POLYQuik’s team of scientists and engineers consists of more than 45 members with more than 75 years combined experience in product development and application.

To see it in action, watch this POLYQuik® FastPatch SC application video.

WVCO representatives are looking forward to showcasing our concrete repair products like FASTPATCH and POLYQuik for transportation and infrastructure markets.

APWA Congress & Expo
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Come see us in booth 520!
For more information on the Expo Experience visit www.apwa.net

Five out of Six Major Railroads Agree, SpikeFast® is the Leading Spike-Hole Filler in the Industry

For more than 180 years, the railroad industry has played a critical role in our economy and abroad.

“From the food on our tables to the cars we drive to the shoes on our children’s feet, freight railroads carry the things America depends on…. Every year, America’s freight railroads save consumers billions of dollars while reducing energy consumption and pollution, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, cutting highway gridlock, and reducing the high costs of highway construction and maintenance. In addition, America’s freight railroads sustain 1.2 million jobs, including more than 175,000 well-paying jobs in the freight rail industry itself”. From The Economic Impact of America’s Freight Railroads 

The importance of this industry and the many challenges it faces has inspired Willamette Valley Company’s Railroad Division to provide solutions for today’s modern railroads, particularly maintenance.

Wooden railroad ties are used on many traditional railways and before 1999, the only spike-hole plugging products on the market for wood-tie remediation were wooden plugs and a rigid foam product. While these products were effective, they presented numerous challenges to railroad maintenance crews. They needed spike-hole plugging products that could last longer and perform well in extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high humidity.

A new design concept was needed.

WVCO’s Railroad Division responded to this need and developed and engineered a new solution, SpikeFast, a dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product.

14 years later, SpikeFast® is being used by five of the six major railroads. Maintenance crews are more efficient because SpikeFast® gives them the ability to re-spike more rails in less time and the product that lasts longer than any alternative.

In fact, performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast® is the leading spike-hole filler in the railroad industry. Click here to see these performance tests and their results.

photo credit: aka Jens Rost via photopin cc

After 25 Years, Our PRE-TEC Division is Still Changing Ideas into Reality

There’s an old saying that goes “Necessity is the mother of invention” and that most certainly applies to PRE-TEC, the equipment division of Willamette Valley Company.

More than twenty-five years ago, a group of innovative, take-charge individuals at Willamette Valley Company saw a need for easy-to-use, accurate equipment for metering chemical products. When they discovered this kind of equipment could not be found, they formed the “Equipment Division”.

In the mid-1990’s, the Equipment Division delved into the robotics field and became “Precision Technologies”, later renamed “PRE-TEC” in 2009.

Since then, WVCO’s PRE-TEC division has prepared over 165 robotic systems and is currently the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast having installed systems throughout North America.

Our PRE-TEC Division team are some of the brightest minds in the industry. This group of individuals understand how to change ideas into reality by applying scientific knowledge and innovative manufacturing know-how to the development of precision equipment.

PRE-TEC offers support in areas of training, programming, spare parts, and preventive maintenance. Download our company overview for contact information and to learn more: Please visit www.wilvaco.com to learn more about WVCO’s other divisions.