WVCO POLYQuik & Railroad Division Reps Are Back on the Road!

 

Lower image: Don Milner of Graham Contracting, Bassem Muallem Caltrans District 8 Director, Steve Takigawa Caltrans Deputy Director, Maintenance and Operations, and Tony Tavares Caltrans DIvision Chief or Maintenance at 2013 California Chip Seal Association Pavement Preservation Workshop.

WVCO has a busy few weeks ahead as we go back on the road to meet with our colleagues, customers and present our flagship products from our POLYQuik & WVCO Railroad Divisions. 

Our first stop will be in Sacramento, California February 5-6, 2014 where we will present our high-performance concrete repair products, color-stable coatings, fillers and sealants, floor coatings, primers, and spray coatings at California Chip Seal Association Pavement Preservation Workshop.

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

Highlights of the Conference will be Keynote Speakers WIll Kempton, current Director of Transportation California and Steve Takigawa, the Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along with educational workshops detailing binders, aggregates, mix designs, equipment calibrations and QC for slurry, microsurfacing, and chip seal applications.

Our next stop will be further south at ExpoRail 2014 in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico to represent our innovative new products and application systems for today’s railroads, including our proprietary product, SpikeFast®.

ExpoRail 2014, an international railroad industry exhibition/meeting, will be presented by Mexican Association of Railroads, AC  Sunday, February 9, 2014 – Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 

The event will gather Railroad Industry Product and Service Suppliers from Mexico, USA, Canada and Latin America for educational workshops and discussions on industry topics such as

• Engineering rail services and project management.
• Railway Construction and maintenance.
• Electricity conduction works.
• Locomotive and car load painting.
• Technical assistant for Railway equipment.
• Locomotive and car hire and sale.
• Locomotive and car repair, reconstruction and maintenance.
• Railway wheel and tooling manufactures
• Articulate crane sale, rent and manufacturing, hoist, remote controls and automated via changers.
• Wood and concrete railway sleepers.
• Impregnation of sleepers
• Power transmission systems and braking system development
• Repair, maintenance and breaking valve calibration for locomotives and cars.
• Hardware for via changers.
• Lubricants and railway industrial cleaning and maintenance.
• Intermodal and Logistic Railway Services.
• Safety services.
• Intermodal terminals
• Railway signaling and automatization of yards, etc.

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How One Man Changed the Shoe and Craft Industry….The Story of Shoe GOO Adhesive

Anyone who has used AMAZING GOOP® Adhesives to create works of art or salvaged their favorite shoes with Shoe GOO can thank Lyman Van Vliet for his groundbreaking invention.

Some of the most innovative solutions of the modern age were developed for a very simple reason. In fact, the origins of Eclectic Products, Inc., one of the biggest manufacturers of adhesive products on the market today, began simply with “tennis toe”.

In the early 1970s, Lyman Van Vliet, a senior executive who frequently enjoyed a game of tennis, was getting frustrated because the soles of his shoes were frequently falling apart while playing his favorite game. The need for more durable shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effective repair them.

After numerous attempts, Van Vliet finally concocted a substance which could be used to create a pliable surface coating for shoe soles. The product, which we now know as “Shoe GOO Adhesive”, was groundbreaking because it had solvents to keep it like a thick gel hardened to a strong yet flexible rubber once it was applied.

The demand for his product led him to launch Eclectic Products in 1972 and market his new creation to tennis players.  It did not take long for the orders to pour in.  Shoe GOO quickly gained popularity among runners during the 1970s and 80s.   In 1988 Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

Today, Shoe GOO Adhesive is still used to repair tennis shoes and so much more!  Read 101 Uses For Shoe GOO.… to get an idea on how versatile this product is. Click here to read more about Lyman Van Vliet’s story:

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15 Great Quotes About Innovation to Inspire You for the New Year

Innovation is one of our core values at WVCO.

We believe that innovation not only fuels our company, it is also what fuels our society and makes this nation great in good times and in bad.

There will always be challenges in every industry and society, but the ability to develop innovative solutions to these challenges is what sets us apart.

Since our focus has always been on creating breakthroughs in products and service to transform the way industries work, we compiled this list of some of our favorite quotes about innovation from a few of the most influential minds of all time (we had to put Einstein on there twice)!

Our hope is to help inspire our readers for the new year and encourage you to contribute your own innovations in 2014.

1. “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

2. “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”- Albert Einstein

3. “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. –Albert Szent-Györgyi, physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937

4. “I failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison

5. “The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.” –Vincent Van Gogh

6. “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead

7. “I am looking for a lot of people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.” – Henry Ford

8. “What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

9. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” –Steve Jobs

10. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Noble

11. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

12. “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” –Albert Einstein

13. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iaccocca

14. “Swipe from the best, then adapt.” – Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

15. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”- Charles Peguy, French poet

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