Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Introducing CAPwrap...

CAPwrap™ creates a fluid-tight barrier with its two embedded polymer anchor dams. The CAPwrap system functions as an internal waterstop between round pipes or columns and the concrete that is cast against them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Port Arthur Refinery Project Chooses Earth Shield

The oil refinery in the Gulf Coast city of Port Arthur is the oldest in Texas. Soon, it will be the largest refinery in the United States.

Under contract to Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture of Bechtel and Jacobs Engineering Group is expanding the Port Arthur Refinery, a project that will increase its capacity from 275,000 to more than 600,000 barrels a day. Underscoring the size of the project is the amount material and equipment it will require: 260,000 cubic yards of concrete, 2.4 million feet of pipe, 5.6 million feet of cable, 54,000 tons of structural steel, and nearly 300 modules, each weighing more than 1,200 tons.

The construction phase of the expansion began in the fall of 2007. Completion is scheduled for 2010. At peak construction, the project will employ between 5,000 and 6,000 workers.

The Port Arthur refinery went into operation in 1903, following a gusher and oil boom in nearby Beaumont. The refinery played an important part in the production of high-octane aviation fuel in World War II. Today it is operated by Motiva, a joint venture of Saudi Refining, Inc. and Shell.

Friday, August 15, 2008

JPS HQ Refurbished and Remodeled From The Ground Up

We're pleased to show off our newly remodeled and refurbished plant located in Lake Elsinore, CA. Both aesthetic (to the building) and mechanical upgrades (to the extrusion area and fabrication shop) were completed over the last several months. Major evolutions included epoxy injection repair, new roofing, HVAC upgrades, ventilation upgrades throughout factory, bathroom remodel, water-blast and paint. The newly freshened-up factory will serve JPS needs as we continue to grow our product lines and take on new markets.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Our Website Optimized for Slow Connections

Designed for people with dial-up or slow internet connections. If this is you, pay it a visit!

Some Simple Waterstop Formulas

I was recently in a long call with an engineer client and many of the questions he was asking, were answered directly in an old document we use to publish in our catalog. I searched through the hard-drive, found the document, converted it to a PDF, and posted it here.

This PDF contains some typical waterstop formula for placement and design considerations and some interesting information on leakage testing.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Waterstop Catalog for Distributors

A new Earth Shield Waterstop catalog designed especially for the needs of concrete accessories distributors was published on our website today. This catalog is a compressed version of our regular catalog and contains the information most relevant to our distribution partners and omits some of the extra data that our engineering clients require.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Site Design Went Live

Our new website design is now officially "live" and available for all your waterstop information needs. This is the first major redesign since 2000, and I feel it lives up to the functionality of its predecessor, while being more aesthetically pleasing.

Please stop by for a visit and let me know what you think.

Friday, November 30, 2007

JP Specialties Coming to a Language Near You

Our site just went live in eight foreign languages (courtesy of Google Translation) including Spanish, Arabic, Japanese and others. If English is not your primary language, and you need information on waterstop, make sure you stop by our site.