Welcome to Innovative

 

DHL LOGODUIVENVOORDEN HAULAGE LTD. is our first volume dealer centrally located in Simcoe County.  They have been in business since 1975, and operate four quarries in the Towns of Innisfil, Utopia, Hilldale and Shelburne with a fleet of over 25 haulers. Duivenvoorden Haultage Ltd.’s strong commitment to family and community has led to their success over the years.  When John Duivenvoorden (President) met with Andy Hopkins back in September it couldn’t have come at a better time.  John was looking to expand their operations year-round and Innovative’s new READY WHEN NATURE STRIKES dealer program fit their vision perfectly.  Duivenvoorden has already built strong relationships with local municipal and commercial operations.  They are creating a unique experience for winter operations.

Duivenvoorden Haulage Ltd. has quickly become one of our leading authorized READY WHEN NATURE STRIKES dealers in central Ontario.  They will be carrying our full line of products year-round and will pay particular attention to growing the Caliber line-up of products that includes Thawrox and M1000. 

On behalf of Innovative I would like to welcome them aboard and encourage each of you to share your appreciation when working with them.  Please take a moment to check out their website @ www.dhlgravel.com.

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WELCOME TO INNOVATIVE!

HBS_logo_44Hamilton Builder’s Supply is one of southern Ontario’s largest privately owned building supply companies.  They operate five yards in Hamilton, Burlington, Winona and St. Catharines.  When Ian Cole (General Manager) was approached by Dave Huffman back in August of this year he quickly recognized the value in Innovative’s vision to create affordable access to leading de-icing material for local snow & ice contractors.  His five locations coupled with an entire fleet of delivery vehicles, forklifts and front end loaders at every location and a 24/7 winter material supply service would provide local contractors with the quick access to premium products when they needed it most.

Hamilton Builder’s Supply has already become one of our leading authorized Ready When Nature Strikes Dealers in southern Ontario.  They held their first Open House on October 29th which was well received.  They will be carrying our full line of products year round and will pay particular attention to growing the Caliber line-up of products.

Welcome Ian and the Hamilton Builder’s Supply Team.  We look forward to helping you service your growing customer base within the greater Hamilton region.  For a  branch nearest you, please contact their head office  905-544-6233 or email sales@hamiltonbuilders.com.

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Welcome to Innovative!

Terra Nova LogoWe would like to introduce you to Terra Nova Surface Solutions of Bedford, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax.)  Greg Dowe (owner), his brother Troy, and Martin Lundrigan (General Manager) were so inspired by meeting our team and customers here in Ontario that they decided to fashion the name of their new venture alongside ours.  Terra Nova is one of the largest landscape construction materials supply companies in the Maritimes.  They are also aligned with one of the largest private contractors for winter snow and ice removal operations in Halifax.  On a recent trip to the annual SIMA event in the United States they were encouraged to take a leadership role in promoting new and innovative technologies in their market.  They were referred our way through Cecil Loder, demonstrating the important role that each and every one of us plays in promoting Innovative’s success.

We are pleased to announce that they are our first Ready When Nature Strikes Dealer outside of Ontario.  They will be carrying our full line of products year round and will pay particular attention to growing the Magic-0 / Magic Salt market in the Maritimes.  Please take a moment to visit Terra Nova’s website when you get a moment.   www.terranovasurfacesolutions.ca

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ProPatch® – helping make roads safer in Manitoba

Did You Know?

  • Cold Mix gets its name from the fact that it is produced without the use of heat.
  • Cold Mix production is scheduled when weather conditions are warm and dry
  • Cold Mix can be stored open up to 24 months and remains workable down to -10° C (14° F)
  • Cold Mix can be used year round for quick and convenient repairs
  • Cold Mix is ideal for use in ‘Hot Boxes’ at the lowest heat setting
  • Innovative has produced over 30,000 tonnes of ProPatch® in Manitoba since 2000
  • ProPatch® is considered ‘harmless’ by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • CAA Manitoba reports on it worst roads:   http://globalnews.ca/news/510249/manitoba-releases-results-of-worst-road-survey/  

For more information on ProPatch® please visit:  http://www.innovativecompany.com/products/all-year/asphalt-repair-pro-patch 

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North America’s Most Popular Dust Control Agent

There are some 2.6 million kilometers of unpaved roads in North America!  These roads are prone to dust resulting from the loss of fine particles caused by traffic, evaporation and wind.  Dust from roads is a safety hazard and an environmental pollutant.  Compromised road surfaces are costly to repair and can cause damage to vehicles.  The most effective method for preventing the loss of fine particles is to treat unpaved road surfaces with magnesium or calcium chloride to maintain moisture.  This dust control practice extends the life of the road while improving safety and air quality.

Agricultural areas in particular are the most susceptible to the effects of dust.  Exposure to the elements, wear from vehicles and implements, as well as trampling from animals all contribute to this problem.  Dust acts as a crop inhibitor by restricting photosynthesis and the absorption of pesticides.  Dust affects the health and well being of workers and animals.  The proper maintenance of riding areas for horses is critical to their performance and safety.   With so much at stake operators need to find innovative surface solutions that they can feel confident in.

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Tips from the Pros for Horse Track Dust Management:Horse Racing (2)

1.       Dampen and grade track prior to application.

2.       Apply 30% liquid magnesium chloride at 2 to 3 L per square meter; allow time to absorb.

3.       Reapply periodically as required.

•  Liquid magnesium chloride provides consistent track performance without the need for frequent watering

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Tips from the Pros for Cost Effective Arena Dust Control:iStock_000002104646Medium

1.       Grade indoor arena to no more than 2 degree slope.

2.       Dampen and harrow surface prior to application.

3.       Apply MAG at 1.5 to 2  kilograms  per square meter; (1.5 to 2 tonnes per 1000 square meters).

4.      Allow 24 hours for MAG to absorb moisture and dissolve completely.

•  MAG eliminates the need for frequent watering

•  An average horse arena will require 2 to 3 tonnes of MAG

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How do Dust Suppressants Work? 

Water absorbing dust suppressants work by maintaining moisture in the surface.   Many are hygroscopic meaning they have the ability to attract moisture from the air.  The positive charges of the minerals attract the negative charges of water molecules.  When properly applied they resist evaporation while binding fine dust and aggregate particles together to keep surfaces stable and dust free.

Mag Molecule - Dust Control Agent

The stronger the attraction to the water molecules then the greater the ability to resist evaporation.

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Did You Know?

  • MAG has the ability to attract and retain six times more water in surfaces.
  • Magnesium is the central element in Chlorophyll which is essential to all life.
  • Magnesium prevents evaporation of moisture up to 110° Celsius.
  • MAG is safer to use around people, plants and pets!  Unlike calcium chloride it does not generate heat!

For more information visit these websites: 

Environment Canada:  http://www.ec.gc.ca/nopp/roadsalt/reports/chlorideBP/en/p9.cfm

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food:  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/01-015.htm

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Are all Salt Brines created equal?

VOAT embarked on an extensive trial to find the answer themselves!  Their report attached here for your reference resulted in their ability to produce safer, better winter roads at lower costs, using less salt and less sand.

Why all the fuss?

The seemingly uncontrolled use of salt brine, which comes with high reported rates of corrosion on road surfaces, bridge decks and application equipment, has brought this winter application method in question.

What is salt brine?  It is a low cost liquid sodium chloride with eutectic temperatures near -6 degrees Fahrenheit and operating temperature ranges acceptable only where truly cold climates fail to materialize.  Salt brine, however,  often dries-out and blows off the road surface, creating an environmental and health hazard.  So, salt brine enhancers with their inherent tacky properties were introduced to help prevent evaporation and loss normally associated with lower quality salt brine products.  They can also help to ensure greater residual performance significantly reducing application rates.

In order to ensure optimal performance, the use of a high quality salt brine enhancer (such as Magic Minus Zero®) will help bridge the performance gap.  Magic-0 is added in a 30% concentration to simple salt brine to depress freeze points and help protect from the effects of corrosion.  Magic-0 can also be used very effectively in full concentrate.  But are all enhancers created equally?

There is a great deal of misinformation in our industry where manufacturers associate the sugars included in their enhancer equally with low temperature effectiveness and melting capacity.  Enhancers alone are incapable of melting action.  Indeed, it is the premium magnesium and calcium chlorides as well as simple salt brines that are responsible for all melting action.

Any sugars present are included to help make sure the hydrogen molecules in water have little chance of creating hard ice crystals and solid bonds with the paved surface by way of Direct Liquid Application or Anti-icing (DLA).  Preventing these bonds from forming (Anti-icing) is what helps ensure more efficient plowing operations.  In addition to the obvious, the need for performance in the field is vital  to help protect our environment.

The greatest indicator of a product’s environmentally safety is its ability to break down in aquatic bodies.  The “bio-oxygen demand” (BOD) of any organic material is the numeric measurement of the amount of the oxygen withdrawn and nitrogen created in the process of biodegrading the contaminant.  Lower BOD numbers indicate lesser tolls taken on lakes, rivers and streams and hence are more favorable, supporting the locally natural fish, animal and plant life.  Chemically, high phosphorus content is an indicator that a given material may be prone to exhibiting high BOD numbers and hence harmful.  Magic-0 exhibits not only industry leading performance, but state-of-the-art environmental pedigree with ultra-LOW phosphorus levels.

All salt brine enhancers provide a necessary function helping to make driving surfaces safe.  Your best bet is to investigate the science and all claims fully, demanding documentation and then to try them all to make the choice that’s right for you.

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Strategies to save you money…

As the Winter winds down, and all you road warriors reassess the costs associated with winter clean-up, let us share some exciting news from the Town of Woodstock’s Road Superintendent of Public Works, Dennis Porter, who tried something different this winter by treating their winter ice melting salt with  Magic Minus Zero®

“We have had phenomenal success using Magic Minus Zero® in New Brunswick.  The town treated 32 storms this season using the product.  We have approximately 60 km of streets and approximately the same in sidewalks where we used a mixture of salt & Magic Minus Zero®.  The end results were reduced plowing time because of the extended melt time early in a storm, quick clean up at the end of the storm with bare roads almost instantly, and a longer residual effect keeping roads bare and dry for extended periods.

We also reduced our sand consumption by 90% and to be honest, my goal was 50%.  The only downfall is now we have a sand storage bin with approximately 1500 tons of sand we will never use!  The 10% of sand we did use this year was for gravel parking areas and a couple of small gravel roads.

In summary, the town used approx. 1260 tons of salt and 40,000 litres of Magic Minus Zero® to successfully treat 60 km of streets.  Bare roads were achieved almost instantly in all temperatures after the storms, clean up post storm was much easier and we anticipated reducing our street sweeping by at least 50% this year due to no sand build up in the gutters.  Last year, we used 1300 tons of salt, over 1200 tons of sand and spent over $30,000 in spring clean up costs.  The early numbers thus far for this year indicate we saved an estimated $42,000 in our winter snow removal budget – a number which I expect will double next spring.

It is not hard to be a believer in the product when you look at the numbers.”

Thank you Dennis for sharing this win with us.  Please feel free to comment or share your winter success stories with us, too!

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Over 60 million served…!

Ok, so it’s not quite as big as the 250 billion hamburgers that McDonalds has sold to date but I think that it is a number worth noting (besides, Big Macs have two patties!)  That is the estimated number of ‘potholes’ that Innovative Surface Solutions has filled with its Cold Mix Asphalt repair since first launching the product in 1986.  Since then we have produced over 300,000 Metric Tonnes of Cold Mix conveniently sold through a dozen stockpile locations and warehouses in Canada and the US.  The material is available in bulk and 22.7 kg (50 lb) bags under the trade name ProPatch®.

This is the time of year when phones are ringing off the hook at Public Works offices from drivers frustrated with unsafe road conditions or damage to their vehicle.  Many municipalities have now set up online sites for residents to report roads in need of urgent repair.  Until Hot Mix plants get fired up in the spring the method of choice is Cold Mix.  Here are some “Tips from the Pros” to refresh your teams as they try and keep up with the work at hand…

 

Tips from the Pros for Permanent Pothole Repair:

  1. Park loaded vehicles indoors overnight to improve pliability.
  2. Remove loose aggregate from edges of pothole.
  3. Sweep debris and water from repair area.
  4. Apply Cold Mix in 2”thick layers and tamper each time.
  5. Feather material beyond edge of repair area.
  6. Level with hand-held tamper or mechanical compactor.
  7. Sprinkle clean sand over fresh repairs to prevent sticking.

    Where do Potholes come from?

Over time the elements will cause asphalt to dry out resulting in loss of flexibility and leaving a fragile surface that is susceptible to damage.  Throughout the winter melting snow and ice works into cracks which deteriorate through repeated freeze / thaw cycles.  Asphalt breaks away leaving unsightly and dangerous holes in the road surface. 

ProPatch® Premium, High Performance Cold Mix is designed to work in sub-zero temperatures making it ideal for use this time of year.  The repaired area is immediately open to traffic and remains flexible in the hole which prevents lifting.  Conventional Cold Mix dries hard and has a limited life expectancy.  

ProPatch® is a permanent pothole repair ideal for utility cuts, joint repairs, outer edge repairs, surface patches, broken pavement and large cracks.   

Did You Know?

  • Cold Mix gets its name from the fact that it is produced without the use of heat.
  • Cold Mix can be stored open up to 24 months and remains workable down to -10° C (14° F)
  • Cold Mix can be used year round for quick and convenient repairs – even in the rain!
  • Cold Mix products are ideal for use in ‘Hot Boxes’.  Use at lowest heat setting.
  • The City of Toronto spends about $5 Million per year to repair about ¼ Million potholes.  (That’s $20 a pop!)
  • While drivers can pursue damages few claims are ever paid out since proof of negligence is required.
  • ProPatch® is considered ‘harmless’ by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • CAA publishes a list of Ontario’s worst roads:  www.worstroads.ca    (I hope that you’re not in the Top 10!)

For more information on ProPatch® please visit:  http://www.innovativecompany.com/products/all-year/asphalt-repair-pro-patch 

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Corn Sugar for Roadways?

Our magnesium chloride blends are the subject of much interest in recent winter maintenance practices in Quebec.

 

La presse article Jan1613(1)La Presse’s on-line newsletter La Tribune recently published an article highlighting the progressive work the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec is doing using alternative de-icing products….

 

“The sky is the limit when it comes to experimenting with new deicing technologies in the Eastern Townships and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions of Sherbrooke.  The MTQ is experimenting with two new types of aggregate blends, and one of them contains corn sugar.  When these blends are applied to roadways, they stick to the road better than traditional blends and are more effective a lower temperatures,” explains Guillaume Paradis, spokesperson for the MTQ.

The first mixture, marketed under the name of Abra-Mag, is being used on a 25 kilometre span of Route 263 in the area of Mont Megantic.  It consists of liquid magnesium chloride blended with corn sugar.  The aggregates are treated with the blend so that each granule is completely coated.

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Town of Norwich, VT, Gets Innovative

The Public Works Director for the Town, Andy Hogdon, is always on the look-out for ways to improve service levels and safety concerns of his constituents.  Already using an environmentally friendlier dust control product during the summer months, Caliber M1000,  he has outfitted one of his Holder machines for liquid ice melting application with the same product.  And, here are the results:

“We had Tenco, New England mount the applicator to our Holder sidewalk machine.  We have used it twice so far with fantastic results.  As a matter of fact, the first time we used it, the neighboring towns treated their sidewalks as usual; we used this.  Their sidewalks had a lot of salt carry-over on them and looked bad.  Ours were jet black and bare.  It looked like someone had just seal coated them, they were so black.  I believe we have gotten the adjustment of the nozzles down to a science now.  All is going well with it.”

 

Using Innovative Surface Solution’s enhanced ice melting liquids combined with their equipment programs is a cost effective solution to treating sidewalks  while reducing the amount of material that gets tracked into businesses.  Call 1.800.257.5808 in the US or 1.800.387.5777 in Canada to find out how we can help you find ways to enhance your winter or summer applications.

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