Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.
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Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.

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Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. is one of John Deere’s largest North American construction equipment dealer organizations.
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Forta Ferro Concrete Fibers

 

Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. is one of John Deere’s largest North American construction equipment dealer organizations.  Murphy Tractor has 28 locations throughout the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Murphy Tractor opened its Altoona, IA location in 2001.  The existing exterior concrete around the service shop area was severely damaged by the constant abuse from large John Deere track equipment and needed replaced.  Rick Yeager, Branch Manager for Murphy Tractor called in Curt Manatt with Manatt’s Inc., Sonny Hall with Absolute Concrete, and Dave Edmundson with DE Fiberworks to determine the best concrete solution that would withstand the abusive equipment traffic & provide a long service life.  The new design for the exterior concrete included Forta Ferro, a macro-synthetic fiber system at a dosage rate of 7.5 lbs./cubic yard of concrete.  Forta Ferro provides “top to bottom” reinforcement for excellent load transfer across the joints.  The high dosage rate also greatly increases the abrasion and impact resistance that the concrete is subjected to by the heavy track equipment.  In 2012, 18,000 square feet of 9” slab-on-grade exterior concrete was supplied and placed by Manatt’s Inc. and Absolute Concrete.  In 2014, Rick Yeager was impressed with the performance of the new concrete and decided to incorporate the same design for the replacement of another 18,000 square feet of old concrete at the Altoona, IA facility.

 

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Fiber reinforcement makes good concrete better?

 

Fiber reinforcement makes good concrete better, in short because fiber reduces cracking and adds long-term durability to a wide variety of concrete applications.  Fiber reinforcement provides an alternative construction method to traditional welded wire fabric and rebar reinforcement and provides additional benefits, including guaranteed 3-dimensional reinforcement, safer installation and more economical.  DE Fiberworks supply a full range of fiber reinforcement products to meet challenging demands and provide the best fiber reinforcement solution for the specific application.   Fiber technology has advanced over the last decade to improve mixing, finishing and performance in fresh and hardened concrete.