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Precast Concrete Computes for Data Centers

Precast concrete structural and envelope systems meet the demands of data centers by providing cost-effective open spans, passive fire resistance, and durable, high-efficiency, low maintenance building envelopes. This is very important to mission-critical facilities, which data centers often are. The proliferation of the Internet and extensive use of desktop systems, smartphones, social media, wearable devices,… Read more »


Precast for Food Processing

Precast concrete is the material of choice for the design and construction of food processing plants. High performance precast concrete building systems provide the versatility, efficiency, and durability to meet food processing plant requirements. Food Processing Facilities demand certain inherent qualities:  durability, energy efficiency & low maintenance costs. Precast concrete wall panels provide a continuous… Read more »


What’s Your BI Tool?

The amount of data stored by companies is growing exponentially and the need to translate this data into information to plan for future business strategies is a top priority for financial executives. For most companies, these data warehouses hold so much history it becomes difficult to extract meaningful information.  We often find ourselves limited with… Read more »


Support the Internal Customer First

When we share our knowledge and ability with our internal customers (our co-workers) first, we cannot lose when it comes to our external customers.  We are constantly building and improving our internal teams, sharing our collective precast knowledge, construction experience, and skills accumulated along the way. Because of this, we are better equipped to help… Read more »


A key item to look for when inspecting precast – Cracks

What Exactly Is A Crack? A crack is simply when the concrete matrix, or the “glue” for the rocks, cannot hold bond to itself, or the aggregate in the mix, due to volume changes, over-loading, and/or repeated loading.    This creates a failure plane that extends to the exterior of the concrete that we can see… Read more »


The Precast Studio Program

As precasters and active participants in the construction industry we interact with architects on a constant basis. We as precasters are continually promoting the benefits of our product, and part of this is educating architects. One way we do this is by promoting and participating in the PCI/CPCI precast studio program at local universities and… Read more »


Continuous Improvement

What exactly is continuous improvement? A continual improvement process, also often called a continuous improvement process (abbreviated as CIP or CI), is an ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once. What it means to us here at Wells Concrete is… Read more »


Supporting Student Education

Supporting student eduction is an important part of Wells’ culture University outreach and student education is an important part of our culture at Wells Concrete.  For as long as I can remember we have hosted plant and jobsite tours to expose college students to precast concrete construction. More recently, Wells has gotten involved with the… Read more »


Wells Educates

We live in a rapidly changing world. It seems like every day there is something new and exciting, and while there are those who hate this trend, there are more out there who love it. I constantly get the question: What’s new at Wells Concrete? And I get the sense that they’d be disappointed if… Read more »


Training the Next Generation

Here at Wells, we believe the best experience is hands-on.  In keeping with that belief we have launched a new Engineer Development Program – or EDP.  It is a custom pathway for our newly hired, fresh out of college engineers to gain exposure to the nuts and bolts side of the precast industry.  The end… Read more »


Four Crane Booms in Booming Bloomington, Minnesota

This winter, Wells had two projects with a total of four cranes and four crews setting precast products simultaneously from all four of our plants: Albany, Wells, Rosemount and Grand Forks. These projects also required precast stairs from a company in Canada called CJ Pink and 16” plank from Molin Concrete.  At the peak, nearly… Read more »


The Benefits of Trusted Partnerships

Howdy partner, this is Cowboy Kev from the Wild Wells West where the girls carry six-shooters and the sheep run scared.  I’m here to let you know that one of the most powerful things to do within the construction industry is to figure out how to “Partner” and who to “Partner” with.  Now we aren’t… Read more »