St. Maarten Concrete staff, managers undergo training  | THE DAILY HERALD

Staff undergoing the training.

PHILIPSBURG–Several employees at St. Maarten Concrete received basic training in testing the strength, temperature and maturity of concrete from Argos cement company.

The training was aimed at certifying staff as Field Testing Agents Grade One, giving them the skills necessary to test and record the results of their tests on freshly mixed concrete.

The staff were trained in performing temperature tests on freshly mixed concrete, sampling the concrete and performing slump tests of Hydraulic Cement Concrete. They received information about density, weight and yield of concrete as well. St. Maarten Concrete General Manager Kenecia David and Managing Director Franklin David participated in the training.

Instructors arrived in St. Maarten this week from the United States and represented Argos Concrete. Argos is America’s fourth largest Cement supplier and a leading supplier in the region.

Although the company supplies cement and chemicals for the mix of concrete to almost every island in the Caribbean, according to its International Sales Advisor Alfonso Ibarra, “Argos is about much more than supply as we are interested in helping our customers achieve the best end product.” He said companies such as St. Maarten Concrete show the right initiative by training staff working in the field.

David said the idea is to make everyone involved in the delivery of the finished product aware of the critical role they play in guaranteeing that customers gets what they pay for. The quality of the finished product will depend on local company’s ability to accurately execute the steps involved in the preparation of concrete and their willingness to ensure that their staff are adequately trained.

According to Argos’ technicians Mauricio Alvarado and Juan Moreno, while chemicals and cement are most important in preparing a mixture of concrete, the delivery process and those involved in the different steps are equally vital. The two technicians explained that knowing simple things such as whether or not to add water in the field and how much water can be added will make the difference between strong, durable concrete and an inferior product.

The instructors praised St. Maarten Concrete as being a “forward thinking and innovative group that spares no expenses on ensuring that the staff receive the training and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible product to the customer.”

Source: The Daily Herald