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Propex survey finds producers confident in market turnaround

Source: Propex Operating Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ready mixed producers responding to a Propex Concrete Solutions survey on the use of synthetic fibers indicated that avoiding liability is key issue and, contrary to some industry observers’ outlook, they are optimistic on construction market improvement. Propex sought to gain a deeper understanding of producers and how to best help them achieve business goals. More than 1,300 respondents—from a pool of about 5,000 target U.S. producers—underscored how the ready mixed industry is the company’s key constituency.

The anonymous and confidential survey was conducted over a six-week period on Propex Concrete Solutions’ Fibermesh.com website. "The overwhelming response tells us that the importance of fibers in concrete reinforcement resonates with the industry," says Jonathan Speaks, Propex Concrete Solutions director of sales. "We plan to use the information to develop and enhance our product lines and services to customers."

As an incentive, Propex entered all survey respondents in a random drawing for an Apple iPad. Winner Jason Reffner of Pennsylvania’s Newcrete Products was presented with his new device by Speaks and Bob McCulley, mid-Atlantic territory rep for Concrete Solutions.