Entries by Kevin Kaufman

A Cross-Lock Connection Story: Stop Wasting Time

Rick had been a helical pile installer and general contractor for almost a decade. His specialty was building small-to-medium size homes, and he was known for his efficiency and attention to detail.   Although he was successful in his field, about a year ago, Rick decided to utilize his construction skills and those of his […]

PierTech Systems’ Patented Hercules Helical Pile at Work

The 702-mile-long Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is the longest free-flowing river in the United States. Situated about 50 miles upriver from where it flows into Kuskokwim Bay is the community of Bethel. With a population of approximately 6,500 residents, it’s home to Bethel (Regional) High School.   Bethel High School is comprised of about 540 […]

Advantages of Buying Products Made in the USA

If you’ve looked closely at labels in a retail store, you know that they claim all sorts of things. However, just because a company makes certain claims on its label doesn’t mean it is 100 percent accurate. If you see a product containing the label “Made in the USA,” though, that means it was “all […]

Benefits of Working with a Small Business

Small Business Saturday recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The annual event was created to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. Why? Because for every dollar spent at a small business in the United States, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.   To mark this event, we’re focusing on […]

Helical Piers: A Brief History

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Alexander Mitchell. Perhaps that’s because he was born in 1780 and lived primarily in Ireland. However, he’s responsible for inventing the helical pier.   If you’re not familiar with helical piers, also referred to as helical or screw piles, here’s a basic definition: deep foundation solutions utilized to secure […]

Signs Your Foundation Needs Fixed

In the business world, strategic planning plays an important role. Companies don’t (usually) simply decide what product and/or service to offer and immediately market it to customers. Similarly, having a strong foundation in place for a structure is an essential part of keeping the whole building secure.   There are generally two types of foundations: […]

Helical Pier Technology: At Work

The earliest known lighthouse was built over 2,000 years ago in Egypt. Currently, there are more than 18,600 lighthouses around the world. Designed to warn mariners of dangerous rocky coasts and help guide vessels safely in and out of harbors, they were supported in the 19th century by helical piers.   Sometimes referred to as anchors, piles […]

Benefits of Helical Piers in Alternative Energy Solutions

Did you know that 80 percent of the United States’ energy comes from fossil fuels? However, only 11 percent is the result of renewable sources.   You’ve probably heard the terms “renewable” and “alternative” bandied about with reference to energy. Is there a difference? According to Globalization 101, a project of the Levin Institute at […]