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Americhem Clay Stabilizer has Rebranded to ClayLOK® LLC!
CLK April 8, 2020
Many changes in design, product offerings and personnel have happened since the last news post.
Over the upcoming months, there will be many more website changes and news announcements detailing the many changes that have been completed since the successful launch of ClayLOK®.
ClayLOK® has new partners from Belgium; which has broadened our work scope within the international marketplace. With these new partners; ClayLOK® has been adding new Agent Suppliers around the world. Please check back to find our new partner's contact information that will be listed very soon.
ClayLOK® is continuing to improve upon their installation and quality control practices to become the first choice when clients think about soil stabilization. With that premise in mind, a new dust control product has been released and is now being offered. Contact us for more information on DustLOKTM.
Contact us today to discuss how we can improve your project!
ClayLOK® Exceeds Expectations!
ACS March 6, 2017
Two years of laboratory and field testing have found that ClayLOK® has met and exceeded all of Americhem's requirements and expectations.
Due to ClayLOK® curing faster and requiring less maintenance than our ACS Claycrete formula, Americhem has decided to permanently discontinue the use of ACS Claycrete.
The best part about ClayLOK® is that Americhem will be selling the improved product for the same low price!!
Americhem is continuing to improve upon their installation and quality control practices to become the first choice when clients think about soil stabilization.
Contact us today to discuss how we can lower your construction costs and improve the quality of your projects!
ACS ClayLOK® has Arrived!
ACS March 24, 2016
ClayLOK is excited to announce the release of our NEW product; ClayLOK®. Perfectly designed for today’s economy with substantial savings over traditional construction practices. Americhem is committed to providing better roads, without hurting your bottom line.
Our new product, ClayLOK®, has proven to cure faster and remain durable for longer periods of time; leading to reduced maintenance costs. Countless hours have gone into testing and development of the advanced ClayLOK® formula which has proven to be a pronounced product improvement; all at the same great price! ClayLOK® can help you shape your road to success.
Contact us today to find out how to save money on your surface construction costs!
Improved Ionic Stabilization Product Coming Soon!
ACS August 28, 2015
ClayLOK is currently working on the final stages of an improved ionic stabilization product! Rigourous testing, analysis, and research has gone into the development of the new formula. The improved product is designed for greater strength and increased durability.
Check back in the near future for more news about this great product.
Estevan Mercury: The future of gravel in Saskatchewan: rising prices and growing demand
Sam Macdonald July 30, 2015
"Gravel: pebbles and pieces of rock coarser than sand. It’s something we often take for granted, whether zipping down the roads and highways, or hearing it crunch underfoot, on footpaths and trails. As it turns out, the seemingly endless supply of this material will soon begin to dwindle as sources become depleted, all around the province.
“Gravel is not found everywhere. It’s a natural resource that’ll run out with time, and it’s started to run out here. That’s basically the sad truth,” said Grace Potter, administrator with the Rural Municipality (RM) of Estevan.
Potter estimates that the shortage in the Estevan area began within the last five years, and notes part of the reason for the shortage was how gravel was handled back when mining began in the area.
“The mine wasn’t concerned with that product at the time, when they went through. There would have been seams of gravel at the time that were just put at the bottom of the pit and thrown away,” said Potter. “Part of that is because the area was mined the way it was.”
Ed Turnbull, president of Turnbull Excavating Ltd., said there is a growing demand for gravel, which leads to an increase in value. He has seen royalty payments on gravel rise from $1 per yard to $3. “I can see that being five dollars a yard within five years, for sure.”
Turnbull noted that his company is fortunate to have ample sources of good-quality gravel in pits near Stoughton and Oxbow, which will be viable for at least another couple decades.
“There are some pits that haven’t been tapped into yet, but their owners are sitting on them. They know it’s going to be worth gold soon,” said Turnbull. “They’re happy to just sell some and
watch the price go up. Things are going to get pretty tight.”
Presently, the RM of Estevan pays a large quantity of money to have gravel hauled in from sites outside its municipal limits. Potter says the RM also uses recovery methods on gravel, so it can be reused.
Estevan is also looking at alternatives to gravel, particularly in the case of road construction and maintenance. According to Turnbull, RMs in Saskatchewan in general are considering alternatives such as sand and chemical treatments to serve as a replacement for gravel, noting that in the case of the former, the quality is very poor.
A chemical alternative in the works for the Estevan area is a material known as claycrete, an engineered, clay-based material customized to the particular soil type of the area in which it’s used. It works by minimizing the amount of fill material needed for road construction, by reducing the shrink-swell of clay in the soil.
“It’s a clay binder at the molecular level, changing the molecules so they lay flat and pack very hard. It’s harder than nature can pack clay,” said Wayne Gallipeau, an agent with Americhem, a company that uses biodegradable acid to harden clay to serve as a base for roads.
“(Claycrete provides) a hard, flat surface that moisture won’t penetrate into.”
Adam Dinwoodie, CEO and representative of Americhem Clay Stabilizer, LLC, noted his company has been in consultation with the RM and City of Estevan, and will be doing soil testing at numerous sites in the area this coming fall, anticipating the use of claycrete as an alternative to gravel.
Turnbull said they’re really feeling the pinch in the Regina area. The demand for gravel is particularly strong there because there are few places in the vicinity of the city from which to choose, to obtain gravel.
“The haul is longer for them, and the material they’re getting isn’t as good,” said Turnbull. “I think you’re going to see RMs and cities buying up gravel and expropriating it. They have to use poorer quality materials because anything good is cost-prohibitive at this point.”"