Pavement Maintenance Seminar Brings Together Contractors Across the Midwest

Lee Lowis / Jan 18 , 2017

seminarThe GemSeal manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, MI, has hosted well-attended pavement maintenance seminars for several years. Now, our Chicago facility is hosting its first-ever Pavement Maintenance Seminar on Tuesday, March 7, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. This educational event will bring together contractors from across the Midwest for education, networking, and to exchange ideas.

This one-day seminar is designed to help contractors stay up-to-date with information on changes in products, application techniques, industry regulations, and equipment.

The event kicks off at 8am and runs until 5pm. There are eight presentations covering topics including product application, business strategy, industry best practices, and equipment. Instructors will provide handouts at every presentation to help supplement learning. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Plus, there will be over 20 exhibitors and products on display. The expo hall is open throughout the day so attendees can visit at their leisure and talk one-on-one with industry experts. As an added bonus, many products and equipment will be on sale during the event; however, this special pricing is available for show attendees only.

Registration is just $65 per person and includes access to all classroom presentations, exhibit hall, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, free gift, and door prizes!

Enroll on or before Feb. 15, 2017, to guarantee your spot.  Register online or call 847-678-6220. We hope to see you there!

Employee Training with Leading Equipment Manufacturer

Jeff Lax / Dec 7 , 2016

As part of our promise to provide the very best advice and technical support, our employees take part in ongoing training throughout the year.

Last month Cimline, a leading manufacturer of modern melter applicators for crack sealing, invited GemSeal employees to attend a seminar and facility tour at their Plymouth, MN, headquarters. Participants, including representatives from three other companies, received instruction and hands-on demonstration of Cimline’s new M-Series melters followed by a behind-the-scenes look at how the equipment is manufactured.  All participants then convened back in the classroom for a short test at the end of the day.

“This learning experience was a great opportunity for GemSeal employees to meet key support people within Cimline and offer feedback to their R&D department,” said Ken McBride, Regional General Manager. “The time spent together was not only educational, but it also helped to strengthen our relationship with a highly-valued equipment supplier.”

GemSeal personnel in attendance included Grant Stallsmith, Travis Parrish, Job Davis, Doug Gensler, Brett Budris, and Ken McBride.

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GemSeal University Provides Training for Customers

Jeff Lax / Aug 1 , 2016

As part of our mission to provide the very best advice and support, we offer hands-on educational seminars through GemSeal University, our training program for contractors, distributors, and property managers.

Last week at our Tampa R&D facility, we conducted a class and plant tour for Professional Pavement Products (or PPP), headquartered in Jacksonville. PPP has ongoing education requirements for their employees and incorporated this seminar into their training. As a result, PPP’s managers and sales staff  from six regional offices were in attendance.

The seminar kicked off with a brief introduction by GemSeal President, Jeff Lax, and continued with a lecture presented by Paul Raymond, Technical Manager, and Natasha Albuquerque, Project Chemist. The instructors reviewed the process behind sealer manufacturing and the importance of quality control including which tests are necessary and why. Additionally, at the request of PPP, the group, along with GemSeal territory sales manager Rob Knarr, discussed alternative options to refined tar sealer, including the benefits of Black Diamond, a petroleum-based, high-performance sealer. From there, attendees toured GemSeal’s Tampa plant to see the process flow and precision colloid mill system and also visited the lab to witness firsthand a quality-control test.

“This is the third time PPP has partnered with GemSeal in the training of our employees,” said Greg Driskell, President and Founder of PPP. “Our brand promise is Products, Service, and Knowledge. This is a great opportunity to expand our managers’ knowledge of the processes behind the product. The more we know, the better we can keep that promise.”

The time spent together was not only educational, but it also helped to strengthen our relationship with a highly-valued customer and distributor. Through these opportunities, we aim to improve sealcoating practices across the nation.

If your team is interested in participating in GemSeal University training, please contact us to review session topics and schedule an event.

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