SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) —Several employees at St. Maarten Concrete received basic training in testing the strength, temperature and maturity of concrete from Argos cement company. The goal of the exercise is to ensure that by the time the instructions are completed the staff is certified as Field Testing Agents Grade One. This means that they would have the skills necessary to test and record the results of their tests on freshly mixed concrete.
The staff was 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. Also part of the training was St. Maarten Concrete's General Manager Kenecia David and Managing Director Franklin David.
The instructors for the training arrived on St. Maarten this week from the United States and represent Argos Concrete. Argos is America’s fourth largest Cement supplier and a leading supplier in the region. Argus was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index DJSI as an Industry leader for the fourth consecutive year this year.
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 every member of Staff working in the field. The staff which included the truck drivers underwent an intense training session on Wednesday at the company plant in Sucker Garden. This is part of the company's effort to improve the level of service it provides to the community.
According to the Managing Director for the company Franklin David, the idea is to make everyone involved in the delivery of the finished product aware of the critical role they play in guaranteeing that the customer gets what they paid for.
He said the quality of the finished product will depend on the local companies 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 the 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.”