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Oct Co ET Quincy companyfjnds niche in new national market for countertops By Victoria Metcalf enough experience he began mvestigat- Concrete isn't just for sidewalks any- more. Today, it's becoming increasingly popular for countertops, sinks, furni- ture and other housing and business accessories. "If you can dream it, we can design and produce it, from commercial build- ings, to custom homes," said Joe Wilson, owner. Two and a half years ago, Wilson began experimenting with concrete techniques in a little shed at his home. The more he worked, the better he got at creating relatively thin slabs of con- crete that could be transported and installed. Until this break through Wilson said concrete was traditionally poured in place, making it a lengthy process that wasn't too attractive to most homeowners. By learning to pour the concrete at a base site, Wilson discovered he could get smoother surfaces, had a wider range of colors to choose from, and other important variables. Eventually Wilson had gained ing the market. The market proved to be good enough that within a year and a half of start- ing his venture Wilson found himself moving out of his little shed into a much larger facility at Sieber Industrial Park in East Quincy. That was a year ago. Now, doing busi- ness as Arkardy Studios, he has a firm footing as one of eight different compa- nies in the nation that do concrete work for homes. Plrogeu Moving from his office into the work- shop, Wilson began explaining the process. About him lay pieces in vari- ous phases of completion, from the templates or wooden forms waiting for pouring, to the curing room, to nearly finished pieces. Indicating one template for a sink and countertop section, Wilson said the template came with the exact dimen- sions not only to fit the width and length of the cabinets, but to fit perfect- ly around the sink the homeowners had selected. ! 000 NC P up a bat, color right of the Wheeled one ;, James US the top wants t from th, chec pronoun a larg fr it ir are can't it's full, ( a p: Jame finishe Matte a choic( You cal in ii ose fini COmp apart A :i::::i : ii: : James Wilson scoops out the remaining concrete from the mixer. Sand, color go into the batch. As part of this design, and a popular innovation, an integrated dram board is designed right into the countertop. Wilson said this allows people to set dishes or pots and pans over the slats in the concrete and the water is carried away. No more mess or fuss. "'It just makes the countertops look so sculpted," Wilson said. J Examining the templat # & series of rebar crisscross v& QF These add support to the m any concrete job. F Moving on to another Ca, introduced his brother, also involved in the Wearing a blue Handle those fall clean-up chores this year with ease. We'll deliver a container to your home, leave it for up to a week, then haul it away. No fuss, no mess. We have a size available to suit any project from 1 cubic yard up to 30 cubic yards. So get together with a neighbor - give us a call and we'll get one delivered. I mwil~q~m'l" Feather River Disposal, Inc. Serving Quincy, Greenville & Chester~Lake Almanor 530-283-2065 Gina Brcsciani McGlrr Agent License 0B39888 Grange InsuranCe Rocky Mountain Tbe Ma' (; Gz su u cE GRoUp ~F Bresciani Insurance Agency 1 775 Quincy Junction Road, Quincy, CA Way to ke a &e Infac