Millenia has attained the look and feel of natural stone in its products, and the light weight of their wall units offers cost-saving advantages.
Minneapolis, MN and Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) October 15, 2008
The Millenia® Retaining Wall System from Millenia Wall Solutions is redefining the segmental retaining wall (SRW) industry. King's Material, Inc. has entered into an agreement to become Millenia's exclusive dealer in Iowa in order to make this new SRW product available to landscape contractors and other building professionals across the state. Millenia Wall Solutions' polymer retaining wall system offers finer aesthetics, greater durability, labor-saving installation efficiency, plus a lower environmental impact than traditional wall products. King's Material, Inc., founded in 1882 when William King established a plaster mill on the west bank of the Cedar River, is Iowa's trusted source of ready mix concrete, concrete blocks and pavers, brick masonry, retaining walls, and a wide selection of other landscaping and masonry products. Millenia® wall units are now available at all seven King's and Marquart Concrete locations in Iowa.
"Contractors are asking us for new retaining wall alternatives with more style, textures and colors. They also want easier installation to reduce labor costs," said Gary Pribyl, vice president of sales, King's Material, Inc. "Millenia has attained the look and feel of natural stone in its products, and the light weight of their wall units offers cost-saving advantages."
With its patented Structural Cell Technology™ (SCT™), Millenia uses 100 percent recycled, pre-consumer polymers to produce lightweight wall units that consist of a confinement cell secured to a rigid frame. "Millenia's concept of using recycled materials to reduce the environmental impact of retaining walls is a big change," said Pribyl. "The system is solidly engineered, and two SRW industry veterans, Paul Forsberg and Robert Race, guide product development at Millenia. That gives me confidence in the performance of their product."
The structural cross ribbing of the Millenia® wall units' frames imparts strength and rigidity. Unit-to-unit connection locks them together with superior holding power and forms solid integral walls with consistent spacing and straight lines. The units weigh just five pounds per square foot, whereas conventional concrete SRW blocks weigh from 60 to 100 pounds. After the units are placed and secured, weight is achieved by adding crushed stone fill - brought to the wall with a front-end loader. Top-to-bottom distribution of the fill in the confinement cells, and all throughout the frames, results in a wall with all the strength and stability of any other SRW - without installers having to lift and position heavy blocks or stones.
Because of the light weight of Millenia® units, a crew constructing a wall with Millenia lifts ten percent of the weight that a crew lifts when constructing a wall of equivalent size with concrete blocks. Installers work with less strain and more productivity. Using manufactured concrete blocks to construct an SRW, a typical five-man crew can complete about 750 square feet per day. With the Millenia® system, a three-man crew can install up to 1,500 to 2,000 square feet per day. "Contractors can decrease the size of their crews when they use Millenia," said Pribyl. "That reduces labor costs."
Light weight also means that up to 2,880 square feet of Millenia® units can be delivered in one truckload. It would take approximately eight or more truckloads to deliver the same square footage of concrete blocks. "With energy costs these days, transportation is a significant cost factor now," said Pribyl. "Millenia offers a real advantage. Millenia's light weight reduces SRW material handling and shipping costs."
Millenia's proprietary imaging technology enables the company to take exact impressions of stone faces from rock formations and quarried stone from which it creates the molds used to produce its retaining wall faces and caps. When the recycled polymeric material is injected into the molds, it flows and fills completely to get into all the fine details of the real stone faces. "Millenia manufactures each style of its wall units in five different face patterns," said Pribyl. "They deliver the variation in color and texture that contractors want today."
About King's Material, Inc.
King's Material (http://www.kingsmaterial.com), established in 1882 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, strives to satisfy its customers with the best possible products and service. In 1998, King's purchased Stone Concepts, a stone fabricating facility, to complement its masonry product line of brick and other masonry goods. King's acquired Zeidler Concrete Products in 2003 and Marquart Concrete Products in 2005 to expand and serve all of Iowa. Today, King's Material has eight locations and offers ready mix services, brick and concrete masonry, masonry products and tools, stone products, landscape products, and retaining wall systems.
About Millenia Wall Solutions
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Millenia Wall Solutions (http://www.milleniawalls.com) is setting the 21st century standard for the construction of segmental retaining walls by advancing the most significant innovation in the industry since the 1980s. Millenia has introduced an inventive, high-tech alternative to conventional building materials. Millenia is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and GreenSpec-listed. Our retaining walls are eco-friendly and offer incomparable beauty, strength, stability and durability - achieved with lightweight, recycled polymeric resin materials that contractors can install easily, quickly and with less labor. The Weight is Over™. Ready to Build Intelligently®? Check out Millenia on our Web site. Then give us a call at 1.866.549.WALLS (9255).
Millenia will exhibit its retaining wall system at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo (booth #1769), November 19-21, 2008, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass. and at Hardscapes North America (booth #932), January 16-17, 2009, Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, Ga.