Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Cranesville Block is a third generation family business that is Upstate New York's leading concrete producer. The company manufactures and delivers ready mixed concrete, block, aggregates and precast products to commercial and residential customers. Our ready mixed concrete locations are below.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
IN THE MIXThank you for the article, The Concrete Producer Magazine.
Cranesville Block, Amsterdam, N.Y.
Three childhood friends and WWII veterans, Ray Francisco, Richard Furman, and John Tesiero Jr., took the first steps of opening the doors to Cranesville Block Co. Inc. in 1947. Today, family-owned and operated by the Tesiero family, Cranesville continues to offer a quality, sustainable product.
Cranesville operates 25 ready-mixed concrete plants, 10 aggregate locations, and eight concrete block and precast storefronts in Upstate New York. At each operation, the producer prides itself in delivering quality products, service, and up-to-date technology. “We are a hands-on operation that provides our customers with more than 65 years of industry experience,” says president John A. Tesiero III.
Staying ahead of the curve involves a commitment to staying informed and ready to adapt to advances in the industry. An active member of ACI and ASTM, Cranesville connects with peers to discuss new ideas in both the application stage and the creation of testing standards. “We provide lunch and learn presentations to market the new technologies which provide our customers with knowledge and support necessary to maintain buying confidence,” says Tesiero.
Keeping up with technology has allowed the producer to significantly improve production. Its central dispatch uses GPS navigation, IP surveillance camera systems, and IP voice recording software to assure quality. The human resources department collects information from the License Event Notification Service to regulate driver qualifications. And Internet-based time clocks help mitigate overtime. “Technology has allowed Cranesville to become a transparent, faster moving operation,” says Tesiero.
In the busy season, Cranesville and its subsidiaries employ about 450 people. Continued emphasis on safety and production is at the forefront of Cranesville’s growth, and pursuing technological advancements to help better service its customers is vital. But there is more to this producer than just business.
Cranesville participates in the local communities it serves, supporting homeless shelters, libraries, DARE funding, cancer and Alzheimer’s associations, youth athletic organizations, hospitals, and schools. “We are always looking for development in other segments of the concrete industry and remain open to rewarding opportunities,” says Tesiero.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Preparing for My Cranesville Concrete PourPouring a concrete slab is not as difficult as one may think. Depending on the size of the project one or two workers may be able to accomplish the task in no time. Preparing however may take some planning. Some thoughts for a successful delivery are:
- Have the area prepared and formed: Most residential pours require a few 2'x4's and a level base, either on firm soil or crusher run.
- Sharpen your tools: Make sure you have a trowel, or at the least, a spare 2'x4' to level and smooth the mix after placement. Although your Cranesville driver is trained to pour the concrete as efficiently as possible, it is important to have a metal rake or shovel to scoop and move the concrete during the pour.
- Plastic: After you complete your pour, it is a good practice to cover your slab with PVC plastic. The plastic will help the slab to retain moisture and cure stronger. Also in the event of rain, the concrete will stay protected.
- Access: Always make sure the concrete truck has the ability to maneuver the site. Believe it or not, customers forget about the access required by the concrete mixer which can result in untimely and costly deliveries.
Should you need any other help pouring your slab, please give our friendly Cranesville Dispatch a call at 518-684-6400. They will walk you through all aspects of the order. Feel free to place an Online Order and receive a call back with a price quote and information. Best of luck!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Cold Weather Concreting Guidelines
Use air-entrained concrete when exposure to moisture and freezing and thawing conditions are expected.
Keep surfaces in contact with concrete free of ice and snow and at a temperature above freezing prior
Place and maintain concrete at the recommended temperature.
Place concrete at the lowest practical slump.
Protect plastic concrete from freezing or drying.
Protect concrete from early-age freezing and thawing cycles until it has attained adequate strength.
Limit rapid temperature changes when protective measures are removed.