Concrete Flooring System is resistant to thermal shock.

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Ultra-Tread provides users with polyurethane modified concrete flooring system designed to withstand chemicals such as organic and inorganic acids, alkalis, and various solvents. It is offered in 3 variants: Series 243 Ultra-Tread V (vertical); Series 244 Ultra-Tread M (mortar); and Series 245 Ultra-Tread S (slurry). Available in gray and red, each impact-resistant flooring product is self-priming and has low-odor.

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Ultra-Tread Resistant To Thermal Shock, Provides Quick Return To Service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tnemec Company, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., has introduced Ultra-Tread, a polyurethane modified concrete flooring system designed to meet the needs of floors in manufacturing and processing facilities, according to Joe Schmit, director of StrataShield® floor and lining products.

Ultra-Tread is resistant to thermal shock associated with freeze/thaw cycling, hot water washdowns or constant steam cleaning and hot fry oils and liquids often present in food and beverage facilities, according to Schmit. Ultra-Tread can also withstand a wide range of chemicals, such as organic and inorganic acids, alkalis and various solvents, making the product ideally suited to meet the demands in food processing facilities, meat and poultry plants, commercial and restaurant kitchens and the pulp and paper industry. This resistance makes floors coated with Ultra-Tread easier to clean and eliminates downtime for repairs.

"It's always important to select the correct flooring, but it's especially important for food and beverage manufacturers and restaurants. These facilities are constantly facing scrutiny from organizations such as the FDA, USDA and health departments who examine the cleanliness and hygiene of the facilities' floors. With Ultra-Tread, we've created a flooring system to meet the required demands and provide a quick return to service for such facilities," says Schmit.

Available in both gray and red, Ultra-Tread is also impact resistant, meaning the product holds up extremely well in abusive environments and has a long service life. Ultra-Tread is versatile, consisting of three options: Series 243 Ultra-Tread V (vertical); Series 244 Ultra-Tread M (mortar); and Series 245 Ultra-Tread S (slurry).

Series 243 Ultra-Tread V is a trowelable mortar for vertical surfaces such as trenches, equipment pads and coves. It is used in conjunction with Series 244 and 245 at a 3/16-inch suggested dry-film thickness. Series 244 Ultra-Tread M is a trowelable mortar with high early strength. The suggested dry film thickness is 1/4-inch and Series 244 is typically used to resurface degraded floors caused by physical or chemical attack. Series 245 Ultra-Tread S is a self-leveling slurry product with high early strength. Series 245 exhibits a smooth appearance; however, aggregate can be broadcast to achieve a non-skid finish. Series 245 also has a 3/16-inch suggested dry-film thickness.

Ultra-Tread's self-priming and rapid curing properties decrease down time even in cool temperatures and the one-step application also allows for quick turnaround. "Ultra-Tread's fast-set properties minimize downtime on the job. This is often important to manufacturing and processing facilities and restaurants where time is money. And since Ultra-Tread has a low-odor, the product is suitable for use in occupied spaces," says Schmit.

Ultra-Tread has been used in several commercial and industrial facilities including Dale-T-Smith Foods, Salt Lake City, Utah; Dominion Foods, Ontario, Canada; Ralston Foods, Lancaster, Ohio and Golden County Foods, Plover, Wis.; restaurants including several Fuddruckers in Texas and Oklahoma; and Rosetti's Pizza in Kansas City, Mo.

About Tnemec Company, Inc.

Established in 1921, Tnemec is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States specializing in industrial coatings for new construction and maintenance. Tnemec produces approximately 120 architectural and industrial products used in a wide range of protective applications for steel, concrete and other substrates.

Tnemec's product line provides coating protection for a number of different industries including food and beverage processing, water and wastewater processing power generation, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical and biotech, industrial process manufacturing and water tanks.

One of the first companies to have ANSI/NSF Std. 61 certification for coatings used in direct contact with drinking water, Tnemec also has become the foremost provider of interior and exterior coatings for water storage tanks.

With more than 20 coatings in the line, StrataShield(TM) Flooring Systems represent all stages of the coating process, including surfacers, primers, broadcast laminates, self-levelers, trowel-down mortars and glazelike topcoats. Developed to meet any flooring environment, StrataShield(TM) advanced formulations utilize a complex polyfunctional amine structure offering contractors ease of application and extended durability.

The acquisition in late 1999 of Chemprobe Coating Systems, Inc., a specialty player in the masonry coatings industry, enabled Tnemec to expand its product line to include water-repellent and stain products for concrete, masonry and wood. Chemprobe's high performance products offer effective protection from the ravages of precipitation and airborne pollutants when applied to concrete and brick masonry, precast concrete, stucco and flat concrete work.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Tnemec has distribution facilities in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Compton, Calif. Manufacturing facilities are located in Kansas City and Baltimore. In addition to the company's national network of technical representatives, Tnemec has technical representatives in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

For more information on Tnemec Company, Inc. or any of its products, call 800/863-6321; write to 6800 Corporate Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64120-1372; or visit

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