Promotion-wise contractor parlays thin, jointless flooring system

Sources: Rabine Group, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff

A steel fiber-reinforced concrete floor slab, placed without joints and at a thickness up to 30 percent less than a conventional slab, is among 100 finalists in the Chicago Innovation Awards program, which this year saw 562 nominations.

Rabine Group, a savvy contractor offering conventional and specialty concrete solutions for commercial, industrial and municipal slabs, describes the PrimeComposite innovation as the world’s strongest, thinnest, jointless concrete flooring system. Steel fiber reinforcement strengthens and increases the flexibility of PrimeComposite floors, Rabine engineers note, resulting in fewer cracks and lower maintenance costs than conventionally built slabs. The technology landed Most Innovative Products awards at 2012 and 2013 World of Concrete shows.

Each Chicago program finalist is in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at Out of the 100 products and technologies, judges will select 10 Chicago Innovation Awards winners, their proprietors receiving invitations to ring the bell opening Nasdaq exchange trading, and meet with top Chicago and Illinois officials. —