Contractor sees workplace returns spurring polished slab demand

Heightened consciousness about interior space cleanliness and maintenance has compelled slab finishing specialist NEx Systems to shift its focus to the craft of polished concrete. With clean floors topping a list of concerns for returning workplace occupants, the Stockton, Calif. contractor notes, smooth, non-porous surfaces will see a unique level of traction among facility owners. 

NEx Systems will perform work in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California markets as a recent signatory to Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Locals 300 and 400 agreements. “Our goals here are to focus our capabilities on serving the top tier of new commercial construction,” says NEx Polished Concrete Division Head Adrian Henry. “With an increased importance in the hierarchy of needs for specifiers, and pre-construction estimators on polished concrete, this is the perfect storm.” 

A mason and 30-year career polished concrete and epoxy flooring expert, Henry feels the demand for skilled labor to deliver polished concrete can be met. “We want to give confidence to our commercial real estate partners that they can fulfill their promises of a healthy, cleanable workplace,” he observes. “Our talented crews will be dedicated to serving the expanding needs for polished concrete floors being built by large, union general contractors. With my long history as a trainer for polished concrete science and techniques, NEx Systems will be operating a training site for apprentices with the support of Operative Plasters and Cement Masons Locals 300 and 400.”

“Building wellness is paramount and that starts with the right kind of flooring and maintenance,” adds NEx Systems founder Keith Bewley. “Joining the Cement Masons to provide a qualified and reliable workforce was a logical move to meet the demands for polished concrete floors by building owners, developers and general contractors. NEx Systems was founded as a cleaning technology company over 30 years ago [and] has long invested in the best talent, equipment and tooling for the job.”

NEx finished floor at San Francisco International Airport. Beyond its work in artisan concrete, urethane and epoxy floors, the contractor performs cleaning and disinfection for Workplace Wellness.