Thursday, November 4, 2010

Facilities Management Expo 2010

Thanks to Nancy Boyd Haley for organizing a fantastic Facilities Management Expo today!!! We were able to meet with many of our regular commercial and industrial customers and connected with some great people that may become customers. As always, it was fun to see the other vendors too. Thanks again to Nancy and all the attendees at the show!

Here's a list of companies that exhibited:

A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair
A-Verdi Storage Containers
ABC Hardware & Rental
ADMAR Supply Co
ADT Security Services Inc.
Advanced Facilities Services Int'l Inc.
AFE-Chapter 28
All State Fire Equipment of WNY
Allentown Industries
Allied Building Products
Apac Equipment Inc. **
Be-Bright Lighting, Inc.
Botanicus Interior Landscaping
Buffalo Concrete Solutions**
Buffalo-Energy, Inc. **
Building Controls & Services, Inc.
Bulb Man, Inc.
C.S. Kimeric, Inc.
Casco Security Systems, Inc.
Centimark Corporation
Channel One Media Video Photography
Cintas Corporation
Cintas Document Destruction**
CIR Electrical Construction Corp.**
Contract Flooring**
Cooper Sign Co., Inc.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chautauqua County**
Culligan Water
Custom Curb Appeal of New York**
Darling Paint, Inc.**
Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co., Inc.
Diedrich Technologies, Inc.**
Dobmeier Janitor Supply Inc.
Dyson B2B, Inc. **
E.M. Cahill Company, Inc.
Ecology Roof Systems/Abraxas Restoration
Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.**
EverDry Waterproofing
Frank's Landscaping & Drainage
GDF Suez Energy Resources NA **
GLR Recycling Solutions Inc.**
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hamburg Overhead Door, Inc.
Held's Janitorial Services Inc.
HJS Supply Company, LLC
Home Improvement Council of WNY
Indoor Air Professionals, Inc.
Integrity Pest Services Inc.
Jani-King of Buffalo Inc.
KW Crowd Control**
McCullagh Coffee
Millington Lockwood Business Interiors
Mr. Plumber HVAC
National Assn. of Purchasing Mgmt (NAPM)
Niagara Metals LLC **
Northeast Window Tint
NYSAR3 - New York State Assn. for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling
O'Connell Electric Company
Old Glory Flag & Banner
Painters Plus Home Decorating Inc.**
Philipps Bros. Supply Inc.
Que Centre
R.P. Fedder Corp.
Raymond E. Kelley, Inc.
Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) Rigidized Metals Corporation **
Seneca Plumbing & Heating Supply Co., Inc.
Shell Fab & Design, Inc. **
Shiffler Equipment Sales, Inc.**
Solar Liberty
Sunnking Electronics Recycling
The Davey Tree Expert Co., Inc.**
The MJA Company
Thurman Thomas Global Energy Group**
U.S. Green Building Council-NY Upstate Chapter
Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Van Hook Service Co.
Verizon Wireless

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Experience the A-1 Advantage!!!

A-1 Concrete Leveling is America's Premier Concrete Leveling Company!

The most modern concrete leveling techniques!
  • The 1" diameter holes drilled through the slab by A-1 are the smallest in the industry
  • Smaller hole size avoids weakening the slabs or raising the slabs too quickly
  • A-1 fills the void completely and raises the slab safely

The most environmentally responsible concrete leveling material.

  • Limestone-based slurry used to raise sunken concrete is natures' original green material and has stood the test of time
  • Limestone is used by farmers to fertilize crops
  • Limestone was used over 3000 years ago to build the pyramids!
  • Limestone is natural and won't disturb the landscape, in fact, it may help...everyone has received a mailer offering "organic lime treatment" for the lawn

A-1's patented Concrete Leveling System has been perfected over the last 30 years!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Facility Managers: Maximize Your 2010 Budget

Since we have entered the final quarter of the year, there are many industrial and commercial properties contacting us as they review their annual budgets. You know the old adage: use it or lose it! If you are like others, the weather may have impacted your ability to make improvements or maintain every aspect of your property. Since concrete leveling is not subject to some of the same weather restrictions, we are helping facilities maximize their end-of-year spend using our value-oriented concrete lifting solution. If your facility has budget spend remaining and sunken concrete, let A-1 Concrete Leveling help you increase your overall performance rating on budget usage!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Click the link above to read an interesting article which discusses the long-term durability of naturally-occurring limestone making limestone a proven building material that can last for centuries.
Of course this is part of why we use a limestone-based slurry in our hydraulic pressure injection application for concrete leveling. Our grout material effectively re-establishes the sub-base and creates a natural, stable sub-support for the slab.
It is unusual that the author did not mention that the Egyptian pyramids are made of limestone since they have been around for thousands of years!!!
This article was written by nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Tim Collins, and published on the Ask The Builder website.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coal Fly Ash EPA Ruling Controversy

The EPA continues to delay their decision on whether coal fly ash should be classified as a hazardous material. We use an agricultural limestone (ag-lime) mixture for leveling which does not include any coal fly ash. There are varied opinions on the fly ash topic and if you search the web, you will get differing perspectives relative to the dangers presented by coal fly ash. The 60 Minutes segment below addressed the 100 billion gallon coal fly ash disaster in Kingston, TN, in 2008 which is one major contributing factor in coal fly ash being reviewed by and possibly reclassified as hazardous by the EPA. The EPA's decision remains open to public contribution and discussion and is due to be formally decided later this year. More information can be viewed

Monday, August 30, 2010

WOW! What a great benefit event for our friend Ed Warren!!!

It has been a busy summer, and also a sad summer... One of the worst things about this year is that our very good friend, Ed Warren, has inoperable brain cancer. We have been part of the fundraising committee since its' inception and the benefit was held yesterday at the Polish Falcons in Depew (right down the street from Ed's house). Months worth of work resulted in a resounding success!!! Thanks to all the individuals and companies who have helped to support Ed's benefit by donating auction items, baskets and money. Although the event is over, donations will continue to be thankfully accepted through Paypal at and at any Lake Shore Savings Bank branch.

Monday, July 26, 2010

We Love Our Customers!!!

What a lovely card we received from Sharon in Cheektowaga! It is always nice when we get such supportive and positive feedback from a customer. Our great thanks to Sharon whose thoughtfulness is much appreciated. She was a fantastic customer!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Home Improvement Council Golf Event

The Home Improvement Council Golf Event which was this past Monday, July 19th, at Arrowhead Golf Resort in Akron, NY. Some of us played golf while others helped work a closest to the pin event, sold tickets for a 50/50 raffle and helped keep the golfers hydrated. There are some great people in the council and it was fun to see them!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wow! Earthquake in WNY!

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck in Canada and I felt it here in Buffalo!

I have been in a few earthquakes in my lifetime and as soon as I felt the distinct swaying while sitting in my office, I thought, "I know what this is!" It took me about an hour to find anything online about it and the first place I looked was the USGS website (it's all there now, of course!).

The funny thing is that I addressed this exact topic in my post on May 23rd. In that post I discussed how long concrete leveling will last and I said:

"So, A-1 Concrete Leveling has been around almost 30 years but could concrete leveling last 30 years? Sure, in an ideal situation. But, then, a new pour wouldn't sink if it existed in ideal conditions and no one would need us! The fact is that the ground moves. There are a variety of factors which affect the sub-surface support of a slab and every situation is different.

According to the USGS earthquake website (, as of today, there have already been almost 7,000 earthquakes worldwide in 2010 with almost 2200 of them occurring in the US; while that may not affect us on a daily basis, it is having a constant effect deep below the surface."

Little did I know that it would be affecting us just one month later!!!

The USGS reports that the two most damaging earthquakes Western Quebec had previously experienced were a 6.1 in 1935 and a 6.2 in 1732.

Click this post title to view the details of the quake at (be sure to check out the info on different tabs as it is really fascinating!).

Another Great Video from The A-1 Akron Franchise!

Click on the title of this post to view another great commercial video from Rob Keith in Akron, Ohio. You may remember from one of my previous posts that Rob is the franchisee of the original A-1 Concrete Leveling location which is near Peninsula, OH, where Grover Miller, the inventor of our equipment lives. This one shows the before and after of a driveway upper apron. Our thanks to Rob for posting this and others on YouTube. Enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Edward D. Warren Benefit Fund

Our friend Ed Warren has brain cancer.

You may have met Ed; he has worked for Siegel Landscape & Drainage for years and has been at thousands of homes over those years. Along with Siegel owner, Bill Miller, Ed has been an annual fixture in Siegel's booth at the Buffalo Home & Garden Show as well.

Ed had brain surgery on March 31st but only 40% of the mass could be removed and the remaining mass is entangled in his optic nerve; additional surgery will result in blindness and possibly diminished higher functions. Ed is now undergoing a year of radiation and chemo to try to stop the growth of the cancer. Ed's family, including wife, Jen, sons, Josh, 8, and Jake, 6, are doing their best to help support Ed through the treatments.

Please visit Ed's support website, (or click the post title above to visit) for more information.

A group of Ed's closest friends are organizing a benefit for Ed and his family at the Polish Falcons Club (, located at 445 Columbia Avenue in Depew, NY, on Sunday, August 29, 2010. This location was just decided two weeks ago. The website will communicate information on the benefit as it becomes available. Tickets will be available to purchase in advance and will include soft drinks, draught beer and food, which is being donated by local restaurants. There will be a basket auction as well as a live auction. If you would like to donate anything to include in a a basket or a big-ticket item for the live auction, please contact Joe Makowski at

A PayPal donate button on the website links to a benefit fund set up by Ed's father, Dave Warren, who works for Lake Shore Savings Bank. Donations are also being accepted at any Lake Shore Savings Bank branch location. This money is being used to pay for medical expenses which are not covered by insurance (already thousands of $$$) and for basic needs for his family including mortgage, utilities and food.

Please donate if you can! Your help is much appreciated.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 Buffalo Home & Garden Show Testimonials

At the 2010 Buffalo Home & Garden Show, we had a few customers who were kind enough to let us video their testimonials. We raised Lorraine's patio in 2009, Gary's entry in 2007, Elaine's garage in 2007 and Nelson's driveway in 2007. Click on the post title to view the video on YouTube. Hope you enjoy watching!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

How Long Will Concrete Leveling Last? Check Out Our Pic Below: Before ~ After ~ Now!

People often ask how long concrete leveling will last and the answer is, well, it depends... Corporate A-1 Concrete Leveling was born almost 30 years ago and has over 50 franchises nationally making A-1 America's largest concrete leveler.

So, A-1 Concrete Leveling has been around almost 30 years but could concrete leveling last 30 years? Sure, in an ideal situation. But, then, a new pour wouldn't sink if it existed in ideal conditions and no one would need us! The fact is that the ground moves. There are a variety of factors which affect the sub-surface support of a slab and every situation is different.

According to the USGS earthquake website (, as of today, there have already been almost 7,000 earthquakes worldwide in 2010 with almost 2200 of them occurring in the US; while that may not affect us on a daily basis, it is having a constant effect deep below the surface.

Erosion may be accelerated if there is a poor drainage situation which contributes to greater slab movement during freeze/thaw cycles; when water freezes it increases in size by 9% so if it is in a void under a concrete slab, it results in the slab heaving (

Another situation which may compromise the sub-surface is if a utility line or drainage is installed underneath the slab; if it is an original installation and the slab has sunken, leveling is a great option to return it to original position as all the initial settling will have occurred, but if you have a new utility line or drainage installed, be prepared to see some shifting of the slab...then call us and we can help!

Whether you have your existing concrete leveled or have newly poured slabs, as in life, the only true constant is that everything is changing.

We wanted to share a recent picture of a project we completed in 2007 (our first year as a member of the A-1 family); this is the first in what will be an ongoing series of "Before ~ After ~ Now!" project recaps.

Thanks for checking us out!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Check Out This Fun Commercial from the A-1 Franchise in Akron, Ohio

Check out this commercial from Rob Keith in Akron, Ohio. Rob is the franchisee of the original A-1 Concrete Leveling location which is near Peninsula, OH, where Grover Miller, the inventor of our equipment lives. Click the title of the post to view Rob's video. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Slight Variation on Catch & Release...

Yesterday Pete was at an estimate for MJ Peterson in the City of Buffalo and some tenants approached the property manager he was with to ask for assistance helping an animal who had gotten his head stuck in a plastic jar. Looking at the video below, I am not sure what this animal is (it kind of looks like a groundhog?), but I am sure he was just looking for some food and maybe there was a bit left at the bottom of the empty jar, and, voila, stuck! The tenants said that the animal had been running in the street and they were concerned that he would get hit by a car. The property manager got his employee to use a tool to hold the animal while they pulled the container off his head to set him free. A-1 Concrete Leveling is not just helping raise Buffalo to higher ground, we are also, in conjunction with our friends at MJ Peterson, helping save animals from food-search related injuries.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Green Rock,!

Check out this article from This Old House which talks about Green Rock, which is made from recycled concrete. What a great way to reuse old concrete when the only option is replacement!

Or just visit the Green Rock website directly.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Oh, My! Check out the Wonder How To Website...

I have recently discovered (you can click the post title above to check it out for yourself). If you are looking for a how-to video, this is the place to go. It picks through thousands of websites to find the best instructional videos to help you do whatever it is you need to do. Embarrassingly enough, I stumbled across it looking for instructions on how to dance the paso doble, but you can look up how to make a delicious crepe, how to align your feet for a kickflip, how to chill a beer instantly or how to build a bat house for bats in your barn (not really sure I can think of who would need this?). Anyway, suffice it to say that this is a functional and fun site that might help you if you are looking to learn something new! Good luck!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Get a Little Greener at is a great resource for learning about eco-friendly trends in all areas. The best thing about the site is that it shows you easy, achievable ways that you can make choices or perform activities is a more earth-friendly way. It is an offering of the Discovery Communications as in Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. Another great thing about this site is that it really has something for everyone from make-up to cars to travel to food to science and on and on.... Click the title of this posting to visit and get a little greener!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thanks to Joan in Buffalo!!!

Even though our customers are always kind and a pleasure to work with, it is especially nice when we receive a handwritten note, especially when it includes a compliment! Our great thanks to Joan in Buffalo. We genuinely appreciate receiving her very kind note!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Contractor Network Night - All Contractors Welcome to Attend!

Contractor Network Night is sponsored by the Home Improvement Council.

You do not have to be a member of the council to attend and network.

This is a great opportunity for contractors to interact with other contractors and to discuss solutions to challenges we all share in the home improvement construction industry.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Tony Rome's - 1537 Union Road, West Seneca
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Cash Bar

Get to know HIC Chairman & Co-Chair
Bill Miller - Siegel Landscape & Drainage
Jeff Valone - Try-Lock Roofing

Questions? Contact Donna at 716-568-2111 or

For more information on the Home Improvement Council, click the title of this post to be redirected to their website.

Friday, April 2, 2010

University of Buffalo: A-1 Goes Back to School to Teach Sunken Concrete a Lesson!

This video was recorded while completing a concrete leveling project at Hadley Village Apartments at the University of Buffalo on March 29th, 2010. We raised a string of centrally located walkway slabs in an effort to eliminate surface water pooling. This saved UB budget dollars, saved their maintenance crew clean-up time from mud tracked into the apartment common areas, saved students the inconvenience of having to maneuver through an area being under construction for a lengthy time and resulted in the desired solution of redirecting the surface drainage of the slabs and eliminating pooling water. Our thanks to the UB staff and students for their support!

"Oops!" says The Nicole of Buffalo! Our foreman, Josh, pointed out an error I made in one of the slides included in this video. Because it would be complicated to replace the slide in the video, I am letting the world in on my mistake (wish I could say that I never make mistakes, but I think everyone knows that's not true...)! So, on the second to last slide in this video, which is titled "The Concrete is Raised & Class is Out!", I mistakenly put in our first year of business as 1997 instead of 2007; why I am stuck in the last century and over a decade behind I do not know, but I made this exact mistake on a piece of literature for the home show in March and had to cut out stickers printed with 2007 to cover up my mistake on 1000 postcards... You'd think I would have learned my lesson (maybe I need to go back to school?). So, while it may sound less impressive that we have only been raising concrete slabs since 2007, rather than 1997, it is infinitely more impressive that we have raised over 4200 slabs since 2007 rather than what would be a much lesser accomplishment if we had only raised that many since 1997! My apology for my error! Thanks to Josh for catching it and pointing it out!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

List of Corporate Customers

Happy Springtime! The sun is out and we are happy to have our season starting off. Thought it would be nice to include a list of some of our corporate customers many of which for whom we have completed multiple projects over the past several years.

Applebee’s (TL Cannon)
Baker Victory Services
Basset Park Manor
Delaware Towers Condos
First Niagara
FMC Peroxygens
Kenilworth United Church of Christ
LBM Construction
LMM Properties
MJ Peterson
National Air Cargo
Niagara Hospice
People, Inc.
Sharp General Contracting
Timon Towers
Tonawanda Church of Christ
Town of Newfane
Town of Tonawanda
Town of Wales
Town of Wheatfield
U.S. Border Patrol
University of Buffalo
Village of Akron
Walker Center
Weinberg Campus

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Click Here to Visit our Facebook Page!

When visiting our Facebook Page, please take a moment to become a fan! Thanks!

Friday, March 26, 2010

New York Geographies Served by A-1 Concrete Leveling

We serve all the municipalities of Erie and Niagara counties.
We also serve Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Orleans counties.

Municipalities of Erie County
Akron (village)
Alden (town)
Alden (village)
Amherst (town)
Angola on the Lake (hamlet)
Angola (village)
Aurora (town)
Billington Heights (hamlet)
Blasdell (village)
Boston (town)
Brant (town)
Buffalo (city)
Cheektowaga (town)
Clarence Center (hamlet)
Clarence (town)
Colden (town)
Collins (town)
Concord (town)
Depew (village)
East Amherst (hamlet)
East Aurora (village)
Eden (town)
Elma Center
Elma (town)
Evans (town)
Farnham (village)
Gowanda (village)
Grand Island (town)
Hamburg (town)
Hamburg (village)
Harris Hill (hamlet)
Holland (town)
Kenmore (village)
Lackawanna (city)
Lake Erie Beach (hamlet)
Lake View (hamlet)
Lancaster (town)
Lancaster (village)
Marilla (town)
Newstead (town)
North Boston
North Collins (town)
North Collins (village)
Orchard Park (town)
Orchard Park (village)
Sardinia (town)
Sloan (village)
Springville (village)
Tonawanda (town)
Tonawanda (city)
Town Line (hamlet)
Wales (town)
West Seneca (town)
Williamsville (village)

Municipalities of Niagara County
Barker (village)
Cambria (town)
Gasport (CDP)
Hartland (town)
Lewiston (village)
Lewiston (town)
Lockport (town)
Lockport (city)
Middleport (village)
Newfane (town)
Newfane (CDP)
Niagara Falls (city)
Niagara (town)
North Tonawanda (city)
Olcott (CDP)
Pendleton (town)
Porter (town)
Ransomville (CDP)
Rapids (CDP)
Royalton (town)
Sanborn (hamlet)
Somerset (town)
South Lockport
Wheatfield (town)
Wilson (village)
Wilson (town)
Youngstown (village)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Best Ever Response to a Practical Joke!!!

One of the best things about exhibiting at the Buffalo Home & Garden show is the interactions the vendors have with each other.

As a customer, you will see that we genuinely like and respect each other; it is evident is the referral process. We are constantly sending customers to other companies when the project they need a solution for is not something that we do and we receive many referrals from exhibiting vendors as well. This in-building referral process happens naturally and having so many contractors and service-providers who know each other in one place makes the Buffalo Home & Garden Show a must-attend for those with home improvement needs. Along with establishing contact with potential new customers and connecting with past customers, we have built and supported some great professional relationships through the show.

What you may not see is the fact that we also really like to have fun and play tricks on each other. If there were an award for "Best Sport" for practical jokes being played it would have to be Michael Pace from Pace Landscaping. We upped the ante this year by commandeering Mike's tv slideshow when he stepped away to get a bite to eat. We replaced the lovely pictures of the fantastic work he provides with an "after" picture that resembled Sanford & Sons yard. Of course we waited until the last hour of the show to do this and I stood closely by to let any passing customers know that we were playing a little joke and that Pace is a truly great landscape company. The customers laughed with us and really seemed to enjoy the fact that the vendors have a comaraderie that allows for practical jokes.

Upon Mike's return, he immediately told a customer that he could also do this to their yard and that the safety cones and plastic furniture would be extra. He played it out with a few customers who understood the joke and laughed heartily at his straight-faced sales pitch for this "after" result. Truly hilarious and one of the best sports ever. He played through it like a champ!

Mike, thanks so much. You're the best!!! By the way, we are scheming and plotting for next year; we suggest you do the same;-)

Click on the post title above to view Pace's website where you can access their blog to see their tips and suggestions or ask a question of your own. Also on their website is a link to view their Facebook page where you will see stunning pictures of Pace's work which is top-quality.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Click Here to Check Out Our New Google Profile!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Welcome 2010 Concrete Leveling Season!

And the concrete leveling begins! Yesterday marked our first project for the 2010 season. This 200SF rear patio was sinking 2"-3" and completely stressing out the homeowner. At the end of yesterday, he was the happy owner of a raised and re-established patio.

Get the grill out!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Buffalo Home & Garden Show Rocked!!!

Yea for a great home show! We were lucky to talk with so many great potential customers. One of the best things was seeing previous years customers and re-connecting with some of our vendor friends. Our first project of the season is scheduled in a couple days and we are looking forward to a fun year. Thanks to everyone who attended and all our fellow vendors who exhibited!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Buffalo Home & Garden Show Final Weekend!

The Buffalo Home & Garden Show continues through this weekend. Visit us upstairs in booth 1105 on Friday (10AM-9PM), Saturday (10AM-9PM), and Sunday (10AM-6PM). We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 Buffalo Home & Garden Show

Ready, set, GO! Here's our booth for the 2010 Buffalo Home & Garden Show! We are on the upper floor in 1105. See everyone there!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Best Materials May Be Best!

We are always sourcing materials and looking for the products we need at the best prices. One of the companies we stumbled across last year is Best Materials. We order online at great prices and the items are delivered within a few days. Check them out to see if they offer items you need at prices that are better than you can find elsewhere (just don't forget to factor in the shipping charges!). You can visit their site at or click the title post above to link. Good Luck!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Check out this very cool Pacific Northwest based ecofriendly source for building materials!

ecohaus, green building, interior finish supplies

Friday, February 5, 2010

Buffalo Home & Garden Show is Coming!!!

Maybe I am a bit optimistic, but spring is in the air, right? Well, if not right now, the upcoming Buffalo Home & Garden Show signifies the beginning of our residential home improvement season!

Visit us in booth 1105 on the upper level.

2010 Show Dates & Hours


Friday, March 5 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 6 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 7 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday, March 12 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 13 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 14 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Click the title of this posting to view the Buffalo Home & Garden Show Website where you will find more information and can purchase your admission tickets in advance at a discounted rate of $7.00 which is a $3.00 savings off the price of admission!

Who will be exibiting? So many helpful home improvement professionals ready to provide solutions for your situation!

A Best
A Taste of the World
ABC Hardware & Rental Inc
About Time
Admiral Home Improvement, INC.
ADT Security Services Inc.
Air Movers
Alden Pools and Play
American Clear Water
American Fence
Amherst Alarm Inc
Andersen Windows
Apollo Drywall & Painting
Art by Blair
Art Effects Glass Inc
Arxx /Seaway Wall Dist.
ATC Systems Inc/Rainbow of WNY
Aurora Sewing Center
Awnings Plus
AXA Advisors
B&G Woodworking
Barden Building Systems
Basements By NES
Bath Fitter
Bauer Specialty/Leafguard
Beauty Pools
BFS Direct, Inc.
Black Rock Roofing
Bobcat of Buffalo
Braendel Painting
Braymiller Builders
Buffalo Hardwood Floors
Buscaglia Decks
Capital Heat Inc
Capozzi Paving & Concrete Inc
Carpet Care Services
Cellino Plumbing
CertaPro Painters
Chameleon Pools & Concrete Inc.
Classic Window & Door Inc
Colden Closet
Colley's Pools
Collingwood Construction Corp
Comfort Windows
Complete Heat, Inc
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Cooks Warehouse Inc
Cornerstone Concrete
Cortese Brothers Inc
Country Peddlers
Countryside Stove
Cozy Homes Construction
CPR Custom Concrete
Creative Window Designs
Curb It and Decorative Overlays
Custom Covers & Canvas, Inc.
Custom Curb Appeal
Custom Interiors Kitchen & Bath
Customized Surfaces
Cutco Cutlery
Dan Burandt Waterproofing
David's Exterior Home Improvement
DeGeorge Ceilings Inc
Dennis Evchich Insurance Agency
Designer Pools
Dietrick's Custom Cabinets
Direct Security/Brinks Home Security
Duro Shed
Ecoquest International
Elite Exteriors & Interiors
European Gourmet Almonds
Euroshine USA dba Linens & More
Everdry Waterproofing Of Upstate NY
Fisher Pools
Four Seasons Sunrooms By Warren's/Gutter Stuff
Fox's Lawn Furniture Inc
Frank's Basement Systems
Gary Pools & Leisure
Gleason Geothermal
Gourmet Creations
Green Solutions of WNY
Hamburg Overhead Door Inc
Hands and Paws Cookies and Treats Inc.
Hart To Hart Industries Inc
Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries
Home & Garden Party
Home Comfort
Hoover Industrial Supply
Indoor Air Professionals Inc
Inside Out Casual Furniture
Interior Designs By Tina
Interior Maintenance Services
International Housewares Inc
International Stone Gallery
Intertech Digital Entertainment Inc
Invisible Fence
Ivy Lea Construction
Jack of All Trades Computer Services
Janette's Designs
JC Penney Custom Decorating
JDH Custom Woodworking
JLT Industries
JM Enterprises
Jman Photo
John H. Black Company, Inc.
K-9 Connection
Kaz Brothers Construction
Ken-Ton Fabricators
Klemat Plumbing & Heating
Knauber's Kitchen Refacing
Kohler Awning Inc
Kwik Klean Air Duct Cleaners
LeadSafe Erie County Health Dept.
Leisure Craft Pools
Leveled Contracting Inc.
Lifestyle Photography
Lifetime Cookware
Little Giant Ladder Systems (Wing Ent)
LJ Klein Development
Longaberger Baskets, Pottery and Wrought Iron
Lumber Liquidators
M & M Iron Art
M.P. Caroll Hardwood Flooring
Mario & Son Tile and Linoleum Co Inc
Mark Callen Photography
Mark Enterprises, Inc
Marvin Windows Of New York
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Master Chong's World Class Tae Kwon DO
Maximum Security Services Inc
Menne Nursery & Florist
Michael S. Smith Graphics
Mid City Home Improvement
MLA Home Inspections
Modern Windows of NY Inc.
Munro Products
Natale Builders
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
National Overhead Door Inc
New Dimensions Of WNY Ltd
New York Life Insurance
Nexgen Windows & Doors LLC
NYS Department Of Public Service
Pace Landscaping
Pampered by Nature
Paragon Forming & Design
Patio Enclosures Inc
PDM Services Inc
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Pella Of WNY
Picket Fence and Exteriors Inc.
Pollard Windows
Pool Brite Inc
Pool Mart Inc
Pro Paint of WNY, Inc.
Quality Filtration
R. Broad Concrete
Rain Soft
Rayzor Supplies
Recreational Warehouse
REM Sleep Solutions
Satellite Solutions
Scott Perry & Co.
Seibold Construction Inc.
Select Comfort
Select Marketing*
Seneca Plumbing & Heating Supply Co Inc
Sew On-Sew Forth (Main Factory Sales & Service)
Sheridan Surgical Inc
Sherwin Williams Co.
Shield Security Systems
Shiny Object Media
Siegel Landscape & Drainage
Signlanguage Inc
Silpada Designs Inc.
Softub Express
Solid Ground Concrete/New Era Edging
Sound & Theater (S& T Enterprises)
Southtowns Vacuum
Stockmohr Company Inc.
Stockton Roofing & Siding
Storage Mobility Of Buffalo LLC
Sun Enterprises
Sunroom Additions, Inc.
Superior Heat Co. L.L.C.
Superior Sights and Sounds, Inc.
Superior Walls Of Upstate NY
Superview Handmade Embroidery Arts
Switala's Construction
Tastefully Simple
Territory Mortgage
The Davey Tree Expert Company
The Space Lifters
The Vinyl Outlet
TimberTech - DeckTeck
Time Warner
TJW Custom Homes Inc
Touch of Purple
Upstate Systems, Inc.
Utech Basement Waterproofing
Vacinek Complete Home Services
Vastola Heating & Air Conditioning
Vincent's Heating & Cooling
VIP Pet Sitting
Vision Auto & Plate Glass/Rustop
Waddell & Reed
Watercure By Health Keys
Wayne Block Co. Inc.
Window World of Buffalo
Wood-Tex Products

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A-1 Concrete Leveling Franchise Locations

Below you will find the locations for all of the A-1 franchises nationally.

Colorado Springs, CO
Denver North, CO
Denver South, CO
Ft. Collins, CO

Atlanta, GA

Chicago West, IL
Crystal Lake – Rockford, IL
Chicago South of I-55, IL
Collinsville, IL

Anderson – Muncie, IN
Indianapolis North, IN
Evansville, IN
Lafayette – Terre Haute, IN
Ft. Wayne, IN
South Bend, IN
Greenwood, Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour, IN

Des Moines, IA

Kansas City, KS

Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY
Western KY

Maryland (MD)

Ann Arbor – Lansing – Oakland, MI
Flint, MI

Minneapolis, MN

St. Louis, MO
Kansas City North, MO
Kansas City South, MO

New York
Buffalo, NY
Syracuse, NY

Akron, OH
Ashtabula, OH
Canton, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland East, OH
Cleveland West, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Toledo, OH
Youngstown, OH

Erie, PA
Philadelphia West, PA
Pittsburgh North, PA
Pittsburgh South, PA
Central PA

Chattanooga, TN
Knoxville, TN
Johnson City, TN
Nashville North, TN
Nashville South, TN

Richmond, VA
Northern VA

West Virginia
Charleston – Huntington, WV

Check Out the A-1 Columbus Commercial!

Click the post title above to visit their website!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A-1 Concrete National Franchise Meeting

The A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair National Franchise Meeting was held in Ohio last week. There were a variety of presentations including Akron Bearing, Bosch Tools. A-1 Franchise, Keystone Foundation Repair, located in Carlisle, PA, demonstrated their carbon fiber wall straps which is an option they offer for bowed basement wall stabilization (seen in picture below).

For the awards dinner, A-1 Corporate rented out the Football Hall of Fame, which we had to ourselves for the evening. What a treat!

Our thanks to A-1 Corporate for providing a beneficial meeting! It was great to get together with our fellow A-1 franchise owners for business and fun. There is no better way to grow and improve than to share ideas and information in a group setting.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A-1 Concrete National Meeting

A busy week of meetings with A-1 corporate and other franchise owners from around the country. What a great way to learn what is working for others and share things that we are doing!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Project Comparison Analysis

Project Comparison Analysis
Originally uploaded by A-1 Concrete Leveling

This facility's strict OSHA guidelines all but eliminated the option of replacement.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Better for Replacement?

Better for Replacement
Originally uploaded by A-1 Concrete Leveling

Yes, if cracked like a shattered windowpane or resembles a spiderweb.

Better for Replacement?

Better for Replacement
Originally uploaded by A-1 Concrete Leveling

Yes, if many slabs need to be addressed versus replacing one or if surface too deteriorated.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

YouTube Upload Totals

Visit our YouTube channel! We are 1 upload visit away from 7,000. Click this post's title and then sit back, relax, watch a video or two!!!

Anatomy of a Lift

Anatomy of a Lift
Originally uploaded by A-1 Concrete Leveling

This is what our material looks like under the slab after it has set for a week. We removed the original blocks because they were deteriorated and it allowed us to get this great show and tell picture! After the blocks were replaced with new ones, we were able to fully pressurize and complete this project.

Anatomy of a Lift

Anatomy of a Lift
Originally uploaded by A-1 Concrete Leveling

This shows how our material looks being pumped under a slab.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Home Improvement Council Awards for 2009

We received this Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Customer Service in 2009 from the Home Improvement Council of Western New York which is a contractors advocacy and networking group of which I am a board member. Click the title above to view the HIC's website for links to quality contractors.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A-1 Concrete Leveling at Applebee's

This video was recorded when completing a concrete leveling project at an Applebee's Restaurant in November 2009. We eliminated an entry-slab hazard and we did so before the restaurant opened which saved them not just budget dollars, but more costly down-time and customer inconvenience.

Click on blog title to view Applebee's website.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Seasonal Shutdown? No Way!

Even though the snow continues to fall, we can still complete certain projects! Of course, outside projects aren't much of an option right now...but interior projects can still be completed.

During the week between Christmas and New Year, we completed an interior warehouse project at the Goodyear-Dunlop Tire manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, NY. The timing was ideal for the facility manager as that time-frame is a recurring annual shut-down week and minimal scheduling changes needed to be made to facilitate completion of the project. Also, he was able to take advantage of 2009 budget dollars that would have gone unused.

So, to all our industrial, commercial and municipal customers, please keep in mind that the snow on the ground now does not keep us from completing your interior project now.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Customer Letter!

Thanks to Paul & Carol Welker for the complimentary letter below.
We enjoyed working with you and appreciate that you took the time to communicate your satifaction not just to us but to your family and friends.

At the BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) Show...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone health & prosperity in 2010...

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put the words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and the first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce