The sweet smell of success is in the air as many in the baking world profit from independent retail shops and online fulfillment. From cupcakeries to creative cakes, gluten-free to vegan options, specialty bakeries and confectioners have sprung up in virtually every town to satisfy a resident’s sweet tooth.

Whether you have a storefront or a delivery van, it’s a safe bet that as a food service provider, you have regulatory agencies to contend with. One of the biggest hurdles bakers face as they get off their business of the ground is licensing, and subsequently staying in good standing throughout the life of the business. A commercial flooring solution is an integral part of keeping your bakery in full compliance.

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Rotman's FurnitureThe Northeast has a long history of being home to some of the earliest manufacturing facilities – with remnants of suburban mill towns spread throughout the region. As of late, the area is again a mecca of production, and factories are churning out everything from candles to candies, pharmaceuticals to fashions, and everything in between.

This surge of reborn industry has paved the way for new construction as well as renewed interest in the restoration and maintenance of older plants – requiring top technology and enhanced building materials that increase productivity and workplace safety.

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Epoxy, St. Bernard’s Athletic Center, Fitchburg, MA

Epoxy, St. Bernard’s Athletic Center, Fitchburg, MA

Show your school spirit from the ground up.

Once used solely as outdoor pavers and for utilitarian spaces such as storage and cafeterias, educational facilities are now turning to concrete solutions to enhance the overall look and feel of a school.

Concrete has long been touted for its durability. Virtually indestructible, this surface is ideal for the constant foot traffic found in hallways and classrooms on a regular basis. In addition, it’s easier to maintain and more cost effective than other flooring systems.

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Moisture or liquid vapor trapped within a concrete floor can result in serious problems for the integrity of a structure.  Left unchecked, it can lead to significant flooring damage, create hazardous conditions for workers, and possibly require significant repair soon after installation.

Wetness can compromise the durability and shorten the life-span of a commercial floor solution. Vapor mitigation systems (also called moisture mitigation systems) are specifically designed to keep moisture from entering concrete, or to permanently trap moisture within concrete to contain moisture movement from permeating the surface.

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Yes, concrete is solid. It’s hard and unyielding when you stand on it. However, concrete is also extremely porous, and it’s relatively easy for liquids and vapors to seep through the material.

It’s not uncommon for concrete to be treated or have additional layers added to prevent moisture from compromising the concrete or the flooring topcoat placed above it. Known as vapor mitigation systems, or moisture mitigation, there are several techniques which can be employed – but all have the same purpose – sealing off the concrete to prevent wetness from permeating the surface and compromising the integrity of the substance.

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Polished ConcreteThe healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries require mission-critical performance from a commercial flooring system. The versatility of polished concrete offers an array of benefits that these companies should recognize.

Polished concrete has become the solution of choice for many commercial buildings including medical device and drug production facilities. Pharmaceutical companies take advantage of the durability and chemical resistance without sacrificing the look and feel of a space. From the operations floor to office spaces, storage units to lobbies and hallways, polished concrete flooring can be a single source solution for pharma industry flooring.

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Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has extensive experience with vapor mitigation techniquesWhile concrete coatings are one of the most durable and long-lasting flooring solutions, they aren’t without fault.

Concrete by nature is a porous substance that can trap moisture, permeate throughout, and travel upwards – damaging topcoats and compromising floor systems. This can be particularly dangerous in some industries that rely on specific floor coatings for compliance and workplace safety.

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Urethane, Downeast Cider House, Boston, MA

Urethane, Downeast Cider House, Boston, MA

When it comes time to select commercial flooring options for your facility, it’s important to consider the unique requirements related to your industry. Here are five important factors to keep in mind as you make your flooring decision:

1. Hygiene requirements. In many industries, such as food and beverage, manufacturing, healthcare, and restaurant and food service, cleanliness is essential. To minimize the threat of bacterial contamination, floors often are subjected to aggressive washdowns with harsh chemicals or high temperature cleanings. Selecting a floor that is both easy to clean and can withstand these conditions is important.

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Craft Roots Brewery, Milford, MA

Craft Roots Brewery, Milford, MA

As we inch closer to January, we can’t help but reflect on the projects and the people that have made 2016 a banner year for Black Bear Coatings & Concrete. Over the past twelve months, we’ve evolved as both a company and service provider, to become more than just an invaluable resource to businesses across the Northeast. Black Bear has had the privilege to branch out and partner with companies throughout the U.S.

The success of our business is attributed to our dedicated staff, affectionately called “the Black Bear family,” as well as our clients who place their trust in our experts every day. We strive to go above and beyond for each individual partner, and provide customized solutions that span tried and true methods, to engineering innovation and experimenting with new techniques and applications.

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Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Every industry has unique operating conditions and business requirements that influence large facility flooring decisions. Many flooring systems exist and at times, the choices may seem overwhelming. If your organization is in the market for new flooring, answering the following five questions may help you identify options that will best meet your needs:

1. Is it a top priority to minimize facillity downtime, while a flooring system is installed? If an organization is renovating its facilities, the management team often has to balance the benefits of large facility improvements with the amount of disruption they will cause to the business. When every day of downtime translates into lost revenue, it’s common for companies to seek flooring systems that can be installed rapidly. Methyl methacrylate or MMA flooring systems are a good option under these circumstances. MMA flooring systems are flow applied, which means that large facility floors can be installed quickly and without trowel marks. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has worked with restaurants and bars, retail stores, showrooms, building lobbies, and more to install MMA floors quickly and with a minimum of disruption.

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