2017

Our Latest Blog Posts
26
Dec

Plastic Lumber – Treat Yourself to Higher Quality Products for Marine Projects

Treated wood products have been used for marine structures for thousands of years, beginning (some say) with the ancient Greeks who slathered their bridge pilings with olive oil. Pressure treating began near the end of the 19th century as railroad ties were treated with creosote. But, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that pressure treated lumber became widely available to consumers. Fortunately, we’ve learned a lot in the last few thousand…

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22
Dec

Bedford Technology 2017 Highlights [Video]

Bedford Technology has had an amazing year! We were able to push innovation further than ever before and roll out brand new structural plastic lumber products to better fit your needs. Below are more details about the projects in the video: 2017 Project Highlights Brooklyn Navy Yard - This project included a unique cutting method so the installation of the marine pile easily connected to the dock wall. Navy Pier…

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19
Dec

Bedford Technology Starts Off the New Year at The Northern Green Expo in Minneapolis

What better way to start off 2018 than with the Northern Green Expo? This event takes place in Minneapolis, MN and brings together professionals from industries like Agriculture, Forestry, Architecture and Design to educate audiences with Master Classes and keynote speakers, three days of networking opportunities and join over 300 exhibitors who will showcase their products and services. Bedford Technology will be one of the 300 exhibitors and we are…

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12
Dec

Horse Stall Bacteria – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Ask any horse owner about the last time their horse contracted a disease and you’re likely to get an earful of intense worry, expensive veterinarian bills and, hopefully (but not always), a successful recovery. Then, they’ll inevitably tell you about a labor intensive disinfection protocol they undertook to try to prevent the spread of the disease. Disinfection of facilities is both an indispensable method of disease control and a consuming…

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07
Dec

Weather the Storm with Smarter Lumber

What do Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria all have in common? All of these tropical storms occurred in the 2017 Hurricane Season and are considered “major hurricanes”, identified as a category 4 or higher. This hurricane season saw seventeen named storms in total. Some hurricane seasons are more active than others, and 2017 proved to be a very active season. Not only has this activity brought financial challenges to the…

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28
Nov

The Long View – Best Practices in Municipal Budgeting

For city managers, city council members and mayors across the country, maintaining a longer term perspective on municipal budget allocation can be a challenge.  Municipal budgeting has always been a complex stew of politics, compromise, and competing visions of the role of government in serving the citizenry.  Re-election cycles and the inevitable ‘squeaky wheels’ tend to keep elected officials focused on here-and-now issues which can impact decision making with sometimes…

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16
Nov

The Docks Expo: Join Bedford Technology in Nashville, TN

Bedford Technology is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Docks Expo in Nashville, TN this December. The 2017 Docks Expo helps keep your “on-the-water” business sailing smoothly by providing educational sessions to enhance professional development, industry expert advice, networking opportunities and information on new products and services to help you save money and increase sales. Come and see how our plastic lumber solutions are a great alternative to…

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14
Nov

Is Plastic Lumber a Bridge Over Troubled Water?

When preserved wood is used for in-water construction such as pilings, break walls, abutments, or even a bridge (especially over troubled waters), the potential exists for the toxic preservatives to leach from the wood, into the water posing a threat to water quality and marine life.  In fact, preserved wood has long been banned from use where it comes into contact with drinking water. Wood preservatives are chemical pesticides applied to prevent…

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10
Nov

Plastic Lumber is Smarter Lumber: Bedford Technology [Video]

Do you think “Plastic Lumber” is an oxymoron? It’s true, it could be put in that category along with “jumbo shrimp” and, as most of us in Minnesota will agree, with “passive aggressive”. However, a better understanding is that “plastic lumber” is not contradictory. It is smarter lumber and serves as a cost-effective long-term solution to traditional wood boards and planks. What is Recycled Plastic Wood? Technically speaking, it is…

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31
Oct

Plastic Lumber: Makes Good Horse Sense

The good old-fashioned wooden fence has been staple in stables for hundreds of years.  Ease of access and the ability to yield under pressure without breaking were all desirable traits.  But today, veterinarians and horses owners are beginning to realize that, for many reasons, wood may no longer be the right nor safe choice. Wood can split, fall down, warp; planks require frequent painting or sealing; nails can work themselves…

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