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save] a lot of money and the time needed to transport and place
TenCate Geosynthetics' products include its Mirafi® brand, which
takes its name from the words "miracle fibers." Since their inception
in the early 1970s, the products have been used in nearly every
country in the construction of roads, retaining walls and slopes.
Anderson adds that its Mirafi RS580i product performed the
best in a Western Transportation Institute/Montana State University study of geosynthetics in 2014. While all performed well, the
RS580i had the best traffic benefit ratio and the best base course
The Mirafi flagship products also include its H2Ri series, which has
the ability to move water or manage it on roads. "Water often leads to
roadway failures," he says, noting that the material constantly moves
This ensures the road pavement maintains a constant level
of moisture. "You get the roadway to perform at the same level
throughout the section," Anderson says.
TenCate Geosynthetics recently introduced TM13C, a new turf
reinforcement product. "It has some different characteristics that allow
it to contain soil while allowing grass to grow through it," he describes.
that build better roads," Anderson says, noting that TenCate Geosynthetics can help them "get more bang for our buck."
The company also will stay committed to new technology and
innovation in geosynthetics. "There's a lot that can be done in this
young industry," he says. "We're just very optimistic. With continued
research, we're going to find more and more opportunity to market
these cost-effective solutions to construction."
TenCate Geosynthetics is home to a very positive work environment, Anderson says. "It's a pleasure to be able to work with people
who you consider friends," he says. "That spirit permeates people at
He adds that the company is thinking positively about the future.
"Only two Decembers ago did we get a multi-year transportation
budget," he says. "The industry is certainly excited that the new
administration has talked about a robust budget in transportation
"We want to help the government and entities associated with
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