Elliot Construction Corp. of Glen Ellyn, Ill. was founded in 1955 and is one of Chicago’s leading concrete contractors. For 20+ years they’ve been using the same aluminum forms, by Western Forms, to successfully complete a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential projects. Like Elliot Construction, Western was also founded in 1955, with both companies’ success based on providing high quality products and services.
Elliot implements Western’s modular systems on a multitude of concrete projects, pouring 12-ft to 30-ft concrete shear walls, as well as columns and beams for projects like parking garages. A recent application required the same forms be used to pour-in-place 77 columns to support the first floor of a 9-story office building.
Jay McCracken, Elliot Construction’s form crew supervisor of 40 years, presently manages six concrete forming crews. Jay says he prefers using Western Forms on their tall walls because “they stay straight vertically and horizontally, requiring a minimal amount of bracing. Because of their light-weight and easy connectivity with PinLock TM attached hardware, we can hand-set our Western Forms just as fast as gang-set forms that require cranes.”