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We are proud to be Your Strongest Partner for Expansion Joint Systems

For over 65 years, we have been at the industry forefront of the design and manufacturing of expansion joints. As the only company with expertise in all market sectors, including bridge and highwayparking and stadium, and architectural buildings, Watson Bowman Acme is your strongest partner for expansion control systems and responsible solutions.  


Building up the Buffalo Community

WBA Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity 

WBA BASF's Day 1 Build TeamTwenty-plus members of the BASF Watson Bowman Acme family were happy to donate their time to help improve their local Buffalo, New York community. The team worked on a home in Buffalo's east side over a two-day period through Habitat for Humanity WNY.  The group was able to sharpen their construction skillsets and help to complete tasks such as framing a porch and installing interior and exterior insulation. 

Thanks to the BASF Construction Women at Work (CWAW) group for organizing the volunteeer event!  More on our facebook page >>




Watson Bowman Proudly Announces WaboFireShield FSV & FSH


Watson Bowman Acme, a BASF company, introduces unified fire-retardant foam expansion control system


Wabo®FireShield designed to meet life-safety and movement requirements of parking, stadium, building construction projects


AMHERST, NY, November 25, 2013 -- Watson Bowman Acme, a BASF company and leader in expansion control systems for the construction industry, has introduced Wabo®FireShield, a system specifically designed to accommodate the expansion control needs of structures while providing exceptional life-safety in the event of a fire.

“The Wabo®FireShield is a high performance, multi-directional-movement-capable fire barrier system,” said Rick Patterson, Business Director for Watson Bowman Acme. “The impregnated foam component effectively reduces sound intrusion, making it ideal for applications where ambient noise could be an issue and would need to be managed.”

Wabo®FireShield is a unified, fire rated, sound attenuating, ultraviolet (UV) light stable, thermal and water-resistant sealant system. It features waterproof silicone faces on each side of a fire-retardant impregnated foam sealant without the need for additional intumescent bellows.

Although designed to be used alone, it can also be installed behind any other metallic or elastomeric expansion joint system. With both sides coated, it may be placed with either side exposed to view, adding to the versatility and increasing the aesthetic fireproof sealing options.

The silicone finish enhances the water-resistant nature of the product and provides an aesthetic finish. Available in two different models – FireShield Vertical (FSV) and FireShield Horizontal (FSH) - this life-safety expansion control system is capable of handling all types of construction projects.

Watson Bowman Acme offers a complete line of custom designed expansion control systems for parking decks and architectural structure applications, including Wabo®BusTuff, Jeene®, Wabo®TwinSeam, Wabo®CreteMembrane, Wabo®WeatherSeam, Wabo®Allure, Wabo®ElastoFlex parking series and Wabo®Seismic Span II.




Wabo FireShield Launch Packet Our Wabo®FireShield Launch Package has everything you need to know about the most capable system on the market today. Download your copy! (3MB)


>> View FS Product Page




Heavy Duty Redefined: Info for New Wabo®BusTuff Heavy Duty Parking System Now Available!

We are pleased to announce an entire package of information for the New Wabo®BusTuff (BTS) Expansion Joint System. Download here, learn and spread the word about the most capable parking deck expansion joint system in the market! Hard copy packages will also be available for request through our Literature Request page shortly.

This digital package (1.5 MB file size) contains:

  • BusTuff Product folder - detailed product illustrations and in-depth product description
  • BusTuff Product Data Sheet - designed to quickly highlight unique system features and benefits, technical data
  • BusTuff Specification - highlights system benefits, criteria for performance and design
  • BusTuff Installation and Application Card - plainly and clearly explains the necessary steps to take before and during installation
  • BusTuff System Detail - clearly illustrates system components


Also, be sure to check out our brand new WaboBusTuff videos!

Wabo BusTuff Launch Packet Our BusTuff Launch Package has everything you need to know about the most capable system on the market today. Download your copy! (1.5 MB)

>> View BusTuff Launch Page

>> View BusTuff Product Page