Erik J. Kiilunen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kiilunen has been manufacturing products for 36 years, with 4 acquisitions, 6 startups and 2 exits to his credit. Throughout his 36-year career…Full bio
Ken B. Keranen
Founder & Director of Sales
Mr. Keranen, received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2003. Upon graduation Mr.…Full bio
Matt P. Kero
Director of Engineering & Manufacturing
Mr. Kero received his bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering and BioMedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2006. Mr.…Full bio
Chris J. Raymond
Director of Marketing, Sales Management & Human Resources
Born in Detroit and raised in the town of West Branch, MI, Chris is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s of Science…Full bio
Reinforcing America's Future
Neuvokas Corp was founded in 2013 by Erik Kiilunen and Ken Keranen from a simple observation: advances in manufacturing and material sciences would allow composite rebar to be produced competitively with its steel counterpart at higher levels of performance.
In 2014, our proof of concept was validated, our initial mill completed, and our seed investment was obtained.
We achieved 75 feet per minute for production.
First truckload sales of GatorBar.
GatorBar achieved production speeds of 150 feet per minute.
GatorBar was awarded its second patent and sales surpassed 30 million feet.
The Department of Energy ARPA grant was awarded to GatorBar and GatorBar sales since inception surpassed 30,000,000 feet.
GatorBar transitioned from basalt to glass fiber while increasing tensile strength and lowering product costs. We expanded product offerings to include #4 bar and achieved production speeds of 250 feet per minute.
GatorBar was awarded its third patent and obtained the construction industry's first ICC certification for composite rebar.
GatorBar achieved 225,000,000 feet of installed product since inception. We obtained membership within NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials. GatorBar also expanded outside of the Midwest via distributor representation in all 50 states and a nationwide network of sales professionals.
GatorBar continues to make improvements to the product line-up with the introduction of Grip Technology with zero slivers and better bond.