GatorBar is proudly made in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is the only 100% USA Made composite rebar. When we say 100%, we mean it: every piece and process behind GatorBar is American made.
In 2013 GatorBar founders Erik Kiilunen and Ken Keranen saw an opportunity to use manufacturing and material science technologies to produce FRP rebar that is cost competitive with steel. The resulting prototypes increased manufacturing speeds by over 1200%... and GatorBar was born.
Since then the GatorBar team—located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula—has continued to use innovative methods to produce the best bar and remain cost competitive with steel and FRP rebar counterparts.
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 and shipped our first truckload.
First truckload sales of GatorBar.
GatorBar obtained its first patent and achieved production speeds of 150 feet per minute.
GatorBar was awarded its second patent.
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 is committed to continual technological advancements as they capitalize on their advantages in price, weight, and strength. Our involvement in various organizations helps us keep a pulse on market trends and make GatorBar the best bar in existence.
- National Science Foundation
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation
- Michigan Small Business Development Center
- Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
- Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance
- Houston Contractors Association
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Structural Engineers of Texas (SEoT)
- American Society of Indian Engineers
- Purchasing Cooperative of America
- Foundation Performance Association
- BayTran–Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership
- AIA Continuing Education Provider