Aug 7, 2019

GatorBar Health Benefits

GATORBAR LEADS TO: Reduced cost of workers’ com because it is easier on worker's backs Happier, more productive employees  Better end-customer impression  With GatorBar, you can look forward to less down-time, more productive up-time, and reduced workers comp. GatorBar #3 Composite…Read more
Jul 8, 2019

Transportation Cost Savings

GATORBAR BENEFITS Transport on a pickup truck rack  7x lighter than steel No extra trailer for the rebar  FEEL THE SAVINGS GatorBar low-cost, composite rebar is seven times lighter than traditional #4 steel rebar. Contractors and concrete delivery service teams can transport the…Read more
Jan 2, 2019

Neuvokas Corporation Awarded $2MM from ARPA-E for Transformational Energy Technology

Ahmeek, MI– Neuvokas Corporation has been awarded $2MM in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) group. The funding will initiate the development of an energy efficient manufacturing process to produce CBF (continuous basalt fiber) in the…Read more
Oct 12, 2018

Neuvokas Corporation Ranked Most Fundable Company by Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

LOS ANGELES – Neuvokas Corporation is thrilled to announce that it received a No. 7 rank on the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s first annual Most Fundable Companies List. Neuvokas Corporation competed against thousands of early-stage U.S. companies with less than $10 million in annual…Read more
Sep 4, 2018

Dispatching business expertise to Michigan companies: U-M helps UP firm grow sales

Neuvokas Corp., a manufacturer in Ahmeek, Mich., a village with a population of about 200 in the Upper Peninsula, could have been among the more than half of manufacturing startups that fail in Michigan. But with its forward-looking leadership and the support of the Economic Growth Institute at…Read more
Aug 8, 2018

Not ready to try GatorBar? Read this.

With steel prices climbing, there couldn’t be a better time to give GatorBar a try on your next concrete project. Because I know you won’t take it from me, I’m bringing in some back up on this one. The following testimonial came after Steve had a great call with our friend Rob at ICS, Inc in North…Read more
Nov 21, 2017

The Rusty Signature of Steel Rebar

Work never stops when you’re running a growing business, and sometimes a weekend trip for travel hockey turns into a marketing opportunity. Our CEO, Erik Kiilunen, recently found himself at the Cornerstone Community Center in Ashwaubenon, WI, where two of his boys were playing in a hockey…Read more
Oct 20, 2017

Neuvokas Team works to expand manufacturing capabilities

The bench work is complete and the initial lab results are in!  The team at Neuvokas has made their first effort to expand their manufacturing platform.  The first attempt to make a two-dimensional profile, other than round has proven successful.  The guys had a little spare time (…Read more
Oct 1, 2017

WCCHC Day of Caring 2017

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Day of Caring. WCCHC is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of health care services to the Waianae Coast of Oahu.  Since 1993, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) along with their…Read more
Sep 14, 2017

Welcome Parr Lumber!

Parr Lumber, the 17th largest independent lumber chain in the United States gave the nod to GatorBar.  Parr Lumber will begin selling GatorBar in the great Pacific Northwest corner of the good old USA starting in October.  We are excited to work with Parr to get them started! Read more
Aug 4, 2017

GatorBar Vs. Welded Wire mesh

Erik was out of town the other week and happened to stumble across a pile of crumbled concrete in New Hampshire. He stopped by to check it out, and of course, take advantage of a perfect real world example. Welded wire mesh, though inexpensive, is not your best option for reinforcing a slab for…Read more
Jul 24, 2017

Neuvokas reaches 150 feet per minute process speed

After recent improvements to our now patented manufacturing process, Neuvokas reached a significant milestone: We can now make GatorBar at 150 feet per minute! This is FIVE TIMES faster than our original manufacturing process. Not to mention the fact that we were already blowing the doors off of…Read more
Jun 7, 2017

The City of Houston Approves Basalt FRP Rebar for use in Non-Structural Applications

Ahmeek, MI – June 07, 2017 – The City of Houston has approved the use of basalt fiber composite rebar in non-structural applications. The approval comes after working extensively with Neuvokas Corporation, analyzing data and test results of their BFRP product, GatorBar. This approval will present…Read more
Mar 20, 2017

2017 Brings New Partnerships and Distribution

If you’ve ever been involved in a start-up from the ground up, there’s one feeling that’s pretty relatable. It’s the feeling that you’re flying 60 mph downhill in the back of a red wagon with Calvin and Hobbes at the wheel. The rocks and bumps knock you around a bit, but the excitement of reaching…Read more
Mar 15, 2017

Honolulu Wood Treating predicts GatorBar will see success in Hawaii

Ahmeek, MI – March 15, 2017 - At the end of 2016, Honolulu Wood Treating made a statement. They wanted to be the exclusive distributor of GatorBar in Hawaii and seized the opportunity by committing to a truckload order, right before the turn of the New Year. Honolulu Wood Treating, along with Aloha…Read more
Mar 7, 2017

Neuvokas Donation Supports Educational Program

Neuvokas Corporation was pleased to contribute to the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Silent Auction at the 2017 WOC show in Las Vegas this past January. Neuvokas donated 10,000 linear feet of GatorBar to the auction to help raise money for the CIM Program. Adam Anvarinia of Premier Homes &…Read more
Feb 24, 2017

Barnsco - Dallas New Distributor of GatorBar™

Ahmeek, MI – February 24, 2017 – Neuvokas Corporation welcomes Barnsco as a stocking distributor   “As a distributor, Barnsco will provide stocking service to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area and Austin,” said Neuvokas Chief Executive Officer, Erik Kiilunen. “With their extensive Texas…Read more
Dec 10, 2016

Crain's Detroit Business: Neuvokas Raises The Bar On Manufacture of Rebar

"I work with a lot of companies in Michigan, and this is one of the few that can be a billion-dollar company," Arcadio Ramirez, technology business consultant for the Michigan Small Business Development Center, speaking about a small company in the Upper Peninsula called Neuvokas Corp. It's the…Read more
Dec 10, 2016

Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar production. “While this accomplishment is gratifying, we look forward to achieving our new goal of 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) in 2018,” notes the company's Chief…Read more
Nov 10, 2016

Neuvokas is Awarded Contract with Purchasing Cooperative of America

Ahmeek, MI – Neuvokas Corporation was recently awarded a contract through the Purchasing Cooperative of America (PCA). This contract is another layer of validation and, in addition, will make working with governmental agencies much easier by streamlining the solicitation process. Becoming a member…Read more
Nov 10, 2016

Find Us At World of Concrete 2017, Booth N3245!

World of Concrete 2017 is quickly approaching! For the first time Neuvokas – GatorBar will have a booth, so we’re in full pre-game mode. And since we don't want your World of Concrete trip to be incomplete, we're letting you sign up for your free GatorBar tee ahead of time! We hope to see you…Read more
Aug 29, 2016

Larry Goldberg, PE joins Neuvokas Corporation

Ahmeek, MI – August 29, 2016 – Neuvokas Corporation welcomes a new team member Lawrence (Larry) Goldberg, PE!  Larry will begin leading the technical sales efforts in Texas as the Southwest Regional Sales Director.  Mr. Goldberg got his start in Civil Engineering with Dannenbaum…Read more
Aug 9, 2016

Road Paves Way for Economic Development

"AHMEEK, Mich. (WLUC) Sometimes, the barriers to business can be easily solved. An improved road in Ahmeek is helping local businesses grow. A simple road can mean a world of difference for a growing company. The Neuvokas corporation makes a synthetic building material. They know the importance of…Read more
Aug 5, 2016

July '16 Review: Gatorbar Being Tested in Rammed Earth & Tilt-up Applications & A Featured Project

I hope you all appreciated your freedom and experienced your fair share of fireworks for Independence Day. The fact that we get to wake up every day and decide how we want to spend our life is pretty awesome. We often lose sight of how wonderful it is to be free when the media is a constant outpour…Read more
Aug 2, 2016

Neuvokas Makes Large Donation to Houghton Skatepark Project

August, 2 2016- Ahmeek, MI- The Houghton Skatepark Project has received a large donation from the Neuvokas Corporation out of Ahmeek, MI. Neuvokas has agreed to a monetary donation of $1,000 as well as a discount on rebar at an estimated value of $5,500. The rebar will play a critical role…Read more
Jul 12, 2016

High-tech Startup Companies Are Revitalizing the Copper Country

"Neuvokas Basalt. You see it everywhere in the Copper Country. It's the volcanic rock from which the area's namesake ore was extracted, leaving piles of fragments still rich with copper and silver. So, thought Erik Kiilunen and Ken Keranen—businessmen, engineers, and fiercely loyal residents of…Read more
Jul 5, 2016

A New Road for Neuvokas, Quite Literally

My top priority for July is definitely making fresh lines on the new pavement outside of Neuvokas with my long board. After hours, of course. Or maybe it'll be my daily lunch break ritual. We'll have to see; I'll keep you posted. In August of 2015, MDOT awarded a grant to support Neuvokas…Read more
Jun 30, 2016

Gatorbar Used in First MDOT Project, NSF Grantee Conference & More

Since my office at Neuvokas is the only office regulated by an AC unit, this summer is off to a great start. And, well, the Yoop (Upper Peninsula of MI) is beautiful in the summer. But mainly, things are picking up at Neuvokas! Customer Appreciation: Last month, I promised to share the details of…Read more
Jun 29, 2016

Road Renovations in Keweenaw County Give Local Company Room to Grow

Ahmeek, MI - June 29, 2016 - Thanks to a TEDF Category A grant awarded by MDOT in August of 2015, the road connecting Neuvokas Corporation to US Highway 41 is repaved to enable year round use. TEDF (Transportation Economic Development Fund) helps fund road projects around Michigan that stimulate…Read more
Jun 9, 2016

The Halls River Project: A Win for FRP Composites in the US

Steel reinforced concrete is known to be the most tried and true method of construction. We have tried it for over 100 years and found that one thing remains true: embedded steel will corrode, causing early failure of the concrete around it. Contrary to what you see in the media, the US isn’t very…Read more

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