Fox Blocks Acquires Truegrid
In April, Airlite Plastics acquired Truegrid, which manufactures a permeable paving grid system. Airlite Plastics—headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska—manufactures a wide range of custom plastic products for consumer and construction markets, including containers and lids for food packaging, drink cups and lids, as well as the Fox Blocks insulated concrete form (ICF) system.
Truegrid pavers are made of post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and can control runoff, create less thermal pollution, and reduce waste for landfills. The pavers have the potential to revolutionize the construction industry with versatility, attractiveness and 100% permeability. They’ve been used to create parking areas, streets, walkways and bike paths for organizations such as Whole Foods, and the New York City Ferry.
“We are delighted to welcome Truegrid to our family of world-class products,” said Brad Crosby, president and CEO of Airlite Plastics. “This exciting acquisition launches a new period of strategic growth. Airlite Plastics will aggressively continue to develop or acquire additional sustainable construction products.”
Mike Kennaw, vice president and general manager for Fox Blocks says, “The paving system is a natural complement to Airlite’s Fox Blocks brand of ICF building blocks.”
Truegrid will continue to operate in Houston, Texas and sell under its Truegrid name.
“Our companies share a like-minded passion for developing quality products that are both functional and environmentally friendly,” said Barry Stiles, founder of Truegrid. “We are proud to join forces with Airlite Plastics, a leading-edge business with a track record of success.”
Logix Announces Best Projects
In May, Logix Brands announced the results of their project competition. The 2019 Logix ICF Awards recognize innovative projects built with Logix brand ICFs in three different categories: small residential, large residential, and commercial.
Andy Lennox, company president, says, “It’s a pleasure every year to recognize the achievements of the clients and customers we value so much.”
Winner of the small residential category was a net-zero-ready senior living residence built in Northern Alberta, Canada. Lennox says, “This was a project about giving local members of the First Nations community the opportunity to build their own infrastructure and to develop their skills in construction.” Chris Maracle, the ICF consultant, trained an installation crew of local First Nations people, allowing them to develop their skills instead of bringing outside workers as is often the case.
The large residential winner was Chateau Nectar by Gonell Homes, which also took top honors earlier this year at the industry-wide ICF Builder Awards. This remarkable home earned Will Gonell “2017 Custom Home Builder of the Year” from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) and has been covered by Canadian Contractor magazine. Built with the gray-bead Logix Platinum product line, the Ontario mansion mirrors the great chateaus of Europe, with 18,000-plus sq. ft. of living space and 26-ft. ceilings.
Runner-up in this category was the Afton Passive House in Minnesota (pictured below). Built to the most rigorous performance standard for residential homes that exists today, the homeowners spent 10 years researching how to build this home as efficiently and economically as possible.
In the commercial sector, the winner was Souris Hotel & Seniors’ Condominium in Manitoba. Runner-up was BeeHive Homes of South Jordan, an assisted living facility near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Additional information, photos and video of the projects and the award presentation itself can be accessed online via the Logix website.
Amvic Adds Second Toronto Plant
In order to meet increasing customer demand, Amvic Building systems has opened a second ICF molding facility in the Toronto area. Based in the suburb of Scarborough east of the city, the facility joins the original molding plant at the company’s Toronto, Ontario headquarters, and an in-house molding facility in Calgary, Alberta.
Two licensed manufacturing facilities in Nixa, Missouri and Salt Lake City, Utah make the most common sizes of ICF, ensuring the product remains cost-competitive across the United States.
“We are excited to expand our operation and add a third manufacturing plant in Canada with over an additional 100,000 square feet. We thank our customers for supporting us over the years and recognizing the benefits of our products increasing demand and interest.” says Patrick McMahon, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Homebuilding Jumps in April
U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.
The commerce department said Thursday that homebuilding rose 5.7% last month over the month previous to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million. However, that’s down 2.5% from a year earlier, suggesting that would-be homebuyers are facing a shortage of new houses.
From March to April, housing starts surged 84% in the Northeast and 42% in the Midwest, while construction fell almost 6% in the South and West.
Groups Promote ICFs in Utah
On April 30, the Utah Ready Mixed Concrete Association (URMCA) and the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) hosted a major event to promote Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) in the region.
The Utah ICF market is gaining momentum, with the first ICF school in the state currently under construction.
Patrick Matsche, NRMCA’s senior director of building innovations attended the event, and reports “interest exceeded the capacity,” with standing room only training sessions.
Registered attendance was more than 150 construction and design professionals, including owners’ representatives, architects, engineers, testing firms, concrete contractors and ready mix producers.
NRMCA’s Build With Strength has partnered with ICFMA to organize a number of these presentations across the United States. Earlier events have been held in Arizona, Texas, South Carolina, and Kentucky.