And just like that, Q1 of 2016 came to a close! Time really does fly when you're having fun (working your tail off so you live to see tomorrow). Here's a little recap of events at Neuvokas in March:

CIGMAT Conference Wrap-up: To start off the month, Neuvokas made an appearance at the 21st Annual CIGMAT (Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology) Conference on March 4th in Houston, TX. The event highlights the latest opportunities and developments in many big cities including Houston. This years' presentations included current and future projects and energy needs for 2016 and 2017. The special feature of this conference was the four panel discussions on critical issues facing the construction, maintenance and sustainability of various civil infrastructures in the urban environment.

CIGMAT Conference

Our VP of Engineering, Matt Kero, and our Houston sales reps, Andrew and Don, represented Neuvokas at the conference. They were able to network with many city planners, educators, engineers, researchers, contractors, and the like at the reception.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch 2016: In other news, we were finally able to let the word out that Neuvokas was chosen as one of the "Michigan 50 Comanies to Watch" for 2016 by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. MCSB defines their pupose: "MCSB brings together the resources of collaborative partners and supporters so that they may raise the profile of small businesses in Michigan, build a network of entrepreneurial companies, and tell the stories of successful, growing Michigan entrepreneurs."

"It is an honor to be recognized alongside some of Michigan's most innovative companies," said Erik Kiilunen, CEO of Neuvokas Corporation. "We are proud of our progress as a company and are working hard to grow Neuvokas even more in the coming years."

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch 2016 Awardee

The winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities. They will all be recognized at the 12th Annual Awards Celebration on May 5th, at the Lansing Center. Congratulations to all of the other awardees, we are excited to meet with you all at the event!

Upcoming Articles: Extra! Extra! Neuvokas will be featured in a couple upcoming magazine issues! Make sure to keep an eye out for us in the April/May issue of Concrete Contractor and the 2016 Spring edition of Michigan Tech Magazine that will be released in June or July of this year. We will definitely remind you later on and link to the articles when they are released, lest you forget. 

Thanks for stopping by, you can always Contact Us if you'd like more information on any of these stories.

Rob Swanson

Owner, ICS Inc

Just sending out a quick note about the GatorBar.

The guys love it, they were already saying 40% labor savings on the first day, and by the end of that week they didn’t want to ever see steel on our flat work jobs again. My guys have been working with steel for 15+ years and the acceptance of GatorBar started within minutes, and as we know change comes hard in this industry.

Just landed a 30,000 sq. ft. job with 1 ft. OC #4 bar and the General Contractor signed off on using GatorBar instead. The guys were extra happy!!! as that would have been a back breaking event for sure.

For any company that ties up a lot of bar or a little it’s a NO BRAINER even if steel comes back down in $$$ we won’t go back to steel for our flat work.

Thanks for all your help, and keep cranking out that GatorBar.

Rob Swanson ICS INC.