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 the Keweenaw—why not use local basalt to make the rebar that reinforces concrete in roads, bridge decks, and buildings? Basalt fiber-based rebar would be stronger, lighter, and more resistant to alkalinity, which can cause concrete to expand and crack..." Read full article here.

Gatorbar & DPR Construction

Brandon Liming

General Superintendent, DPR Construction

“With #3 GatorBar we were able to make guide pins to help us place our forms more accurately, while eliminating the concern about corrosion.  The pins will be close to the outside of the wall, and in a corrosive marine environment, like Galveston, it’s nice to have this option.”