We are pleased to announce that Building Blocks has opened a new glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) manufacturing facility. The plant employs highly trained technicians in a team-based, continuous learning environment. Our 7-acre site outside of Orlando, Florida was chosen because of its proximity to our Florida markets and ease of shipping throughout the East Coast and Midwest United States.
Modifications to retrofit the former Hanson precast pipe plant were executed over the summer and GFRC production began last month. We are on track to achieve full capacity by the end of 2017. Fabrication of 500,000 square feet of GFRC is anticipated next year.
With the establishment of our production facility, Building Blocks is set to introduce a proprietary mix of GFRC to the market. Preliminary tests indicate that our GFRC offers lower vapor permeability and less expansion than existing GFRC mixes. This will reduce tolerance requirements and deliver an even higher performance facade material for our project partners.