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four regionally located
production facilities eliminate
transport time to job sites.
variety of construction projects including commercial/industrial
projects such as manufacturing facilities, warehouses, distribution
centers, national retailers, data centers and community/public
spaces. In most cases, Fabcon contracts with the general contractor.
However, since Fabcon has a long history of working with owners,
developers and architects, it is common for Fabcon sales engineers to
be involved with project development in the very early stages.
Fabcon's reliability and capabilities have also made it a preferred
partner for several national companies, such as Walmart International, that contract directly with Fabcon for new facilities. "They
definitely like the speed of our construction process," Director of
Engineering George Miks says. "If you can get a building open three
months earlier than you normally would with other materials it's
definitely a benefit."
Fabcon's four production facilities are located in Minnesota,
Kansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This year the company celebrated
its 45th anniversary. It has manufactured and installed wall panels
for 12,400 buildings in 37 states and four Canadian provinces during
that time. Last year, Fabcon produced nearly 12.4 million square feet
of product at those four facilities. The closeness of Fabcon's facilities
to its customers enables it to provide timely support to projects and
act as a regional supplier. Shorter distances from plants to project
locations is a factor for receiving LEED certification points.
Innovation remains one of Fabcon's core tenets. Continuous improvements across the organization have led to efficiencies throughout manufacturing and construction. Because Fabcon engineers,
manufactures and installs its own panels, processes are well defined
and continually refined.
In response to market demands, the company is making advancements in its finishes. Corporate Marketing Manager Joy Svoboda
points out "precast is not a gray piece of concrete, today we have
limitless color, texture and finish options. Our products are used
in combination with other building materials such as rare woods,
unique metal materials and customized glass. We can also produce
free standing design features such as kiosks, entrance features and
other unique applications. Our goal is to work with architects and
owners to achieve the look and building performance they desire."
Flexibility is the key to Fabcon's ability to match customer requirements and evolving trends. "It allows us to look at our internal
processes to be more efficient and more effective so we can respond
accordingly," Miks says.
Fabcon's precast panels have several advantages over site cast concrete
wall panels. Because the panels are produced in a controlled environment, they are not subject to outdoor elements or uneven surfaces,
resulting in better quality and precision. Further, indoor production
allows Fabcon to deliver finished panels to customers year round.
Fabcon panels carry some of the best thermal resistance ratings
(R-values) in the concrete wall market. The R-value is a measure of
the effectiveness of the panel's insulation. VersaCore+Green panels are
available in a range of thickness from 8 inches to 12 inches and can
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