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Industrial | FABCON PRECAST
precast panels are used in
many different industries.
Filling the Gaps
FABCON EXPANDS GEOGRAPHICALLY TO REMAIN THE INDUSTRY LEADER. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
panels and floor slabs. The company's first plant began operations in
he future looks bright for Fabcon Precast as it continues
1971, producing slabs for multifamily and mixed-use projects.
to lead the industry in manufacturing and erection of
As the business grew, Fabcon refined its engineering and enprecast concrete wall panels. The company prides itself on
hanced its equipment to expand its capabiliremaining flexible in an ever-changties and the markets it served. "Prior to 1986,
ing industry while focusing on geographic
most of our work was multi-story residential
expansion and capital improvements.
properties," Houtman adds. "The tax law
"I'm excited about the company's
* Revenue: $280 million
changed for depreciation of multi-story buildfuture and the ownership right now," Vice
* Headquarters: Savage, Minn.
ings over the course of two years, including no
President of Sales Jim Houtman says. "The
* Employees: 980
plank or solid wall panels. In 1990 we switched
current economy and the markets we serve
to light industrial. It's all about being nimble on
have put us in a sweet spot and I foresee
* Specia y: Precast concrete
your feet and being able to adapt with changes
the company will continue to grow and do
in the market."
Today, Fabcon's VersaCore+Green™
David Hanson and Gerald Rauenprecast
panels are used in many
horst founded Fabcon in 1970 to develop
- Jim Houtman, vice president of ales
industries, including fulfillment/distribution
SpanDeck™ technology, which was used
centers, manufacturing, community and pubfor producing eight-foot-wide concrete wall
"Every ing we try to do is
centered on being e only logical choice for precast products."
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