Topic: News

Neuvokas Corporation Awarded $2MM from ARPA-E for Transformational Energy Technology
January 2, 2019, Ahmeek, MI– Neuvokas Corporation has been awarded $2MM in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) group. The funding will initiate the development of an energy efficient manufacturing process to produce CBF (continuous basalt...
Neuvokas Corporation Ranked Most Fundable Company by Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
October 12, 2018, LOS ANGELES – Neuvokas Corporation is thrilled to announce that it received a No. 7 rank on the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s first annual Most Fundable Companies List . Neuvokas Corporation competed against thousands of early-stage U.S. companies with less than $10...
Dispatching business expertise to Michigan companies: U-M helps UP firm grow sales
BY KIM NORTH SHINE Neuvokas Corp., a manufacturer in Ahmeek, Mich., a village with a population of about 200 in the Upper Peninsula, could have been among the more than half of manufacturing startups that fail in Michigan. But with its forward-looking leadership and the support of the Economic...
Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed
Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar production. “While this accomplishment is gratifying, we look forward to achieving our new goal of 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) in 2018,” notes the company's Chief...
The City of Houston Approves Basalt FRP Rebar for use in Non-Structural Applications
Ahmeek, MI – June 07, 2017 – The City of Houston has approved the use of basalt fiber composite rebar in non-structural applications. The approval comes after working extensively with Neuvokas Corporation, analyzing data and test results of their BFRP product, GatorBar. This approval will present...
Honolulu Wood Treating predicts GatorBar will see success in Hawaii
Ahmeek, MI – March 15, 2017 - At the end of 2016, Honolulu Wood Treating made a statement. They wanted to be the exclusive distributor of GatorBar in Hawaii and seized the opportunity by committing to a truckload order, right before the turn of the New Year. Honolulu Wood Treating, along with Aloha...
Neuvokas Donation Supports Educational Program
Neuvokas Corporation was pleased to contribute to the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Silent Auction at the 2017 WOC show in Las Vegas this past January. Neuvokas donated 10,000 linear feet of GatorBar to the auction to help raise money for the CIM Program. Adam Anvarinia of Premier Homes &...
Barnsco - Dallas New Distributor of GatorBar™
Ahmeek, MI – February 24, 2017 – Neuvokas Corporation welcomes Barnsco as a stocking distributor “As a distributor, Barnsco will provide stocking service to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area and Austin,” said Neuvokas Chief Executive Officer, Erik Kiilunen. “With their extensive Texas reach and...
Crain's Detroit Business: Neuvokas raises the bar on manufacture of rebar
" "I work with a lot of companies in Michigan, and this is one of the few that can be a billion-dollar company," Arcadio Ramirez, technology business consultant for the Michigan Small Business Development Center, speaking about a small company in the Upper Peninsula called Neuvokas Corp. It's the...
Neuvokas is Awarded Contract with Purchasing Cooperative of America
Ahmeek, MI – November 10, 2016 – Neuvokas Corporation was recently awarded a contract through the Purchasing Cooperative of America (PCA). This contract is another layer of validation and, in addition, will make working with governmental agencies much easier by streamlining the solicitation process...
Larry Goldberg, PE joins Neuvokas Corporation
Ahmeek, MI – August 29, 2016 – Neuvokas Corporation welcomes a new team member Lawrence (Larry) Goldberg, PE! Larry will begin leading the technical sales efforts in Texas as the Southwest Regional Sales Director. Mr. Goldberg got his start in Civil Engineering with Dannenbaum Engineering of...
Road paves way for economic development
"AHMEEK, Mich. (WLUC) Sometimes, the barriers to business can be easily solved. An improved road in Ahmeek is helping local businesses grow. A simple road can mean a world of difference for a growing company. The Neuvokas corporation makes a synthetic building material. They know the importance of...
Neuvokas Makes Large Donation to Houghton Skatepark Project
August, 2 2016- Ahmeek, MI- The Houghton Skatepark Project has received a large donation from the Neuvokas Corporation out of Ahmeek, MI. Neuvokas has agreed to a monetary donation of $1,000 as well as a discount on rebar at an estimated value of $5,500. The rebar will play a critical role during...
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...
Road renovations in Keweenaw County give local company room to grow
Ahmeek, MI - June 29, 2016 - Thanks to a TEDF Category A grant awarded by MDOT in August of 2015, the road connecting Neuvokas Corporation to US Highway 41 is repaved to enable year round use. TEDF (Transportation Economic Development Fund) helps fund road projects around Michigan that stimulate...
GatorBar featured on cover of Concrete Contractor magazine April/May 2016 issue
GatorBar is featured on the cover of Concrete Contractor April/May 2016 issue! Read the online version of the article here: READ ARTICLE. Flip through the online version of the full Concrete Contractor April/May 2016 issue: READ APRIL/MAY ISSUE.
Neuvokas Corporation Honored as One of “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” in 2016
Ahmeek, MI - March 14, 2016 - Neuvokas Corporation will be honored as one of the "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch" at an awards ceremony during the twelfth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 5, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan. Every year the State's entrepreneurial community honors...
Spark Plug awards for community achievers
"CALUMET - Mark Wilcox talked about a snowblower's spark plug, the least expensive part of an engine. "It's a tiny thing," he said, "But that tiny thing makes the whole (machine work)." Wilcox gave the opening remarks at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce's annual Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards...
Invited to Capitol Hill
Ahmeek, MI – February 9, 2016 - On February first, Matt Kero, Neuvokas’ VP of Engineering traveled to Washington DC as one of only 10 companies selected Nationally by the ASBDC to participate in a reception on Capitol Hill. Senators, members of the House of Representatives, staffers, and SBDC...
America’s #SBDC Congressional Showcase – Neuvokas Corporation
"Located in the far reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), Neuvokas Corporation was founded in 2013 by Erik Kiilunen and Ken Keranen. Neuvokas runs out of the former Rensen Manufacturing facility in Keweenaw County, which the company renovated with state of the art equipment and machinery. The...

Matt Downey

Downey Concrete

I used GatorBar for four pours this summer.  I love the way it handles, the concrete just flows around it and it doesn’t bend and get left in the bottom of the slab it stays where you put it.  Also my back enjoyed the break!   I look forward to using it again.