Helix Steel is proud to announce that Dan Lucas has been promoted to Sales Manager. Lucas has long been a key sales representative at the concrete reinforcement innovator, working from the company’s early years of growth to the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic and now through these exciting years of construction growth.

In his position as Sales Manager, Lucas will work closely with management and the sales team to launch new sales strategies and focus on converging the team’s ideas, insights and creativity to foster a teamwork-focused environment that improves communication with customers like never before.

“I’m thrilled to take on this new role at Helix Steel,” says Lucas. “We believe not only in selling products, like traditional salespeople, but we strive to make projects better by finding out what’s best for the projects themselves. It’s not only that we can replace rebar, but it’s also that we can do everything from enhancing corrosion resistance to making concrete more durable while improving the constructability across the entire project including the architectural and electrical phases.”

Helix Steel’s employees take pride in doing good work for its customers, and in improving so many projects. Lucas and his team look forward to forging new relationships across North America.

“The future at Helix Steel is exciting,” adds Lucas. “We’re working on some of the largest projects in North America, like electric car plants and solar farms. And we’re seeing our customers grow from ordering a few boxes for a driveway and now we’re selling truckloads of product.”

“Dan has always been a major contributor to our sales team,” says Luke Pinkerton, Helix Steel’s CTO and President. “Everyone here congratulates him on his promotion and wishes him the best of luck as he continues to grow with Helix Steel.”

To learn more about Dan Lucas’s new role, his commitment to improving lives throughout the construction industry and how Helix Steel is changing the entire construction industry, reach out to Lucas directly at dan.lucas@helixsteel.com.

Helix Steel and Specification Products have partnered to launch the Infinity Slab™ with Helix Steel and E5®.

Infinity Slab™ is an innovative new solution in the concrete industry that creates stronger and more durable concrete products that save time and money — not only during the construction process but also throughout the life of the concrete. 

Infinity Slab™ with Helix Steel and E5® eliminates traditional curing and densifying methods, reduces shrinkage, and reduces curling while helping to minimize volume loss from the concrete application. This results in concrete that is capable of carrying higher loads with longer joint spans than what was previously achievable with other solutions. This solution drastically reduces costly and time-consuming cutting and sealing, and lessens long-term maintenance issues.

A key aspect of Infinity Slab™ is Helix Steel’s one-inch twisted steel concrete reinforcement called Helix Micro Rebar reinforcement. The product increases concrete’s resiliency, ductility, and strength, and eliminates or reduces the traditional reinforcement (rebar and mesh) required by building codes. Concrete slabs built with Helix Micro Rebar reinforcement are ACI 318 building code compliant to carry structural loads.

“Our philosophy here at Helix Steel is that concrete slabs should remain uncracked under service loads, no matter the application. Simply doubling the joint spacing reduces the number of joints by a factor of four. There’s significant long-term savings, and the upfront cost is minimal,” said Luke Pinkerton, President & Chief Technology Officer of Helix Steel.

How Helix Steel’s Infinity Slab™ & Specification Products’ E5® Internal Cure® Work Together

Helix Steel’s Infinity Slab™ is a full-service solution that comes with engineering and field support provided by a team of experts. Infinity Slab™ works by utilizing Helix’s pioneering twisted steel micro reinforcement technology that increases the flexural strength of concrete by mixing millions of patented Micro Rebar® elements into the concrete. Combined with Specification Products’ E5® Internal Cure®’s innovative nano-silica technology, wet curing and topical densifiers are eliminated while improving finishability and ensuring a quality solution that is repeatable, quantifiable, and sustainable.

These US-created and US-based products are emerging disruptive technologies and are coming together to create revolutionary industry change. They have been independently verified by industry-leading accreditation agencies, third-party testing firms, and have been used in millions of yards of real world concrete applications.

“Our partnership addresses some of the biggest challenges in the concrete industry by bringing micro- and nano-technology together. This will enable us to provide our customers even more value with better performing, lower maintenance, and more sustainable concrete,” said Luke Pinkerton, President & Chief Technology Officer of Helix Steel.

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Helix Steel’s concrete reinforcement succeeds as a leading concrete repair product in a three-year test on the Minnesota highway system.

September 15, 2021 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Helix Steel is proud to announce that its innovative reinforcement Helix® Micro Rebar® is one of the few concrete patch products to withstand heavy traffic, freeze-thaw and de-icing agents of Minnesota’s highway system.

The multi-year project was undertaken by the National Road Research Alliance’s (NRRA) Preventive Maintenance Team and sought to determine the most effective joint repair programs. By selecting longer-lasting patches for Minnesota’s roadways, the results will be: reduced need for lane closures, lower maintenance costs and the increased availability of staff to perform other duties.

Helix Steel performed two tests involving Helix Micro Rebar (also known as Helix 5-25) in conjunction with CTS Rapid Set DOT Repair Mix. The one-inch twisted steel reinforcement was mixed in a revolving drum mixer with the concrete mix, placed on the patch area, then finished using traditional materials. Within one hour, the road for each test was reopened to traffic. Results after one, two and three years proved that the patches would last greater than five years.

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“We are thrilled with the results of the independent real-world testing of our product,” says Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technology Officer of Helix Steel. “Helix Micro Rebar has been tested in labs and has been used in more than 50,000 applications across North America. This project proves yet again that our American-made reinforcement works to strengthen concrete, save money and reduce maintenance.”

The project’s final report describes the methodology of the tests, summarizes each of the products used in the research project and explains details pertaining to the estimated service life, installation and curing, shelf life and packaging.

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Making the Most of Infrastructure Spending

By using proven techniques to extend the lifespan of its roads, Minnesota hopes to make better use of the funds available. This is especially important since early in August 2021 the Senate passed a package that includes $110 billion for roads, bridges and other large infrastructure projects. If the bill is passed by the House in October, then this could be one of the largest infrastructure funding injections in America’s history.

Contractors will be under intense pressure to provide American taxpayers with the biggest return on their investment. They will need to use highly efficient materials that focus on long-term resilience and safety.

If you are a contractor, government representative, maintenance manager, road engineer, architect or anyone else who is interested in learning more about using Helix Micro Rebar to repair highways or any other concrete application, please contact Helix Steel for a project specification review and preliminary concrete design: sales@helixsteel.com.

For more information on the study administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, please visit: Effective Long Lasting PCC Partial Depth Joint Repairs for Challenging Conditions

About Helix Steel

Helix Steel the innovative manufacturer of Helix® Micro Rebar® reinforcement, used in more than 50,000 concrete applications across America to provide structures with quantifiably better resiliency, ductility and elasticity to concrete structures. Since 2003, Helix® Micro Rebar® has been used in structures around the world and continues to support America by manufacturing its products in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To learn more, visit www.helixsteel.com.

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For more information on Helix Steel:

Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technology Officer
Helix Steel
2300 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite 201
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Email: luke.pinkerton@helixsteel.com
Website: www.helixsteel.com
Office: 734-322-2114 ext. 60
Mobile: 734-649-5663

An American concrete reinforcement manufacturer is eliminating cracks in concrete slabs on grade with Infinity Slab™.

July 28, 2021 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Helix Steel is announcing the launch of its Infinity Slab™ concrete solution that can extend concrete joints to over 100 feet.

The Michigan-based concrete reinforcement innovator created this approach for commercial developers who seek to have fewer concrete joints in their slabs on grade. Control joints require costly and time-consuming cutting and sealing, and leaves long-term maintenance issues, which Helix Steel has now made a thing of the past.

Infinity Slab™ is a Better Way to Build with Concrete

Using a combination of Helix Steel’s proprietary Helix® Micro Rebar™ concrete reinforcement, professional engineering and local ready-mix techniques, Infinity Slab™ increases concrete’s strength, lowers maintenance costs and minimizes a building’s ownership costs.

The customized design increases the long-term reliability of the concrete slab, rather than designing using ultimate load after cracks already form. Helix Steel also recommends methods to eliminate the need for wet curing, which saves developers even more time and money in the construction process.

“Many concrete slab applications would benefit from fewer joints, which is why we developed Infinity Slab™ to address this important need,” says Luke Pinkerton, Helix Steel’s President and Chief Technology Officer. “Simply doubling the joint spacing reduces the number of joints by a factor of four. There’s a significant long-term savings, and the upfront cost is minimal.”

A key aspect of Infinity Slab™ is Helix Steel’s one-inch twisted steel concrete reinforcement called Helix® Micro Rebar® reinforcement. The product increases concrete’s resiliency, ductility, and strength, and eliminates or reduces the traditional reinforcement (rebar and mesh) required by building codes. Concrete slabs built with Helix® Micro Rebar® reinforcement are ACI 318 building code compliant to carry structural loads.

How Does Extending Control Joints Work?

Infinity Slab™ incorporates the benefits of Helix® Micro Rebar™, and combines them with Helix Steel’s decades of expertise. The engineering team starts by performing a custom structural concrete analysis and works alongside developers, contractors and local ready-mix producers to devise a low-shrinkage mix to better manage water, aggregate and reinforcement. Helix Steel has access to a team of engineers who are some of the county’s leading professionals in flatwork and mix design.

A highly detailed custom design is then produced, customized to the precise application, using one of four Infinity Slab™ options (depending on the joint distances), and followed by field support.

Limitless Slab-on-Grade Concrete Applications With Infinity Slab™

For commercial developers who have large, open spaces, Infinity Slab™ is the optimal solution, from warehouses and fulfillment centers to cold storage and manufacturing facilities. It provides value with tenants in mind, but also takes into account other applications which the slab may be used for in the future.

“It’s designed to work on any slab-on-grade application, but it is most widely used in concrete that will have high traffic from forklifts, loaders or other heavy vehicles,” says Pinkerton. “Our philosophy here at Helix Steel is that concrete slabs should remain uncracked under service loads, no matter the application.”

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Moving Forward with Fewer Slab-on-Grade Joints

Infinity Slab™ is already being used by leading developers who seek to eliminate cracks in concrete slabs, with no additional engineering or site support fees. Those interested in learning more about the engineering approach are asked to contact Helix Steel for a project specification review and preliminary concrete design at sales@helixsteel.com.

About Helix Steel

Helix Steel the innovative manufacturer of Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, used in more than 20,000 concrete applications across America to provide structures with quantifiably better resiliency, ductility and elasticity to concrete structures. Since 2003, Helix® Micro Rebar™ has been used in structures around the world and continues to support American by manufacturing its products in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To learn more, visit www.helixsteel.com.

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For more information on Helix Steel:

Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technology Officer
Helix Steel
2300 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite 201
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Email: luke.pinkerton@helixsteel.com
Website: www.helixsteel.com
Office: 734-322-2114 ext. 60
Mobile: 734-649-5663

Helix Steel is proud to once again sponsor the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Global Concrete Summit. As a business built on concrete innovation for almost 20 years, Helix Steel plays a lead role in helping ready-mix producers through leadership, innovation and education, and looks forward to furthering sustainable development in the concrete industry through the Summit.

As a five-month online event, there has never been a better opportunity for industry professionals to access highly valuable information on a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your office. Register by visiting the Global Concrete Summit website.

The Michigan-based concrete reinforcement manufacturer is making a significant contribution to help build durable new homes for families in need.

Helix Steel is coordinating delivery of its Helix® Micro Rebar concrete reinforcement to help build durable homes for families in high-need communities across America. The move is being done in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

This inspiring community-focused initiative will involve constructing highly durable, affordable and sustainable homes at 16 locations across the U.S.A. 

Helix Steel’s concrete reinforcement will help to make the homes the best that they can be. The science behind the product is in its proprietary design: a one-inch piece of twisted steel that’s combined with thousands of others, mixed with concrete and poured in place. From slabs, walls and footings to foundations and infrastructure projects, Helix® Micro Rebar has been used in thousands of projects and applications, and is proven to improve concrete resiliency, ductility, and strength.

“We’re proud to support Habitat in furthering its mission to build homes, communities and hope,” Luke Pinkerton, Helix Steel’s President and Chief Technology Officer. “Our contribution of materials and expertise will help to ensure faster construction and lower costs for 16 communities across America. Our support will help to create homes that are built to last many lifetimes.”

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The first project in the partnership will break ground in April with the construction of three homes in Paradise, California. This town was devastated by wildfires in recent years. Building the homes of concrete will provide families with a durable home that resists fire.

“Residents have had their lives turned upside down,” said Nicole Bateman, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Butte County. “We are grateful for our partners in the concrete industry for stepping in to help with the rebuilding process. Their generous donations will not only provide affordable housing but also resilient homes that will resist destruction from future wildfires.”

Other industry groups involved in the collaboration and contributing to the projects include the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturing Association (ICFMA) and the American Concrete Pumpers Association (ACPA).

“We are extremely proud to be a part of the partnership with Habitat for Humanity. It gives us a great opportunity to set an example for how we should be building resilient communities across the country,” said Mike Kennaw, Board Chairman, ICFMA.  “ICF construction can help hard-working families by providing safe and strong homes, and we are really grateful to be a part of that.”

“Habitat for Humanity is an incredible partner for these projects. It’s an amazing feeling to know that the industry will help to provide affordable homes that are comfortable and safe for those living in them,” said Christi Collins, Executive Director of ACPA. “Concrete can provide great peace of mind for homeowners.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity International, please visit www.habitat.org.

To learn more about Helix Steel and its concrete reinforcement products, please visit www.helixsteel.com.

About Helix Steel

Helix Steel the innovative manufacturer of Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement, used in more than 20,000 concrete applications across America to provide structures with quantifiably better resiliency, ductility and elasticity to concrete structures. Since 2003, Helix® Micro Rebar has been used in more than 20,000 structures around the world and continues to support American by manufacturing its products in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To learn more, visit www.helixsteel.com.   

About National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

NRMCA is celebrating 90 years of representing the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment, and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs. To learn more, visit www.nrmca.org.   

About Build with Strength

Build with Strength is a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and works with communities, lawmakers, and industry employees to advocate for safer, sustainable building materials. To learn more, visit www.buildwithstrength.com.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat.org.

For more information on Helix Steel:

Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technology Officer

Helix Steel

2300 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite 201

Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Email: luke.pinkerton@helixsteel.com

Website: www.helixsteel.com

Office: 734-322-2114 ext. 60

Mobile: 734-649-5663

This latest report ensures that architects, ICF/residential contractors and ready mixers are able to reduce costs, work faster and create a better concrete product.

The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has published a report that allows engineers, architects and builders to easily implement Helix Steel’s concrete reinforcement in residential slabs, foundations, footings, walls and pavements. The report was originally published in September 2020 and was updated in February 2021.

Helix® Micro Rebar is Helix Steel’s one-inch twisted steel concrete reinforcement that increases concrete’s strength and resilience, and eliminates or reduces the traditional reinforcement (rebar and mesh) required by building codes. Thousands of the reinforcement pieces are added at a ready-mix plant or onsite directly to the concrete mix, reducing costs and increasing time. Since 2003, Helix® Micro Rebar has been used in more than 12,000 homes and thousands of businesses in applications ranging from concrete slabs and foundations to  tunnels and bridges. 

There are a number of important highlights in ESR-3949:

  • The prescriptive design tables eliminate the need for engineered designs for footings and foundation walls. Builders, engineers and architects can now simply refer to the design tables to determine the required Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement dosage to replace traditional rebar.
  • This revised report includes pavement in addition to slabs, foundations, footings and walls. The pavement design approach is in accordance with ACI 330-08 Guide for the Design and Construction of Parking Lots.
  • The report demonstrates compliance under the 2018 IBC and IRC.
  • Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement is now fully code approved in Abu Dhabi through the 2013 Abu Dhabi Building Code.

The technical report would not be possible without all of the proven field experience Helix Steel has demonstrated over 18 years, in addition to laboratory testing. The ICC-ES requires public information, peer review, independent data and multiple factory audits to develop and maintain its reports.

The complete report can be downloaded from Helix Steel’s website here: https://www.helixsteel.com/pdfs/Helix-Steel-ICC-ES-Evaluation-Report-ESR-3949.pdf

“We are really excited to have worked with ICC-ES to make Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement  even more accessible to the residential construction community,” says Luke Pinkerton, president of Helix Steel. “This report truly solidifies Helix Steel as an American manufacturing company that is committed to innovation and leadership in providing safe, more efficient and sustainable options to the concrete industry.”

Learn more about Helix Steel, Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement and Helix Steel’s commitment to quality by continuing to explore our website. To find out if your project is best suited with Helix® Micro Rebar reinforcement submit your confidential project details online.

Helix Steel is pleased to announce a new course, Alternative Concrete Reinforcement Materials, that is registered with AIA and RCEP for continuing education/professional development credit for civil and structural engineers and architects. The course is hosted by Ron Blank & Associates and can be accessed through this link.

  • Course title: Alternative Concrete Reinforcement Materials
  • Course Number: HEL03A (AIA); 164029 (RCEP)
  • Course Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour. 1 RCEP PDH

Course Description:

Navigating through building codes can sometimes be a challenge for even the seasoned professional at times. Join us in this hour course as we focus on how performance-based building codes are developed. Design professionals will learn how alternative allowances are there to help keep the door open for innovation in the marketplace. Innovation in terms of structural and another area, such as fire, where performance-based design and alternative methods are routinely used. We will also examine how that alternative process of code allowance is incorporated, while focusing on the subject of concrete reinforcement; and lastly, it is our hope that you will grasp a better understanding of the process for your next project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how building codes effect innovation in the space of concrete construction. 
  2. Define and implement the code process in order to meet performance standards and show how these codes provide ways to meet the performance standards through innovation and technology. This will also include alternative allowances that are in the codes.
  3. Explain the purpose of ISO evaluation reports, such as ICC and IAPMO which are used to demonstrate compliance for these bodies in certifying products, processes that are not necessarily spelled out in the building codes.
  4. Examine applications through examples of how this process is implemented to provide value by analyzing at several different projects.

Helix Steel is pleased to announce the recent hires of Al Juarez and Thomas Lambert to the Helix sales team. They will be focusing on business development while continuing Helix Steel’s strong tradition of exemplary customer service and company growth.

Al Juarez comes to Helix Steel with 29 years of successful sales and marketing experience. He most recently worked at Viastore SYSTEMS Inc. where he was the Solutions Sales Director in Key Accounts. As a Sales Consultant based in Grand Rapids, Mr. Juarez will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, and ensuring overall customer satisfaction. Mr. Juarez is a skillful sales professional with extensive experience in project development and management. Juarez has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. In his spare time, Al enjoys spending time with his wife Shawn and two sons, hiking, biking, reading, and leading a men’s group at his church. Juarez shared, “I am grateful to be working at Helix Steel. Luke has put his heart and soul into building an incredible organization. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the team.”

Thomas “T.J.” Lambert comes to Helix Steel from NTH Consultants as a field review engineer bringing four years of professional experience working in the civil/geotechnical and industrial engineering industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience from Michigan State University. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Lambert will be working as a Junior Inside Sales Representative focusing on developing new customer accounts and relationships with customers. He will also be hosting monthly lunch and learn seminars. In his spare time, Lambert enjoys fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling. Lambert stated, “I am excited to be a part of the Helix Steel sales team. I have been involved in numerous large-scale projects in the industrial noise/acoustics and geotechnical fields. I am eager to use my experience in sales and engineering in my new position.”

Luke Pinkerton, President, and Chief Technical Officer of Helix Steel commented, “I am excited to welcome Al and T.J. to the Helix Steel team.”

About Helix Steel:

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, with manufacturing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Helix Steel is the producer of Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement, which provides unparalleled resistance to cracking and shrinkage in concrete. It is the only product with an ISO 17065 evaluation report that complies with the International Builders and International Residential codes to replace traditional reinforcing steel.