Omaha, NE (November 20, 2013) – Fox Blocks ICF announced today that it will acquire select key assets from Reward Wall Systems, Inc. on February 15, 2014, integrating those assets into its own operations and augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line. The companies have started working together now to develop and implement a plan that ensures a seamless transition for customers and employees.
Fox Blocks ICF, recognized as the fastest growing ICF Manufacturer in North America and a Best in Class Sustainable Green Building Solution, is a branded product of Airlite Plastics Co. The company has produced over 40 million square feet of ICF wall surface for the construction industry and pursued this acquisition opportunity as a way to expand customer access to innovative green building solutions.
“Reward has done an excellent job of growing the residential and commercial ICF market segments by working closely with contractors, design professionals and owners. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand Fox Blocks’ product line — and the growth of this market — by combining the strength of two ICF innovators and leaders,” explained Brad Crosby, Airlite Plastics Co. President & CEO.
Both Airlite Plastics Co. and Reward Wall Systems, Inc. are headquartered in Omaha, NE where the companies have enjoyed a long-standing business relationship. Airlite Plastics is one of the earliest molders to design and manufacture ICF blocks and produced Reward ICF units from 1996-2008.
Reward Wall System, Inc. President Ed Storm endorsed the purchase, explaining, “This is a perfect marriage. Airlite Plastics worked with Reward for years and is intimately familiar with the product line. Their expertise in ICF design and self-manufacture together with this expanded volume make for a potent synergy that should be great for existing and new ICF customers.”
Fox Blocks ICF Vice President Mike Kennaw commented, “This acquisition reflects the Fox Blocks commitment to helping grow the ICF market. By gaining scale and volume, we hope to be an ever stronger member of the ICF market, expanding our footprint in the North America market at the same time that we help expand the industry’s footprint in the broader construction products market.”
A key objective over the next three months will be to introduce Reward customers to the Fox Blocks products and personnel. This will insure a smooth transition once the asset acquisition is closed. Prior to the February 15th close Reward Wall Systems will continue to exclusively handle sales and service of Reward products.
About Reward Wall Systems
Tracing its ICF roots back to 1988, Reward Wall Systems, Inc. is one of the ICF industry’s leading founders, market developers and industry expanders. Reward is known for its ICF innovation, commercial market expertise and broad based ICF industry experience. Reward has developed a strong network of ICF customers, developers, architects, general contractors, residential contractors, and construction supply distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about Reward Wall Systems, Inc. can be found at www.rewardwalls.com.
In this video, Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen does a walk-through of how to properly brace the Fox Buck prior to pouring the concrete, and how to shave off excess ICF with a cheese grater if you don’t.
Fox Blocks is expanding manufacturing to Anchorage, Alaska, by partnering with Insulfoam Manufacturing Facility. Initially they will be manufacturing and supplying to the Alaska construction market 8-inch block: straights, extended corners, Fox insulated window & door Buck, and HV Clips, with additional products coming in 2014. With a shorter construction season, manufacturing the ICF blocks in Alaska allows a faster and more efficient delivery.
Fox Blocks donated Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to the Habitat For Humanity’s 30th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project which took place in Union Beach, N.J., on October 10-12. The volunteers and materials donated by Fox Blocks will help rebuild the home of Elmer Lamberson’s whose home was lost in Superstorm Sandy.
Superstorm Sandy leveled blocks of neighborhoods in the Borough of Union Beach, close to 270 homes were demolished. Nine months after the storm, Union Beach homes are finally starting to rebuild. The selection of Union Beach as part of Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalyn Carters Work project will remind the nation of the devastation this community endured.
“Fox Blocks is honored to be a participant in the Union Beach Habitat project”, said Brian Medford, Fox Blocks Regional Sales Representative. “We have been delivering Fox Blocks to homes and aiding in the rebuilding in Union Beach for the last six months. Having Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project on site to rebuild the home of Mr. Lamberson will boost awareness for the many more in need and the fact that together businesses and the community can rebuild a community.”
Fox Blocks has a rich history with Habitat for Humanity, making contributions of ICF block to Eco-Village in River Falls Wisconsin. Eco-Village is based on a LEED for Homes Platinum, carbon negative, net zero energy approach to environmental, economic and social applications. Eco-Village is situated on five acres in an existing, yet vibrant and progressive neighborhood. Close to parks, schools and other amenities. Eco-Village will provide 18 new families an innovative community that blends the energy efficiency of a home, with the sustainable environmental and social awareness of a lifestyle geared to the future. Fox Blocks (ICF) is assisting Eco-Village attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building status and is a clear choice for building designers to maximize points in the LEED rating system.
Fox Blocks’ 6-inch and 8-inch blocks are superb choices for foundations and walls to provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope that offers superior strength, sound, air quality, and well-insulated walls. Fox Blocks ICF is a solid monolithic concrete wall and withstands the worst of rainstorms, fires, high winds and flooding.
Just because your Fox Buck comes linearly shaped does not mean you cannot have round top openings. Fox Block’s Glen Klassen shows you how to get it done for three different radiuses.
Fox Blocks recently sponsored a white paper on ProudGreenHome.com for the effects of the thermal envelope on home energy efficiency. The thermal envelope is everything about a house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. In this white paper Fox Blocks explore the science behind creating a good thermal envelope with insulated concrete forms.
In this video, Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen shows how to make a mitered corner with the Corbel Ledge Block (some people know this as brick ledge block). A little eye-balling, a box saw, maybe a little tape, some tips on cutting straight and done. Anyone can do it.
Through a series of in-store demos July – September we are teaming up with Menards to promote storm safe, energy efficient home construction for contractors. One of the greenest things you can do to your home is increase energy efficiency. With our products, energy efficiency is improved with products that meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building status. Our 6-inch and 8-inch blocks are superb choices for foundations and walls to provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls.
Our insulated concrete forms are solid monolithic walls and withstand the worst of rainstorms, fires, and high winds – including tornadoes. Not only are ICFs storm resistant, but they also protect from urban noise and create a barrier to insects, including termites.
“Our products are easy to use by both contractors and the ever growing do-it-yourself home renovation market,” said Mike Kennaw, Vice President of Sales. “A wide variety of our products are available in the Menards stores so that customers have access to the newest innovation in ICF building materials that will increase energy efficiency, while providing a storm safe building envelope for the home. We also support our products with in-store demonstrations, allowing contractors and homeowners to learn about the uses and installation of Fox Blocks ICF products.”
Upcoming Menards In-Store Demonstrations
- August 30, 2013 – Muskegon, MI
- September 4, 2013 – Eau Claire West, WI
- September 11, 2013 – Carmel, IN
Not sure how to cut your Fox Buck to the right size? This video covers several different ways to cut the Fox Buck for your next insulated concrete form project. Finally, an EPS window and door buck that will accept stucco on your ICF job.
Earlier this year, Fox Blocks introduced a new product called the Fox Buck made out of the same type 2 EPS the ICF blocks are made from removing the need to use wood or vinyl bucks. Fox Blocks’ Glen Klassen gives an overview of the Fox Buck ICF window and door buck.