ABOUT ROCK REBAR INC.
Basalt is a dark, fine-grained volcanic rock.
Through our patented method basalt fibers are turned into RockRebar® aka, Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP), when tested, RockRebar® proved to be a tougher more resilient reinforcement with a higher tensile strength as compared to traditional steel rebar. Most importantly, RockRebar® is completely non-corrosive, with a low carbon footprint, at or very near carbon neutral. RockRebar® is naturally resistant to alkali, rust and acids. RockRebar® is a “Glass-State” structural reinforcement. RockRebar® WILL NEVER RUST, BECAUSE IT CAN NOT RUST! Moisture penetration into concrete can not cause spall. Our bars do not need special coating making RockRebar® perfect for wet environments where corrosion is a continuous concern. . RockRebar® is lightweight, just 1/4th the weight of traditional steel. As a result, benefits of using RockRebar® are seen instantly by significant reductions in handling costs, mitigation of safety concurs and the speed of its installation.
The RAW ® brand stands for Researching Alternative Ways to align green technology with the needs of the public.
Building a Better Future
RockRebar® is an Eco Friendly Fiber Reinforced Polymer. There is now a global industry shift to favor low-carbon materials. RRI intends to create awareness and provide education around our state of the art RAW® brand Basalt based FRP products.
We aspire to be the leaders in this revolutionary shift the concrete reinforcement industry is making towards FRP’s. Rock Rebar Inc. is focused on making our clean non-rusting RockRebar® the standard alternative to traditional use of hi carbon footprint black steel rebar that just rusts away over and over and always will.
Our reinforcements are certified to be stronger, lighter, longer lasting and environmentally friendly.
Our focus now is to develop awareness of this incredible technology and bring RockRebar® to full commercial scale production as we profit in saving American taxpayers the enormous and skyrocketing costs associated with ongoing and future maintenance and help our planet.
In this the new era of the IoT, cloud connected sensors are now being installed inside our RC infrastructure allowing its condition to be monitored in real time. In addition, non-conductive and non-magnetic structural reinforcements with transparency to microwaves are imperative to the new aids to traffic and self driving vehicles.
Clearly, RockRebar® meets the need and will play a huge roll.
Rock Rebar Inc. continues to use our resources to help municipal and governmental agencies with mandated environmentally friendly and socially responsible products be considered on upcoming road, bridge and sea wall projects where corrosion resistant materials are now required.
We live and work in a steel reinforced concrete world. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels all contribute to the cracking failures of concrete infrastructure. It is believed that Basalt based internal reinforcements for concrete offer the best long term solution to eliminating structural failure from corrosive, rusty steel while also adding job-site and logistical values. The result of which makes our RockRebar® product state of the art and the best performance/cost alternative.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics 199.98 million tons of black steel rebar was placed in concrete construction throughout 2017. 19 to 21% of all steel production world wide is for rebar.
In 2017 the United States Infrastructure report card was released.
The United States of America was awarded a very poor D+, the same failing grade awarded to us back in the 2013 report card.
The nation’s association of Civil Engineers quoted. “The nation’s roads, dams, airports, water and electrical systems need $4.6 trillion of work”. On Tuesday January 9th, 2018 a group of United States Senators met with administration officials to discuss drafting legislation to spend $1 trillion on improving the country’s infrastructure, a goal that was made a big priority in the 2016 elections. Now in 2021 the US taxpayer is about to afford perhaps another 3.5 trillion more for infrastructure spending. RockRebar Inc. has generated a product that is on the cusp of the
“next industrial revolution.”
Founder of Yellow Turtle Design LLC, www.YellowTurtleDesign.com Elina specializes in creating 3-D models and shop drawings and has done this in the past for all of RAW’s® concrete reinforcement innovations, creating presentations to go along with the designs. Elina was born in Riga, Latvia where she was a teacher
and interpreter for the deaf, she also taught English to deaf children. She’s fluent in Latvian, Latvian sign language, English and Russian, and moved here to the United States in 1994. Elina now specializes in computer aided design work. Elina joined RAW® in 2008 and has played a large role in progressing the company forward. More recently Elina’s been working on the graphics and CAD drawings of Basalt World Corps Lean Green FRP Rebar Machine®. Elina attended the Art Institute in 2006, and in 2010 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Yacht and Marine Design. She’s also received her SolidWorks Associates certification and has over 10 years of CAD design experience under her belt. Elina has chosen to also further her education and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.
As Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital. Rod Turners strong belief in the future of Rock Rebar Inc. has caused him to come aboard in a personal capacity. Rod is one of the top executives for two successful tech IPOs to the NASDAQ – Symantec (SYMC) and Ashton-Tate (TATE). Turner has played
a key role in building startups to scale, including Symantec/Norton, Ashton-Tate, Micro Port, Knowledge Adventure to name a few. Turner has serious experience with the investment community. In addition to making numerous angel and mezzanine investments in successful High-Tech companies. Rod has built a Venture Capital business (Irvine Ventures).
At 66 Don has amassed over 50 years’ experience managing Startups, to scale up, to commercialization. RockRebar ® was spun out of technical discoveries Don Smith made while rigging, racing and winning both national and World Offshore Power Boat Championships. Professional boat building is a complicated and highly faceted business.
Racing boats aside, it was largely from managing his company www.smithboats.com producing from scratch, private, commercial and military powerboats of his own design, that has afforded Don so much invaluable experience with machines, plastics, resins and structural materials such as fiberglass, Kevlar®, carbon fiber and ultimately continuous basalt fiber. Coupled with an earlier hands-on career in concrete construction, the experiences together have caused Don Smith to conclude (volcanic basalt rock converted into a “glass-state” structural fiber will prevail over all others on a performance/cost basis for reinforcement of cement materials for infrastructure). RockRebar® will now bring to reinforced concrete the lowest carbon footprint of any non-rusting alternative to black steel rebar. Much of Don’s success came by way of approaching technical problems from a different angle, something which ultimately resulted in our company’s mission statement and its brand with registered trademark RAW® Researching Alternative Way
Raised in the International Industrial Sales World in South Florida catering to the Caribbean, Central and South America since the early 80s. Bill has interacted with individuals from every level within an organization.
Successfully maintaining long term relationships with his clients, solving the many challenges in the marine, aviation, industrial manufacturing and Now the Greatest Challenge is educating our current society about long term “Non Corrosion” infrastructure with RockRebar® (Basalt FRP) and many patented designs. As a bearing and power transmission specialist for over thirteen years and currently for the past 15 years dedicated to industrial plastics and composite international sales. A Fort Lauderdale resident since 1977, Bill is an enthusiastic member of his community and enjoys spending time with his grandson, nature photography and weather permitting, Fly Fishing. “You Go Where Your Vision Is”