SOURCE: AltusGroup


April 14, 2016 15:36 ET

Saramac Becomes Third Canadian Precaster to Join AltusGroup

BETHLEHEM, PA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2016) - Saramac ( has become the third Canadian precast concrete manufacturer to join AltusGroup® ( The addition of Saramac brings the total number of North American precasters to 21 for 2016.

Combined with its sister company, Schokbeton, Saramac has more than 85 years in the construction industry and over 3,000 completed projects. Saramac specializes in the fabrication of architectural and structural elements of precast concrete for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings in Canada and northern regions of the United States.

Saramac will manufacture and market CarbonCast® Enclosure System products at its manufacturing headquarters in Terrebonne, Québec, in non-prestressed wall systems.

"Building codes and requirements for greater energy efficient wall systems and building enclosures are tightening in Canada, making this a great time to look for new solutions," said Robert Bibeau, President of Schokbeton and Saramac. "We are looking forward to introducing CarbonCast and all of its solution offerings to our clients and customers," said Christian Rabbat, Vice President of Contract Administration & Operations.

"Saramac is confident that the performance attributes of CarbonCast and the benefits of our novel co-opetition business model will help them achieve new innovations for their customers," said John Carson, Executive Director for AltusGroup.

CarbonCast innovative precast concrete technology uses C-GRID® non-corrosive, high-strength, epoxy-coated carbon fiber grid as wythe connectors in insulated sandwich wall panels and, on occasion, as secondary reinforcement in exterior wythes for corrosion resistance and crack control. Depending on the application, C-GRID allows for thinner precast sections and can reduce the weight of precast enclosure systems by up to 50 percent, while offering continuous insulation and improved insulation value, full composite action and long-term durability.

AltusGroup precast concrete manufacturers have installed more than 34 million square feet of CarbonCast surface area on nearly 1,000 structures since introducing the technology in 2004.

About AltusGroup
The first-ever national partnership of precast companies dedicated to "innovation powered by collaboration," AltusGroup challenges the brightest minds in precast to develop, speed and perfect technologies that improve the built environment.

Products include the award-winning CarbonCast® line of products featuring C-GRID carbon fiber grid reinforcing and ARCIS ultra-thin precast panels for rainscreens and other applications. The nearly two dozen AltusGroup companies have an unparalleled network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel to ensure architects, engineers and contractors get the help they need-and the quality and performance they expect. For more information, visit or call 866-GO-ALTUS.

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