HK Composites strengthens Dayton Superior’s hand in precast, tilt-up

Sources: Dayton Superior Corp., Dayton, Ohio; CP staff

Dayton Superior will acquire Utah-based HK Composites, adding the insulated concrete sandwich panel connector specialist’s offering to a broad line of accessories, chemicals, rebar connections, infrastructure packages and forming solutions. “HK Composites bolsters our product portfolio and further enhances our footprint in the Tilt-Up and Precast markets,” says Dayton Superior CEO Mark Carpenter. “HK is a globally recognized trailblazer for its connector system. Its portfolio and values are well-aligned with ours in delivering innovative and highly engineered product and service solutions to the concrete construction industry.”

A 7.5-in. HK Composite-Action CA100 tie, configured for a sandwich panel with 4-in. insulation and 1.75-in. concrete embedment depth.

HK Composites’ connector types for extruded polystyrene foam insulation wall panel assemblies include Standard/Non-Composite Action and CA/Composite Action Ties for use in tilt-up and precast panels, plus Vertical Pour/Modular Precast Ties for use in vertical pour site cast formwork, precast panels and modular precast elements. An early-2024 integration process will see the company transition into Dayton Superior’s well-recognized national platform of concrete construction industry brands, namely Symons, Accubrace, SuperiorTilt and Aztec. HK Composites operations will continue in Utah.

“We pride ourselves with being an innovator within the construction industry and know now is the right time to join Dayton Superior [to] help broaden our visibility and reach to our core markets,” notes HK Composites Vice President Jordan Keith.