Forta expands fiber portfolio in Helix Steel transaction

Sources: Forta LLC, Grove City, Pa.; CP staf

Forta, a fixture in synthetic reinforcing fiber, has acquired Helix Steel LLC, whose Micro Rebar twisted steel reinforcement products suit a variety of concrete applications. “Helix has an incredible portfolio of intellectual property, including several patents and a robust new product development pipeline. Our synthetic fiber and Helix Micro Rebar products will provide customers a comprehensive solution for a broad range of concrete reinforcement needs,” says Forta President Lauren Camp.

Helix 5-25 Micro Rebar is fabricated from carbon steel in 1-in. lengths, .02-in. diameters. A typical pound contains 11,500 fibers.

“This will be a tremendous benefit for our customers and employees. The combined design and field support organizations will be better positioned to provide innovative solutions for a diverse range of concrete applications. Forta’s global footprint provides access for our 5-25 and 8-52 twisted steel Micro Rebar products to new international and domestic markets that would have otherwise taken us years to develop organically,” adds Helix Steel CEO Luke Pinkerton, who founded the Michigan business in 2003, with Ann Arbor headquarters and ISO 9001-2015-certified Grand Rapids production facility.