AZZ’s Innovative New Rebar Product—GalvaBar—Sweeping the Nation
For more than 40 years, AZZ has been on a mission to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. As part of that goal, AZZ created GalvaBar, a product that delivers a unique twist on traditional rebar. This innovative galvanized rebar is becoming increasingly popular in a number of states and, as a result, is playing an essential role in infrastructure projects across the country.
GalvaBar: Taking Construction Projects to a New Level
GalvaBar is a revolutionary rebar product that is continuously galvanized during the production process with a specialized zinc alloy coating that provides superior protection against corrosion. This highly automated process provides thorough quality assurance and significant cost efficiencies, resulting in lower material and labor spend. Further, GalvaBar provides exceptional post-fabrication formability without the coating cracking, peeling, or flaking. GalvaBar also complies with ASTM requirements A1094 and A1094M for continuous hot-dip galvanized steel bars and concrete reinforcement. Best of all, AZZ supplies this product using existing supply chains, delivering superior customer service and availability.
The result? Construction projects can be completed more efficiently, improving lead times and reducing costs while increasing overall customer satisfaction and vital infrastructure lifecycles.
GalvaBar Continues to Increase in Popularity
To maintain superior quality, AZZ processes GalvaBar at a dedicated facility in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Widely available through distribution channels and used by the U.S. Department of Transportation and construction firms across the U.S. and Canada, GalvaBar is ideal for a variety of applications, such as steel-reinforced concrete for bridge decks and highways, as well as precast and cast-in-place steel reinforced concrete structures.
In just one example, GalvaBar helped the town of Independence, Iowa, expeditiously replace a rapidly deteriorating bridge over Buffalo Creek that dated back to 1928. As a major traffic thoroughfare, town leaders wanted to minimize construction time without compromising safety or projected service life. County engineers chose GalvaBar for its long-term corrosion resistance, durability, and availability to significantly reduce project lead times. Despite record rains and lost time due to severe flooding, the Buffalo Creek bridge replacement project was completed in a little over four months and is set to safely transport residents for many decades to come.
Galvanized Rebar is Rapidly Becoming the Reinforcing Solution of Choice
AZZ is a global provider of galvanizing, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment, and highly engineered services. Although this product has only been available for about a year, AZZ GalvaBar has been utilized in projects either already in place or currently in development in 24 states, the Bahamas and Bermuda. In addition, 18 states now recognize ASTM A1094 and A1094M for projects or list them in DOT specifications, with many more presently in the adoption phase. As ASTM-implementation grows, so will GalvaBar’s usage across the North American landscape.
To find out more, visit https://www.azz.com/galvabar.