Clean technology innovator CarbonCure Technologies Inc., has signed a licensing agreement with Northfield Block, a division of Oldcastle Inc., the largest producer of concrete masonry and precast products in North America. Since 1949, Northfield has been a leading manufacturer of masonry products in the Midwest; Oldcastle acquired Northfield in 2003.
CarbonCure will install its retrofit carbon sequestering technology in Northfield Block’s concrete products plant in Morris, Ill., which is 40 miles west of Chicago. By mid-summer, the plant’s three machines will be manufacturing architectural concrete products that contain sequestered CO2 using CarbonCure’s proprietary technology. Northfield supplies product directly to commercial masonry and residential projects, and through retail outlets including Home Depot and Lowe’s.
The CarbonCure technology is compatible with Oldcastle’s lineup of standard and green building products. “We are excited about our partnership with CarbonCure and the advanced technologies they bring for greener products in our industry,” said Oldcastle’s Regional President Craig Belasco, who has been president at Northfield for 41 years.
CarbonCure’s CEO, Robert Niven, shares Belasco’s enthusiasm. “We’re thrilled to announce this agreement. Northfield Block’s mandate of continuously innovating to strengthen their dominant market position aligns perfectly with CarbonCure’s.”
CarbonCure’s retrofit technology chemically converts waste CO2 into limestone to make stronger, greener concrete products. The technology is currently available for concrete blocks, pavers and segmental retaining walls, and the company has plans to expand to the precast and ready mix markets.