Company name: BRC
Category: Roofing, rebar, welded wiremesh, cut & bent steel
Location: St Thomas, Barbados, West Indies
Expertise: Manufacturing, wholesale, construction steels.
Keywords: Reinforcement bar, profiled steel roof cladding systems.
Telephone number: +1 (246) 425-0371
Fax number: +1 (246) 424-7247
Overview: With an initial staff of 14 BRC West Indies Limited started manufacturing BRC welded wiremesh for concrete reinforcement in February 1980. The company has since expanded its product range to include weldmesh (galvanized and plain), reinforcing steel bars (deformed high yield in British Standard and American Standard as well as smooth mild steel), cut & bent steel, corrugated steel roof cladding, profiled standing seam roofing systems, hurricane straps, hurricane shutters, and seamless eave gutters.
Innovation: The introduction by the company of BRC Brickforce® provided horizontal reinforcement for concrete blockwork and promoted the erection of walls with greater binding power and fewer cracks.
Introduction by BRC of an on-line system which featured custom sheet lengths offered customers benefits such as the virtual elimination of sheet laps (hence areas susceptible to rusting), faster and easier installation and much reduced cost due to more efficient material utilisation.
In 1995, BRC made the transition to producing its welded wire mesh solely in flat sheets, recognising that the straightening and placement of mesh rolls can be very time consuming and labour intensive. This allowed for more effective placement in reinforced-concrete slabs and provided a more cost effective product.
In 1996, BRC made a further contribution to the fortification of building construction when it began production of a variety of hurricane anchors, ties and clips.
November 2002 saw a diversification of the company's roofing products line when Permalock® and Permaseam® Standing Seam Systems were introduced into the market. These roofing systems addressed the major modes of metal roof corrosion failure and featured concealed fasteners, minimised visible cut edges, a thicker standard gauge and a wider choice of colours and materials.
In 2003, BRC fortified its rebar production capabilities when it invested in machinery to manufacture custom cut & bent steel, stirrups and spirals.
In 2009 BRC expanded its roll-formed product line with the addition of a portable machine to manufacture Permaflow® Seamless Aluminium and Copper Gutters for roof eaves. The product plays a vital role in redirecting water off the roof to reduce erosion at the building's foundation and is an ideal means of capturing rainfall by water collection systems.