“What’s cool is not what you do with it, it’s what you’re going to do with this,” says Daniel Gavlak, who co-founded the company in 2008 and is now a senior vice president at Fiberboard.
“If we were to say, ‘Hey, we’re going build this fiberboard factory in Chicago and we’re not going to make it in America because it’s not really going to work, but it’s going to be cool,'” he says.
That’s because Fiberboard has developed its own proprietary technology, called FiberBridges, that lets the company’s tiles use an adhesive to stick to their fiberglass frames.
Gavrak and his colleagues built the technology to work on a more durable and flexible substrate that Fiberboard believes can withstand the harsh conditions in factories where the factory floors are made of plastic and steel.
“We had to do this with a product that is really not going anywhere,” Gavlavak says.
The company is currently working on a new version of the fiberboard that’s designed to be a more robust material, Gavava says.
It’s also looking to bring FiberBords to other industries, like automotive and energy, where the fibers are often used to make plywood.
Fiberboard’s new fiberboard is now available to customers for a price of $250 per square foot.
Givakov says the company is now testing FiberBorders in a handful of industries, including auto factories and energy plants.
“The industry is starting to see the light of day.
The fiberboard industry is going to change, and we can’t wait,” Givak says, adding that FiberBoard’s goal is to create a whole new market for fiberboards.