Speed Fab-Crete began in 1951 as the Dave Bloxom Construction Company

The company evolved into Speed Fab-Crete, which built its first building in Fort Worth in 1962. The building still operates as a restaurant.

A 1955 GMC Truck was the first Speed Fab-Crete Erection Vehicle. This was an old photograph of the company's first job erection, a Savings & Loan Building located in Burleson, TX. 

The firm moved to Kennedale, a suburb of Fort Worth, in 1978 and is now one of the city's largest businesses and industrial taxpayers. Presently, the company has a work force of more than 100 team members.

Speed Fab-Crete Celebrates
18 Years-Plus Under Current Ownership

Speed Fab-Crete Design-Build General Contractors celebrated a 14-year anniversary in 2012 under ownership consisting of four equal "hands on" partners. 

Speed Fab-Crete is considered a purist among America's general contractors who specialize in using the design-build contract method for construction. The company has specialized in design-build since 1951. Currently, Speed Fab-Crete has the most number of officially "Designated Design-Build Professionals" in the southwest, awarded by the Design-Build Institute of America. 

Design-build has become an increasingly popular contractual method by which architectural, engineering and construction services are performed under a single contract with the building's owner. 

Since 1989, Callahan & Freeman Architects, led by Frank Callahan and Charles Freeman, have been the design member of Speed Fab-Crete's team. Together, these firms have accomplished a variety of design-build applications, ensuring that owners get in their buildings on time and in budget. 

An employee management group, led by David Bloxom, purchased Speed Fab-Crete in 1998. While Bloxom is President of the firm, the other principals and department vice-presidents are Jim Barton, VP Purchasing, Carl Hall, VP Plant Operation and Ron Hamm, VP Sales. Another partner, Jeff Spedding, retired in 2011. At the time of purchase of the firm, each of these individuals had been a supervisor of his department for years. 

Collectively, the owners have enjoyed more than 150 years of management experience promoting and producing various facilities with the Speed Fab-Crete precast concrete wall building system. The firm also is celebrating 60 years as a construction industry leader, based in Fort Worth. 

The firm's 10th anniversary in 2008 also marked Speed Fab-Crete's receiving a major grant to replace five aging diesel vehicles under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP). 

The $388,000 grant, by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, allowed Speed Fab-Crete to acquire four 2008 Mack semi-tractor trucks and a John Deere front wheel loader. 

By upgrading to newer, less polluting vehicles, Chief Fleet Mechanic Bud DeRego noted that the state agency said Speed Fab-Crete will prevent 47.4 tons of nitrogen oxides from polluting North Texas skies. The trucks will be used to deliver trailers with precast concrete walls to form a building's exterior. The loader will help to mix raw materials in the company's batch plant for pouring of the wall panels. 

Speed Fab-Crete is a Green Advantage LEED Certified Builder with the U.S. Green Building Council. This "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" accreditation allows the company to offer environmentally responsible design and construction to meet and exceed "Green" expectations. Also, Speed Fab-Crete's management and project supervisors include individuals who are Green Advantage Certified Builders or Job Superintendents. 

The firm promotes a whole-building approach by offering environmentally friendly facilities in these areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, durable building materials and air quality control. Also, the Speed Fab-Crete concrete wall building system is considered a sustainable product because the components include recyclable materials. 

Speed Fab-Crete's project professionals possess credentials from accredited construction industry organizations to assure that our clients
get environmental features and benefits you want.

These certifications include "LEED AP" and "Designated Design-Build Professional."  The LEED AP designation assures application of sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design and construction of "green" buildings.  The inherent composition of Speed Fab-Crete's precast concrete wall panel building system provides natural advantages for sustainability.

DBIA - Design-Build Institute of America

Speed Fab-Crete is a member in good standing with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)promoting the value of design-build project delivery and integrating our design and construction services to ensure success for owners.

Texas Charter Schools Association - Member & Corporate Sponsor

Speed Fab-Crete is a member and corporate sponsor of The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), a statewide membership organization representing effective charter schools of all types, proudly representing over 100,000 students in 389 charter schools. The association unifies all charter schools in order to achieve critical policy and programmatic gains.

ACI Member - American Concrete Institute

Speed Fab-Crete is a member in good standing with theAmerican Concrete Institute (ACI) sharing innovative ideas and promoting superior concrete technology for owners.

AGC Member/ TEXO Chapter - The Associated General Contractors of America

Speed Fab-Crete is a member in good standing with The Associated General Contractors of America, one of the most influential construction associations in America.

APA Certified Manufacturing Facility - Architectural Precast Association

The Speed Fab-Crete manufacturing facility is a certified plant by theArchitectural Precast Association (APA), producing architectural precast concrete walls of the APA's highest standards while faithfully reflecting plans by the architect. Architectural panel applications and a variety of veneer finishes, including a precast, thin brick system, are among numerous options offered by a proven leader in precast concrete manufacturing.

NPCA Certified Manufacturing Facility - National Precast Concrete Association

Speed Fab-Crete is a certified manufacturing facility by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), an international trade association, NPCA represents manufacturers of plant produced precast concrete products and companies that provide the equipment, supplies and services to make these products.

TSSI Approved - Texas Structural Steel Institute

Speed Fab-Crete is a proud member in good standing with the Texas Structural Steel Institute, an organization of Texas structural steel fabricators and suppliers, and the service companies that support them.

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Speed Fab-Crete is NPCA Plant Certified

As a Fort Worth, Texas-based precast concrete producer, Speed Fab-Crete has become a member of the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). and its facility is now a certified plant. Speed Fab-Crete is the oldest, continually operating precast concrete products manufacturer in the Southwest.

The NPCA plant certification is national recognition of a precast concrete business, which achieves a high degree of excellence in facilities, production, processes and quality control operations.

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Speed Fab-Crete is APA Plant Certified

Another organization of precast companies, the Architectural Precast Association (APA), also certifies Speed Fab-Crete's plant. APA's members assure that architectural building products faithfully reflect plans by the architect.

Speed Fab-Crete also performs as a general contractor. Its plant is capable of fabricating and pouring a variety of precast concrete units, including walls for a building's exterior, modular arched bridges for public and private applications, highway retaining walls, monument signs, recreational tables and benches, and parking lot wheel stops. The bridges and retaining walls meet TXDOT specifications.

Carl Hall, Co-Owner and VP of Plant Operations

Speed Fab-Crete Featured in PRECAST Inc. Magazine, a publication of the National Precast Concrete Association, recently featured Carl Hall, co-owner and VP of plant operations, Speed Fab-Crete, in a cover story, entitled "Crossing the Divide." In the cover photo, Hall is shadowed by a stack of trench panels for an unusual project in Dallas.

Speed Fab-Crete's Vice-President of Plant Operations, Carl Hall, said, "Such plant certifications give extra value and benefit to building customers without adding to the cost of the job." He noted, "NCPA is another elite group of industry leaders who promote use of precast concrete to project specifiers, engineers, developers, Department of Transportation officials and other public work officials." Hall added, "For the customer, selecting a supplier from NCPA's membership assures the highest quality of precast concrete in North America."