Metro Cast Corp. is the premier manufacturer of Precast Polymer Concrete Panels (also known as GFRPC, Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete) in the USA and Canada.
The Metro Cast business started in 1970 when the former owner Donato E. Paolucci opened a small shop in Detroit. He built GFRPC panels for small projects, most of them with the exposed aggregate face. Five years later, Mr. Paolucci moved the business to Ecorse, MI to build midsize projects, with exposed aggregate and sand (smooth) finish face panels. A few years after that, in 1989, Metro Cast moved again to Westland, MI. It is fascinating that the fabrication of Polymer Precast Panels was a favorable business until 1993 when all other companies (4 or 5) involved in this line of Polymer Concrete production collapsed due to lack of experienced employees, leaving Metro Cast the only one to continue manufacturing this product in the USA and Canada.
In 1997, Donato Paolucci sold the business to Constantin Bodea and Ramon Escobar, both having extensive Precast Polymer Concrete background. The experience of the engineering department to handle all the technical problems and the expertise of the employees to produce the panels was and is still to this day, a prominent factor in making the Polymer Concrete Panels being that the product is customized.
Under the new ownership, Metro Cast expanded their capability to produce durable, aesthetic, prefabricated building components that provide an unlimited choice of size, shape, thickness, color, and texture. In 2000, Metro Cast became a member of the American Concrete Institute.
The Metro Cast crew (engineers and skilled craftsmen) has the remarkable ability to build very sophisticated shapes and textures. A few of the most momentous occasions are:
- The 22’-0” diameter Dome for All Saints Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, PA. It is the First and only in the world, 1” thick polymer concrete over steel tube frames, just 4 pieces plus the cross.
- The Infopeel at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, NY is truly Art in Architecture.
- 385 Interlocken Broomfield, Co is an 11 story building, designed with 1” thick, very large sized panels with ribbed faces in 3 different colors (black, buff, and gray).
The Metro Cast organization implements important changes to make our company more efficient, more competitive, and accelerate the development of new products to meet the needs of the ever changing market place.
Metro Cast looks forward to assisting Architects, Structural Engineers, and General Contractors on the next project to reduce the dead load, lower cost, and accelerate the project completion while creating the finished exterior system that will meet the aesthetic and performance requirements.
Let Metro Cast be your “Construction Problem Solver”.