The City of Kerrville is excited to announce that Megaacrete, a new joint venture between Florida-based companies Litecrete and Aercon, will establish its U.S. headquarters in Kerrville. This collaboration aims to redefine North America’s Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) industry.
Litecrete, a 30-year-old steel fabrication company, is owned by Mexico’s Zambrano family, founders of Cemex, the third-largest cement/concrete company globally. Aercon, owned by the Herb family, has been an industry leader in AAC production since 2002, offering American-made products with exceptional thermal and acoustic properties and fire-resistant capabilities.
Megaacrete's focus will be on producing AAC thin panels ranging from 4 to 10 feet in length and available in 2, 3, and 4-inch thicknesses. AAC construction provides advantages over traditional methods, including faster construction, thermal and acoustic abilities, resistance to pests and mold, and superior fire ratings.
Co-owner Bernardo Zambrano expressed confidence that partnering with the Herb family and Aercon will position AAC thin panels as a mainstream solution in the USA. Co-owner Thomas Herb added that Megaacrete will set the standard for AAC production in the U.S. and North America for quality and customer service.
Megaacrete plans to operate primarily in the Midwest and Western United States. The company intends to build a $40-million, 120,000-square-foot facility in the 300 block of Peterson Farm Road near the Kerrville/Kerr County Airport. The targeted opening date is 2025, with projections of creating 40 primary jobs initially and 180 indirect jobs locally over the next five years. These jobs come with a current annual average wage of over $54,000.
The company's operations are estimated to contribute $58 million to the local economy over the same period. The Kerrville location will house corporate offices and a training center, allowing vendors to experience the benefits of building with AAC.
Kerrville Mayor Judy Eychner expressed delight in the Zambrano and Herb families choosing Kerrville for expansion. She highlighted the deep family roots of the company and predicted a long-lasting partnership benefiting both Megaacrete and the city of Kerrville.
In addition to approximately $1.2 million in local incentives offered by the Economic Improvement Corporation in the form of a land grant, an additional $1.7 million in combined incentives has been pledged by the City of Kerrville and Kerr County.
Kerrville Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Gilberto Salinas praised the impact Megaacrete will have on the local scene, emphasizing the significant economic impact and the positive effects on the region's supply chain and local economy for years to come.