Founded in 1982, Fibrebond has grown from a small manufacturer of concrete buildings used in microwave communications into a sophisticated, cutting-edge manufacturer of concrete structures for the telecommunications, education and corrections markets.
The company was founded by Claud Walker, a businessman who recognized the emerging wireless telecommunications market's potential and understood the industry's need for a strong, durable, aesthetic shelter to protect equipment.
By 1984, the company's growth allowed it to expand from a small site in Bossier City, La., to a 170-acre site in Minden, La., where its headquarters are today. The company began to focus on the development of panelized buildings that could protect the sensitive equipment used by the emerging cellular telephone industry. Today, Fibrebond equipment shelters can be found in all 50 states and several foreign countries. The company takes pride in playing a significant role in the build-out of the nation's wireless telecommunications system.
In response to telecommunications customers seeking a more complete solution, Fibrebond began offering equipment installation services in 1991. In 1994, the company built an Installation Center to receive, warehouse and install their wireless equipment into their Fibrebond shelters.
In September of 1998, fire completely destroyed the Minden manufacturing plant. Within two weeks time, Fibrebond shifted production outdoors and to other facilities. Employees did not miss a single paycheck; customers did not miss a single delivery. In 11 months, a new plant opened with advanced European concrete processing equipment.
This ushered Fibrebond into a new era of diversification, using innovative construction with precast concrete buildings for K-12 education and corrections facilities.