ORONO – Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT) has officially signed an exclusive agreement with the Terre Armee Group. It’s all in effort to produce a product to lower the cost of building bridges.
“There must be a way for us to build bridges that last longer and don’t corrode,” said Brit Svoboda, the chairman and CEO of AIT.
And there is. They say it is as simple as strapping on a backpack. The composite arch bridge technology is a cost effective and high performing solution to build bridges. While it is already installed in nine Maine communities. AIT is looking to expand the product internationally by partnering with Terre Armee International.
“It’s hard to raise money if sales are lagging, yet you have worldwide acknowledgment understanding,” said Svoboda, “So teaming up with this group will help us push ahead.”
“We’re a specialized civil engineering company,” said Roger Bloomfield, the CEO of Terre Armee Group, “This type of product fits perfectly with what we do.”
“This will help us accelerate that market ability of this technology,” said Svoboda.
Millions of dollars are spent every year to repair bridges across the state. This technology simplifies and improves the materials needed to build a bridge.
“We’ve given them a product that last longer, without corrosion, maintenance and last three times longer than traditional materials,” he said.
“The amount of time it takes to do construction is too long,” said David Bernhardt, the Commissioner for The Maine Department of Transportation, “The innovative composite materials – what we are seeing, it’s going to last a lot longer.”
The products will continue to be built in the area and will help bring jobs in the state.