The New Business in Town!
In 2006, TAKTL began as a Research and Development (R&D) effort of Forms + Surfaces, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of architectural products. By 2010, it had spun off as the first company to form, mold, and manufacture architectural facade panels utilizing advanced Ultra High Performance (UHPC) technology.
According to TAKTL's founding principal, Lauren Flannery, "UHPC's unique strength and surface qualities gave us the ability to create new architectural applications for concrete. When we began to understand the material itself we saw the opportunity to design a manufacturing process that was repeatable and affordable.
The demand for TAKTL's panels grew rapidly and prompted collaboration with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), TAKTL is expanding its operations to a 140,000 square-foot factory at the former Westinghouse plant.
"The scale of the factory and the height of the ceilings can accommodate our new equipment, some of which is massive," says Jason Flannery, TAKTL's Director of Design and Development. "That, and the fact that we're continuing the legacy of industry and innovation at a place that is historically meaningful here in Pittsburgh [attracted us to Turtle Creek]."
In addition to its new factory, TAKTL has a 45,000 square-foot R&D facility at the Keystone Commons campus. There are also plans for a new office building in 2016.
"As newcomers, we are still learning about the Turtle Creek community," says Jason Flannery. "Historically, though, we were very active in the community of Etna with Forms + Surfaces and the community of Glenshaw with the original TAKTL plant. We're confident that our relationship with the Turtle Creek community will grow, too."
TAKTL also sees a great advantage to hiring from within the community. Their Human Resources contact is Olivia Pitcairn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about TAKTL, visit their website at www.taktl-llc.com or call 412-486-1600.