Landscape Forms has acquired Meld USA.
Meld USA, founded in 1998, is an industry leader in materials innovation and the design, development and manufacture of products made of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC). Over the past 14 years the Raleigh, North Carolina company has earned a reputation among architects, landscape architects and interior designers for its production of high-end standard and custom UHPC architectural products.
With the new partnership, Meld USA founder, Peter Bustin, joins the Landscape Forms management team, reporting to Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Meld USA brings another dimension to Landscape Forms’ rapid expansion into concrete site furniture. In 2011, Landscape Forms announced the collaboration with Phoenix-based Kornegay Design to introduce artful collections of large-scale cast concrete planters. And in 2012, the company announced an agreement with Barcelona based Escofet for exclusive North American distribution of its award-winning cast stone outdoor furniture elements. Now Landscape Forms will leverage its expanded capability in concrete to design and manufacture new collections of UHPC site furniture.
Richard Heriford, President, Landscape Forms says of the acquisition: “We are delighted to welcome Meld USA and its capability in UHPC research and manufacturing to Landscape Forms. In the coming months we will add new concrete products to the Landscape Forms portfolio and expand the capacity of our Studio 431 customs group to offer our customers a new and exciting material.”
Landscape Forms will operate Meld USA from its North Carolina production facility, serving the current customer base. Landscape Forms is planning additional investments in Meld USA research and development efforts and manufacturing facility. In the coming months new concrete site furniture will be launched under the Landscape Forms brand.
All Landscape Forms products designed by Larry Kornegay will continue to be produced at the Kornegay Design facility.