IQ: Abersham Commercial Services LLC (Abersham Composites Manufacturing)

Simon Parrish, president of Waukesha-based Abersham Commercial Services LLC, believes the innovative Ambiente Housing System that he and his father, Malcolm, own and recently launched will revolutionize the home building industry.

The father-and-son materials engineering team patented a new technology to convert waste glass into glass beads, called Ambi-Cells. These are then mixed with resin to create a new composite building material that is stronger than wood and resistant to hurricanes, mold, insects, fire and earthquakes.

“We’ve patented both the product and our automated manufacturing process in virtually every country in the world,” the younger Parrish says. “And we’re now involved in joint ventures to set up manufacturing plants on a large scale to supply key markets that we’ve identified.”

Their first automated, high volume manufacturing plant is located in Waukesha.

“We aren’t exactly a ‘Johnny-come-lately organization,” he says. “It’s taken us close to 20 years to develop this. What we’ve done is combine high-tech composite materials, advanced engineering and superior architectural design to create an eco-friendly Ambiente Home. The house consists of modular panels that are reinforced with cables and anchored to a concrete slab foundation.”

The Parrishes researched and tested their system extensively.

“We believe it will generate large sales volumes in locations such as northern Canada, where mold and rotting wood are a big problem, and places like Louisiana and Florida that are prone to hurricanes and flooding,” Parrish says.

The house comes with a 20-year warranty. It’s expected that homeowner insurance premiums will typically be 40 percent lower because it will virtually be maintenance-free.

Address:  P.O. Box 712, Waukesha

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Industries: Manufacturing

Innovations:  A new technology to convert waste glass and resin into a new composite building material that’s superior to wood and resistant to hurricanes, earthquakes, mold, insects and fires.

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