Our Mission

To be a leader of commerce and partnership in the precast concrete industry through licensing, inventing, promoting, and educating; to serve licensees and consumers

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Our Story

Forte stems from precast modular block licensor, Recon Wall Systems, Inc. Over time, it became evident that Recon’s expertise in precast lent itself to much more than its original area of focus of simply retaining walls. In fact, its portfolio of solutions grew to include new proprietary designs, external licensing services, and marketing tools – each serving a distinct segment within the precast world. Thus a parent entity was formed, affording Recon and each of its sister companies a clear path to serve its customers. The entity was named Forte, denoting strength concerning all things precast.

2000

August

Recon is formed by six individuals including first President Stan Hamilton in MN with the vision to create a form system that would produce large-scale, modular, decorative retaining wall blocks

2002

January

Recon completes form design and development and signs first US licensed producers

2006

May

Recon establishes first licensed producer in Europe

2008

December

Recon exceeds $1million in direct block sales, with 23 licensed producers in the North America and 10 licensed producers in Europe

2010

May

Recon exits the direct block sales business in MN to focus solely on licensing and supporting their producers

2012

January

Rebrand

2016

December

Recon block sales amongst licensed producers surpasses 300,000 blocks sold annually.

2018

January

Recon engineers and launches a new licensed product line for precast light pole bases – LPB – and establishes first producers in the US.

April

Recon expands its licensed produced footprint into Asia with a new block producer in South Korea.

2019

December

Recon establishes a presence in New Zealand with a new licensed block producer.

2021

May

Recon names Mike Klotthor president, having joined Recon in 2015 and now bringing precast engineering expertise to the helm

August

Recon opens new headquarters in Coon Rapids, MN, featuring new warehousing space

October

Recon launches new branding and website

December

Recon continues to grow with over 50 licensed producers for its block product and 20 producers for its light pole base product.

2022

July

Recon secures technology becomes designated US licensor for its third product line in partnership with UK-based EV Blocks.

August

Recon announces its new marketing division – Rethink Precast Marketing (RPM) and launches its first suite of websites.

2023

September

FORTE is born!

Our Experienced Team

Michael Klotthor, PE

President & COO
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Domestic and international licensing for Recon, LPB, and EV Blocks

Bill Henzler

Operations Manager
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Recon, LPB and EV Blocks forms and accessories

Alex Longridge

Int Licensing Manager
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International licensing for Recon, LPB and EV Blocks

James Grams, PE

Technical Support Engineer
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Technical questions for Recon and LPB

Brady Hansen

Mechanical Designer – Forms
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Recon, LPB, and EV Blocks forms and accessories

Luke Trudell

Business Development Rep
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New business for LPB and EV Blocks

Ben Anderson

Business Project Manager
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Recon, LPB, EV Blocks and RPM

Sammi Bakke

Marketing Coordinator
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Recon, LPB, EV Blocks and RPM marketing

Thomas Nordahl

Licensee Support Specialist
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International Recon projects

Erin Kelly

Market Research & Strategy
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Recon, LPB, EV Blocks and RPM marketing

Tracy Miller

Controller
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Accounting

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