Langly Building and Construction
|Founded by||James Langly|
Langly Building and Construction Ltd or LBC Ltd is a construction company specializing in the design and manufacture of pre-fabricated buildings and construction materials.
When Langly Building and Construction was founded, the company sent shock waves across the market due to their radically different means of production. Instead of harvesting resources and using those to create walls or doorframes, LBC used rudimentary bioengineering to create bamboo strains genetically programmed to grow into the desired shapes. This drastically reduced labor costs, allowing LBC to offer products far more affordable than their competitors. When Langly's Moso line first came to market, it forced a large number of old-fashioned construction supply companies into bankruptcy.
James Langly cleverly made use of this period by entering into long-term distribution agreements with major real estate contractors, effectively entrenching Langly's position in the market. Over time, Langly slowly raised their prices to approach the consumer costs of conventional products before the Moso line entered the market. Some competitors tried to re-enter the market in light of Langly's dwindling price advantage but failed to gain traction due to the distribution agreements that were already held by Langly.
Instead of expending labor to monitor the growth of their products, LBC opts to simply grow more than they need and apply rigorous quality assurance when deciding which products will reach consumers. In their more complex products, this can lead up to a 70% discard rate. Concerns have been raised regarding this high failure rate, but as long as production costs remain low and sales remain lucrative, these complaints have largely been ignored by shareholders.
After GinkCorp refused to accept the order from the Gnost Quorum to build shelters for the Theresian refugees, LBC was quick to jump in and diversify its portfolio. Despite the concerns of their bio-engineers, management pushed to get the new “BioHome” products on the market as quickly as possible, hoping to use the refugee crisis as an apparently humanitarian method to test the concept and technology.
This attempt at rapid product expansion resulted in a massive failure. It has been plagued by numerous delays, quality issues and accusations of fraud. To date, only a fraction of the promised shelters have been delivered by LBC and many of these have been found unsatisfactory.
The controversy surrounding LBC's role in the refugee crisis increased when the company introduced the Moso BioHome™, based on designs developed to house refugees, to the market. Many Exalts from the Gnost Quorum have accused Langly of using Quorum money to fund for-profit research instead of making good faith efforts to help refugees.
The main brand of LBC is Moso, a line of bioengineered bamboo-based products. The bamboo is designed to grow into a specific shape when exposed to the certain chemical signals. Once the desired shape has been achieved, the living products are exposed to a second wash of chemicals to ensure that the current form is "locked".
Despite the failure of the refugee project, LBC was able to successfully bring a full bamboo grown home solution to the market. These houses are aimed at customers seeking affordable shelter, in contrast to GinkCorp's luxury models, and offer very little in the way of customization.
A large portion of the BioHomes are sold as "refurbished". These are houses which had growth defects manually repaired. Because Biohomes can fill an entire area quickly in a rush of demand, it is not uncommon for some BioHomes the company was unable to fix to slip through the cracks. These usually occur in low-income areas, and these are often destined to become cobbled-together slum dwellings.