The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013 - (Page 36)
2013 S A L ES SUCC ESS S T ORI ES
Doing More with Less
Gottlieb, a scrap aluminum processing
and melting facility in Pennsylvania,
was faced with a conundrum. Their
production demands were growing,
as were their employee demands.
However, the company had just sold
a portion of its building to another company,
so they were forced to meet those
growing demands with less space.
Looking for answers, they contacted
Cranston Material Handling Equipment
Corp (Pittsburgh, PA) to help solve this
To make things even harder, the facility
was not climate-controlled. Being
a melting facility, it often got unbearably
hot in the summer and cold in the
winter. Employees were using a trailer
in the parking lot as a break room and
locker room. The situation was not ideal
and the company was looking for a way
to install two locker and break rooms
inside the building, without losing any
of their valuable floor space.
Greg Engelmeyer, a senior account
manager at Cranston, consulted with
the customer and Cranston President
David Cranston, Jr. to figure out a way
to make this happen. The team determined
that the best course of action
would be to install modular buildings
that could house the break and locker
rooms on mezzanines. However, this
presented its own set of challenges.
"The company wanted a bathroom
in the locker rooms," Cranston says.
"Because this was a mill, though, the
floors in the locker room would get
very dirty and need to be wet mopped
at night. Typically mezzanines aren't
designed for wet installations."
Cranston proposed working with
a flooring contractor who could put
down a water-resistant floor inside the
building that would stand up to the
water that would be used every night.
"It was a welded, seamless floor
that would allow them to put the
bathrooms on the mezzanine and
still be mopped every day," Cranston
Project Coordinator Amy Capaccio
This solution was more expensive
than a traditional mezzanine floor, but
Engelmeyer explained to the customer
that it was a good investment if the
structure was going to be built and
function as they had envisioned.
"If you put down a traditional tile,
over time the floor is going to rot out,"
Cranston says. "It wouldn't stand up
to the heavy use that they would give
it. It just wouldn't last."
Capaccio adds, "Being a mill,
employees also get scrap aluminum
shavings stuck in their boots. That
would really scuff up and destroy a
traditional tile floor. That would only
make for a maintenance problem."
The customer was convinced and
signed off on the $140,000 project.
Capaccio began working with
West Point Rack
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013
From the Desk of Liz Richards
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2014 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
MHEDA Member Profile
Collaboratively Solving Any Issue
Field Service Technicians Go Mobile
Industry Legend Howard Bernstein Gives Back
Greening the Supply Chain through Systems Thinking and Collaboration
Getting to the Top
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A Totally Mental Makeover
Spotlight on Association News
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2013