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Augusta Fiberglass

	 Engineering	 estimators	 review	 the	
specifications	 of	 each	 new	 project	 received	 by	 the	 company	 and	 design	 the	
fiberglass	 products	 needed	 using	 CAD	
software	and	manual	calculations.	
	 Upon	 award,	 the	 project	 is	 turned	
over	to	drafters	who	produce	drawings.	
The	drawing	are	reviewed	and	approved	
by	 a	 senior	 project	 manager,	 who	 also	
performs	calculations	to	confirm	the	design,	the	company	says.	
	 After	 the	 customer	 approves	 the	
drawings,	 the	 company's	 production	
Bayside Rubber & Products was founded by Steve
and Ronnie Gatlin because there was a need in the southeast for a supplier in the conveying and sealing industry.
They thought it crucial to create a strong partnership
between manufacturer, supplier, and customer to provide
quality products at a speed demanded by the industry.
Augusta Fiberglass has been a loyal partner for over 20
years, thanks to the belief we both share that safety and
quality come first.

team	 then	 takes	 control	 of	 the	 project.	
Augusta	 Fiberglass	 craftsmen	 have	 39	
mandrels	 ranging	 from	 2	 inches	 to	 16	
feet	in	diameter	and	15	large	tank	mandrels	 ranging	 from	 16	 feet	 to	 52	 feet	 in	
diameter	at	their	disposal.	
	 Other	 equipment	 pioneered	 by	 Augusta	Fiberglass	allows	the	fabrication	
of	equipment	that	reaches	to	65-feet	in	
diameter.	 Augusta	 retains	 the	 ability	
and	equipment	to	repeat	its	fabrication	
of	 extraordinarily	 large	 vessels.	 All	 of	
the	 work	 -	 including	 the	 assembly	 of	
mandrels,	 use	 of	 chopper	 guns,	 application	of	matting	and	the	operation	of	
computer-assisted	winders	-	is	carried	
out	 by	 experienced	 craftsmen.	 RTP-1	
certified	workers	are	used	for	the	RTP-1	
stamped	projects.
	 Because	 each	 project	 has	 a	 specif-

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ic	 laminating	 sequence	 which	 must	 be	
followed.	 the	 laminators	 and	 computer	
gun	 operators	 must	 follow	 a	 strict	 plan	
for	 applying	 the	 corrosion	 veil,	 roving,	
resin	 and	 glass.	 The	 laminating	 process	
is	 closely	 monitored	 by	 supervisory	 and	
quality	control	personnel.
	 When	 the	 shells	 are	 completed,	 they	
are	removed	from	the	mandrels	and	taken	to	a	crew	that	joins	tops	and	bottoms	
to	the	shells	and	adds	nozzles,	manways	
and	 other	 appurtenances.	 Throughout	
the	 assembly	 process	 the	 vessel	 is	 inspected	 and	 when	 completed	 must	 undergo	hydro	testing.	
	 The	 company	 constantly	 reviews	 its	
quality	and	other	processes.	"Our	supervisors	 are	 hands-on,	 and	 hold	 daily	 tool	
box	meetings	to	discuss	safety	and	workmanship,"	it	says.	"Engineers	meet	al-

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