Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Fabric structure cuts costs and allows for business growth

Materials once stored outside now have comfortable home.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
October 22, 2011

Lauren Engineers & Constructors needed adequate space to maintain traceability and environmental control of their manufacturing materials at a manageable cost. What they had was one small storage building that did not meet their needs. The building stored items that required climate control, while the bulk of items that did not require climate control were stored on pallets outside in the yard. After researching fabric structures, the company was able to cheaply build enough square footage to allow for current and future needs.

Before installing the fabric structure, the outside storage of bulk materials caused increased business cost due to the amount of material cleaning required. Maintaining an accurate inventory was time consuming and costly. Glenn Garrison, manufacturing and facilities coordinator, says he was sold on fabric building reviews, quick construction timelines and the overall low advertised cost of the solution. The low cost allowed the company to build a larger structure than originally planned, permitting even more growth potential.

Since August 2009, the company has been using a 65-foot wide x 160-foot long fabric structure for all of their storage needs, and it is working out wonderfully.

“The natural lighting is perfect, even on cloudy days,” says Garrison. “The inside temperature in the summer is a minimum of 10 degrees cooler, which is good when you have 100 degrees summer days we experience here.”

Garrison also notes the ease of construction, the amount of usable space in the building footprint, the headroom to allow stackable shelving, and reduced installation and maintenance costs.

ClearSpan Fabric Structures
866-643-1010
http://www.clearspan.com

More Storage coverage.

More from Modern’s 2012 Casebook

About the Author

image
Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Though the variations are endless, the right system is best achieved with careful planning toward a goal.

Dallas-Fort Worth-based regional operation offers service and support for key logistics hub.

This complimentary white paper addresses areas of potential benefit to a grocery distributor considering an investment in automated case picking technology.

In 2015, a new era in shipment pricing will go into effect when major carriers implement dimensional ("dim") weight pricing for all ground packages regardless of their size. This complimentary white paper, "Dimensional Weight: Don't Let it Weigh You Down", can help you optimize your packaging operation to minimize the financial impacts of dimensional weight pricing.

Replacing older, less-efficient lift trucks at the right time can reduce your maintenance costs, improve your productivity and, most importantly, save money and maximize your return on investment. So how do you determine the right time to make a new, significant purchase? Download this complimentary white paper for guidance on how to determine the ideal time to replace lift trucks and how planned replacement can benefit your operation.

Article Topics

Features · Storage · Casebook 2012 · ClearSpan · All topics


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA