Fabric structure cuts costs and allows for business growth

Materials once stored outside now have comfortable home.

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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

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About the Author

Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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