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Rudolph/Libbe erected this structure for Spiratex in 1994 and recently built an addition that roughly doubled the size of the facility.

Knowledge is Power at expanded Manufacturing Facility By david r. Miller, Associate editor Photos Courtesy of rudolph/libbe, inc. piratex, a Romulus-based custom thermoplastic extrusion manufacturer, has met highly specialized client needs since 1955. The firm’s Monroe facility, for example, produces ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a strong material that is used in defense, automotive, belting, construction, conveyor, food, geophysical, marine, wire, cable, and water treatment applications. The ability to fashion this complex substance to meet diverse client expectations did not develop overnight, so the company likewise looked for an experienced team to expand the Monroe facility. Fortunately, company leaders did not need to search very far. The Varco-Pruden pre-engineered metal building erected for the company in 1994 by Rudolph/Libbe, Inc., Walbridge, OH, and Plymouth, has served its purpose remarkably well over the years. For the 48,000-

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square-foot addition that will roughly double the size of the facility, Spiratex again turned to Rudolph/Libbe, with John Kohler Architect, PC, Monroe, serving as architect. The building, custom designed by Varco-Pruden, features 17 new production lines and 3,000 square feet of office space. Since bedrock at the site varies from three to five feet below grade, Rudolph/Libbe kept costs for the original building in check by keeping excavated rock onsite for backfill and landscaping, but the company handled the rocky conditions even more efficiently for its second project on the site. “We did some exploration to see how close the rock was to the surface,” explained Gary Hass, vice president of contracts administration for Rudolph/Libbe. “We moved the utilities to where the rock was lower in the ground and we had more dirt to work with, so we didn’t need to “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

January February CAM Magazine 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE: A Letter to the Membership from the President of CAM; On the Jobsite: Knowledge is Power at Expanded Manufacturing Facility C...

January February CAM Magazine 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE: A Letter to the Membership from the President of CAM; On the Jobsite: Knowledge is Power at Expanded Manufacturing Facility C...

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