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house engineers, production managers and
"We're doing the innovation as well as
the manufacturing," Ching declares. "We're
not outsourcing any part of the operations
of the company."
Only the Best
ClearSpan uses quality materials to make its
fabric structures durable, particularly their
frames. "One thing we're extremely proud
of is that we use all United States-manufactured steel," Ching says.
This makes the frame stronger than those
offered by its competitors, according to
Ching. "The frames themselves also carry
a 50-year warranty," he explains, noting
that the fabric in the company's structures
carries a 20-year warranty.
"We're using what we believe is the
best fabric solution," Ching says, adding
that ClearSpan offers its clients fire-rated
material. "It's also good to know that our
frames and structures can be designed and
engineered by our in-house engineering
teams to building codes."
'We can be a
good fit for
storage to frac
ClearSpan's structures have a positive
impact on the environment, Ching says.
Thanks to the use of natural light, "You're
saving tremendously on electricity, particularly during the day," he says.
"You're not paying for a fabric structure
[to have] heating and cooling, so there's savings there," he continues. "It's just creating a
more natural environment."
ClearSpan recently completed a project for
Kingsford Products Co. where it provided a
takes pride in the vertical
integration of its operations and
using all U.S.-manufactured steel.
fabric structure to cover a large pile of charcoal. The pellets, Ching explains, are put
in large piles to be dried out, which helps
enhance the end product.
"They wanted a really open, 250-footwide by 260-foot-long space," he continues.
"They put in an engineered concrete foundation and concrete wall for capacity, and it
turned out really well."
ClearSpan's structure also was built
without center supports, which provided
Kingsford with more freedom to operate its
loading equipment. "If you've got center
supports, what happens is it's not as easy for
that equipment to move around as efficiently," he says.
The fabric structure also has a very high
peak, which enables Kingsford to make a
higher stack of charcoal pellets. "You have
more storage capacity and volume," Ching
says. "The loaders also can be quite larger
for their required clearances."
Kingsford is very happy with the structure. "They've gotten to see that what they
put into this does pay for itself over time,"
ClearSpan also is experiencing a surge in
projects for recycling facilities. "We receive
10 calls a week for recycling applications,"
Ching says, noting that its facilities are a
good fit for the industry. "Oftentimes, with
the recycling facility, we need to cover the
equipment that's already there," he says.
"The height clearance also is ideal."
ClearSpan also can meet their needs by
leaving the ends of the structure open or
building a pavilion-style structure. "We
also can do all sorts of door sizes as well for
processing," he says.
ClearSpan has nurtured a base of repeat
customers including Stronach Group, a
leading operator of horse race tracks. "They
had us do four large structures in Florida,"
Stronach was so pleased that it had ClearSpan provide another for its Laurel Park
track in Laurel, Md. Although the company
provided a "bubble"-style tent in Florida,
"the A-frame style was a better fit in Maryland for horse stalls," he states. "We created
a superior solution that they wanted.
"We've had a lot of regional and national
recycling companies as well as contracting
companies come back to us," he says. Its
repeat customers include Agco Corp., Buzzi
Unicem USA Inc., Central Equipment Co.,
ICM, John Deere and Republic Services Inc.
Ones to Count On
ClearSpan operates with an extremely
cohesive and cooperative team, Ching says.
"There's excellent communication and high
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