Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 105
Commercial | MAEDA CORPORATION USA
USA tackles projects throughout
the United States, and generally has one
large facility under construction each year.
MAEDA CORPORATION USA COMPLETES WORK ON AN AUTOMOTIVE PLANT IN INDIANA. BY KAT ZEMAN
here are many challenges to
building a factory. Cary Myers has
faced most of them. The U.S. Army
veteran, who built schools and
bridges while serving in the military, works
for Livonia, Mich.-based Maeda Corporation USA.
As one of the company's project managers, he's accustomed to overseeing the
construction of large manufacturing facilities, which is Maeda's bread and butter. The
company, a branch office of Japanese-based
Maeda Corp., specializes in the design, build
and management of such projects.
"I spent most of my career building large
factories," Myers says. "I think the smallest I
built was a 9,000-square-foot addition and
the largest was 420,000 square feet."
Advancements in automation, artificial
intelligence, machine learning, cloud
computing and big data play an increasingly important role in how factories are
built and operated. "But one of the biggest
challenges in building a factory is deter-
Maeda Corporation USA
* Headquarters: Livonia, Mich.
* Specia y: Manufacturing facility
"We tand behind all e work
we do. We take care of our
clients long a er e project
is completed. Most companies
don't do at."
- Cary Myers, project manager
mined by what your client will bring into
the building," Myers says. "Some machinery
requires special foundations. Maybe they
need a unique ventilation system or a special process for their water supply."
Most modern factories house heavy
equipment used for assembly line production, laboratory testing and other
machines for manufacturing production.
Large factories also tend to need access
to multiple modes of transportation, with
some having rail, highway and water
loading and unloading facilities.
"Many need heat-treating equipment and
that requires large amounts of electricity
and cooling water capacity because you
have to keep machines at certain tempera-
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