Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 90
Commercial | CLEARSPAN FABRIC STRUCTURES INC.
Built to Last
CLEARSPAN'S FABRIC STRUCTURES CAN ENDURE HARSH WEATHER - EVEN HURRICANES. BY ALAN DORICH
provides customized fabric,
metal and hybrid structures for domestic
and international industries.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
* Headquarters: Sou Windsor, Conn.
* Employees: Approximately 400
* Specia y: Fabric, metal and hybrid
"We're doing e innovation as
well as e manufacturing."
- Geoffrey Ching, ales director
learSpan Fabric Structures Inc.
delivers products that are built to
last. "In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., people always ask me what happens
when the hurricanes come through," Sales
Director Geoffrey Ching says.
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He tells them ClearSpan's products can
endure such harsh wind loads. "It should do
as well, if not better, than any other building there," he asserts.
Based in South Windsor, Conn., ClearSpan provides customized fabric, metal and
hybrid structures for domestic and international industries. But Ching notes that the
company's roots began in agriculture.
"We saw the tension fabric buildings
as really an ideal fit for farm storage," he
says. ClearSpan soon saw applications for
the structures in other sectors, including
municipal sand and salt, industrial mining
and even construction.
"Often, large general contractors are
awarded projects and need covered storage areas for material storage and workshop activities," Ching explains. "ClearSpan is an ideal fit for these applications,
when rapid deployment is needed, use is
temporary and structural integrity cannot
ClearSpan's versatility, he adds, has
made it a leader in its niche. "Our vertical
integration also is superior," he adds, noting that the company has its own in-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.