Black Bar Project

  • Location: Carrolton, Kentucky
  • Owner: Steel Producer
  • Fenton Project Manager: Bill Besl
  • Fenton Project Superintendent: Jim Schoborg

Time is always of essence in our line of work. Fenton was contracted by one of the world’s largest stainless steel producers to complete an upgrade in its Long Products facility during an 18-hour outage. The project was to remove 139,000-pound Straightiner Housing from an existing line and relocate it to a new line in an adjacent building.

Project coordination was vital to ensure the project was completed within the 18-hour time frame. To eliminate a lot of the jacking and skating that would be necessary in the relocation of the housing, Fenton designed and fabricated a cart system for the housing to be placed and relocated on. Our 200-ton gantry system was utilized to hoist and rig the housing onto the fabricated cart. Our 15-ton forklift was then hooked up to the cart and pulled to the new location. Once in the new location, the gantry system was used again to lift, rig and lower the housing into its new location. The job began at 6:00 P.M and was completed by 3:00 A.M.

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“I would like to extend our thanks and congratulations for a job well done. We witnessed a team of people who had planned out every detail in advance. Each contractor worked in concert with one another – knowing their duties and executing them with perfection. Safety was the number one priority. Please extend our appreciation to your workers. We are truly grateful for the hours of planning and coordination that went into this effort and the execution that made this such a great success.” - R. Bradley Motz, PE, NCEES