Under a clear blue July sky in Omaha, NE semi-trailers with oversized loads lined the street near the Nox-Crete corporate headquarters. Each carried a key element in new efficiencies coming to the Nox-Crete plant; four 20,000 gallon storage tanks in all. Throughout the afternoon, a crane carefully lowered these tanks into place with Nox-Crete operations team members keeping close supervision.
Increased Storage Capabilities
All together, Nox-Crete has added the following:
• Four 20,000 gallon tanks outside for raw material storage for petroleum-based products
• Four 3,000 gallon tanks inside the plant; two are reactor tanks for production and two are for storage
• Ten 1,500 gallon tanks inside the plant for raw material storage
• Two 1,800 gallon tanks inside the plant for raw material storage
Additional upgrades include an updated tank level monitoring system and new processing equipment that will help to achieve higher quality products and materials savings for the forming and tilt-up market segments.
“These new tanks will increase storage capacity, free up plant space and increase production and efficiency,” says Operations Manager Eric Hansen. “We’ll be able to produce more and the expanded storage that makes the materials more readily available gives us greater flexibility.”
Space for a Growing Team
Expanded capabilities in the plant are a great step forward but the growth doesn’t end there. In order to facilitate the addition of new team members and allow for reorganization of people by function, it was necessary to renovate and repurpose an existing space within the office. Refurbishing the existing space means saying good-bye to decades-old decor that is out of sync with the more modern areas.
“The renovated space was previously used primarily for storage and a couple of workspaces which were ill-suited for their uses,” says CFO Lori Reid. “The space now contains six cubicles, one private office and one conference room. The dark wood panel walls, cubical walls with carpet and linoleum floor with decades of history are gone. Sleek, modern cubicles that bring greater functionality to the room and make smarter use of the space are in their place.”
Contractors renovating this new office space were careful to maintain the integrity of the historic building. The new glass panel doors with overhead windows are indistinguishable from those on the original offices in the building. The contractor even scoured local rummage shops to find doorknobs that matched the others in the building.
Everything is in place to increase storage and accommodate more team members. That puts Nox-Crete in a great position to continue providing superior products and excellent service.