Over the years, Lee Industrial Contracting has taken on several high-profile energy projects in Michigan. Some of these have sent our team as far abroad as Turkey to complete the full project scope. Each project came with its individual challenges, but we were able to overcome them all and meet or exceed our clients’ needs.
There are many great industrial companies operating in the energy business, whether directly or by providing auxiliary services. We work hard to set ourselves apart from the available choices our clients have by letting our work speak for itself. By focusing on doing great work, we keep clients happy and continue to receive references.
In more recent years, we began to document some of the energy projects we took on. The aim is to help future clients get a better idea of not just what we can bring to the table, but what we have already achieved for others. These are the three we are most proud of, so far.
1. Steel Pipe Processing Line Installation
This project took our team to the beautiful city of Istanbul to assist with relocating an entire pipe processing line to Michigan. One of the biggest challenges we encountered was the fact that the equipment had not been used for some time. Before we could move forward, our team had to inspect all of this equipment and complete repairs estimated at $1.5 million. Some of these repairs included creating brand-new custom parts, which we have done before for other energy projects.
We had our work cut out for us in Michigan, as well. Here, we had to construct a brand-new metal building for the processing unit. It was a whopping 184,000 square feet in size. In spite of these challenges, we presented our client with a turnkey solution to its relocation needs. The entire project involved the cooperation of several departments. These included mechanical, rigging, robotics, electrical and building.
2. Transportation of Substation Structures
Our transportation department completed a massive delivery order on behalf of a client, all across Michigan. This required managing our fleet of semi-trucks to deliver 92,000 pounds of precast concrete cut into 120 pieces. This is one of the most complex logistics plans we had to execute in our energy projects. Below are just some of the many locations we delivered to on the client’s behalf:
- New Vienna, MI
- East China, MI
- Tittabawassee, MI
- Highland, MI
- Kalamazoo, MI
- Marysville, MI
One of the most difficult challenges we experienced during this project was the sheer scope of it and all the many moving parts. We had to liaise with several other companies to assist with the offloading process in the locations we delivered to. In spite of the challenges, we delivered the loads on time and early.
3. Rotor Removal
This project took place in Canton, Michigan, and was a collaborative effort between our rigging and transportation departments. This was a little different from our usual energy projects. Our client asked us to rig a steam turbine rotor and then transport it to Missouri to have it rebuilt. Upon completion of the rebuild, we reinstalled the rotor in the original facility.
During this project, uncertainty was our biggest challenge and flexibility was our big solution. The client’s timeline changed several times, due to factors outside of its control. We were able to scale our participation in this energy project up and down to meet its needs and eventually complete the project to spec.
Our team has the skill and experience to take on incredibly complex energy projects. Whether the tasks involve hundreds of moving parts or take us into foreign territory, we feel confident that we can accomplish each step successfully. We are especially proud of the work we have done in our home state of Michigan.
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For the last 30 years, Lee Industrial Contracting has exceeded customer expectations in the aerospace, automotive, energy, environmental and heavy industries. We have proven our ability to anticipate industry trends and respond with ground-breaking recommendations. The scope and challenges of our automotive projects have allowed us to exhibit our team’s ability to design innovative solutions to solve the toughest problems for our customers.
Challenge: Locate a dyno lab in the middle of a production floor with minimal disruption to productivity.
Our customer needed an innovator with the experience to create a dyno lab within their production facility, so they naturally called Lee Industrial. In collaboration with the building, electrical, fabrication, foundations, mechanical, paint and rigging departments, our team installed the dyno lab inside the existing structure. We enabled the lab to house two separate pieces of equipment with different functionality by upgrading the power and installing a new cooling loop. To upgrade the power, we orchestrated strategically planned outages for facility downtime to minimize production impacts while upgrading their power capabilities. Our hardworking team then coordinated the installation of the dyno and bedplate to ensure that the project was completed within scope, time and budget with the highest quality.
International Press Relocation
Challenge: Coordinate the international relocation of 13 presses ranging from 200 to 4000 tons each from St. Catharines Ontario, Canada to Pontiac, MI.
When our client needed their high-tonnage equipment refurbished, it presented a unique problem. With a tight timeline to complete the restoration, they needed experienced professionals that could not only renovate the machinery but coordinate the transportation and handle the border requirements. The client contacted Lee Industrial for a solution. Working with the building, fabrication, foundations, maintenance and repair, mechanical, paint, rigging and transportation departments, we shipped the 60-year-old presses via rail to our Michigan location where they were fully refurbished to like-new condition. We then transported them to their final destination for installation, meeting the deadline.
Mill Line Installations
Challenge: Install 17 mill lines, containing three to six pieces of equipment each, within a short timeline.
With commitments looming for automobile manufacturers, our client required the rapid, precision installation of multiple mill lines with high-tech equipment. Each of the 17 mill lines contained one to three robots and two to three mills. With careful coordination and focus on quality, efficiency and expediency, we installed utilities for the electrical and mechanical lines. We successfully shaved a week off the line installation timeline, delivering the customers solution in time to meet their production commitments.
Press and Feed System Relocation
Challenge: Install a new press in the middle of an existing production area by raising the roof to accomodate it.
At Lee Industrial, we are proud of our reputation as the provider of innovative solutions involving plant relocation, machinery moving and plant restructuring, as well as our past successes with our client projects. It is that reputation and successful track record that led our customer to contact us for another solution. After acquiring a new press, our client discovered that their facility would not accomodate the new equipment as it was too tall. The solution they sought was to have the roof raised so that we could install the new press.
Working with the building, electrical, fabrication, foundations, mechanical, paint and rigging departments, our team created a foundation pit for the press and feed system. We then moved the press and feed system from another city to the client site. After raising the roof, we disconnected, relocated and reconnected the electrical panel and electrical and piping utilities. By providing a temporary safety barrier, we enabled production to continue uninterrupted throughout the project that was executed by the expected deadline.
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Our priorities include accident and injury prevention whenever possible, to meet safety goals that ultimately translate to a better bottom line for everyone. To reach these goals, we work hard to ensure we follow guidelines and regulations published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in preparation for an OSHA inspection. Because we promise to keep safety and health as such a high priority in the workplace, we’re presenting this guide to help you get ready for an inspection, too.
Practice and Procedure in a Typical Inspection
Businesses rarely get advance notice that an inspection is on the horizon unless there are particular surrounding circumstances:
- Imminent danger requiring immediate attention
- Inspections outside of business hours
- Employers and employees are not likely to be available without advance notice
- A unique investigation like that of a workplace fatality
Providing unauthorized notice to an employer or employees ahead of time is considered a federal crime.
Programmed and Unprogrammed OSHA Inspections
There are two types of inspections – programmed and unprogrammed. Any business could undergo either one, so it’s essential always to be ready for an inspection at a moment’s notice.
A programmed inspection is typically scheduled and keeps businesses working at optimal safety levels. We see these more often in specific industries like those that are high-hazard or report more frequently on different factors like incidents or exposure to toxic materials, among others.
Unprogrammed inspections happen because one of the employees sends in a complaint claiming there is an OSHA violation. At OSHA’s discretion, they may also conduct one of these inspections as a follow-up to an originally programmed inspection.
Steps and Stages of the OSHA Check List
OSHA inspectors have a checklist that they must follow depending on the industry. Inspections include items like checking off on day-to-day operations, machinery, various equipment, storage of toxic substances, etc.
We use an OSHA checklist and the OSHA Fact Sheet to prepare. It’s also worth noting that inspections can take a few hours or several weeks to complete, depending on the number of complaints, hazards and other issues the inspector identifies throughout the process.
Stage 1: The Opening Conference
The OSHA inspection begins when the inspector arrives. He or she requests to meet with representatives and employees and explains why OSHA is conducting an inspection that may include potential hazards, employee complaints, and other factors. After this brief meeting is complete, the inspector checks required onsite OSHA records.
Stage 2: The Walk-Around
Once the opening conference is complete, the inspector will check for safety violations or other hazards. If an employee complaint triggers the inspection, the inspector can also choose to inspect the entire workplace at his or her discretion. Apparent violations are brought to the attention of both the employer and employee representatives in real-time. This process will repeat as long as necessary to conduct a complete walk-around.
Stage 3: The Closing Conference
At the end of the walk-around, the closing conference happens between the inspector and representatives. They will discuss apparent violations that were found and offer advice on how to correct hazards. Additionally, deadlines and any fines for being non-compliant are also discussed. If the inspector decides to issue financial penalties for the violation of safety regulations, citations must be issued within six months following the OSHA inspection.
Meeting and Exceeding Safety Standards
At Lee Industrial Contacting, we have a commitment to meeting OSHA’s high standards for safety and health. We cultivate a company-wide culture that believes sharing the responsibility of maintaining a clean, secure, organized, and efficient job site is the best practice. As such, we work together to keep our employees happy and healthy in order to deliver the best experience to our clients.
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Compare foundations for steel buildings today with our team at Lee Industrial Contracting. Schedule a conversation with our professional team today to discuss your steel structure needs, your local area and your foundation preference. We offer state-of-the-art solutions that ensure workplace safety and long-lasting support.
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Pontiac, MI, May 20, 2019 – For the second year in a row, Lee Contracting has been named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors.
GM recognized 133 of its best suppliers from 15 countries who have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company.
“We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”
GM’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, executions, innovation, and total enterprise cost. Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales and indirect services.
“Lee Contracting is committed to developing long-term relationships with our clients that contribute directly to their operational bottom line value,” states Lee Sellenraad, Lee Contracting’s CEO. “GM is a primary example of this focus on value driven relationships. We greatly appreciate this award and are deeply committed to bringing GM unparalleled value as an integrated and collaborative member of their team.”
Lee Contracting would like to thank General Motors for selecting our company for the Supplier of the Year Award. We would also like to thank our employees for making safety our top priority and for providing exemplary service for 30 years.
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Pontiac, Mich, April 20, 2018 – Lee Contracting Inc. was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 26th annual Supplier of the Year award ceremony held Friday, April 20th in Orlando, Florida.
GM recognized 132 of its best suppliers from 17 countries who have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year in 1992.
“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing, and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle lineup today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow.”
GM’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, executions, innovation, and total enterprise cost. Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services.
“Being named a GM Supplier of the Year is truly an honor. Every single one of our employees works hard every day to ensure that we provide our customers with the best service possible. This award from one of the largest automakers in the world encourages us to continue providing world-class service to all of our customers,” said Mike Hahn, Lee Contracting Account Manager.
Lee Contracting Inc. would like to thank General Motors for selecting our company for the supplier of the year award. We would also like to thank our employees for making safety our top priority and for paying close attention to the fine details of everything they do.
To learn more about Lee Contracting Inc. and our services, please visit leecontracting.com.
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Pontiac, Mich. – February 6, 2017 – Providing turnkey solutions in order to take on plant renovations, relocations and expansions in their entirety is what Ed Lee set out to do when he founded Lee Contracting. Since its inception, the firm has served as a premier, full-service contractor with experience in a wide array of project types including machine moving, electrical, pipefitting, fabrication, controls/robotics and HVAC. Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, Lee Contracting manages full-service satellite offices in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.
Established in 1991, Lee Contracting has become a leader in industrial contracting services over the last 25 years. The company’s ability to handle all aspects of plant projects using its own in-house manpower and equipment creates a one-source approach that eliminates the obstacles confronted when manufacturers are forced to coordinate multiple contractors to finish their industrial projects.
Ken LaBruyere, chief operating officer for Lee Contracting, relates the turnkey approach the company takes to his experiences before working for Lee Contracting. “I used to be guy who would hire companies to complete projects like the ones that we do,” he recalls. “One of the most frustrating parts of my job was when one subcontractor would come to me and say that he couldn’t get started because another sub was still in his way. With Lee Contracting’s turnkey service, there isn’t any finger-pointing.”
LaBruyere joined Lee Contracting as a project manager. From his post he was able to witness firsthand the benefits that a turnkey solution provides to the manufacturer not only in the construction process, but also in implementing the expansion in ways the client hadn’t previously considered. “We would discover something that the manufacturer hadn’t considered and bring it to their attention,” he says. “It was great to be able to just call back to our headquarters to get the resources I needed, rather than having to call around to find the right subcontractor.”
Meeting demands and timelines
A recent project that Lee Contracting completed involved the turnkey installation of 10 blow molding machines and all necessary support equipment for two facilities in Michigan. Trucked from a port in Baltimore, the blow molders required a full, turnkey installation. The machines were placed and hooked up to a custom material handling system. Along with the blow molders, Lee Contracting installed all required grinders, hoppers, silos, conveyors, vertical cooling towers, pumps, vacuums and helium-leak testers.
The scope of work involved in this project and fulfilled by Lee Contracting included rigging, electrical, pipefitting, foundations, air systems and painting. Throughout the entire project, Lee Contracting maintained safety regulations higher than that of Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. The company also worked with overseas suppliers to ensure that equipment arrived on time and that the customer’s production schedule was maintained.
Proving Lee Contracting’s efficiency and ability to complete a job when the client needs it done as soon as possible, Lee Contracting was hired to move and install 20 stamping presses while construction was still being completed on the destination building. Six of the presses were moved from Ohio to Alabama, with the remaining 14 presses being packaged and shipped to China and Mexico. The presses ranged from 1,000 to 2,500 tons and required mechanical modifications to the bolsters to accept the customer’s new die setups. Lee Contracting worked shifts around the clock to successfully move the machines and performed all electrical and mechanical disconnects and reconnects.
Applying the technology
In keeping up with and applying the latest technology to its work, Lee Contracting began using tablets in the field in 2010. “That was an excellent idea that our information technology department came up with,” says La Bruyere. “It has worked really well for us.”
One of the benefits that LaBruyere has found with the wireless technology is that field managers are able to pull up the scope of a particular job when a client has a request for the same or a similar project. If we install a press for a client and then a year later they want another one, we can immediately find the information on that last job,” LaBruyere explains. “This helps to determine the scheduling and if there were any surprises that were presented in the work involved.” The use of tablets also allows managers and supervisors to relay information back and forth from the job site to the office.
LaBruyere credits its talented workforce for the success of Lee Contracting. In 2015, the company incorporated an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. “We’re very grateful for our talented employees and we want them to stick with us for a long time,” he says. “We train our people on what it means to be a shareholder so they can make the best of the opportunity.”
The full-service, turnkey approach will continue to set Lee Contracting apart from the competition. A reputation for high-quality, all-inclusive service has enabled the company to survive during the recession. Even as many manufacturing plants were downsizing, Lee Contracting was there to assist them in relocating equipment and trimming down plants. In the coming years, Lee Contracting has strong and growing market potential throughout the state of Michigan and beyond.
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Pontiac, Mich. – March 15, 2016 – Lee Industrial Contracting, Inc., a premier company in “Providing Turn-Key Solutions for Plant Projects,” completed manufacturing work for the grand opening of the first North American Kingfa Scientific and Technologies Co. (USA) facility in Canton, Michigan.
Headquartered in Guangzhou, China, Kingfa is a global leader of the advanced material industry producing modified plastics, special type engineering plastics, fine chemical materials, biodegradable plastics, wooden-base materials and carbon fibers. Their products are used in automotive, electrical hydraulics and construction, etc.
Lee Industrial Contracting set up the following at the new Kingfa facility:
- Fabricated, painted and installed two multi-level steel mezzanines
- Two extruder lines
- Two dust collection systems
- One cooling tower system
- Material handling system
- All electrical and pipefitting
By having all of the necessary trades In-House and being able to provide “Turn-Key” solutions, Lee Industrial Contracting was able to have all of the necessary structures and systems installed within two weeks to get the job complete for the grand opening ceremony on March 8, 2016. In the coming months, phase two will take place at the facility which includes installations of four additional extruders, injection molding machines, eight material silos and all associated equipment and piping.
“Kingfa is growing into a global company with a footprint in Asia, North America and Europe,” says Nanjing Li, President of Kingfa.
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Pontiac, Mich. – February 18, 2016 – Lee Industrial Contracting, Inc., a premier company in “Providing Turn-Key Solutions for Plant Projects,” is hiring almost 100 employees this year to sustain its rapid 30% growth in 2016.
“There is no better time to join our team,” says Recruiting Manager, Kevin Scanlon. “With our new Employee Stock Ownership Program and our amazing company benefits, Lee Contracting is an attractive company to make a career.”
“I have been at Lee Industrial Contracting for 11 years and watched the company over triple in size and it always amazes me that we can keep growing with such talent. I know that this has a lot to do with the training and teamwork and I just wanted to say that it is nice to be a part of the growth of this company for many years to come. I really don’t think that there is another company out there like ours,” says Account Manager, Mike Hahn.
Lee Industrial Contracting is looking for immediate hires in the following areas:
- Industrial Electrical Foreman-Journeyman
- Rigging Foreman
There is also a general application that anyone can fill out on their own time. As positions open, all qualified applications will be considered. To apply, visit www.leecontracting.com/employment-opportunities.