Resources
>
Blog

Steel Plant Upgrades

A large producer of long steel turned to Lee Industrial Contracting to upgrade multiple system components during their 30-day shutdown in June 2021.

DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED

  • Rigging
  • Electrical
  • Pipefitting & Mechanical
  • Fabrications
  • Foundations

SCOPE OF WORK:

A large producer of long steel turned to Lee Industrial Contracting to upgrade their systems during their 30-day shutdown in June 2021. During the plant shutdown, Lee completed several upgrades for the steel industry giant, all in support of the client’s twin ladle furnace installed by Lee in 2019/2020, as well as another new furnace installed earlier in 2021. Some of the notable projects during the shutdown included:

  • Removal of an old cooling tower and reinstallation of a newer, larger one. This allowed for better temperature control throughout the plant. This project also included necessary upgrades to stairways, structural steel and foundations.
  • Upgraded the client’s rolling mill saws by removing the existing outdated equipment and replacing and reinstalling with new. With these upgrades, they can increase efficiency in changing the shape and thickness of steel.
  • Assembled, installed and integrated a brand-new controls/material handling system on the client’s conveyors.
  • Upgraded the plant’s cooling system. This resulted in an increase in volume production for the client.
  • Removed the client’s old caster spray chamber and installed a new one. The upgraded caster machine allows the customer to cast molten steel more effectively.

When completing large-scale projects, Lee is prepared to expect the unexpected.  One major challenge our team faced took place during the removal and installation of the caster machine. Due to the location of the equipment in the plant, moving this large piece of machinery was nearly impossible without the quick thinking of Lee’s team to cut open the wall to safety remove the large piece of equipment. The teams then pre-assembled the new caster machine and rigged it through the same opening. After the machine was installed, Lee’s teams worked to weld the wall opening shut with galvanized steel plates

In addition to limited space, the Lee teams were also faced with the challenge of a 30-day deadline to get all work done. In typical Lee fashion, our teams completed all work prior to the deadline.

Lee Contracting was the perfect partner for this client during their shutdown. Our teams are skilled in 13 different trades and can service our clients in a variety of projects – we are truly a one-stop shop! Because Lee doesn’t have to outsource work, it saves time which gives us the tools to complete a project within our client’s deadline 100% of the time!

Resources
>
Blog

Steel Slitting Line Installation

When a heavy industry client in Indiana needed a Steel Slitter Line installed, Lee Industrial Contracting was called to put their “turn-key solutions” tagline to good use.

DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED

  • Foundations
  • Rigging
  • Fabrication
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

SCOPE OF WORK:

When a heavy industry client in Indiana needed a Steel Slitter Line installed, Lee Industrial Contracting was called to put their “turn-key solutions” tagline to good use. The foundation team’s job was to construct new foundations for the coil steel slitting line equipment. While the crew was working on the job site, the building had to remain partially open. This was the first challenge for the team. Since the project was taking place in the middle of winter, the team had to think on their feet. To ensure the crew was able to safely complete the project, they installed temporary walls with panel doors to keep in the heat in and to allow access for construction equipment and concrete trucks to the work area.  This allowed Lee crews to excavate, install underfloor conduits, and set reinforcement steel in the foundation areas.

Next, Lee Contracting’s fabrication team played a vital role by fabricating in-house, and installing the following:

  • Embedded Structural Steel Beams
  • Entry & Exit Turnstile Anchor Bolt Frames
  • Coil Car Rails with Support Channels
  • Utility Trenches with Cover Plates
  • Stairs and Handrails

Once the foundations were finished and the concrete cured, Lee’s rigging crew offloaded, set in place, aligned, leveled and anchored the new equipment onto the new foundations to the tolerances set by the equipment manufacturer.

Following the installation of the equipment, Lee’s electrical team then supplied and installed new wiring, from the equipment to the main control cabinet. Lee Contracting was able to complete all the electrical and mechanical interconnections in-house.

From the foundations and loop pit, to the transportation and equipment repair – and everything in between, Lee utilizes its in-house teams to design, construct and complete all of the work.

Lee is your single source contractor for coil steel processing throughout the United States.

Resources
>
Blog

Milling Machine Foundations

Designing and pouring foundations for 8 large milling machines is a pretty straightforward project. Doing it on frozen ground while buildings are being constructed around it took Lee’s Power of One.

DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED

  • Foundations
  • Rigging
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Fabrication

SCOPE OF WORK:

Visioneering, an Aerospace supplier, began building a new facility in 2015 with a goal of consolidating their buildings and machinery under one roof. They contacted Lee Industrial Contracting early on to provide a design/build project to pour foundations for eight large milling machines during the development of the new facility. The first step in this year-long project was to begin planning with the Visioneering facilities team to obtain the machine layout inside the building to make for a good process flow. Additionally, since foundations were being poured while the new facility was being built, the field teams at Lee had to work around various timelines and work being done within the construction site.

After the development of a working process flow, the project broke ground. The Lee team had the added challenge of starting a foundations project in the middle of winter where the frozen ground made it nearly impossible for an excavator to dig into the terrain. Lee was quick to come up with a solution as heaters were then brought in to warm the space. This put added pressure onto the foundations team as this project was already presented with a compressed timeline. Due to the extent of this large project, Lee had between eight and 12 workers on the site at any one time. The experience of the Lee team allowed them to complete the foundations for the milling machines in under 10 months, which exceeded timeline expectations.

After the foundations were finished, the teams assisted with the transportation and installation of the machinery to their newly poured foundations. That’s the advantage of having a one source industrial contracting solution. The installation of the milling machines revealed the team’s largest success; all of the foundations were completed with zero errors or mistakes, and with such precision, installation for all eight milling machines went smoothly.

Other notable accomplishments include:

  • 2,320 total cubic yards of concrete was poured
  • 750 cubic yards of concrete was poured in one single day
  • One of the foundations was fit to support the largest milling machine in North America

Due to a great working relationship, Lee’s quality work, Lee’s ability to offer multiple trades under one roof and the skill of completing projects ahead of schedule, our team has returned to the Visioneering facility to complete a variety of other projects including, machine installations, foundations, electrical upgrades, rigging, transportation, machine repair and more.