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2 Ways Temporary Fabric Structures and Other Creative Growth Solutions Help Sustain Booming Manufacturing Industry

You probably have contingency plans in place for when things go wrong. But are you prepared for growth?

Topics: Industry News Clearspan Fabric Structure

Quick Response Saves the Day for Oil Refinery Turnaround

Petroleum refining in the United States is a $500 billion industry. According to Statista, in 2017, US oil refineries produced some 13 million barrels per day!

Mahaffey recently had the opportunity to partner with a global company whose U.S. oil refinery was preparing for a scheduled turnaround in one of their units. Turnarounds and required maintenance functions are scheduled and meticulously planned months in advance to adhere to OSHA and EPA guidelines.

Topics: Manufacturing Clearspan Fabric Structure

Memphis Business Receives National Honors for Its Commitment to Fighting Poverty

Mahaffey Fabric Structures has been inducted into the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Hall of Fame and honored on the Inner City 100 Businesses List for the seventh year in a row for our hometown, Memphis, TN. Mahaffey was chosen for its commitment to Memphis’ inner city, developing its workforce and growing the economy.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure

Are Your Tie-Off Safety Standards Evolving? Fall Prevention is a Critical Component of Fabric Structures

 

Do you strive to only deliver the bare minimum to your customers? Neither do we. In fact, we frequently see our clients and our own crew go above and beyond in their on-site safety standards—even exceeding OSHA requirements.

Topics: Project Management Clearspan Fabric Structure

6 Ways to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Fabric Structure Vendor

 

Whether you are new to clearspan fabric structures or are a seasoned pro, selecting a company to install one is a big decision. Pick the wrong vendor, and you’re at risk for unnecessary and expensive delays in your project.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure

Manufacturing Growth in the Third Industrial Revolution Creates Demand for Continuity Solutions

Over the past 25 years, exports of U.S.-manufactured goods have quadrupled, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And, it’s not expected to slow down any time soon. Manufacturing is booming in the Third Industrial Revolution as new technologies drive significant efficiency gains and demand for a highly-skilled labor pool. What does this kind of growth look like? According to the Manuf acturing Institute, over the next seven years, an estimated 3.5 million high-skill manufacturing jobs will be created.
Topics: Warehouses and Storage Clearspan Fabric Structure Project Management

Choosing the Right Flooring Option for Your Fabric Building

When it comes to flooring for your temporary fabric structure, you have a lot of options to consider. The first is whether your project requires flooring at all.

Topics: Amenities Clearspan Fabric Structure

Expert Q&A: Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Temporary Fabric Structures

Facilities managers are always looking for new strategies to save energy and cut costs. According to Energy Star, the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of its energy consumption due to inefficiencies. This hits operations where it hurts—the bottom line.

Turnkey fabric structures offer a wide variety of amenities, like climate control and lighting options, to keep your crews comfortable, your materials protected, and your overall energy expenses in check. Selecting the right amenities for your project and properly maintaining them is key to maximizing energy efficiency in your temporary structure. 

Topics: Project Management Manufacturing Warehouses and Storage Amenities Clearspan Fabric Structure

History in the Making: Temporary Fabric Structure Innovations, Part 2

In 2007, Mahaffey installed the world’s tallest clearspan structure to cover a 777 jet.

Over the course of our 94-year history, Mahaffey has developed a legacy of innovation by tackling our customers’ problems with state-of-the art ideas and solutions. These innovations have also become meaningful industry contributions. In Part 1 of this series, we shared Mahaffey’s breakthrough solutions from our first five decades, like the development of the first mechanical post driver.

As a more recent example, in 1999 Mahaffey was the first to use insulated guardian steel sidewalls on temporary fabric structures. This design—first used on an on-location movie set—was a solution for our client’s unique security needs. Today, many of our competitors mimic this ingenious hard wall approach. 

In Part 2 of this series, learn about Mahaffey’s game-changing innovations over the past four decades, each custom-designed to address the unique needs and ever-arising challenges of our customers.

Topics: Construction and Maintenance Covers Entertainment and Events Clearspan Fabric Structure

History in the Making: Temporary Fabric Structure Innovations, Part 1

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.” These words, attributed to Thomas Edison, are a solid reminder that if you’re doing things the way they’ve always been done, there’s almost certainly a better way.

Consider a time when massive, solid 40-foot posts used to support pole tents were put up completely manually by a large crew using little more than a lot of rope. Sure, it worked. But in 1939, Mahaffey found a way to improve the process. And this improvement resulted in a better end-product and reduced installation time as well as cost-savings for the customer.

One seemingly cardinal business truth that has stood the test of time is: Companies that stand still risk extinction. Customers rightfully expect more from their suppliers and service-providers. Innovative companies are successful because they deliver the superior products and services their customers are looking for.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, learn about Mahaffey’s first 50 years of innovative solutions. These solutions revolutionized what customers have come to expect from a temporary structure provider.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Custom Structures