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Seed Bin Revamp in Kankakee, IL

Location: Kankakee, Illinois
Food and Beverage
Kankakee, Illinois
Services Performed:
Confined Space Project Management
Sq footage of work:
2 bins, each 35ft deep X 8ft wide

Client Background

This client, a key player in the agricultural industry, specializes in the production of high-performing hybrid seeds. With a rich heritage rooted in its respected parent companies, the company stands at the forefront of sustainable food production. Their commitment extends beyond business operations to include substantial contributions to local communities and global food security initiatives.

Facility Description

Located in Kankakee, Illinois, the company operates facilities dedicated to seed production, aligning with its mission to best serve the agricultural sector. The focus of the project was on two significant seed bins integral to the company's operation. Each bin, measuring 35 feet in depth and 8 feet in width, plays a crucial role in the company's seed processing and storage.

Requested Maintenance

The client required a specialized cleaning and coating service for their seed bins. The primary objective was to transition the bins from storing soy to corn seeds. This demanded meticulous cleaning to prevent cross-contamination and ensure the integrity of the new seed product.

Decision Driver and Timing

The need for a change in the type of seeds stored - from soy to corn - necessitated this project. Ensuring the purity and quality of the seeds was paramount, given the company's commitment to providing top-tier agricultural products.

Scope of Work

  • Dry ice blasting for thorough cleaning of the bins' interior and exterior surfaces.
  • Application of durable, protective coatings to both inside and outside surfaces of the bins.
  • Implementation of a robust safety plan, adhering to confined space project requirements.
  • Precision in ensuring that no remnants of the previous seed type remained to guarantee product integrity.

Notable Details

Safety First

Given the confined nature of the space, a comprehensive safety plan was integral. This plan was meticulously followed to ensure the well-being of all personnel involved.

Specialized Cleaning Technique

The use of dry ice blasting, an innovative and efficient cleaning method, was key. This technique not only provided thorough cleaning but also ensured that the integrity of the bins' surfaces was maintained.

Customized Coating Solution

The application of specialized coatings was tailored to meet the specific needs of seed storage, thereby enhancing the longevity and functionality of the bins.

Client-Contractor Partnership

The project was a collaborative effort, with the client closely involved in each step. Their input was crucial in tailoring the services to meet their specific needs, particularly in maintaining the high standards required for seed storage.

Client Satisfaction

Our client expressed high satisfaction with the project's outcome. The effectiveness of the cleaning and coating process, coupled with the adherence to safety standards and the minimal disruption to their operations, underscored the success of this collaborative endeavor.

Food and Beverage
Kankakee, Illinois
Services Performed:
Confined Space Project Management
Sq footage of work:
2 bins, each 35ft deep X 8ft wide
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