Seneca, IL, USA
Building Size: 150' W x 115' L
Application: Waste Bakery Goods Fabric Warehouse
Industrial Fabric Covered Buildings Exceeds Expectations for Storage Solution
Lambs Seneca Terminal (LST) is located in the town of Seneca, IL in the Shipyard Industrial Park. The industrial park is 270 acres in size with 12 different companies that handle and package a variety of goods for Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and numerous small retail stores. LST loads and unloads more than 150 river barges a year containing a variety of commodities such as fertilizer, lumber, salt, bark, carbon products, steel and most recently waste bakery goods.
"We receive about 20 semi loads of waste bakery goods a day which we warehouse and load onto barges and rail cars and ship south for livestock feed for the poultry and hog industry,"¯ says George Lambs, Owner, Shipyard Industrial Park. "The waste bakery goods are things that are outdated or maybe just packaged wrong. Rather than going to the landfills, it is used as protein food for the poultry and hog industries. Because it is a consumable by-product we needed to house the product out of the weather," says Lambs. "The tension fabric structure we needed had to be large enough for trucks and a front-end loader to operate. I looked at a fabric covered building that had been built in the area and thought it would fit our needs. We gathered some information and worked with a fabric building salesperson on the design details and placed the order for a 150' wide x 115' long fabric building."
"The sixty foot height and clearspan area of the fabric building is ideal for operating machinery."¯ - George Lambs, Owner, Shipyard Industrial Park
"We were fortunate that the tension fabric structure arrived before the bad weather hit. Once the fabric building installation crew arrived, the fabric building was constructed in just seven days,"¯ says Lambs.
"The sixty foot height and clearspan area of the tension fabric structure is ideal for operating machinery. We use the backhoe to stack the material really high so if we want to store some other commodity in here we can do that. The fabric structure has numerous entrance ways and loading docks to load and unload pallets from trucks as well as material into rail cars. We have a barge loading conveyor on the back side of the building that can load at 1,000 ton per hour when coming from rail cars and free flowing material. We can handle pretty well anything in here."
"I would love to cover the area with more warehouses for handling barges; that's my main objective, to get more customers that we can do barge business for. This is the first tension fabric structure I've purchased, but depending on my needs, I don't think it will be the last; the fabric building has really worked well," says Lambs.