The Frenchman Valley COOP project goal was to work with the elevator staff to ensure the plant remained functional during a major industrial facility upgrade to build additional grain bins to the south side of the plant. As the chosen industrial electrical contractor, Decker Electric set up two new Motor Control Centers (MCCs) in panel rooms and added conduit coming out of the electrical room and connecting in several directions to power equipment for a 156′ steel grain bin. A generator and transfer switch were installed to operate the new system. A Hazmon System, which meets equipment and operation performance goals and assists in preventive facility maintenance, was installed throughout the entire facility. This system also detects any equipment failures, overheating, or potential hazards in the plant. New conveyors, two way valves, lighting, ventilation, and temperature probes for a 156′ wide metal grain bin were also placed.
Working at heights of more than 50′ presented a challenge in regards of logistics as well as safety. A robust safety plan was implemented which included purchasing of repelling gear for running pipe down the top of the 156′ grain bin. There were also areas that were not accessible by a boom lift, so the employees used the repelling gear to run conduit down the grain tower.
This five month project was completed in time for harvest, so the grain bin could be used by the Frenchman Valley COOP.