Company purchases fabric structures for three locations.
APAC-Missouri Inc. is an asphalt, construction and aggregate company with locations throughout the state of Missouri. Owned by its parent company, Oldcastle Materials, APAC covers operations ranging from concrete and asphalt paving to aggregate production.
The company recycles used roofing shingles into asphalt material for use on highways and roads, which are highly porous and easily absorb moisture and radiant heat from the sun. Since APAC lacked storage space for the asphalt material, it was stockpiled outdoors, in full contact with the Missouri elements. The company needed to explore more options, says APAC Asphalt Plant Superintendent Robbie Freels.
“We just had to pile them outside, and they were collecting a lot of moisture,” Freels says. “Before the shingles could be recycled into usable asphalt material, complete removal of all moisture was required. This increased fuel and handling costs, and also added unnecessary time constraints to the process.”
Freels spoke to several farmers in the Missouri area who had purchased ClearSpan Fabric Structures for use in their agricultural operations, and who recommended the durable, versatile buildings as a storage solution. With those recommendations as a stepping stone, Freels began exploring his options. After researching several companies that specialize in fabric structures, Freels decided to work with ClearSpan, headquartered in South Windsor, Conn.
Freels says of the high-quality materials, “The fabric and the size of the pipe looked a lot sturdier than other fabric buildings we were looking at.” He adds that the affordable price of the building was also a deciding factor.
The company purchased three 65-foot-wide by 60-foot-long Hercules Truss Arch Buildings from ClearSpan for locations in Marshall, Columbia and Linn Creek, Mo. All of the structures are currently being used to store the asphalt material to keep it out of the weather.
APAC built each of the structures on a 6-foot concrete block wall, and got the most economical solution with almost 100-percent usable space inside, Freels says. The structures cost less than a traditional wood or steel building, and the height was needed to allow access for trucks, materials and equipment.
“We got the most space we could possibly get,” explains Freels. “We pile the shingles up to the rafters.”
The ClearSpan structures store the material safely and efficiently, and Freels comments that the company may not stop with just three buildings. “We are extremely happy with the three buildings and the purposes they serve, and we’re talking about purchasing a couple more to use for our quarry operations,” he says.