Location: Elkhart, Indiana
Design: J.A. Wagner Construction Inc.
Scope: New production and warehouse facility
This 42,875-square-foot production and warehouse space in Elkhart, Indiana was completed in 2016. The expansion adds 10,500 square feet of warehouse space with two loading docks and a new 32,375-square-foot temperature-controlled production area.
This expansion required the installation of some unique equipment, including a 300-ton stamping press with an isolated foundation, five 180-ton horizontal molding presses, one 40-ton molding press, and an overhead bus duct to power the assembly cells.
In an effort to maintain quality while increasing productivity, Shield chose to employ the use of an overhead bus duct. This allows for a more efficient transfer of electrical power across the entire building to the facility’s large pieces of equipment. We installed roof-mounted utilities for all the presses, as well as four 25-ton rooftop A/C units. In addition, to assist Shield with maintenance efforts, we strategically positioned the production equipment so it could be serviced by a 10-ton bridge crane located within the facility.
“Our business, as a whole, is growing today. We now import a lot of our finished goods back to the States, so this project is about making and selling them in the region.”
—Brian Babin, President
Shield Restraint Systems, Inc.