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By John Leduc, Leduc Creative Co.

Above: Delta Industrial works closely with machine manufacturers and customers to tailor press pits and machine foundations to specification.

Despite supply chain disruptions, press pit and machine foundation builder continues to complete projects on schedule

September 2021 - Like most companies that have weathered the events of the last 18 months, Delta Industrial has had to grapple with supply chain disruptions and worksite constraints, while continuing to meet customer demands. The Chesterfield, Michigan, company engineers and builds press pits and machine foundations, taking customers from design and construction to steel design and fabrication, concrete flatwork and contracting.

Following a brief shutdown in 2020, Delta Industrial was designated an essential business and tasked to ramp up operations and complete critical industrial infrastructure projects. The company adopted a strict set of safety guidelines to ensure the health of both employees and clients.

Delta Industrial had to balance material shipment delays, steadily increasing prices for steel and concrete, and the need to keep suppliers, staff and customers connected with meeting the demands of customers who still needed press pits, steel construction and machine foundation projects completed on schedule, with controlled costs, and a high enough level of productivity for success. Every delay put more strain on already strained budgets and schedules.

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Delta’s turn-key installations include rigging, electrical/mechanical, floor plating, roof raises or building additions.

Voice of experience

Tom Lytle, vice president of Delta Industrial, credits the company’s ability to complete projects to a very experienced team. “We have a really loyal team that came through during the pandemic,” he says. “In a fluid situation such as building a press pit machine foundation, a well-trained and highly professional staff can be the difference between success and failure.”

A recent example is a massive foundation Delta Industrial built for a large automotive supplier. Operations needed to continue while the two-story press pit was being built for the new press. “In this industry, regardless of shutdowns because of supply chain disruptions, if you don’t have press machines up and running, it doesn’t matter anyway,” says Lytle. To keep daily operations viable, Delta Industrial built an addition to give the customer immediate occupancy and relocate its tool room.

“When you add in the pandemic to an already tough and harsh metal stamping, manufacturing and industrial environment, you face even greater challenges because the manufacturing process has already been disrupted,” Lytle says. “Our way of helping is to tighten down on the workflow and to communicate with the client even more. Communication is key.”

In the best of situations, a high level of engineering and design is required for building press pits, machine foundations and other types of industrial steel construction. Typical project profiles include building foundations 75,000 sq. ft. of slab on grade, loading docks and exterior paving, a 75,000 sq. ft. bay stamping expansion, a 3,000-ton press foundation, a 1,000-ton press foundation, scrap conveyor tunnels, building foundations, spotting press foundation, CNC foundation, bolster rail foundations, utility trenches and exterior paving.

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Project profiles

Delta Industrial was also tasked to install a 3,000-ton press foundation, 1,000-ton blanking line press foundation and 1,600- ton press foundation built concurrently, scrap conveyor tunnels, bolster rail foundations, utility trenches, de-stacker feeder foundations, looping pit, uncoiler pit, 32,000 sq. ft. of slab on grade, and removable scrap conveyor tunnel tops.

In addition to the engineering and design work that goes into building press pits and machine foundations, Delta Industrial still had extensive bedrock demolition to perform so it could engineer additional structural modifications as well as add conveyor belts and customized deck plating. By paying close attention to cost and time restraints, the project was completed on time while allowing the supplier to operate at full capacity.

“Despite the unforeseen challenges we faced over these last two years, Delta Industrial has completed successes for leading manufacturers across the United States such as Tower Automotive, Midway and Titan Tire, just to name a few,” Lytle says. “Our skilled personnel have been our most important resource and given us the foundation we needed to support our customers.”  FFJ

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