In 2014, Schütz Container came to the Rudolph Libbe Group for a 10,000-square-foot building expansion to its Perrysburg, Ohio, facility. The new space was needed for additional blow-mold injection machinery used to make intermediate bulk containers (IBC). Schütz is a German company with the largest IBC production and service network in North America. The 255-gallon containers are used for bulk storage of liquids.

After GEM reviewed the fast-track schedule needs for the addition – the project would be awarded in November and had to be complete in early February – it was determined that the GEM Process Solutions (GPS) system was the best way to ensure the project could be finished on time for the plant’s capacity surge. This timing presented a major challenge in that the job site required enclosure prior to January when challenging winter weather conditions could slow construction.

GEM led the project with mechanical, machinery installation, and structural steel services which included metal siding and roofing. GEM’s electrical work involved relocating the existing transformer to make room for the building addition, and installation of new transformers to support it. Rudolph Libbe Inc. self-performed civil/site, concrete and masonry services.

After the new addition was complete, GEM and RLI built a 25,000-square-foot mezzanine structure – tying the old facility space to the new – while existing equipment remained in operation below it. Schütz experienced no downtime to its ongoing operations during the three-month interior and exterior construction projects.

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