In 2009, chemical manufacturer Jones-Hamilton needed to significantly increase its production capacity, and ability to deliver new products to market. Its pH management products historically served the automotive, steel and construction industries, but R&D led them to develop new solutions for food processing and additives.

A new, state-of-the-art subplant to process additional products was built within the older facility while manufacturing operations were ongoing.

Employing its GEM Process Solutions (GPS) icon-GPS-round-RGBsystem for process-driven design/build projects, GEM Inc. led the collaboration among the engineers, manufacturers, contractors and owner during the preconstruction phase to hammer out details regarding the process, design, permitting, schedule and cost.

This project included:

  • Fabrication and installation of a new sulfuric acid storage tank
  • A pond for underground utility relocations
  • A maintenance shop and 3,750 square-foot, pre-engineered rail facility
  • Scrubber relocation
  • 115-foot spray/congealing tower
  • 139-foot bucket elevator
  • Rail spur and loading dock additions

GEM performed the electricalmechanicalequipment setting and steel erection and managed site and concrete work.

Business success leads to a new facility and continued partnership

With success in both the business and a 30-plus year relationship with the Rudolph Libbe Group, Jones-Hamilton awarded us a contract to design/build another similar production facility in 2015.

The Richburg, South Carolina facility includes a 43,000-square-foot Varco-Pruden pre-engineered metal warehouse with a 4,000-square-foot office. The production plant includes a reactor, 115-foot spray/congealing tower, 139-foot bucket elevator, and rail connection.


We have partnered with Rudolph Libbe and GEM for 30 years. The one thing that is constant, no matter the size of the project, is the quality of work of the entire team. Their attention to detail and level of professionalism allow Jones-Hamilton Co. to concentrate on our core business without being distracted.

Chuck Almroth, Director, Manufacturing and Engineering
Jones-Hamilton Co.

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