Southbelt Repair and Supply, Inc. has the knowledge and experience necessary to manage the plant manufacturing process from start to finish. We handle procurement and develop a bulk handling system for transporting plant materials, working closely with you through construction until final inspections. For new construction, altering an existing plant, or building plant equipment or systems, our team of master fabricators and welders has you covered.
Our Plant Manufacturing Projects
Examples of our plant construction projects include:
- Southbelt stationary batch plant
- Southbelt portable pugmill
- Bin and scale replacement
- Southbelt cement slurry system
- Southbelt barge clam shell hopper conveying system
- Southbelt ice auger
- Southbelt decumulative plant
- New storage silos and conveying system for PreCast Yard
Planning Considerations for Building a Plant
When building or expanding your facility, here are some considerations to make during the planning stage to ensure the efficient construction of your plant to spec:
- Determine the plant site and acquire the property. The first thing that you must do when constructing a new plant is to ensure that you’ve decided on the proper amount of space necessary to build. The lot size must be ample enough to include employee parking, loading docks, and any other basic needs that your plant may have.
- Obtain the necessary permits. Acquiring permits and approvals for construction is essential. It can be a challenging and time-consuming process given local zoning laws, site plan approval regulations, local permitting, and more. This is the step during which many project managers reach out to a contractor with experience in this area to determine what needs to be done to get the permits.
- Attain all required financing. Loans, grants, and tax increment financing (TIF) are some of the many potential financing options available for construction projects. The right financing option, however, will depend upon your specific plant.
- Conceptualize the plant’s design. This step is when you can begin to picture what your plant will ultimately look like. It is tempting to think mostly about the aesthetics of the project, but it is important to give due consideration to other more functional concerns, such as the rooms or spaces your building must have to meet your needs.
- Choose your staff. Will you use a general contractor or a construction manager for your project? This stage is when it becomes necessary to evaluate for needed experience and choose who will be in charge of the build.
- Develop a project schedule. Creating a timeline for the project is very important as it will be the easiest way to stay on track, meet performance metrics, and keep the budget under control. While elements such as the weather make perfect scheduling impossible, a reasonable schedule is still attainable.
- Procure any specialized equipment. Special equipment may be necessary depending on the type of plant you are building. If you need to purchase or rent any construction machinery or plant equipment for your project, then this is the time to do so.
- Allow for plant expansion. Initial construction is not necessarily the end of a project. While it may be difficult to consider expansion before erecting your initial plant, planning for the future and what that might look like is wise, as is making sure that your lot size would accommodate scalable construction.
- Finalize your construction specifications. You must make considerations at this point for the type of building materials your builder will use for the plant. Is environmental friendliness important in your material choices? Also, what are your plant’s electrical needs? Are there any structural requirements for floor loads and occupancy? At this stage, ensure that your plant will function efficiently.
- Partner with a reputable builder. A trusted building services provider is an incredible asset. They have the knowledge and the background to guide your project to a successful conclusion.
Taking each of these steps into consideration will help your construction project progress as seamlessly as possible.
Partner With Southbelt
With capabilities ranging from plant design, fabrication, and take-down to equipment rentals and preventative maintenance, Southbelt offers comprehensive, turnkey services to clients in the Dallas and Houston, Texas, regions. To learn more about how our team can help you get the job done right on your schedule, contact us today.