Despite the enormity of the structure, Sitetech is maintaining an average production rate of about 20,000 sq. ft. per day. Friscone says they have had days in which they've almost doubled that rate, but some areas of the plant are more difficult than others.
"We can be moving along at a clip better than 30,000 sq. ft. a day, then move to a multi-story area with paint booths and three to four times the amount of steel, and that rate goes down," he points out. "But 20,000 sq. ft. a day is still... the equivalent of taking down a decent-sized building each day."
Friscone adds that because the Lorain plant is such a huge job, they were a bit intimidated when they first went out to the site. But they were confident that having the right tools for the job, and a great support network behind them, would make the difference.
"That's one of the reasons we tried to stay away from the smaller, less proven manufacturers. We wanted that level of confidence," he says. "Is Genesis the lowest-priced attachment out there? No, it's not. But, on the largest job we've ever undertaken — a job with massive steel sizes and huge volumes — we will be out of here on time, if not before, and a lot of that is due to the equipment we use. So in the bigger scheme of things, I'm feeling like we're way ahead of the curve."