When Construction Resources Management, a company that provides design, materials and construction for the heavy and highway construction industry, first acquired its Milwaukee Terminal site in 1988, only one very small heater was being used to heat a single small tank. There were several tanks on site; however, they were all deteriorating and had to be torn down so new ones could be constructed. Although the terminal was in sad disrepair, the advantageous geographical location - with access by rail and barge for the transportation of liquid asphalt - tipped the scales for the Waukesha, Wis.-based captive service provider in favor of purchasing the site despite its condition.
As a part of improving the site, new 140' pilings were installed for support for the new tanks, and load-bearing tests were performed to verify stability. The construction and renovation took place over a seven-year period and, in 1995, all the tanks on site were new, which dictated the need for new heating equipment.
Glenn Elliott, CRM’s asphalt plant and tank farm manager, began the equipment selection process with the assistance of John Schwalenberg from Heat and Power Products Inc., Fulton Thermal Corp.’s local representative. “I had originally been looking at other equipment, but when I was introduced to the Fulton product, I liked the total package aspect,” says Elliott.