Thursday, October 22, 2009
A really big deal
By SUE WATSON
They build vessels so large that they have to be transported in parts and assembled on site. That’s the type of large fabrication jobs that Contract Fabricators Inc. in Holly Springs has gotten itself into in recent years.
Much of their fabrication work today consists of making large reactor vessels for the oil refinery business. They build and ship all over the world.
President Boyce Delashmit, who started the company in Holly Springs in 1983, said CFI has been successful because of its employees.
“We’ve been able to maintain a really good workforce,” he said. “The quality of your people is what makes your company.”
CFI has future plans to locate a second plant on the Tombigbee River in order to have a place to lift 500-ton jobs.
“The jobs we’re doing are getting bigger and heavier all the time,” he said. “We will have to have a place were we can load out by barge.”
Some of the reactor vessels CFI manufactures weigh 180,000 pounds.
Products currently in manufacturing and assembly at CFI will be shipped to BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, and to Valero in Memphis. CFI has fabricated products for most of the major oil companies in the United States including Shell Oil, Conoco/Phillips, Chevron, Citgo and Murphy Oil.
Quality control and quick turn around is what has made CFI in demand.
“One of the services we provide for refineries is quick turn around,” Delashmit said. “We received a call from Exxon this morning and they wanted us to get a job out in five days. Valero called us a couple of weeks ago and wanted a part made. We were fortunate to have all the materials in stock and we built the job in two days.”
CFI has a lot of work on hand right now.
“Work orders this year have been off some from last year, but we’re still loaded up,” Delashmit said.
He sees a future where oil will eventually take a back seat to nuclear power and CFI wants to be ready if and when that day comes.
“Future plans call for a nuclear stamp,” Delashmit said.
In order to qualify to bid on nuclear jobs, the nuclear stamp is required to demonstrate that the company meets engineering codes, has the staff, and the quality control to do nuclear work.
Since 2005, CFI has doubled its office space so its engineers have room to spread out and work. In quality control, CFI has added state-of-the-art laser technology measuring equipment - one of the few fabricators in the country using lasers for precision measurements.
CFI is touted as a single source supplier of all vessel types. Some fabrication jobs the company is experienced in include pressure vessels, columns, cyclones, heat exchangers, evaporators, storage tanks, structural steel, high pressure piping, refractory linings, large mechanical equipment, separators, gasifiers, mega pumps, risers, towers, and any other custom steel construction. Industries served include the petroleum, chemical, power, food, and feed industries and other custom products.
Visit www.contractfab.com for a complete company profile and photos of latest projects.
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