Oh, and there are some other things worth reporting on as well.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Posting 2 days in row has never been done before....... at least not by me. However, the other AgroLiquid blogger has achieved the great feat of back to back posts many times. Speaking of which did everyone know it's Dr. Jerry's Birthday. Now I couldn't tell if he's one of these people who despises growing old (I mean not getting younger) or embraces it. But for how ever old he is, I think he's still getting around pretty good. I see he's making a trip to the Dakota's next week and it's perfect timing because in celebration of Jerry's birthday President Obama just signed an executive order to place him among some of our nations finest. Happy Birthday Jerry!!
Monday, February 10, 2014
The cold weather hasn't effected the installation of the new tank farm plumbing in Williams. Well maybe a little. Frequent warming breaks to thaw out digits and prevent frost bite from setting in has slowed them down a bit but they continue to work away. In fact, there have only been a handful of days they haven't work through this never ending cold spell.
In this photo you see the single pump system. This is set up for some of the products that don't require high loading volumes. As you can see, some of the tanks are missing. Once the plumbing is 100% complete, we'll move the remaining tanks. We have a strict completion deadline of March 1 for the new load out system. The weather isn't helping but no excuses will be acceptable when we're looking at shipping record numbers in April.
Friday, January 17, 2014
The third 500K gallon tank in Ashley is nearly complete. This picture was taken just before the polar vortex (fancy name for cold weather). Since then, the forth ring has been installed completing the side walls. Apparently, it's difficult to work with steel in a -30 degree wind chill and the tank crew went home for a week to stay warm. Can't say that I blame them.
Try to take a guess as to what's going on in the photo below. Have the ships tied off to shore and are in the process of burying the treasure chest? Is the Good Year blimp on the other end of the tie lines? Actually this is the center of tank 3. The ropes tied off to the stakeh hold the side walls steady until the rafters are in place. Oh, and that's a tool box not a treasure chest.
Williams update to follow soon..................
Thursday, December 5, 2013
When you first read the title of this blog post, you were probably shocked that this feat is humanly possible. Well it is, and all it requires is 5 or 6 worthy helpers, a forklift, a scissor lift, 50' of rope, 200' of 1/8" cable, some cable clamps, 1 retro-fitted tree stand, a whole lot of gawkers, and some blood, sweat and tears. Oh, and I should add, it requires a large room with at least a 28' tall ceiling. Below are your step by step instructions. Enjoy!
1. Fasten the rope somewhere on the top portion of the tree and pull from an elevated platform. You should have someone, or better yet, a 500 pound stationary object hold the base of the tree from sliding. You will need 2 or 3 of your helpers to submerge themselves in the branches of the tree and push toward the puller. Warning: Your hands, hair, and any other exposed body parts will be sticky after this step.
2. Continue pulling, even if the guys pushing from the bottom are adding additional weight because they didn't understand they were supposed to push, not climb.
3. Make sure there are many spectators available. Even though you may want them to leave the premises until the tree is up, they mean well offering their support. Who knows, with all those spectators excercising their photography and video taking skills, you may end up being a popular entity on one of those fun loving social websites I have such a high regard for.
4. When you have it about half way up and everyone is sweating and grunting and it looks like you may have to throw in the towel..............drop the tree. Take a moment to re-evaluate the situation. This may take a couple hours, but just make sure Plan B is better than Plan A.
The word floating around the office is that we're going for a 30' + tree next year. We might as well take advantage of all that ceiling space.
Monday, December 2, 2013
In Goodland, KS we have just finished our first 2 million gallon storage tank. As a company we often recognize the sales and shipping milestones, so I'm taking this opportunity to recognize this monumental milestone for the company. Congratulations AgroLiquid on the completion of your first 2 million gallon tank. Now it's time to fill it and more importantly empty it time and time again. Just to give you an idea of how large a 2 million gallon tank really is, it can hold 2 million 1 gallon jugs of milk or.......2 - 1 million gallon jugs of milk. I'm surprised I don't get recruited to work in a lab or something.
Believe it or not, this scaffolding breaks down small enough to hand it through a 30" diameter manway. That could quite possibly be the worst part of this job.
Nope. I changed my mind. This would be the worst part. Not that sandblasting would be terrible, but sandblasting this much surface would take a little time........and be terrible.
Now I feel like I've really accomplished something. 2 blog posts in 1 day. I'm exhausted.
You'll have to forgive me. I'm not the habitual blogger I should be like that guy doing the AgroLiquid NCRS blog. This is one of the items that tends to hang towards the bottom on my list of priorities. Anyway, here is the latest and greatest in Williams. We're a little closer to having the remaining tanks moved to the new containment.
We didn't work late, we started early. As always, the wind wasn't agreeable so we were delayed a bit. We ended up starting early the next morning while the wind subsided for a couple hours but it didn't take long for it to pick back up. By around 9am, we were back to the "normal" 20-30 mph winds. I would definitely own a kite shop if I lived in Iowa.......or Kansas.
Of course before we left, we got to experience some minor snow mixed with yes.....more wind. We have a lot of work to do before the spring rush next year but who wouldn't want to spend time in Iowa during the winter months.
Monday, October 21, 2013
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, it's always hard to tell what kind of weather Mother Nature will throw our way from now until then. I'm optimistic that we'll complete the tanks in progress along with some concrete at a few sites that needs to be poured yet. My optimism isn't based on anything like achey joints or the way the trees look. I'm going on good old fashion intuition........or maybe I'm just naive. Here's where we are now.
The 2 million gallon tank in Williams in nearly complete. At the time of this photo, they were working on the roof. Currently, they should be close to wrapping it up.
Same tank, different angle. The last step off that ladder is a doozy.