The Caldwell New Tank Process

Shortly after Project Award, a Caldwell Project Manager (PM) will be assigned to your new tank project. The PM reports directly to the Project Management Director who is responsible for multiple other PM's and their projects. Once the PM gets passed along the details from the Sales Manager (all of whom report to the VP of Sales), the company hosts an internal project kick-off meeting where all departments will discuss concerns, schedules, and special items. A Professional Engineer is also assigned to the project and will be assisted by our experienced staff of engineers and designers. Our engineering department then diligently carries out Tank and Foundation designs while regularly communicating with the involved soils/foundation contractor and consulting engineer. The PM who is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations on the project, including administration, scheduling, and overall job supervision, manages the entire project schedule.

We have a professional Safety Director and accompanying staff that have implemented the industry's most comprehensive company-wide safety program to ensure safe construction in accordance with OSHA and Caldwell Tanks' strict requirements. Caldwell's Quality Assurance Manager (Q.A.) oversees the Q.A. program at both of Caldwell's fabrication plants as well as all of Caldwell's field and paint operations nation-wide. This Q.A. team continually trains employees, evaluates and resolves issues that arise, and recommends means and methods for keeping Caldwell state-of-the-art in the fabrication process. Both the safety and quality teams perform frequent inspections of the plant operations and field crews, so their interaction begins during shop fabrication and concludes near the project completion.

As your project moves from the engineering design phase through the shop fabrication phase, many certified welders and other employees are intensely involved in creating your tank and tower components to be accurate so that the field operations phase goes as smooth as possible. We have a very dedicated transportation staff that delivers the component pieces from the shop all over the country to your tank site where the field crews then 'make the magic happen'.

Depending upon Owner's requirements, site conditions, and project schedule, an On-Site Manager may be utilized to aid in the day-to-day site operations, paperwork processing, and daily reporting logs. Either Caldwell or one of our specialized subcontractors first carries out the foundation construction. Then, experienced field crews consisting of approximately five boilermakers under the supervision of one Foreman carry out the field construction. The Foreman is the site supervisor and reports to a general field superintendent inside our office who is responsible for a number of other Foreman and their projects. These Field Superintendents and Foundation Superintendents are lead by the Field & Civil Operations Director. These fully equipped professional erection crews consist of Caldwell Tanks' permanent employees. Crew personnel are members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers Union working under the NTL Articles of Agreement. Caldwell's crews work in both union and non-union environments, moving in and out to perform our portion of work smoothly, quietly, and efficiently. Upon completion of all the welded steel processes, the paint crew (Caldwell's crew or an industry-specific subcontractor) moves in to blast, clean, paint, and disinfect the tank. Similar to the field construction Foremen, Caldwell's Coatings field Foremen report to a Coatings Superintendent who reports to the Coatings Field Manager. Also reporting to him is our Coatings Subcontractor Manager who maintains all correspondence and scheduling activities with all captive and non-captive coatings subcontractors. Our Coatings Sales and Operations Director leads not only his Coatings Field Director, but also oversees Caldwell's Repaint Division (for existing tanks) and the coatings projects of Caldwell's T.A.P. division (highly revered as the "industry-recommended-addition" to your new tank to maximize its service life). While this completes the general scope of your project, there are many support staff all throughout this process that help make your new tank experience the best in the industry. The final say-so on extreme matters and the strong leader of Caldwell Tanks is our very own President, Bernie Fineman.

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