Platework Fabrication History
Southeastern Plateworks, LLC. (SEPW) has enjoyed 10 good years in business as of May 2014. To date, our group has managed to enjoy good success every year we have been in operation, striving to set a good example in our local and national community as a responsible, forward-thinking, high-quality, and capable fabricator. Please see the timeline below to learn more about our companies past projects and some other key events.
Southeastern Plateworks, LLC. (SEPW) is founded in May.
The Pinson plant is acquired and work begins to refurbish, maintain, and otherwise equip the building for production.
Principal management and a core operations group of 20 production workers begin operations.
SEPW secures its initial projects including its first million dollar contract for FGD ductwork.
Production capacity is increased in line with sales to a diversified set of customers serving the power generation and pollution control industries, as well as pulp and paper, material handling, mining, and pulp & paper.
SEPW executes its first Fluidized Bed Boiler project, a complex and multi-alloy fabricated system consisting of structural, plate, and complex pipe work.
SEPW executes its first multi-million dollar project, offering value-added engineering and fabrication consultation in addition to extensive fabrication scope for Consumer's Energy Campbell Station.
SEPW expands its Salesforce and Estimating capacity to support larger Power-Gen/APC projects.
The Pawnee Plant is acquired and staffed, increasing production and adding a well-designed, modern fabrication facility with the space available to double output.
The Pinson Plant is fully staffed and several capital improvement projects are executed to support growth.
Multiple large power-generation and pollution-control projects are sold, some of which grow by 300% during the course of the work. SEPW's plants reach staffing capacity.
SEPW's first SCR projects at Sammis and Crystal River are completed on time and under budget.
SEPW's first PJFF projects at Trimble County, San Juan, and Council Bluffs, are completed on time and under budget.
SEPW books the first of many CFB scrubbers.
SEPW executes its first SDA project and continues to book other large projects, mostly PJFF and FGD ductwork-related.
SEPW expands its Business Development capacity in an effort to further understand the Power Generation and APC markets, those who work within these markets, and how SEPW might best fit into the big picture.
Project Management expands, adding two key personnel, to support the execution of more and larger projects.
Several large projects, predominantly SCR and FGD-related, are executed for existing customers as well and new customers in the Construction and A&E sectors.
SEPW books a four unit order for SCRs for Southern Company’s Plant Scherer. This project would span four years and serve to base-load SEPW plants for the 2009-2010 recession.
The Pawnee Plant alloy bay (12,500 SF) is segregated from the rest of the shop, cleaned, and outfitted with new equipment for dedicated production of stainless and high nickel alloy work.
With the market slowing, SEPW turns its focus to plant improvements and also expanding sales into different segments of the power-gen/APC markets, including the multi-alloy SMEPA project and many smaller boiler duct jobs.
SEPW is fortunate to book enough small to medium size projects, on top of base-loaded production work, to maintain respectable output in 2009.
Many in the as-built sectors were struggling at this time and SEPW was able to spread out some business in the form of selective sub-fabrication.
Through a partnership with Southern Company, Mitsubishi, and URS (Advatech), SEPW is selected to fabricate the complex, multi-alloy, Carbon Capture (CCS) pilot plant at Plant Barry in Southern Alabama. This groundbreaking project paved the way for future work in this emerging APC market.
With the economy in recession, even in light of gross revenue reduction close to 40% based on the previous year, SEPW managed the downturn profitably, maintaining its workforce.
Alloy work proves to be a stable and worthwhile niche in the sluggish economy with several FGD retrofit projects, absorber internals, and stainless steel PJFF projects processed through the alloy bay in the Pawnee shop.
Through a very careful screening process, SEPW adds a new QA/QC Manager, leveraging the slower pace of the day to reorganize QA/QC to better position SEPW to serve the demands of higher capacity production and higher complexity projects.
Business begins to pick back up in 2011 and SEPW selectively pursues new contracts with great care to assure further success as the market improves.
Several large projects including ductwork, stacks, and structural steel for Southern Company's Plant Ratcliffe, in Kemper County, Mississippi, are booked and executed.
In addition, SEPW receives contracts for several large projects in the Midwest.
SEPW adds exterior crane-ways and heavier cranes in both facilities. This will enable SEPW to better handle modules and panels of significant size and weight, including trial assembly of the same. This raises SEPW's maximum lift capacity to 45 tons.
Additional capital improvements are implemented, including customized sub-arc welding equipment, new transportation equipment, and improvement to buildings.
Although the market had improved over 2009 and 2010 levels, SEPW management foresees another downturn. The result: SEPW aggressively pursues new work, resulting in record year-end backlog.
Several large projects are booked including fleet-program PJFFs for Southern Company's Plant Bowen. Additional to the PJFFs themselves, SEPW secures the balance of plant ductwork for Plant Bowen and Plant Gaston PJFF installations direct from the utility.
An award for two large, modularized SCRs for Xcel Energy's Pawnee Power Plant in Brush, Colorado rounded out APC orders for the year. SEPW's ability to fabricate large, heavy modularized components, and added crane capacity would prove to be of great benefit as these projects kick off.
SEPW receives orders for almost all of the boiler-side work and all of the SCR and ductwork for three new units at a West Palm Beach Biomass Plant.
QA/QC personnel are added to support upcoming projects. SEPW will now employ two Level I AWS Certified Welding Inspectors and added support staff in both shops.
With record backlog, SEPW focuses on efficient output and uses the work to implement new training and new systems to better support larger "mega orders".
The Xcel Energy, Southern Company, and West Palm Beach projects, as well as several small to medium sized orders, are executed on time, under budget, and with good reception at the end sites.
SEPW adds new, qualified customers expanding our focus on new markets and new opportunities for the future.
Again, SEPW increases infrastructure, this time in Project Management and Estimating.
As of early 2014, both SEPW shops are working at capacity with a healthy backlog, good systems in place, and strong management.
In early 2014, SEPW focused on new customer development, adding Business Development capacity, with renewed effort applied to the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. The efforts have been rewarded with the inclusion of several new-to-SEPW customers, projects, and markets.
SEPW continues to be a qualified supplier of fabricated steel platework and structural steel for the Power Generation and Air Pollution Control industries. Having booked several large projects for which we will supply stacks, ductwork, PJFFs, and other components, we are posturing for the future and look forward to more years to come.
2015 saw many industries in the USA take a sharp dive. Coal-fired power and the related air pollution control projects were largely suspended or cancelled. Although inexpensive natural gas and the ability to quickly build those types of power plants contributed to an increase in gas-power projects, these do not have the same heavy steel requirements. So, we pushed further into new-to-SEPW markets, generating a more diverse backlog of projects in Petro Chemical, Mining, Material Handling, and Pulp & Paper.
2015 was a transitory year for many businesses in the USA. The same can be said about SEPW. With industrial business seemingly slowing, SEPW relied on history to respond to the challenges. Having seen a remarkable decline in heavy industrial work during the 2009/2010 and 2012/2013 year-over-year comparisons, SEPW management knew what could possibly lie ahead. To that end, planning was put in place to revisit SEPW’s profile and structure during 2016.
Business-planning/implementation was delayed during the early part of 2016, as this time was very challenging for SEPW. Working through the diverse backlog generated in 2014/2015 allowed SEPW to test both facilities and personnel opposite the seeming “New Normal”. We were fabricating the widest variety of projects to date, with heavy carbon steel Debarking Drums, light-gauge stainless steel Ductwork, HRSG Exhaust Stacks, Industrial Baghouses, heavy Structural Support Steel, and more common carbon-steel fabrications flowing through both shops, all at the same time. Though challenging, the efforts resulted in numerous successful projects for both new and “legacy” customers.
States Where Southeastern Plateworks Has Shipped 2004 - 2016