A 100,000-square-foot fish processing facility near Wilmington, North Carolina, opened in March 2015, not only provided two years of construction work for local contractors, but more than 400 new permanent jobs for the seaside city.
Acme Fish Corp., a Brooklyn, NY-based industry leader in premium smoked seafood and pickled seafood products, broke ground in March 2013 in a Wilmington industrial park about 18 minutes north of the North Carolina State Ports Authority – the delivery point for the millions of imported salmon.
To build the new facility, which accommodates Acme’s future growth and sales opportunities between its New York and Florida facilities, land was cleared and graded using two 700-sized dozers and other equipment. As construction progressed, backhoes and mini-excavators were used to trench the footings and lay out the underground electrical and plumbing systems. Trench boxes shored the trench walls and trench compactors compressed the soil after the infrastructure was installed.
10K all-terrain forklifts and 6K reach forklifts were used to move and lift building materials around the job site. As the interior was being finished, drywall, painting, HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors used various man lifts to complete their tasks inside the two-story building.
Neff Rental’s Wilmington branch conveniently located on U.S. 421, was less than five minutes from the job site and supplied a majority of the equipment on the Acme Fish Corp. job.
Toward the end of the project, contractors were working seven days a week to finish up. The Neff Rental branch team kept pace with the contractors’ equipment and service needs, answering calls 24/7, and dispatching equipment and service technicians to the job site when and where they were needed.