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SEP 2018

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P EPOXY P roject Manager Gabriel Bulbucan and his five-man McCahill Painting crew were flying high. W hile his team brings its "A" game to every project, this steel coatings project was special. Project owner Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. was in the middle of building a concrete storage silo facility. e massive, 120-foot-tall (36.6 m), dome-topped tower was already painted, but everything else needed coating protection. e McCahill crew's main task was to conduct an aerial assault on the dome's adjacent stairwell and pedestrian bridges. (In all, more than two dozen different Sherwin-Williams products were applied to various areas, such as catwalks, pipes, and buildings.) But there was a hitch! is coatings project was situated near Chicago, Illinois. You know, the Windy City. Now, some might say the best way to apply coatings to this much steel — 47,000 square feet (4,366.4 m²) in all — would be to build containment and spray. But with 40 years' experience, the Romeoville, Illinois-based McCahill Painting crew knew better. W hen the wind begins to howl off Lake Michigan, you'd better be working behind three containment tarps because the first two will get blown off! High-Flying Crew e Ozinga facility receives cement from barges that come up the Mississippi River, blends various mixtures to create concrete, and dispenses the wet material into trucks that take the product to jobsites throughout the region. Even though the facility was not in full operation, there were plenty of things the McCahill crew didn't want to get overspray on: other tradesmen, machinery, and the waterway. "is was a very large, sensitive project," said Tim McCahill, company owner. "ere was no room for failure. e first time I set foot on the jobsite, I knew this was going to be a serious undertaking because of the heights, proximity to the water, and overall complexity. We'd need to brush and roll and work from boom lifts." McCahill reached out to local Stevenson Crane and rented A new silo was built at Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete in Mokena, Illinois. To prep the facility, a five-person crew from McCahill Painting Co. worked over the course of 3 months. Feature 56 SEPTEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY JACK INNIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR PHOTOS COURTESY MCCAHILL PAINTING Steel Coatings Crew Launches Aerial Assault STEEL

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