Toshiba Project Manager Tim Kieffer
John Pszonak, Berghammer Project Manager
Recycling Solutions Partner Mark Oliver
Chuck Dingel, Briggs & Stratton Team Facilitator
Bill Dossett, Business Development Director, Link & Associates.
Axor Construction On-site Director.
Leif Nesheim, President, Berghammer Corp.
Bill Sauer, President, Merisco Inc.
Al Naser, President, DIC Imaging.
Robert Nagy, President, Spancrete.
John P. Malloy, Sr., President, Modern Machine.
Some of the huge, turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Allis Chalmers buildings live on. One serves Toshiba. In a small corner of its enormous facility at 66th and Washington, Toshiba has constructed four clean rooms to rebuild rotors for its power generating customers.
Bradley Corporation, headquartered in Menomonee Falls and known for its circular washfountains since 1921, has built a new manufacturing facility in Germantown.
In an entrepreneurial process of major investment, and extensive research and development, Recycling Solutions has created what one of the partners Mark Oliver calls “a new plastic recovery line that is the only one of its kind in the world.” They built the system in a 48,000 sq. ft. building at 2929 S. Chase Ave., the former Pelton Casteel foundry. Roman Electric installed the power needed for the complex system.
Oliver and his three partners began by recycling metals as Action Recyclers in 2005. Later they added cardboard and plastics. Then they saw opportunity when they watched the inefficient process used by cardboard recycling mills. About 12% of the material is waste that was in, or part of, the cardboard boxes, which the processor had to pay to dispose of in a landfill.
Planning to recycle the steel in the waste material, Recycling Solutions contracted to haul them from the processors. To find an effective shredding machine, they eventually found a German manufacturer willing to customize two machines to fit their needs.
That was the first step in building the recovery line that grew to include the shredders, magnets, fans, conveyors, shakers, a unique optical sorter, air jets, other conveyor lines, dry and wet granulators, wash systems, dryers, heaters, an extruder, cutting blades, water coolers, a vacuum system and storage silos.
To power the array of machinery Roman Electric installed a 3000 amp, 277/480 volt 3-phase main service and a vast network of different size conduit, some color coded to indicate 480 volt power, control power and safety interlocks. Roman also installed process control timers on several machines to facilitate system activities.
Mark Oliver said, “We had another electrician here but their crew just wasn’t big enough to do the job and get it done in time. One surprise for me was Roman is a union shop so they have scheduled meetings, breaks, lunches and they’re gone at 3:00. But the next morning at 6:00 they’re back and on the same schedule.
“When they’re working, that’s all they do is work. It was really nice to see how they produced. Roman did an excellent job. Their foreman Mike Blankenmeyer ran a real tight ship and he’d have 8 to 12 guys here at any given time every day for two months. They all had their tasks and they’d get them done. They were just phenomenal to work with.” Barry Dickinson, Roman Commercial/Industrial Service Manager, supervised the job.
Oliver said they now recycle ferrous and nonferrous metal, produce plastic pellets reused by plastics manufacturers, and process plastic and fiber into “fluff” which is used as a fuel source producing almost the same BTUs as coal at 1/10th the cost. He said his goal is to have Roman back later for power adjustments because they designed the plant to add a second optical sorter, wash line and extruder allowing them to double their volume.
"Excellent, Faster, Less Expensive"
"Roman takes care of all our rectifier periodic maintenance," said Chuck Dingel, Briggs & Stratton team facilitator. "When we replace a rectifier they disconnect the old unit and power up the new one. They take care of all the busbar work, and everything electrical related to the rectifiers. We hardchrome over aluminum which is critical work on the pistons we use in our engines. If a rectifier goes bad it can impair the quality of the plating.
"We weren't happy with the service we were getting from the previous electrical contractor so we brought in Roman. They do an excellent job. Their electricians are faster so my downtime is very minimal. Plus they're less expensive."
"Fantastic Job" "Very Responsive" "Lot of Expertise"
"Speed Was A Big Miracle"
"Finest People To Work With"
After completing a challenging, fast-paced project, Leif Nesheim, President of Berghammer Corp., said, "In just six months we completed a 535,000 sq. ft. facility, one of the largest in the area. We chose Roman for the electrical work because we needed a skilled, experienced construction team. Roman has the size, knowledge and capability to handle the large and demanding projects.
"Roman successfully satisfied three clients: us, Wispark - the developer, and the tenant. We're now working with Roman on a difficult, 500,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant with a very complex electrical system. Roman's capability is again evident. Phil and Gerv Rose are the finest people you could ever work with."
"Your Vice President wanted to show us the difference between Roman Electric and other electrical contractors," said Bill Sauer, President of Brown Deer manufacturer Merisco Inc. "We quickly understood what he meant. Your crew's concern was obvious from the way they shared their plans with us, to their clean up when they finished the job. Their friendly attitude, sense of urgency, concern, and attention to detail were outstanding. We look forward to having Roman work on all our electrical needs."
When his company gutted and rebuilt its 30,000 sq. ft. specialty toner manufacturing plant, DIC Imaging President Al Naser liked Roman Electric's work. He said, "We had a very aggressive schedule and Roman's work was a major part of our meeting that accelerated timetable. I'm very pleased. They did a teriffic job!"
"Best In The Midwest"
Roman Electric installed the electrical systems in Spancrete Industries new 48,000 sq. ft. corporate building for construction manager Voss-Jorgensen-Schueler Co. Spancrete president Robert Nagy said, "Roman did an outstanding job. They were very cooperative and offered many helpful suggestions."
VJS project superintendent Jim Babe, who was also pleased, said, "Roman's foreman Rich Wenzel really did a good job. Roman is the best electrical contractor in the Midwest. With Gerv Rose, his word is his bond."
"Serve Quickly as Needed"
Modern Machine, a Cudahy producer of crankshafts, connecting rods and special machine tools, built a new 55,000 sq. ft. factory as part of an ambitious modernization program which increased it's plant space to 120,000 sq. ft. Roman Electric handled electrical work for the new plant and machine tool rewiring. "We need a lot of very sophisticated electrical work," said John P. Malloy, Sr., Modern Machine president. "Roman has handled our account for several years and done an outstanding job. We moved 150 machine tools in two weeks and Roman converted at least 60% of them from 240 to 480 volts. Roman did a remarkable job of planning and completed the job on time so we could meet scheduled deliveries. Roman is a company which develops people who keep up with technology. And they're also willing to serve quickly as needed."
Construction managers, general contractors, and owners and managers of a full range of industrial businesses have relied on Roman Electric since 1929 for skilled design and construction of their new facilities. Roman electrical engineers and designers can provide customized electrical power and lighting systems to fit the owner's needs and desires. Then Roman's crew of highly trained industrial electricians installs the system.
Electrical systems by Roman include the most effective distribution of power, maximum safety, use of highly efficient materials and tooling, compliance with all local codes, and complete customer satisfaction.