SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Ever try to catch 40 winks at a cement-mixing plant?
Well, Croell Inc.’s new office, shop and mixing facility in Cheyenne, WY, might be just the place.
Besides the usual cement plant features such as mixing equipment and truck maintenance bays, the Sukup Steel Buildings-designed facility has sleeping quarters, a kitchen and a comfortable living room to serve road-weary drivers. The plant supplies cement for highway projects in a large multi-state region.
A complex that houses such a variety of functions in an area with extreme variations in climate, including strong winds, cold temperatures and heavy snow, needed more strength than wooden structures could provide. The plant, which opened in January of 2018, consists of five connected buildings – one is 60' tall and another is 45' tall – built to endure winds of 115 mph and snow load of 30 psf.
Combining so many disparate functions and complying with local rules on external design and landscaping added unusual complexity to the project, said Matt Maas, project manager with Croell. "Overall it was quite an experience to get everything to click together as one," he said. "Keeping everyone on one page was a little difficult."
Dimensions and uses of the buildings are:
- Mixing structure (28' x 37' x 60') – used for mixing and storage of materials.
- Load-out (28' x 30' x 45') – used for loading of mixed cement into trucks.
- Material storage, mechanical and break room (21' x 73' x 21.75') – used for storing raw materials; housing water pumps, boilers and electrical equipment; and housing a driver break room.
- Office, residential and maintenance shop (60' x 136' x 24', with 55' x 60' mezzanine) – used for offices, meeting rooms, lab, living quarters and vehicle/equipment maintenance.
- Winter storage and power wash (60' x 81' x 20') – used for winter storage of vehicles and for washing trucks.
Buildings were designed individually but some share endwalls, said Bill Mossie, engineer with Sukup Steel Buildings, a division of Sukup Manufacturing Co. Tall structural members were field-spliced, while others had special connections for attachment of a mezzanine. Architectural services were provided by Pappas & Pappas of Cheyenne.
Maas said that despite the challenges, the project went well overall and it was rewarding to see it all come together. He said the complex will serve as a model for others to be built in the future.
Bill Croell, owner of New Hampton, Iowa-based Croell Inc., said the hospitality features of the complex will ideally help attract a good workforce. The facility serves customers in a very large area, so drivers sometimes travel great distances. Having a clean, comfortable place to clean up and rest helps keep them ready to roll.
He said his company’s strong relationship with Sukup Steel Buildings made the Cheyenne project go well. Buildings at several Croell plants were manufactured by Sukup Steel Buildings.
Steve Sukup, vice president and chief financial officer of Sukup Manufacturing, said he’s enjoyed working with Croell Inc. President Kurt Croell. “It’s great to see another fine Iowa company growing.”
Jim Shipley, sales representative for Sukup Steel Buildings, said that in his 25 years in the metal buildings industry, he’s never worked on a project quite like the Croell complex. It really shows off the ability to merge a variety of functions, he said, adding with a grin, “Talk about a mixed-use project.”
About Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as more than 80 foreign countries.