2007 STI/SPFA Tank of the Year Award
T BAILEY, INC. was awarded the Steel Tank Institute & Steel Plate Fabricators Association 2007 Tank of the Year Award for the Special Fabrication Category for the Imperium Renewables Biodiesel Facility project.
T BAILEY, INC. provided design (via Sargent Engineers), detailing, steel fabrication, wheelabrating; shop priming, and field erection for 17 each welded steel storage tanks for this state of the art Biodiesel production facility. The 17 tanks are sized as follows: 8 ea 80’d x 60’h; 1 ea 45’d x 20’ h; 3 ea 40’d x 56’h; 1 ea 30’d x 40’h; 1 ea 30’d x 29’h; 2 ea 20’d x 44’h; and 1 ea 16’d x 25’h and totaled more than 4.9 million pounds of steel plate ranging from 0.75” – 0.25” in thickness. T BAILEY, INC. began design of the tanks in mid-July of 2006 with steel fabrication starting in October; field erection of the first tank began onsite in November. With a crew that reached 35 at its maximum, T BAILEY, INC. managed to complete work on the final tank in early May 2007 having worked straight through one of the wettest and windiest winters in Washington State history to meet the strict deadlines set to get the tanks into service. Piping was performed by the General Contractor JH Kelly; with field painting performed by Dunkin & Bush, and tank insulation by Performance Contracting Inc.
On August 15th, 2007, Imperium Renewables officially opened Imperium Grays Harbor – the largest biodiesel facility in the nation, with 100 million gallons per year production capacity. The grand opening featured speeches by U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Congressman Norm Dicks, Faith Lumsden from Governor Gregoire’s office, Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson, and Manning Feraci of the National Biodiesel Board and was attended by over 400 guests, employees, and media personnel.