EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION: Heraeus Precious Metals
You know you’re golden when a customer comes back, year after year. Heraeus Precious Metals, a leading provider of precious metals services and products, is a longtime Lee Company customer. In 2018, Heraeus came to Lee Company with a turnkey project: Design and install a building expansion at the Wartburg, Tenn., facility, with more than 3,000 linear feet of chilled water piping and a prefabricated chiller. Lee Company delivered even more than expected, using this opportunity to work with Heraeus to create a system that doubles the output, enhances quality, and – most importantly – improves employee safety.
Heraeus Precious Metals received the 2019 Eagle Award from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter and the 2019 Merit Award from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter.
Changes and challenges
As the year-long project moved forward, Lee Company successfully handled ongoing changes in scope – Heraeus added skids and tanks that increased project expectations and the initial timeline.
But project changes weren’t the only challenge: Lee Company also had to deal with a heavy dose of skepticism from the Heraeus team. For example, a Heraeus facility in New Jersey had long used the same process that was being replaced in Tennessee. An operator from the New Jersey plant came to Tennessee and was convinced the Lee Company approach wouldn’t work. With the Lee Company team standing by, he searched diligently for flaws – he did his best to make the new system fail.
Instead, he failed. Lee Company’s new granulation process worked, every time. The operator finally stood back, grinned, and said, “This works. This is cool. This makes my job easier.”
Now that the new system has been in place and running for a few months, it continues to shine. The process is working with no issues, and Heraeus is sending more work to the trusted, innovative crew at Lee Company.
P.S. Heraeus Precious Metals was one of 5 Lee Company projects honored with a 2019 ABC award – and several of those projects received multiple awards! All together, Lee Company took home 9 ABC awards this year. That’s incredible. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals and their work. Thanks to our team and clients. We couldn’t do it without you!
LEE COMPANY’S AWARD-WINNING PROJECTS INCLUDE:
- Centennial Medical Center Ortho Project: Specialty Contractor – Commercial (Mechanical more than $10M)
- EMJ Parkridge Chiller Tower: Specialty Contractor – Commercial (projects $1M – $5M)
- Thomas Rutherford CRAC Replacements: Specialty Contractor – Commercial (under $1M)
- BG1: Specialty Contractor – Industrial (under $2M)
- Heraeus Granulations Project: Specialty Contractor – Industrial (under $2M)