Fuller Group provides continuing engineering support to many companies in the Upstate, including Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, 3M, and Sealed Air. This work includes the structural design of new buildings, additions, as well as interior renovations, platforms and miscellaneous structures. Fuller also provides equipment support systems and process related structural designs for several industries.
Most of our industrial work occurs in the upstate of South Carolina with numerous projects also being spread out in the Carolinas and Georgia. However, Fuller has provided engineering designs as far away as Kansas for a new ethanol facility and Texas for a new tire facility. Our engineers are licensed in 48 states and are well trained to design facilities in all of these locations as required by our clients’ needs.
Pregis, a leading global manufacturer of protective packaging, has built an $80 million state-of-the-art blown film extrusion facility in Anderson, South Carolina.
Led by industry veterans and the expertise of Fuller Group, the 168,000-square-foot facility featured multiple newly-installed lines that would be producing the latest engineered films to be used downstream to manufacture performance-oriented, packaging solutions for food, CPG and medical applications. The plant also included a world-class film laboratory to develop and test materials.
The Anderson facility also featured the latest in energy efficient manufacturing and other plant functions. It created 120 new jobs for workers in the region and became fully operational in early 2022.
Steel Creek Galvanizing
Steel Creek Galvanizing, located on 25 acres, specializes in hot-dip galvanizing of most types of fabricated steel using a centuries-old technique. Galvanizing is achieved when fabricated steel is dipped into a kettle of molten zinc. This process is the most sustainable form of corrosion protection and typically provides the lowest life-cycle cost.
Fuller Group, LLC served as the Structural Engineer of Record for the project. In addition to the building foundations, the structural design included the foundations and slabs for the massive and complex equipment required in a state of the art galvanizing plant.
Roy Metal Finishing
Roy Metal Finishing is an electroplating company servicing primarily the automotive industry located in the Matrix, a business and technology park in Greenville, SC. Fuller Group’s scope of work included an 85,000-square-foot interior upfit of an existing structure. The existing structure was conventionally framed steel with non-loadbearing precast concrete panel walls.
This upfit provided a unique set of challenges. First and foremost was the intricate slab detailing required to meet the needs of the tenants’ plating process equipment. For this, Fuller Group needed to coordinate a series of slopes and depressions with the equipment supplier. Another challenge was the duplication of a canopy feature. The client desired a curvilinear canopy, similar to an existing canopy, to cover the second entrance along the west side of the building. The large canopy called for extensive reinforcing of the existing precast concrete panels via a new steel frame constructed on the interior of the structure.
Sealed Air is a packaging company known best for its proprietary vacuum-seal food packaging products and Bubble Wrap cushion packaging. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, the company started in 1957 and has since expanded to focus on packaging solutions for meat and seafood, e-commerce fulfillment, food service and food retail, industrial and transportation, consumer goods and retail, electronics, and healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Fuller Group specifically worked on a warehouse and process expansion for the existing medical films facility located in Duncan, SC. Fuller was responsible for the design of a 75-foot-tall tower to house two new silos and a warehouse expansion. Due to the proximity of the tower to the existing facility, micropiles were utilized to develop the foundation loads required while not impacting the existing structure. Phased construction was required due to the nature of the site and existing operations; this resulted in the need to design the tower frame to be partially constructed on three sides prior to installation of the silos, and completed after silos were installed. The structural system consisted of a structural steel frame with metal panel siding.
Fuller Engineering provides plant engineering for General Electric and other manufacturers in the Upstate. We have worked on seventeen projects at the Garlington Road plant in Greenville, SC. These projects include the structural design of equipment foundations, equipment transportation systems, facility service platforms, turbine support structure, out-buildings, mezzanines, and platforms.
One of the more unique projects we worked on recently at this facility was the development of a new Outage Simulator and Innovation Center. These freestanding buildings included a complete turbine system installation to provide a platform for maintenance training. It is also a facility for trying new tools and repair methods prior to using them on active turbine systems at their customers’ sites.