Origin: Jonesboro, AR and Richmond, VA
Destination: Saltillo, Mexico and Guadalajara, Mexico
Project summary: The client asked us to manage the complete move of one of their potato chip manufacturing lines from Jonesboro, AR to the final destination in Guadalajara. However, certain parts like the fryer and other components had to stop in Saltillo, Mexico for an overhaul before continuing down to Guadalajara for final assembly. In parallel, we also had to coordinate the move of an over-sized boiler from Richmond, Va to Guadalajara. The project took almost 3 weeks and required different suppliers in the US and Mexico to complete.
Project's main concerns or challenges: Moving the fryer and boiler given their sizes as well as making sure all the crates and boxes were perfectly labeled and loaded so that they all went to the correct destination.
Outcome: The project was successfully completed using: 35 low boys, 3 flat beds and 4 dry vans. Having local presence in both countries was key to successfully coordinating the project while minimizing the overall costs.
Origin: Catalyst Paper Mill , Snowflake, AZ
Destination: Jeddah - Saudi Arabia (via Los Angeles, Houston and Shanghai)
Project summary: The client asked us to move a paper mill plant coordinating and overseeing every step of the move from Snowflake, AZ to Saudi Arabia. Vector's highly trained operations team had to coordinate with different suppliers to guarantee a timely delivery as well as to minimize the project's overall costs. We were able to accomplish this task by creatively using our contacts to package, crate and label each piece as well as to fumigate, stuff, block and brace each container. Everything had to be perfectly timed to securely transport all the over dimensioned parts and avoid any delays or extra charges.
Project's main concerns or challenges: Moving the drum pulper making sure the freight plans and route surveys were ok given the size of the pieces : large piece: 5280 mm (17.32') H @ 62,142 kgs (136,999 lbs) , Small piece: 5230 mm (17.16') H @ 44,906 kgs (99,001 lbs). In one township we travelled through, DOT required four police escorts and five bucket trucks to get through a five mile stretch of road.
Outcome: After more than 30 containers, 3 months of planning and almost 45 days of execution we were able to load and ship all the different parts. The plant is now in Saudi Arabia and we just started our third project with this client.
Origin: San Juan de Puerto Rico
Destination: Sydney Australia, via Jacksonville and Savannah
Project summary: The client asked us to move a World War II airplane from San Juan's international airport to its final destination in a museum in Australia.
Project's main concerns or challenges: Moving the fuselage given it's height and the very challenging route as there are no easy / short ways of shipping out of Puerto Rico and into Australia.
Outcome: The project was successfully completed as the wing middle section arrived into Sydney, and was forwarded to the museum near Newcastle. To our client's delight, they can begin the reassembly and refurbishing process. It may take several months in order to complete the process, but we are all very excited to see the completion of this project and the rebirth of a rich piece of history. Please visit the Catalina Memorial at : http://rathmines-catalina.com/ for more information.