On one hand, the stereotype of dank and dusty manufacturing facilities hasn’t completely died out. On the other hand, manufacturing facilities that are pristine and well-ventilated aren’t unheard of, either;  in fact, they are becoming more common.

Only two towers poured continuously for the manufacture of extra high-voltage transmission cables have been built in North America, and Yeargin Potter Shackelford Construction delivered them both. A new 430-foot-tall tower is part of a four-building, $90-million complex being constructed in Huntersville, N.C., for ABB, a Swiss-based company with its North American headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., that supplies power and automation technologies worldwide. The other extra high voltage cable manufacturing plant is located in Abbeville, S.C., and was built for Prysmian, a multinational corporation based in Italy.

Plastic explosives, hurricane-force winds, fire and extreme projectiles are just some of the abuse the team at APEX Block Corp. has subjected their building block to prove strength and durability. APEX Block™ is a revolutionary, recycled building product proudly manufactured in the United States that is being called “The Greenest Wall System In The World.”

As a world-leading manufacturer of automotive technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG needs a quality space to ensure it is creating reliable products. General contractor Walbridge is striving to provide the manufacturer with that space as it constructs the new ZF Transmissions Manufacturing Facility in Baycore, S.C.

When Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stellar Construction opened its doors in 1985 with only 12 employees, few could foresee the international reach the general contractor would eventually develop. Today, Stellar maintains 12 offices throughout the United States, along with locations in the Middle East, North Africa, China and Puerto Rico. In addition, the company serves clients in Central and South America, Europe and India.

When Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center started making plans for a major expansion and renovation project more than two years ago, one general contractor stood out as the best candidate for the task. With more than 20 years of renovation and expansion projects at the Baton Rouge, La.-based medical center already under its belt, Milton J. Womack Inc. is poised to successfully deliver a new tower and emergency department that will greatly improve Our Lady of the Lake’s level of service.

General Mechanical Inc. has stayed successful for more than 50 years by concentrating on one key factor, Principal Matt Campbell says. “It’s service, service and service,” he declares. “In the industries where we work, if you don’t provide [good] service, they don’t call you.”

The Tacoma, Wash.-based firm specializes in industrial, civil, commercial and general contracting. General Mechanical had a modest start in 1962 as a small mechanical/industrial company with a staff of two people.

With the economy in the doldrums and the construction trades out of work, the time has never been better to introduce something new,” says Dale R. Siens, president and CEO of APEX Block Corp. The Roseburg, Ore.-based company is the creator and producer of the APEX Block, a revolutionary building product that will change the building industry for the better and “is now being discovered through our website, articles such as this and on the ‘Green Segment’ of the show ‘Designing Spaces,’ which will air on the Lifetime Movie Network,” Siens says.

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