Around the Shop

 

All’s well here at General Fabricators, Inc. New Iberia, La. this week. We’ve picked up a couple of more projects.

We’re working with a new customer in Houston. We’ve been awarded 2 projects in Texas. They’re going according to plan. We’ve picked up a few more projects this week, all the work is in Texas. A tank terminal and plant expansion. We shipped a couple of projects out last week.

I spent some time in the shop this morning taking video’s. Look for them on Facebook, General Fabricators, Inc. They will be uploaded to YouTube as well. Check our page out sometime.

I had the opportunity to speak with a couple of the men working in the shop. Great guys!

We’re here to serve you process pipe fabrication needs just about everyday of the week.

Call or email us to find out how we can work with you.

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More pipe ready for delivery. It’s what we do all day, every day. Check out our work.

Business Development Processes

We do our best to offer more value to our customers than most companies in our business offer. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. And because we are concerned with the success of all our customers. Whatever we can do to assist all of them to grow their business we’re interested.

We support heavy industrial construction companies by fabricating the process pipe that goes into their mechanical project for their customers.

With that said, we can assist with procurement, project management, shipping and receiving, accounting and just about every other department in their company. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do and it shows we do care about our customers business.

 

Another Station To Manufacture the Process Pipe

We’ve got a few trucks in line to be offloaded this morning, 6:25 am. We’re getting it done. Inspectors are around making sure the materials are correct that they have sent. This project is going to Tennessee once we’ve completed it.

We appreciate all our partners for working with General Fabricators, Inc. New Iberia, La.

Thank you!

Our team of highly skilled will give your project the attention that it deserves and all that is required to complete your project on time and delivered to the field when you expect it.

We manufacture process pipe for the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, refining, LNG, NGL processing, tank facilities, steel manufacturing facilities, compressor stations, oil pump stations, dock loading facilities and more.

Work with General Fabricators, Inc. New Iberia Louisiana for the best process pipe delivered to your job site.

Manufacturing Vs Fabrication of Process Pipe

I’d like to take a moment to share a couple of ideas and explanations about what we do and why we do it the way we do, as well as how we do it.

Let’s start at the beginning. Just as any company has a process and procedure for doing business, so do we. Each and every detail and aspect of these policies are there for a very specific purpose. Some are for the protection of the customer, some are for the protection of the employee’s and our company. With that said, some are specifically based on making our company productive and profitable. Without profit, none of us can earn a living. Our services depend on our company making a profit, just as every other company in the world, no matter what service they offer. That’s just life in the real world.

This is meant for those who buy commodities without having a deeper understanding of what they are purchasing, how it’s used in their project, or how it’s installed. This isn’t a “commodity” item, never was, and never will be. Why? Because each piece, spool, section are all “custom” made to our customers standards, specification, codes and design. When a company wants prices by the “unit” we know they don’t really have a grasp on what they’re asking. My own personal opinion is that they are leaving themselves wide open for all kinds of interpretations. When a company tells me they don’t care about what diameter or wall thickness the pipe is they want a price and delivery, and they want it quickly. We tend to walk away from these. Why? I would hope you can figure that out.

What we do is not rocket science, but it does take a lot of knowledge, intelligence, patience, endurance, empathy, compassion, will power, self-control, patience, communication skills, risk taking and did I mention patience? What we do may not be rocket science, but it does use the same mathematics, physics, human dedication, mental capacity, planning, forethought, dedication, quality control procedure, as being a rocket scientist, if not more.

Dictionary.com states the following:

Manufacture – the making of goods and wares by manual labor or machinery, especially on a large scale.

That’s what we do! We manufacture a product, process pipe by using manual labor and machinery. So by the very definition of our products we run a manufacturing facility.

We manufacture approximately 55,000 welds a year. Every day we manufacture welded process pipe. That’s our area of expertise.

Just because we don’t have conveyor belts moving raw materials around doesn’t mean we don’t move them. We don’t use robotics. Why? Because our skilled craftsman can out perform robots hands down. In the time it takes someone to put the pieces in the machine or in place so the machine can get started, our process is complete and the pipe spool is on the ground ready for it’s next step in our process. We don’t use automatic welding machines either. Why not? For basically the same reason, our team of expert welders and fitters are faster than the machines are.

We have been manufacturing process pipe for many years and have found the safest, most productive, most competitively priced, highest quality means to do so. That “way” is how we derived our process. A Production Manufacturing Facility is what we operate. We’re not a “job shop”, we only manufacture process pipe. There is nothing wrong with a “job shop”, nothing at all. We’re just not one, pure and simple. They chose to fabricate items they have expertise in. Today they might be fabricating a tank, tomorrow a piece of pipe, the next day a structural steel component, and next week, it all starts over again.

A Production Manufacturing Facility is different. We specialize in the manufacturing of process pipe made from carbon steel, stainless steel, low temp carbon steel and chrome. We are manufacturing process pipe today, we did the same yesterday and will be doing it Monday morning and every other day of the week. We’ve manufactured process pipe for Enterprise Products, Air Products, Oneok, Targa Resources, TransCanada, Columbia Gas, Kinder Morgan, Vaalco, McMoRan, Formosa Plastics, El Paso, Apache Corp, Stone Energy, Calumet Refinery, Placid Refinery, Sunoco, LBC, and this list could go on for a long while. That’s what we do. For us it’s easy, fulfilling, and dare I say it, exciting. When we follow our proven processes and procedures. That’s part of what separates us from the others that say they are pipe fabricators. A lot of them are still doing it the way it’s been done for decades. There are some that believe technology is the answer. And to a degree they have a point, but technology isn’t a product and can’t be used to manufacture as such. It’s not what makes pipe. People make pipe. Technology is what type of welding wire we use for this type of project and the materials it’s made of. Technology is what we use to communicate with one another.

Each and every piece we put together is customized. It’s very rare to find two pieces that are the same on any project. That’s what makes our process so unique. We have set procedures to take care of that, as well as all other issues that might come about during a project.

We all know this is construction, things are going to take place and change, it always does. How we deal with those issues can set us apart. With that said, we all have to be smarter, wiser, more knowledgeable and more creative than the other guys. Whoever the other guys are. Don’t get me wrong, from time to time, we make mistakes. There I said it. We can admit it when we do make a mistake and do what we have to in order to rectify that issue. We have never walked away from our responsibility to produce what we promised you we would. However, I can’t say others are so honest or forth coming. Some people act and speak like they aren’t capable of making a mistake. They may even hide behind a  contract or specifications or codes as they interpret them. Common sense is crucial from all sides. Engineering is critical in a lot of areas. But common sense can go a long way, sometimes even further than a degree. I am learning that we, as an industry, are loosing our ability to “discuss” a matter. Discuss, put our heads together or whatever you want to call it. We’re loosing the ability to talk to one another intelligently, in a manner that the job gets done correctly and we haven’t burned any bridges in the process.

Respect is something missing in society today. It’s demanded by most and never given by those demanding it for themselves. What’s up with that?

Most companies are in business because the owners decided they knew enough, had enough experience and scrapped up enough money and convinced others to come to work for them to do a service or supply a product. The guys that have had the sleepless nights, mortgaged their homes, drive a vehicle older than their helpers, trained their personnel, made payroll, bought insurance, made payments to the bank, borrowed money from the bank, gave up their own salaries to make that payroll and all the other things that owners do to start a business and keep it going, know how to do what they do. Respect for that should have some sway in any conversation, especially if the other person never did these things. To many time people “go to work” “do their job” with no thought about how they affect everyone around them.

Where is the respect for a business owner when people come in “bullying” that owner so they get their way?

We know that the end user of the process pipe we manufacture has spent a lot of time, energy, experience and expertise in the design of the facility this process pipe will be installed in. What we are expected to do with this pipe is demanding, critical, time saving for our customers, and above all it has to follow certain processes and procedures to be correct and of the highest quality.

We have spent years designing the “process” by which we manufacture the process pipe our customers expect and count on. We did it to offer the best manufactured process pipe anywhere.

We are the best because of the procedures and processes we designed and follow. When we’re forced to deviate from these tried and true processes, things don’t go as smoothly as they could. Why? There are many answers to this question and I’ll let you think about them for a while. Common sense will give you the answer.

We’re all here to do a job. We’re all here to help our customers get what they want and need. We’re all here to earn a living.

We manufacture process pipe because it’s what we’ve trained ourselves and team to do better than anyone else. And our history proves we know what we’re doing. Why would anyone want to come in here and change that?

 

 

Chrome Headers, NOT!, chrome and headers. Can you identify them?

This is some of the work coming out of our process pipe fabrication shop in New Iberia, La. this week.

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We take pride in the work we do, each and every day for you. Working hard to help you continue getting repeat business from your customers.

A play on words, just checking to see if anyone reads our posts.

Our specialty is production welding of process pipe and the structural steel that supports it. We work for EPC Contractors and Heavy Industrial Construction Companies all day, everyday. Give us an opportunity to help you get more for your effort and expertise and for your customer. We’re a proven fact of fabrication.

Let us know what we can do for you. 337-685-2585 stephen@gen-fab.com

 

 

Purchasing Materials Can Be A Tough Job

Our Purchasing Manager, Tammy Aucoin, is one of the most professional women I’ve worked with. She is always looking for opportunities that our company as well as our vendor/partner can both win by working together.

She spends the time to research various suppliers for each of the basic materials we order on a regular basis. In this research she further researches what kind of reputation each product has and how strong their customer service is. Sometimes we depend on our supplier/partner for service and on other materials she depends on the manufacturer.

I have to admit, most of us think of a Purchasing Manager as a buyer of the things we need. However, there is much more to that position than most of us would think. I won’t go into to many specific details, however, I do pay attention to what she does and how she does it. Some sales people are tremendous help to her, some are less helpful. The one thing that I must commend her on is how she can get our vendor/partners to quote our materials for each and every proposal we’re putting together. We’ve quoted a few hundred RFQ’s this year and she always comes through with prices and availability for Jeff our Engineer to put in our proposals to our customers. This is a key part of being a Purchasing Manager, keeping the right kinds of relationships with our vendor/partners so we can win the next job and so can they.

Team work is an overused phrase today, however, Tammy makes it true for General Fabricators, Inc. In this day and age we could use a lot more people like her. She goes out of her way to help everyone inside our company as well as outside. She uses her “people skills” to the max. If I let out her secret, I hope she doesn’t mind, she’s just a “normal”, “down to earth” person with patience and talent for doing her job better than anyone else I know. What you see is what you get. She truly cares about everyone.

Thank you Tammy for all your hard work. We all appreciate you.

We Made the Choice

A short explanation of what we mean when we say, “we made the choice”.

We made the choice to be in the business of helping EPC and Industrial Construction companies be more competitive by supplying quality fabricated process pipe and the structural steel that supports it, including modular units.

Our customers are performing in the field, additional scope occurs somewhat frequently. So there are always additional spool pieces or pipe supports we need to deliver quick. Addition to scope occurs for many reasons, we’re here to pick up that slack so your PM or Superintendent can deal with the field and we deliver his process pipe fabricated to specifications.

So, we made the choice to assist and support our customers field construction crews by fabricating high quality process pipe. Carbon steel, low temp carbon steel or stainless steel, we do it and we do it better than anyone else.

It’s what we do best and are most competitive doing.