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    Smithfield Bulk Feed Storage Structure


    The Rundown

    Smithfield Foods, the largest hog producer and processor in the world, is a vertically integrated company overseeing every step of the hog and pork production process at its operations. When identifying ways to make their feed manufacturing system more robust, they sought out a tension fabric structure to meet their ingredient storage needs.

    Feature Details

    • Building size: 125 ft x 480 ft
    • 10# ground snow load, 109 mph wind, seismic C, wind exposure C, fully enclosed, fully exposed, low hazard
    • Primed gray steel mounted on CIP foundation
    • PE fabric with interior liner
    • Standard 18-in eave overhang with venting under eave
    • 24 ARV-2000 vents are used to ventilate the cavity
    • 12 tunneled ARV-2000 vents are used to ventilate the building’s main air volume
    • Six overhead doors and 3 personnel doors on sidewalls
    • Exclusive 20 ft on center paneled roof system
    • Point load for conveyor and catwalk
    • Two full sets of egress stairs, platforms and hangars installed
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    Bulk Commodity


    60,000 sq ft


    Rose Hill, NC




    The new building will protect the salt supply.

    It will be protected from being compromised by wind and precipitation. Once the general contractor completed the footings and floors, Legacy installed the fabric building very quickly, in about two weeks. It was a very positive process with professional communication between Legacy and Dewberry throughout the project.

    Craig Swengle Dewberry Engineers

    Everything that Legacy said they were going to do, they did.

    We obviously had contracts, but the overall feel was kind of like the olden days, where you felt you could just take somebody at their word. Price is a major factor in any purchase decision. But we didn't blink at having to pay a little more for the Legacy structure. Sometimes you have to spend more to get a higher quality building. The installation was very smooth. Legacy's in-house crew worked in cold winter conditions, and they erected the building within five days. They were a very professional group, and I'd highly recommend them. We like the sidewall columns going straight up instead of curving down like in our hoop buildings. First off, it lets us put more product in there. And our front-end loaders can get much closer to the walls and drive straight down the sides. It gives us more working room and increases our efficiency. In the long run I think this will be a building that requires less maintenance. Legacy was so outstanding to work with that I didn't even bother looking at pricing elsewhere.

    Marty Shell Five Rivers

    The Legacy construction crew was very professional and courteous.

    Because of our soil issues, we simply couldn't afford to construct a more traditional building. The concrete costs made a more traditional building cost prohibitive. The lightweight design of our Legacy building allowed us to reach a compromise between soil conditions and cost. Regarding the design and construction phases of the building, I can say that the process went exceptionally well. When I made eleventh-hour changes to the job, Legacy handled them with ease. They finished the job well ahead of schedule, worked safely, and followed our stringent safety requirements to the letter.

    Joe Bitter Alliant Energy/IEI Barge Services
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