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Equipped for Success

Wayne Williams is  the pipefitter/plumbing foreman for the MMC Contractors Las Vegas office. His expertise and knowledge of prefabrication equipment has helped the office use its expanded space to set projects up for success.

We often talk about the importance of prefabrication in the construction process – how working in a controlled environment improves quality and can cut time out of the schedule. I was fortunate to come on board just after the MMC Contractors Las Vegas office moved into an expanded space, including a significant increase in prefabrication space from approximately 1,200 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq ft.

With this larger space came state-of-the-art equipment and more efficiency. Our semi-automatic welding machines significantly speed up the welding process by more than 50 percent. For an example, a 6” weld that used to take 15 to 20 minutes in the shop and more than 30 to 40 mins in the field now takes only 6 to 7 minutes from start to finish. And, our automated plasma cutting machine can be programmed to make several cuts versus one cut at a time or making cuts manually. These are just a couple examples of how our new equipment has changed how we work, increasing productivity and efficiency.

One of the most important things when getting the new prefabrication shop up and running was ensuring we purchased and installed equipment that would increase our capabilities to ensure we remain a player in such a competitive market. With our new capabilities, we can now take on projects of any size. Having the right equipment not only sets us up for success, but it also ultimately benefits the clients as well — when we are able to complete projects faster than normal and give our end users a great product completed on time, everyone wins. It also gives our estimators an advantage by enabling them to further discount standard labor, another benefit to our clients and partners.

I can’t stress enough the importance of prefabrication to the construction process — as a benefit to those in the field as well as our clients. With our expanded skills and capabilities, I am excited about what the future holds for this office and all of our partners.