Fulton Companies (www.fulton.com), a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer products and provider of innovative energy management solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of construction on its major facility expansion project. Fulton’s product line includes boilers used tank cleaning facilities.
The expansion added 10,000 square feet of new research and development space, 82,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, 20,000 square feet of additional office space, and 70 tons of additional lifting capacity at the Pulaski NY headquarters. The expansion’s manufacturing space is now fully functioning; office space transitions have begun and are expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2012. An additional $3.5 million will be spent to complete project interior and equipment needs.
“The $10.5 million expansion features production efficiencies that are already allowing for increased response to customer demands,” said Mark Hilton, Fulton’s vice president of manufacturing. “The new facility will also provide the opportunity to expand Fulton’s product lines.”
Some of the facility’s innovative strategies are:
*Heating. A heating system for the office space features a 12 zone in-floor radiant hydronic system. When there is a need for heat in this space, waste heat from either the factory’s Research & Development facilities, or its manufacturing processes, is assessed and used. This unique recovery feature will make a significant impact on the energy costs and efficiencies of the building.
*Cooling. The office space is divided up into 43 zones with a state-of-the-art chilled beam system mounted in the ceilings to efficiently distribute cooling to the building occupants. Cooling towers are incorporated to manage the energy balance of the overall system. For example, when waste heat exceeds the energy required by the system, excess energy can be rejected to the cooling towers. The system also has the potential to utilize gas absorption heat pumps and retention ponds as an energy source.