Westport Plant Upgrades 2011Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Each year P. Flanigan & Sons makes necessary improvements to the plant facilities during the slower months of winter. This year at the Westport Facility, the original truck scale from 1973 was replaced with a new electronic Mettler Toledo truck scale. The new scale is 10 foot wide 70 foot long, which required it to be delivered in three separate pieces and placed with a crane.
On a monthly basis, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Weights and Measures Division visits both the Westport and Monroe Street Facilities to calibrate all scales. The USDA puts weights on each grid of the scale and checks them against the report that comes through the control tower to ensure the correct measurements are being produced.
Another major upgrade soon to be complete is the relocation of the 13,000 volt overhead power lines to underground. This project has been in development since 2009. P. Flanigan & Sons is working with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) to relocate the power lines, as well as modernized the original transformer that has been serving the plant since its installation in the 1950’s.
This relocation of overhead lines and removal of poles in areas that could potentially be struck by equipment or raised truck bodies will increase safety and eliminate the possibility of down time due to power line issues.