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Iron Vault Distillery & Ethanol Storage Solutions

Located midway between Cleveland and Columbus, Iron Vault Distillery had a problem. This maker of small batch liquors who described themselves as “small town distilled, with a small town style,” wasn’t so small anymore. They were actually growing and they required more space for their ethanol storage.

Working with an outside design/build contractor, Iron Vault needed to expand into a code compliant flammable liquid storage building. They required a storage unit that could hold 4,500 gallons of palletized ethanol – a flammable liquid used in the making of alcoholic beverages.

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Unique Material-Handling Features Make a Big Difference

It was determined that a U.S. Chemical Storage SuperLoc tm building with a 4-hour fire rating would provide the best protection for nearby buildings. After looking at the way they were handling the flammable liquid on site – as palletized drums accessed by a forklift – a two-tiered model with a roll up door was specified. To have full access to all 16 pallets, the addition of push-back racking trays would allow full accessibility to pallets in the back to glide up to the front as inventory is used without the need for extra-long forks on the forklift.

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Big Safety Within a Small Footprint

Restricting the size to a tight footprint was essential to the project. The building needed to fit within 275 square feet, and the final design filled an outside dimension area of 256 sq ft. Safety features included a dry chemical fire suppression system and an alarm horn to sound when it deployed. The building also included a C1-D1 explosion-proof mechanical vent with fire damper controlled by a general purpose vent switch to reduce the buildup of flammable vapors. A 533-gallon capacity on the secondary containment sump kept the end user within full compliance for the amount of drums being stored.

Solving Big Problems and Keeping Code Compliance

Overall, the project is an example of what U.S. Chemical does every day. We need to know the basics of the type of chemical being stored, how much of it they have to store, and where it needs to be located. But then we take it a step further and factor in their requirements to operate their day-to-day business in a safe, efficient manner to keep them productive and growing. Allow us to solve your big hazmat and flammable liquid storage problems today.

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