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Mother Murphy’s Food and Beverage

Food and beverage storage unit
Food and beverage storage unit

A Growing Flavoring Company Needs Updates

Mother Murphy’s Laboratories is a company established in 1946 that specializes in “Flavor Chemistry,” the creative blending of various food-approved chemicals, botanical oils, and extracts to create flavors for food and beverage products. This science often involves recreating and enhancing the chemicals naturally present in foods to assist in making a stable and consistent product. A variety of chemicals may be used – and several are flammable when stored in bulk.

Mother Murphy’s moved into a new distribution center and manufacturing area. Due to the nature of their business, they always have a large volume of Class 1B flammable liquids on hand. At the old facility, they were allowed to store flammable liquids in an area not within the most current code compliance for flammable storage because the area was “grandfathered in.” However, that all changed upon their move.

Why is Grandfathered Code a Concern?

Exterior view of Mother Murphy's flavoring company for case study

Grandfathered code occurs when existing buildings are permitted to continue without updates if the code was created after the building was created. It is not unusual in companies with a long history that have served their industry for many decades.

However, upon moving into a new facility or expanding/renovating an operation, the facility must become fully compliant with the current code. Since they didn’t utilize the code previously, new requirements may catch plant engineers or managers off guard. It’s essential to consider updated compliance regulations when facility updates occur.

Having a “plug and play” pre-fabricated building like a U.S. Chemical Storage building that is fully code-compliant and approved can eliminate any additional stress while preparing a new location.

How US Chemical Storage Was Able To Help

U.S. Chemical Storage provided two 4-hour fire-rated buildings in a sheltered outside area, that expanded Mother Murphy’s storage easily. Each building featured push-back racking on two levels with full-access roll-up doors to optimize their tote and pallet storage. It was an efficient way to optimize their space utilization without specialized forklift equipment. Additional features included temperature control, ventilation, and fire suppression.

The addition of these two buildings instantly brought Mother Murphy’s Laboratory location in full compliance with all current state and local codes and will continue to do so for decades to come.

Read other case studies or contact one of our experienced engineers today to learn more about our industry-leading chemical storage buildings.

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