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SONOCO – MEMPHIS, TN

Strong Hold Sonoco Case Study

UNCOMPROMISING PROTECTION

When your products are used to make food safer, fresher, and more convenient, you understand the importance of security and durability. That’s why Sonoco had to be uncompromising when selecting workspace and storage solutions for their metal stamping facility in Memphis, TN.

PIECEMEAL PROBLEM

Sonoco’s metal stamping facility receives steel coils weighing over 20,000 lbs and stamps out packaging parts for some of the largest consumer packaging companies. This process involves a myriad of dies, tools, and components, all of which require heavy duty storage, maintenance, and transportation. In the past, the team of die and tool makers at Sonoco used solutions that were fabricated in-house. Bobby Benedetti, Maintenance Manager at the facility, explained, “Before we switched to Strong Hold, we pieced together carts and workbenches over the years. Some had started to deteriorate and become rickety.” Some of the carts dated back to the 1970s and were in need of replacement. It was time for a permanent, reliable solution and Bobby knew exactly where to look.

RATED TO LAST

Bobby had been introduced to Strong Hold’s workspace and storage solutions at a previous employer. “Buy it one time and you’ll never have to buy it again. That’s key for me,” Bobby recalled about Strong Hold’s products. Bobby worked with Strong Hold’s engineers to design carts rated to withstand the weight of Sonoco’s heaviest tools and make it easier to maneuver them around the plant. “Now with Strong Hold, we’re able to get those made to a standard, which includes their load ratings clearly stamped on the side, and take the liability away from Sonoco. We ensure that our employees stay safe over time because we’re not going to overload something,” he said.

They decided to upgrade some of their cabinets and workbenches as well. “We don’t have to worry about the shelves collapsing or deteriorating over time,” Bobby said. “We’ve also done some custom workbenches that have proven to be more user-friendly.” In addition to a safer work environment, Sonoco employees are happier with their workspace and are no longer required to fabricate their own solutions, saving the company time and money. “[Strong Hold’s products] provide the ability to 5S and give our employees personal space to lock up their valuables and keep them off the general workflow.”

If you’re looking to upgrade your facilities, don’t compromise. Start with the strongest workspace and storage solutions on the market. Check out some of our most popular products or contact our representatives to customize your own engineered solution.

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CEMEX USA – KNOXVILLE, TN

CONCRETE SOLUTIONS

Concrete is the glue that holds the world together. You’d be hard pressed to look at your surroundings at any given time and not see its impact. Roads, bridges, skyscrapers, office buildings, schools, homes, dams, even volcanoes, are made from this strong and durable substance. CEMEX is a building materials company that makes these structures possible. As a purveyor of industry-leading products and solutions, they value durability, performance, and customizability. When it comes to workspace and storage solutions, they make no exception.

STRONG HOLD “EXCEEDS ALL THE REST”

CEMEX’s network of cement plants, distribution terminals, and aggregate quarries includes a manufacturing facility in Knoxville, TN. William M., Production Manager at the Knoxville plant, recently hit a roadblock when it comes to industrial storage. “Our biggest challenge is the life span of the storage lockers we have been selecting,” William said. Due to the heavy-duty nature of the facility, management had to make an important decision: replace the same lockers they’ve used every 2 to 3 years or invest in a more durable, long-lasting storage solution. They went with the latter. “Strong Hold was chosen because their (build) materials exceed all the rest,” explained William. He continued, “the detail fabrication work also surpasses industry standard and really sets the bar for customer satisfaction.”

SOLID AS A ROCK

CEMEX found their lifetime storage solution in Strong Hold’s single-tier slim line lockers. The 12 gauge construction and all-welded design make them ideal for industrial plants, like the one CEMEX has in Knoxville. Employees can now organize their personal belongings with shelves, wardrobe rods, and hooks, which are included in the lockers. Each compartment is also secured with our hearty 3-point locking device and a padlock, so they can rest assured their belongings are safe. “After making the decision to go with Strong Hold and receiving the lockers, the men love them, and we have no concerns about the lockers integrity lasting well past our careers and beyond,” William said.

If you are looking to cutback on the wasted time, energy, and money associated with replacing equipment, Strong Hold offers the strongest workspace and storage solutions on the market today. Click here to find yours now!

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CLIF BAR BAKING COMPANY – INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Clif Bar Baking Company Case Study

RUGGED SOLUTIONS FOR A RUGGED COMPANY

Clif Bar knows about being long lasting. Their organic energy bars are a staple among rugged outdoor types, and for good reason. When a biker, hiker, or climber is in need of energy, Clif Bars provide a boost in the form of a tasty, protein-packed bar. While many enthusiasts rely on Clif to stay on the path to adventure, the Clif Bar Baking Company in Indianapolis relies on workspace and storage solutions from Strong Hold to stay on the path to success.

EXTRA DEEP, EXTRAORDINARY

Strong Hold's Extra Deep Industrial Cabinet
Strong Hold’s Extra Deep Industrial Cabinet

The Clif Bar Baking Company was in the market for a storage solution, but not just any cabinet would do. The sanitation department needed a deep cabinet with storage that would fit large absorbent mats. There were already a few Strong Hold products in use at the facility providing the dependability that is synonymous with the brand, so safety specialists at Clif decided to go with what they knew wouldn’t let them down. Thanks to Strong Hold’s extensive catalog of storage and workspace solutions, the safety specialists found exactly what they were looking for in an Extra Deep Industrial Cabinet. This all-welded, extra heavy duty storage cabinet is manufactured from 12-gauge steel and is built to be a survivor in rough and rugged industrial environments. Adjustable 14-gauge shelves were more than enough to support and organize the bulky mats.

LESS DAMAGE, LESS WASTE

Not only did the mats fit the cabinet, but the durability of the cabinet fits into the culture of Clif’s commitment to reducing waste. They now have a lifelong solution that reduces the likelihood of damage normally sustained by lighter gauge material, which eventually needs to be replaced. To see more industrial cabinets and other storage solutions, visit the Strong Hold product page.

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THERMA-TRU DOORS – BUTLER, IN

“DOOR” THAN MEETS THE EYE

The front door is a focal point of the home – it’s often the first thing that visitors and passersby notice. When customized to match the design of a home, an entry door adds curb appeal and value. But any good architect will tell you that form follows function. The door also needs to be durable and dependable, providing the homeowner with security and comfort. Therma-Tru Doors’ attention to detail and durability makes them a leading manufacturer of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. It’s also why Therma-Tru’s machining team looked to Strong Hold for a recent workspace solution.

PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

When Lee F., a Tooling Specialist at Therma-Tru, recognized a need for a mobile workbench, he looked around the floor at his facility in Butler, IN for inspiration. He immediately noticed the heavy-duty tool storage lockers made by Strong Hold. These lockers are made from 12 GA steel and feature a 3-point locking mechanism, ideal for space saving and security. Lee knew he could find the same attention to detail and rugged design in a tool cart from Strong Hold.

Lee’s solution came in the form of Strong Hold’s highly customized American Flag Tool Cart. In addition to the 8 drawers with 400 lb. capacity, 7 GA work top, 6″ locking swivel casters, and 2″ wide polyurethane wheels, the tool cart is adorned with patriotic red, white, and blue colors and the message, “Made in the U.S.A. with Pride.” Not only does this tool cart provide Therma-Tru with a dependable and long-lasting workspace solution, it also reflects the pride that employees at the 60,000 square-foot Indiana plant take in their work.

A HEAD-TURNER AND PRAISE EARNER

The tool cart has lived up to expectations and is catching the eye of everyone. “The tool cart is definitely a conversation starter here in our facility, with associates and visitors,” said Lee. It has been such a hit, Therma-Tru will soon be home to a second American Flag Tool Cart. To order your own American Flag Tool Cart, or learn more about Strong Holds other products, click here.

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CINCINNATI ZOO – CINCINNATI, OH

BREAKING INDUSTRY BOUNDRIES

When you think of heavy-duty industrial storage, you think of factories filled with blue collar workers, producing products made from steel, aluminum, and other raw materials. After all, rough and tough jobs require rough and tough storage. But not all heavy-duty jobs are found within the confines of industrial manufacturing. In fact, some of the greatest needs for strong, lean, and efficient storage can be found in places you’d least expect. Wherever there’s a need for safe, secure storage, Strong Hold can provide a unique solution.

EVEN A ZOO?!

So when we visited the Cincinnati Zoo, it was no surprise they had a need for a super strong storage solution. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the United States with over 1,800 animals on display. The campus encompasses 75 acres of land and sees over a million annual visitors.

Needless to say, the zookeepers and staff keep themselves very busy! And in so doing, they have a need for durable storage that gets the job done. Behind the scenes, zoos have lots of heavy transportation needs, and therefore, the storage needs to be durable in order to survive any accidents. Additionally, it needs to be secure, so sensitive materials don’t go missing.

A CUSTOM SOLUTION: STRONG HOLD PLUS

We believe no one knows your needs better than you do. So we applied that principle to the Cincinnati Zoo and had them design their own cabinet with Strong Hold Plus line. That cabinet is currently being used in their culinary department, but with the features that come standard with our plus line, it can easily be adapted for use anywhere else! It’s serving them well and they love it! And with our industry-leading warranty, they can rely on the cabinet for another century in their already century-long history. To design your own cabinet, visit strongholdplus.com today.

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KOCH SONS LLC – EVANSVILLE, IN

Koch Sons Case Study

PROBLEM

Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, Koch Sons LLC supplies their customers with high quality paint finishing systems for many different environmental needs. As a result of working with paint, Koch handles lots of flammable materials during their day-to-day operations. This means they need sturdy and secure storage, all while complying with OSHA safety regulations. Additionally, Koch is also committed to H3 Lean principles that call for efficiency and safety in their workspace. In order to fulfill all these needs with one safety cabinet, they came to Strong Hold.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE STORED

Specifically, they needed a cabinet to store materials for pipe assembly. This includes things like pipe solvents, cleaners, and adhesives. Since the cabinet will be in a high traffic area and experience lots of use, it also needed to be extra durable.

THE SAFETY SOLUTION

Our safety cabinet fits the bill perfectly for Koch’s needs. In addition to fulfilling OSHA’s regulatory requirements, the cabinet also has a few other features that lend themselves to the kind of Lean vision Koch has in mind. For example, the cabinet has reinforced 14-gauge steel doors in addition to its 14-gauge body. This serves to enhance the longevity of a cabinet with higher than average use. The cabinet also comes with magnetic shelf labels to keep materials organized, and the shelves are angled toward to back to collect any runoff in the two-inch sump area at the bottom. These shelves can easily be adjusted to fit custom requirements without the need for any tools. The cabinet is elevated with steel legs, allowing for it to be transported by fork trucks without hassle.

Not only does this cabinet provide safety but it also makes the shop operators’ lives easier, all while supplementing efficient labor for a lean manufacturing vision. And since it’s a Strong Hold, it’s backed by an industry-leading warranty.

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VIDEO CASE STUDY: GENERAL MOTORS PLANT – CABINET REFURBISHMENT

GM Plant Refurbish Case Study

PROBLEM – 25 YEARS OF HARD LABOR

Even the strongest of us become old and weathered with age. Your Strong Hold may show exterior signs of solid, reliable use, but it will never lose its strength. And this was the case for dozens of Strong Hold cabinets at one General Motors production facility. Originally purchased over 25 years ago by General Motors, and after years of rough and tough usage, keeping tools and production parts stored safely and securely, they simply needed a “freshening up”.

Strong Hold saved me thousands of dollars by refurbishing our original Strong Hold cabinets. They were already structurally sound. Just needed a face lift. And not to mention, they did a lot better job than what my guys would have done with a paint brush.


Maintenance Manager – General Motors

SOLUTION – A TOTAL MAKEOVER

Their Strong Hold cabinets were custom engineered with unique-to-General Motors configurations, so merely replacing them was a less than an optimal option. The goal was to prioritize cost efficiency while still meeting the need for an aesthetically pleasing storage solution with the original strength and utility of a Strong Hold cabinet.

After the oxidization, scale, and dirt were cleaned and sanded, the entire cabinet was buffed. Decrepit labels were removed, glass was cleaned, seals replaced and then finally, they were coated with a fresh General Motors blue.

Strong Hold provided a service to General Motors that greatly reduced their cost while delivering basically new cabinets. Now these Strong Hold cabinets are back to work and returned to their former glory. At Strong Hold, we build products and relationships that last a lifetime, and nowhere is this on display better than at GM’s warehouse with the refurbished cabinets.

WHAT MANUFACTURER DO YOU KNOW THAT TAKES ITS PRODUCTS BACK 25+ YEARS LATER AND REFURBISHES THEM FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS? STRONG HOLD DOES. WATCH THIS INCREDIBLE VIDEO.
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STRONG HOLD PLUS PPE CABINET – LOUISVILLE, KY

PPE Cabinet

EIGHT SINS OF WASTE

At Strong Hold, we hold a weekly meeting where we identify eight aspects of production with the potential for waste. Transportation, inventory, motion, defects, overproduction, over processing, and waiting all constitute the standard seven sins of waste. We identified one more: unused employee ideas. We’ve also dedicated this time to using employee ideas in order to eliminate waste from our workspace. Previously, our PPE, or personal protective equipment, made for an organizational nightmare. Coordinating the needs of shop floor laborers with our Purchasing team was a difficult task due to the nature of our process. Luckily, we got a few smart minds involved (lots of our employees have bright ideas!) and used the power of Strong Hold Plus to eliminate our problems.

CHAOS IN COORDINATION

We eliminated our first waste area, unused employee ideas, right from the get go by consulting with our employees about their problems and their proposed solutions. An issue with our PPE process was that our purchasing team only knew what to reorder when it was already out of stock. Since there were no indicators of when something was low, purchasing became guesswork. This constituted waste in inventory, as unused PPE would sit stockpiled, and created waste in the “waiting” category because certain jobs could not be completed until proper safety equipment was available. Our solution was to use the tools available as standard features of our Plus line to combat this waste!

THE STRONG HOLD PLUS PPE CABINET

We built a cabinet with exterior magnetic labeling, and interior shelf labels and dividers, all of which are standard features that come with a new Strong Hold Plus cabinet. The shelf dividers separate PPE stock, and a shelf label identifies what they are, and their reorder point. This way, employees can easily identify when stock is low and needs reordering. When this happens, they use the exterior labels and magnets to identify stock in need of reordering. Purchasing comes to check the cabinet, sees what needs reordering, and then moves the magnetic label to the “On Order” category so shop employees know the new equipment is on its way. This eliminates the guesswork on the purchasing side, and ensures no inventory is wasted, and drastically reduces the time wasted waiting for new equipment. To top it off, the cabinet is secured with a Bluetooth Master Lock, making sure no stock leaves the cabinet without approval. Strong Hold Plus made this possible, saved us money, and even more importantly, valuable time.

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USS PAMPANITO MUSEUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

USS Pampanito Museum

SINK OR SWIM

The USS Pampanito is a retired US Navy submarine that has since been converted into a museum after its retirement from service. The museum serves thousands of visitors every month with the goal of bringing maritime history to life for the 100,000 some guests they have each year. In order to facilitate this portrayal of history, the curators keep the USS Pampanito as close to its 1945 operating configuration as possible. This means that over the years, the museum has needed a team of technicians to conduct repairs on the boat to keep it in the best possible condition. As this project and team grew, they also had a growing need for a secure storage solution to keep their tools organized.

ALL HANDS ON DECK

The amount of tools the tech team on the Pampanito amassed was impressive: they had acquired an industrial milling machine, an Army lathe, a cold saw for sample cuts, a vertical contour band saw, a floor drill press, a 2” belt grinder, a 20” disk grinder, an 8” bench grinder, and a glove blast cabinet. Along with all these came the various tools and attachments to both work with and repair the machines. Keeping these tools secure and organized is an invaluable part of any processing procedure, whether for a private business or a seaworthy vessel.

SERIOUSLY STRONG SOLUTION

Thankfully for the crew of the Pampanito, Strong Hold has exactly the kind of storage solution that they need. We donated a 46-V-244 model cabinet for them to organize and store tools and equipment next to their milling machine. Now that their parts are secured away, they never have to worry about losing any invaluable donor tools again!

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SOUTHERN POWER COMPANY – CUSHING, TX

TIME FOR A CHANGE

The Southern Power Company Nacogdoches Generating Facility is one of the largest biomass power plants in the United States. It generates 115 megawatts, providing power to nearby Austin, Texas through clean, environmentally friendly means. So, when it comes to productivity, the Southern Power Company knows a thing or two about efficiency. That’s why they decided they were in need of an upgrade for their technicians’ storage spaces.

FROM HASSLE TO HEAVY DUTY

While previously relying on flimsy, less-than-heavy-duty storage locker solutions, the Southern Power Company made an assessment that a stronger, heavier gauge, more durable locker upgrade was in order. We agree. We’ve done our own experiments with basic light gauge industrial storage solutions, and the results are, well, destructive to say the least

They needed a heavy-duty solution with ample storage space, the ability to accommodate a wide variety of tools and equipment, and above all, incredible durability. Since the previous locker solutions proved to be too lightweight for their environment, they turned to Strong Hold to meet their updated needs.

LESS TIME SPENT SEARCHING FOR TOOLS AND MORE TIME USING THEM

In order to best address their concerns, the Southern Power Company designed a custom cabinet specialized for their environment. The cabinets were enlarged to accommodate larger pieces of equipment such as PPE (personal protective equipment), power tools, and battery chargers. Dimensional alterations are always possible when designing a custom product with Strong Hold. Drawers and shelves were added for storage versatility and advantaged organization. Next, they added an internal power strip for use with battery chargers, so technicians could charge their tools at their own personal locations from within the secured cabinets. Lastly, they added LED lighting to increase visibility of stored items. “Less time spent searching for tools and more time using them,” a motto we love!