Most families on the Southside have experienced moving day from one home to another.
It’s not an easy task but much easier than the challenge that Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing had earlier this month in moving a 200,000-pound, eight-feet wide and 140-feet long vessel for more than 100 miles.
“This project ranks among the top-five in size and weight that we have built and transported,” Kennedy Tank business development specialist Jimmy Kennedy said. “It was built in two 70-foot sections that took up 50 percent of our bay area, so we had to be aware of the size of other projects for a while.”
The column is to be used to heat and cool liquid to an optimized state.
Building 50 internal tray supports that had to be matched up with full penetration welds was among the most intricate challenge faced by the tank builders at Kennedy. The supports had to line up exactly.
Kennedy said 12 craftsmen were involved in building the distillation column at Kennedy Tank headquarters at 833 E. Sumner Ave.
It utilized five shipping platforms with 40 supports so it could be transported in one piece. Transporting the column required special routing, police escorts and a special trailer.
It took three months to fabricate and build the distillation vessel.
Fifteen-year sales engineer Tim Noyes sold the job to an unnamed client.
“We have a ‘team-first’ attitude, and that’s what enabled us to take on and tackle this project,” Kennedy said. “We are very proud that we have the facilities and expertise to tackle enormous projects like this.”
Kennedy Tank specializes in pressure vessels, shell and tube heat exchangers, custom tanks and regional field services.
Heat exchangers and custom tanks are utilized in petroleum, utility, paper, chemical and metals industries. The manufacturing company’s most recent projects have included: fabrication of more than 2,000 welded tubes, each 50-feet long; installation of screens on three molecular sieve columns at an ethanol plant in Minnesota; building a vessel that was 1.5 inches thick; and induction into the Indiana Manufacturer’s Hall of Fame.
The Southside manufacturer has grown tremendously in the world market during the past 15 years.
Kennedy Tank is a fifth-generation company that has been in business for 120 years. Pat Kennedy is president of Kennedy Tank.