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September 2017 Sparks & Remarks

Fabricating the complex, structural steel to complete the Tamiami Canal Bascule Bridge is an absolute marvel. The bridge’s immense scale and weight have been created with the precision that is TTI-FSS’s custom-design specialization.

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June 2017 Sparks & Remarks

TTI-FSS’s strong reputation for providing solid steel fabrication for multiple types of steel bridges is due to its 60+ years of safety, quality, and on-time delivery adherence. AISC certified, TTI-FSS excels at fabrication of complex moveable bridge structures, minor and major bridges, including fracture-critical endorsement and sophisticated paint endorsement. 

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April 2017 Sparks & Remarks

TTI-FSS was recognized for its efficient, effective implementation of a recent tank project with MPLX Terminals, LLC, located in Selma, NC. Acknowledgements such as this are meaningful because it demonstrates the value of the continuous positive relationship TTI-FSS fosters with Marathon Petroleum and all of our clients. 

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December 2016 Sparks & Remarks

TTI-FSS recently added steel welded trusses and steel welded handrails to this extensive and ever- growing list of subpar materials and services provided by foreign competitors. We have been called in more than once in instances where major purchases from low-priced Chinese steel fabricators have backfired.

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September 2016 Sparks & Remarks

Michael Smith has joined TTI-FSS as chief operating officer responsible for the development of short- and long-term programs and strategies designed to improve safety, quality and on-time deliveries. He reports directly to CEO David Hale, who, in announcing the new position, said, “I’m pleased to welcome Mike Smith to our team.

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July 2016 Sparks & Remarks

The year 2015 was very busy for Corporate Safety Director Don Lowe. Along with the everyday duties of running a safety department covering three steel fabrication facilities in Tampa and field projects around the USA and as far south as South America, TTI-FSS was chosen by multiple clients to participate in safety program audits. To top off 2015, one of the steel fabrication company’s clients initiated a RAVS (Review and Verification Services) Plus audit, conducted by ISNet, the industry organization which maintains safety, insurance, quality and regulatory information on contractors and suppliers.

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December 2015 Sparks & Remarks

Twenty-two TTI-FSS employees received safety recognitions for their work on a BORCO pipeline project in the Bahamas. This is an unprecedented number of awards for any project, according to TTI-FSS Safety Manager John Malcolm, who added, “I believe all these men were potential Safety Stars who deserved recognition because of their collective attitudes toward safety and BORCO simply confirmed that observation.”

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September 2015 Sparks & Remarks

Florida Governor Rick Scott received a hearty welcome from TTI-FSS employees when he visited our new Port Tampa Bay facility on August 18th to announce the company’s expansion. According to Governor Scott, after touring the facility, “TTI-FSS provides great jobs; it is fun to watch all the things getting built here.” Gov. Scott added, “Growing jobs in Florida is a team sport.”

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TTI-FSS Fabricates Key Components for World’s Largest Coal Ship Loader

Tampa Tank Inc.- Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS), globally recognized structural steel fabricators, expects to ship key components for the world’s largest coal ship loader up the Mississippi River to a coal shipping facility in southern Louisiana in mid-October.

Coal stored at the site will be transferred via conveyors to the ship loaders, which can sequentially or simultaneously load the material on to ships ranging in size form 50,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) to 180,000 DWT.

The loading system consists of three radial-tower type loading booms with two connecting conveyors. The three shuttles and three upper towers were fabricated at the three TTI-FSS shops in Tampa. Each tower weighs 938,305 pounds and the approximate weight of the structure is 2,300 tons.

The ship loaders are designed to operate at a maximum rate of 6,000 tons per hour (TPH) each. This rate can be achieved by operating one loader or a combination of the three loaders, each of which is designed to handle 6,000 TPH. The three-tower designed, coupled with diversion gates, provides the operator with very efficient and highly versatile ship-loading capabilities.

The main sections (three columns, three cradles with a shuttle installed in each, two link conveyors, and three upper towers), including electrical and mechanical components, will be assembled at the TTI-FSS shipping berth adjacent to the Port facility. The system then will be shipped by barge to the southern Louisiana site for final assembly.

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TTI-FSS fabricated the cradle and shuttle sections and the link conveyors seen in this three-dimensional drawing of the final assembly of the coal ship loader.

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One of the three shuttle sections required for the coal loading process.

Painting scaffold surrounds one of the three cradle sections fabricated by TTI-FSS at its Port Tampa facility for Louisiana-based coal ship loaders.

Painting scaffold surrounds one of the three cradle sections fabricated by TTI-FSS at its Port Tampa facility for Louisiana-based coal ship loaders.

 About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

Arches Of New Butterfly Bridge Peak Over Construction

When traveling on Cesar Chavez Street you can just make out one of the two yellow arches for the new Butterfly Bridge.

The bridge will extend from Second Street over to Shoal Creek Boulevard helping drivers reach West Avenue from Neches Street. The bridge will fly 33 feet into the air and is intentionally angled. The work on the bridge is a part of the Second Street Extension Project; adding to the overall design of the redevelopment of the Seaholm Power Plant and addition of the Central Library. The entire Second Street extension project is around $29 million. A bridge over Shoal Creek at this location has been in development since 2007. Crews are planning to add the second yellow arch next week.

Heng Xiong works at the Seaholm Power and feels it’ll add to the Austin landscape, plus help him get to his favorite lunch spot faster. “Having this bridge over 2nd would help us cut down our commute to lunch everyday. Now we can come out of the building and directly go on 2nd street,” said Xiong.

David Duhon cycles this area frequently and had to come see the beginnings of the bridge for himself. “I think is beautiful, I’m excited for all of this. Out even realize they were putting up a bridge.”

The overall completion of the Central Library and Seaholm Power Plant is next summer. It is undetermined at this time in the roadway will open before then.

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.