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From Safety to Savings: A Heavy Construction Equipment Blog

If your business works with construction, you deal with a lot of heavy equipment. If you want advice on how to save money on your equipment, you should check out my posts. I plan to write about everything from hiring versus buying, to troubleshooting to reduce repairs, to handling repairs yourself. I also plan to write about other aspects of heavy machinery use such as safety. I ultimately hope that my ideas guide you toward creating a leaner, more productive, more efficient, less expensive, and more profitable business. My ideas are geared toward everyone from newbies to experts in the field of construction.

From Safety to Savings: A Heavy Construction Equipment Blog

Plant Relocations: Four Considerations

by Fred Gutierrez

Plant relocations are done for many reasons, and if you're about to go through one, stress is a possible companion. However, planning properly could reduce that stress. These plant relocation considerations should be discussed and resolved so moving is easier.

Unused Equipment

Like many plants, yours could house a lot of machines and equipment that aren't working or used anymore. You may have wanted to repair or donate them or never had time to figure out the best place for them. You don't want to be put in a position where you're transporting old or broken things to a new plant, so now is the time to determine how best to deal with or dispose of them. You might sell parts or entire machines or look for disposal sites.

Waste Planning

When moving out of the existing structure, you'll likely leave behind concrete, scrap metal, lumber and random materials. To make the plant workable for a buyer or a new company moving in, you should plan for waste removal in some capacity. Recycling is a primary way of handling materials; even concrete can be repurposed by facilities in the area. Contact recycling centers and enlist your employees in grouping together different materials so they can be taken off site. If not recycling, explore various waste possibilities that will allow you to comply with industry regulations.


It's good to start re-evaluating your plant's layout. The current layout might have been in place before you arrived, so a move to another site must include talk about how best to have everything laid out in the new plant. This may mean increased aisle widths, different workstation setups and inclusion of work benches or other materials that will increase comfort for workers throughout the day. Ask employees whether they feel the current layout suits them or whether they'd like to see specific layout changes in the new plant.

General Employee Feedback

It's not only layout that's important to discuss with employees. The people who show up every day and work in the plant will likely have some ideas for improvements. Their suggestions could increase plant effectiveness and allow them to be more productive. Conduct several meetings so everyone is not only on board with how the new plant will look, but how it will function overall. 

Plant relocations are more easily accomplished if these considerations are thought through. Consult relocation services companies and keep communication open during the process and the relocation can be satisfactory for all.