Case Studies

Enerfab Aycock Division

Erecting Steel with Safety in Mind
  • Written by: Emma Bouthillette
  • Produced by: Enerfab Aycock Division
  • Estimated reading time: 4 mins

It was just after World War II when Jesse Aycock returned home and founded a company with a small group of dedicated fieldworkers and office personnel. The specialty contractor for mechanical construction was bought out by century-old Enerfab in 2006 and is now known as Enerfab Aycock Division (Aycock). The company, based in Hummelstown, Penn., is a nationally recognized specialty contractor for mechanical construction.


Aycock offers expertise in heavy rigging, structural steel erection, maintenance of power facilities and precision installation of power and industrial equipment. The company’s target market is the power industry.


Brendan Folan, general manager of Aycock, joined the company in March 2011. He has incorporated higher safety standards and established a philosophy for how business is conducted.


Folan graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. He has 21 years experience in the industry, working for various companies. Through his years in the industry, Folan gained experience and has brought that knowledge to Aycock’s operations.


“In the last year there has been a company wide effort to enhance the culture regarding safety,” he says. “Safety has always been important but as an organization we want to strive to be world class.”


Aycock wants to remain a leader in Job Safety Analysis, safety meetings and audits. In order to improve standards already in place, Folan helped implement safety moments. This requires Aycock staff to start a meeting with a safety topic. In addition, the company has a Management Level Site Safety Assessment in which project managers are required to conduct a site-specific safety assessment when visiting a jobsite.


“The company also implemented a standardized approach for project execution,” says Folan. “Enerfab Excellence through Execution (E3) focuses on how we will execute our work from the bid stage to project closeout.


“The company realized that all of the businesses and regional offices within the organization were executing their work and/or projects differently,” he continues. “A team visited all the different offices within the organization to determine how each particular office performed their work.”


This process helped Aycock identify a list of best practices from all entities involved to create one model, which is referred to now as E3. The bottom line is the company maintains a continued desire to improve.


Excelling in Structural Steel Erection


Aycock specializes in structural steel erection. The company can install anything from a simple catwalk system to an amusement park ride or 3,000 tons of power plant steel. Skilled ironworkers and operating engineers follow Aycock’s safety standards and best practices to offer consistent services that are unmatched.


In the commercial sector, Aycock has worked with amusement parks, new buildings, retrofits, improvements, warehousing, rack systems, stadiums and arenas. The company is dedicated to providing work on time and under budget.


Aycock also offers structural work, which focuses on various bridge projects. This includes heavy rigging and erection tasks. An example of the company’s work is a bridge project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The bridge required 5,000 tons of bridge steel to be erected in multiple continuous spans in State College, Penn.


Recently, the company has done extensive work with the power industry. Aycock has completed structural erection, modification and support additions for clean air projects. Some projects include 2,800 tons of structural steel and overhead crane for AES Ironwood LLC and 3,000 tons of structural steel and two overhead cranes at Reliant Energy Hunterstown Project. 


A Cut Above


Aycock is always willing and able to respond to market needs. “As an organization we have the equipment, tools and manpower required to provide for the needs of our customers,” says Folan. “All of our field supervision has a company truck with tools that generally allow them to provide around the clock assistance if a customer requires.”


The readiness to respond also makes Aycock well positioned to maneuver into new markets. The company is currently looking toward new construction in the midstream gas market. Having experience is a huge plus for Aycock’s desires to tap into that market.


Folan feels the economy is making a rebound and hopes Aycock can expand with new business. The company’s current customer base has made Aycock what it is today, reports Folan. He hopes the company’s reputation will allow Aycock to expand client base and geographic reach.


“We’re expanding efforts in regard to best practices,” he says. “There is an initiative to continue developing best practices throughout the organization and working to exceed expectations.” After nearly 70 years of business, Enerfab Aycock Division is poised for continued success.


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Published on: September 23, 2013

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