Mike Copeland and Nuwalls, Inc. of Colorado are about to begin construction on the Cedar Ridge Dairy build in Sigurd, Utah. This new construction project will add a new complex next door to the existing Cedar Ridge property. The new dairy building will feature a state of the art 60 stall rotary milking parlor.
There are two ways to milk cows: a parallel/herringbone arrangement, or a rotary arrangement like a carousel. In the rotary arrangement the cows come in on a ramp in a circle, get milked, and then step off. The primary difference here is that instead of the milker moving from cow to cow, with the rotary parlor it is the platform on which the cows stand that does all of the moving while the milkers and cleaners stay put.
Building dairy parlors to last is a challenge. Copeland explains:
“Dairy parlors in the past have been built of either masonry block or steel. Block doesn’t hold up well under extreme moisture conditions with all of the washing necessary in the dairy industry, and it doesn’t matter how you paint it. It needs to be redone constantly. Metal rusts out, because eventually all of the moisture gets to it. With Nuform’s PVC product, it doesn’t rust, it doesn’t mold, and it is impervious to termites. It holds up forever. It’s just a superior product.”
Nuwalls is using some of Nuform’s more popular industrial products for this build. Copeland indicates that RELINE® will be used for the ceilings. We will also be using a variety of CONFORM® products including CF6, C F8, and CF8i will be used throughout the building. The CF6 product is a 6 inch thick wall, the C F8 product an 8 inch thick wall, and the CF8i an 8 inch insulated wall that has an additional 2 inches of insulation.
CONFORM®, a PVC-based, polymer component, is made with between 55 and 75 percent pre- consumer recycled materials. The individual pieces fit seamlessly together to provide permanent formwork for both interior and exterior concrete walls. CONFORM® complies with both the National Building Code of Canada and the International Building Code, and while it can be used for almost any kind of building, it is most often used for commercial, industrial and agricultural structures like the Cedar Ridge Dairy facility.
CONFORM® is perfect for projects like this because it is durable and easy to assemble. The CONFORM® components interconnect to form a framework, and there are interior webs within each component that allow for the installation of reinforcing steel bars. The components themselves feature a hard, smooth semi-gloss surface that demands minimal maintenance. CONFORM® walls power wash easily and can withstand many corrosive chemicals.
Copeland, an avid mountain climber, is no stranger to challenges and sees his faith in the Nuform product as essential to his success as a distributor.
“I’ve been working with the product for 14 years and I really believe in it. I couldn’t sell something I didn’t believe in. I also know it’s a great company. We have a lot of repeat customers. Just this morning I got a call from a customer of five years. He won’t build without me committing to helping him.”
Copeland and Nuwalls, Inc. do many agricultural and industrial projects. He has also helped build fire stations, banks, car washes, and many different kinds of structures for a long list of clients. He points out that Nuform products are ideal for safe rooms, greenhouses, and construction in places like tornado alley that experience natural disasters. This is because CONFORM® is hygienic and resistant to mildew, and very rigid which minimizes bracing and blowouts. It has been proven to perform extremely well in earthquake, hurricane, and tornado prone areas.
Copeland is proud to say that he received the honor of being Number One in Agricultural Sales for Nuform in 2013. He hopes to bring home that honor again in 2014 and is well on his way to doing so, although the competition is fierce. He comments that Nuform delivers its products worldwide and that he can take on projects anywhere.
Copeland’s top business philosophy?
“Be honest and do a good job.”
With an award for agricultural sales, 14 years with Nuform, decades of business success, and three summits of over 20,000 feet conquered thus far, it seems that this philosophy is working for him.