Join the people of Fibrebond as we discuss industry trends and what's new with our company.
Join the people of Fibrebond as we discuss industry trends and what's new with our company.
MegaMod is the Next Big Solution for Customers in the Oil and Gas Industry
What do you do when boomtown and processing location are hundreds of miles away? If you’re Fibrebond, you devise a solution that involves floating a building with a name reminiscent of the Transformers down the Red River.
It’s another example of how the business is looking to accommodate its customers’ needs.
With liquified natural gas exports booming along the Gulf Coast and the recent discovery of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids in the Permian Basin, customers have been looking for the best way to power their processes.
MegaMod from Fibrebond gives them an option for single-piece building delivery, improving on previous iterations.
“The key difference between MultiMod and MegaMod is that it’s obviously a lot bigger,” said Chet Carpenter, Fibrebond’s Business Development Manager. “The other is the delivery method. These, obviously, once they’re put together, can’t go down the road. (With) a MultiMod, each module is small enough to get on a truck, go to a site, get pieced together there and then integrated.
“The MegaMod goes down the river, which is the only viable method of transportation once it gets this big, and ends up somewhere along the coast.”
Why go big? In Carpenter’s eyes, there are three reasons.
“There’s really a ton of benefit there with a building that shows up fully assembled as opposed to one that shows up with multiple pieces needing to be assembled on site, so I would say efficiency, quality and even safety are three major factors, there,” he said.
Not only does it keep on-site labor costs low, but it reduces the possibility for leaks and other issues that may pop up with multi-segment delivery.
There’s little doubt that MegaMod is a big solution for customers along the Gulf Coast.
How Fibrebond's Industry Expertise Makes for Deeper Client Relationships with Chase Cook
Fibrebond has solutions in several different markets; gensets, data centers, power, telecom, and more. With that diverse reach, it's critical for the company to not spread itself too thin and maintain high quality products and service regardless of the job. What is their secret sauce for pulling it off?
On this episode of Building a Better Bond, we're joined by Chase Cook, who brings solutions to building client relationships at Fibrebond. Cook is the Director of Business Development for Fibrebond's Power division; he brings his diverse industry knowledge to Fibrebond to help the company position themselves as the industry’s experts.
Relationships are a huge part of what Fibrebond does, and Cook said they have the experience to simplify projects their clients want to build. On this episode, he went into a little history of Fibrebond in order to explain where they are now. He said they used to be a telecommunications company but have expanded to oil, natural gas, packing generators, and more; with all the different things they are involved in, Cook said it now allows them to drive the power, data, and telecommunications segments together to strengthen their position in the market.
Oil and gas companies had record numbers last year and Texas had a record year as well, supplying 41% of the total oil and natural gas in the US. Cook said that the technical sales team sees over one billion dollars in sales every year. He said that because of the high volume of business they are able to look through their data to find out what is most important to clients and consumers. Cook said that Fibrebond has been in business for 38 years, and they are known for taking a unique approach in their business partnership.
Changing Materials, Maintaining Mentality with Randy Bogan
Many industries can change, some seemingly overnight. Others can take years to complete their makeover. On this episode of Building a Better Bond, Randy Bogan, Warehousing Director for Fibrebond, sat down with Sean Heath to discuss the nature and rate of change in the industry. The nature of business is change, but that helps a company grow, according to Bogan. “You have to really be on your toes, now," he said. "There’s a lot going on daily. Time flies by. It’s very, very busy, and it’s just a lot going on with the product lines that we have.” After leaving the company for several years, although there may have been several product changes, the sense of family was there the moment he returned, Bogan explained. “We all like each other," he said. "We get along, because we know that, in order for Fibrebond to succeed, everyone has to succeed and do their job and do it correctly.”
Consistently Durable Flexibility with Sarah Clements
Perspective is crucial for a good salesperson, especially if it includes the technical expertise of an engineer. On this episode of Building a Better Bond, a Fibrebond podcast, Sarah Clements, Technical Sales Representative for Fibrebond, sat down with Sean Heath to discuss the importance of flexibility and stability in the industry.
The ability to look for a solution through the engineer’s eyes is an invaluable asset, according to Clements.
“When I look at a floor plan, I can engineer: Well, if you move this piece of equipment 10 feet to the left, or switch here or switch it right, and you can decrease the cost for power circuits and all of these other things," she said. "That’s something that really helps when you’re talking about dollars and cents.”
An engineer’s mindset also comes into play when a new design approach is needed for a unique challenge, Clements explained.
“You have to look at the environmental factors, the soil conditions, the wind conditions, rain, the heat," she said. "You have to look at everything - where it is going, the slope of the roof, the door placement. These are all things that, when you pick us, we’re going to look at, and we’re going to design it to its best qualities.”
Fibrebond Career Opportunity: Leading the Charge from Beginning to End as a Project Manager with Michael Hochstetler
On this Building a Better Bond jobcast, host Daniel Litwin was joined by Michael Hochstetler, Project Manager at Fibrebond, to discuss Fibrebond’s open Project Manager position. A Fibrebond Project Manager is the customer’s single in-house contact, who oversees all project-related tasks, and directs production from estimation to engineering.
Daniel kicked off the discussion with a 30-second speed round where Hochstetler provided a quick overview of the key job points, i.e., job location, hours, days, travel requirements, years of experience needed, educational requirements, and career path expectations.
Hochstetler next described the types of projects this position would typically work on, from small scale building projects, to the big picture, multi-modular building project. When asked by Daniel, what type of fictional character most embodies this project manager role, Hochstetler responded with Kevin Costner’s role in the movie Draft Day. The challenges that Costner’s character goes through in a single day, and all of the various moving parts he needs to navigate makes a great analogy for the types of challenges the Fibrebond Project Manager will go through.
Hochstetler pointed out that just because this is a role inside a manufacturing environment doesn’t mean it isn’t creative. Fibrebond is looking for ‘out of the box’ thinking that relies on creativity to solve both internal and external project problems.
The conversation wrapped up with Hochstetler mentioning training is an important part of the onboarding process Fibrebond will focus on with this Project Manager position, and he also said one of the most exciting parts of the interview process is when candidates get to see the facility for themselves.
If you’d like to apply for this open Project Manager position, go to fibrebond.com/careers, or email your resume and/or internal application directly to email@example.com.
How Behavior Based Safety Transforms Company Culture with Martee Gonsoulin
The devastating ripple effect of an injury on the job can ultimately wreck business, and ruin livelihoods. It’s no wonder Fibrebond has invested heavily in workplace safety to avoid the ravages of an incident on the job. The steel and concrete corporation has implemented an approach known as “behavior-based safety,” a multi-layered program that has re-defined company safety culture and opened up an ongoing dialogue with employees.
As a guest on this episode of Building a Better Bond, we learn how Fibrebond has embraced this strategy, and how other companies can too, with Martee Gonsoulin —Vice President of Supply Chain Manufacturing at Fibrebond.
After watching her father incapacitated by a workplace injury, and suffering from a ski accident herself, Gonsoulin was all too familiar with the debilitating effects of being out of work. With over twenty-two years of experience in Pharmaceuticals manufacturing, Gonsoulin returned to the workforce at Fibrebond, using her comprehensive expertise to explore how workplace safety could be implemented differently.
“We’re all influenced by what happens around us,” she said, explaining how safety should be approached with positive reinforcement and a sense of community. “It's all about changing people’s mindset and learning the habits of safety."
Using measurable benchmarks, installing observational tracking, and instigating actionable changes, Gonsoulin's behavior-based safety approach transformed the safety environment at Fibrebond.
Her advice to other companies looking to improve their safety culture is sage and simple—open an honest dialogue with your employees.
"If you improve that, you’re improving all areas of your business,” she said.