The Results Are In! Midwest's Managed Services Program Saves Steel Plant $450,000

Midwest simplified operations and lowered road maintenance costs while eliminating over 90% of dust. Here's how the Midwest team did it.

Jul 08, 2015, 18:05 ET from Midwest Industrial Supply

CANTON, Ohio, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. steel plant owned by one of the largest non-union steel production companies in America enjoyed a major windfall last month, thanks to another successful implementation of Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc.'s Managed Services Program.

The program revamped and revitalized the plant's operations by transforming the network of roads that the plant relies on daily and eliminating the need for costly and wasteful watering operations. Unlocking new efficiency for the plant is a feel-good story for everyone because the plant operates on a pay-for-performance plan -- that means the improved performance will pay dividends to employees across the organization.

Before Midwest, the facility was struggling with poor conditions on vital roads, conditions that led to serious equipment damage and regular complaints from employees. The weighty direct costs of grading and watering the roads combined with the indirect costs of lower productivity and safety concerns were adding up. The company, like so many others, was dealing with a maintenance program that left employees frustrated with extra time, money, and energy spent on upkeep - the plant needed a change, and with Midwest's help, they decided on a maintenance program that would unlock new efficiencies for their workforce.

Midwest's innovative approach to maintenance, embodied by their Managed Services Program, proved to be a powerful tool. The program improved the most problematic aspects and tied those improvements to improved business results. Using their proven Road Pro® NT product, — a polymer-modified asphalt emulsion — they developed a maintenance program that would save time and boost overall plant efficiency. What's more, Midwest's solutions were tied directly to savings. The plant realized dramatic reductions in maintenance costs across the board:

  • They saved $150,000 in watering costs
  • Lowered grading costs by $110,000
  • Production bottlenecks were eliminated, saving $140,000
  • Maintenance costs for vehicles were reduced by $50,000 annually

And it's not just about the savings, site conditions improved dramatically as well. Dust at the site was reduced by 90% and employee complaints were reduced dramatically.

The key aspect of Midwest's program is that they work side-by-side with their clients to design the right plan -- one that could both eliminate costs and create more efficient work patterns at the facility. There's no one-size fits all solution. Responsible maintenance planning requires a detailed understanding of the problems at each site. In this case, Midwest's successful implementation at one facility has paved the way for improvements at other plants managed by the same company.

Midwest is the world leader in environmentally sound dust control, erosion control, and soil stabilization technology. We bring our customers more solutions, documentation and support than any other manufacturer. We strive, always, to develop cutting-edge processes, products and services; stay on top of the learning curve, and educate our customers for our mutual success.

Contact: Stephanie Cornell, 330-456-3121,

Logo -

SOURCE Midwest Industrial Supply