MJW Installs Recycling Homogenizer for Continental Gypsum Plant // January 2018

Continental Building Products has chosen MJW Consolidated to install a new homogenizer system to increase efficiency at its Palatka, FL, plant by capturing gypsum waste and returning it to the production stream.

The project, which began November 2017 and is scheduled for completion at the end of March 2018, includes installation of a 26,000-pound homogenizer as well as fabrication and installation of two large piping systems and structural steel supports.

The new system will enable Continental to recycle waste from the wallboard manufacturing process by processing it through the homogenizer to create a consistent material that can flow back into the production line. MJW is responsible for setting in place and welding together the two components of the homogenizer, providing and installing the supports and piping, and tying in the system to the production line.

MJW is self-performing all aspects of the project. Two large piping skids are being fabricated at MJW’s onsite shop at Palatka, where the company provides a wide range of ongoing construction and maintenance services for the Continental plant. In addition, the MJW fabrication shop at Lakeland, FL, is constructing the support structures for the homogenizer.

The work has been closely coordinated with the operations team at the plant, which has continued operating throughout the course of the construction. The final tie in will take place during a two-day outage.

When fully operational, the new system will enable Continental to increase the amount of wallboard it can produce from each shipment of raw gypsum supplied to the plant.

 Continental Homogenizer


MJW Selected to Protect First U.S. Navy Triton Surveillance Squadron // December 2017

The U.S. Navy is building a fleet of Triton unmanned aircraft to help protect U.S. forces around the world, and MJW is building the systems that will help protect the aircraft and support personnel at the facility that is being constructed at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville FL, the first of five Triton bases to be built around the world.

The prime contractor on the project, Hensel Phelps Construction of Orlando, FL is building a new hangar along with associated aircraft taxi, apron, servicing and ground traffic improvements. MJW is providing a complete turn-key, design-build services, including professional engineering, detailed design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the fire protection, fire alarm and mass notification systems. The system includes large fire pumps pump housed in a custom-built structure constructed in MJW’s fabrication facility, under-ground and above-ground fire water distribution piping, multiple sprinkler systems, and a low-expansion foam system with low profile spray nozzles for advanced aircraft protection. The work also includes sophisticated flame-detection, fire alarm and  mass notification systems with interlocks to other critical building systems.

The project is slated for completion in 2019. Initial operational capability for the U.S. Navy Triton is expected the same year. The Northrop Grumman-built aircraft was chosen by the Navy to provide surveillance capabilities in support of anti-terrorism and force protection missions, Naval Station Mayport was selected in February 2017 to house the first Triton surveillance squadron.