Ideal Conditions pointed its compass east for this episode. When the needle stopped spinning, it landed on two Polygon stalwarts, Larry Waltemire, Business Unit Manager, and Rich Shoemaker, Business Development Manager, helming out of the East Region. Waltemire and Shoemaker have over forty-six years of experience working at Polygon, and there aren’t too many situations they haven’t come across in all that time.
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“From disasters to chicken plant needs, to everything imaginable, we’ve seen it all,” Waltemire said. “But every now and then, you get a curveball thrown at you, and you get a new twist on some of the things we’ve done in the past, and we’re able to take from that experience and come up with solutions,” Shoemaker added.
Coming up with those new solutions brought to mind a recent project of a customer with a seven million cubic foot warehouse full of dry products with no humidity control in the building. “It was our job to come up with a solution for that humidity problem,” Waltemire said. “Their main concern was that the product, which was coming in from all over the world, might have an insect larvae hatching that could be in the packing material. It was our job to solve that problem.
Keeping humidity consistently down to less than 50% in a seven million cubic foot building is no small feat. Polygon had to size the solution for a space not yet filled with the product. “Our solution was two, fifteen thousand CFM desiccant dehumidifiers, and those units have three supplies and three returns,” Shoemaker said. “So, we could take air through the unit and put it back into the space. We took six supply ducts, three from each unit, and we spidered those out into the space. We took one duct and ran it over to the loading dock doors because that was the only source of bad air infiltration.”
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