Perma-Column adds on, growing in Ossian Industrial Park

June 21, 2013

By Terri Hughes-Lazzell

In less than seven years in business, Perma-Column Inc. of Ossian has seen its employee numbers grow from one to 11. Phillip Stoller, general manager for Perma-Column, 400 Carol Lane, Ossian, was the lone employee in the beginning, but today that number has grown to 11, and the expansion hasn’t stopped with employees. A 9,000-square-foot building expansion also has been finished.
The new expansion allowed the company to move its warehouse area and expand on its manufacturing operations, including bringing its powder coating process for its products in-house. The company now handles its own powder coating of the five-foot precast concrete columns used in post-foundation construction.
More than a cost-savings to do the powder coating in-house, improving the process and quality using the newest available technologies was part of the impetus for the move. Part of that is using the next-generation cleaning process that is more environmentally friendly without using phosphates.
“Doing this right improves the product and has less of an environmental impact,” Stoller added.
There’s also the new deck and porch line that reaches the residential sector — a new market for Perma-Column. The company is test-marketing the new line in areas of Kansas, Pennsylvania and Ohio. However, those in Wells County who are interested may contact the company directly.
“The products for the residential market are similar, but on a smaller scale,” Stoller said. The posts are shorter, but are anti-corrosive as the commercial materials. Stoller calls the new products a general progression for Perma-Column.
There are more plans on the horizon as Perma-Column continues to build.
Perma-Column products are manufactured with the latest pre-casting technology, making them three times stronger than standard concrete, according to the company. In addition, microfibers are added for shock resistance and durability, as well as Microsilicia to enhance flexural/compressive strength and erosion resistance. A corrosion inhibitor protects the rebar reinforcement from rusting, and a final admixture is added to give freeze/thaw protection.
Perma-Column uses a U-shaped steel bracket that is welded to steel reinforcement that runs the entire length of the column. A sleeve is precast in to the base of the column. υ

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