Moving History: What to Do When You Need to Move Your Family's Legacy—A Factory

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Moving History: What to Do When You Need to Move Your Family's Legacy—A Factory

31 August 2016
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Family legacies and historic buildings come in all shapes, sizes, and types. When your family legacy is a factory, and you want to keep it going but have to relocate it, you have quite the conundrum. Depending on where your plant currently resides and where you want to relocate to, it may be quite expensive. Moving a piece of history, brick by brick, may be incredibly difficult, but it is not impossible. Here is how total plant-relocation services work.

Remove a Wall and ALL Plant Equipment

All of the heavy pieces of equipment in your factory have to be removed before the plant can be lifted and relocated. This is a long process, one which might require removing the tallest wall of your factory so that any really large pieces of equipment have an exit point that will allow their removal. To avoid damaging any equipment behind the wall you want removed, a concrete saw may be used to cut through the bricks and mortar of the wall, thereby loosening large chunks of the wall. If you want these preserved, they will have to be removed by hand and without the use of a sledgehammer to knock them out. Then the equipment will be lifted via different cranes up and out of the factory.

Supporting and Lifting the Entire Plant from Underneath and Moving It

Depending on the total size of your family's legacy, you may have to move the plant in chunks. This requires cutting the mortar and bricks along a natural seam in a wall or at a corner. Next, construction crews will place steel supports underneath the bottom-most floor of each section of the plant that is to be moved. Then, slowly and little by little, hydraulic lifts will be used to lift each section of the plant and place it on a truck to be hauled to the new site. Once all of the pieces of your historic plant are relocated to the new site, the construction crew works to get them fitted back together and sealed with fresh mortar.

Reinstalling All of Your Equipment

Everything but the largest wall will be installed at the new site of your family's plant. In a reverse process, all of the equipment will be moved back into the plant through the largest wall, which will not be replaced until later. Once all of the equipment is back in where it belongs and everything is up and running, the heavy equipment movers' job will be complete. The construction crew will then take over and replace the largest wall, sealing it with fresh mortar.

The process of moving a piece of your family's history will then be complete!