American Buildings Co. (ABC), a Eufaula, Ala.-based manufacturer of metal building systems for self-storage and other industries, recently put its design expertise and resources to work to create a helicopter pad that can be used by the local community in emergencies. The company has also stepped up its emergency-response measures.
After devastating tornadoes that took place in April, the company examined its emergency plans and implemented new measures to ensure the safety of employees and local residents. The company started by enrolling in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which recognizes employers that have implemented health- and safety-management systems and maintain illness and injury rates below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for the industry.
ABC decided to go beyond the requirements of the VPP, working with 25 of its employees to design and create a 250-square-foot helicopter pad that can be used to lift out residents during an evacuation. Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Alabama State Department of Aeronautics, the landing pad is now open and ready for use as a backup to the local hospital.
“At ABC, safety is a top priority,” said Ron Kuenkler, president. “We’ve implemented safety measures in all aspects of our business, and now with the helicopter pad, we have the opportunity to positively impact the surrounding community.”
ABC’s safety efforts continue to grow. The company recently joined with other businesses to form the Industrial Park Emergency Response Team, which has grown to more than 50 members including the local emergency medical services, Barbour County Emergency Management Agency, Eufaula Police Department, Eufaula Fire and Rescue Department and volunteer nurses. The team holds regular training meetings to assign tasks and prepare for a quick response in the event of an emergency.
ABC has designed, manufactured and delivered metal buildings and roofing systems for more than 50 years. The company has engineering and manufacturing centers nationwide and a network of more than 800 authorized builders. ABC, a NUCOR company, produces industrial and commercial structures as well as tailored projects for a variety of industries including self-storage, automotive, retail and transportation.