“Our philosophy is exactly the same as it was when we were founded in 1981: ‘To supply the best quality products, at reasonable prices, with the best service in our industry,’” relates Foley Products Operations Manager Dennis Morrissey. He continued, “1981 was also the year that our relationship with Besser (then Quinn Machine and Foundry) began with the purchase of 48”, 60” and 72” base forms and a 48” cone form. Like our relationship with Besser, these forms are still going strong.”
Foley has grown steadily over the last 33 years and now has six locations in three states. Each plant is outfitted with a full range of Besser forms. Foley relies on Besser for durable, easy to use forms to make their production process run smoothly. They have an impressive collection of simple and complex forms to produce a wide range of precast elements including reinforced concrete pipe, box culverts, arch pipe, manholes, drainage boxes, and communications and electrical boxes. Recently the company launched FoleyArch, a bottomless culvert designed for use in multiple applications. .
“The convenience of buying from a single source makes life easier for us,” relates Dennis. “Besser has a record of what we’ve purchased in the past, knows the local specs and we really enjoy working with Denny Anderson (Besser Sales Representative). He knows his stuff. He helps us get what we need when we need it and gives us a fair price each and every time.”
Their close working relationship with Denny resulted in a new product for Besser. Years ago the staff at Foley was seeking a way to improve their production efficiency. They mentioned this to Denny and collectively designed a Precast Table System. Foley operates three of these systems which have allowed them to enhance plant productivity while decreasing labor.
Each of their tables can handle up to five different products which are poured, vibrated and stripped all at the same time. Products can include manhole bases, risers and cones – up to 72” (1800 mm) in diameter. Cores are mounted on the table, jackets are positioned and the forms are poured. Once cured, jackets are the only components handled during the overhead stripping process. Risers and cones are stripped directly to the plant floor, while jackets on monolithic bases and boxes utilize quick-adjust rollover trunnions. They use forms with either solid or collapsible cores; a standard hydraulic strip assist feature is employed for the solid tapered cores. A built-in steam line adds in product curing.
Their most recent order, for their new Newman, Georgia plant, included a Precast Table System, their third, and a variety of bases, risers and cone forms. Since this is a new plant with an impressive forward order position, prompt delivery from Besser was critical. “I’m pleased to report that delivery promises were kept and the table system and forms were onsite as planned,” commented Denny Anderson.
Satisfying the demand in this rapidly growing area means supplying products for commercial and Department of Transportation (DOT) work along with some residential subdivisions. The DOT jobs require certification which they have through the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA). Beyond certification, Foley relies on the associations for some of their staff training and boasts an NPCA certified Master Precaster as a member of their team.
Always on the forefront, Foley recently welcomed the opportunity to supply Ft. Miller with Precast Concrete Paving Slabs (PCPS) for a nearby road project they secured. It took Foley 60 days to produce 348 panels, none of which were the same. It was a very meticulous job, tolerances were tight and all needed DOT approval. They embraced the challenge and are eagerly looking forward to their next PCPS project with Ft. Miller.
In the near future Foley will be supplementing their existing equipment with more specialized forms to expand production and meet customer requirements. Dennis indicated that 2014 is better than 2013 year and sees it picking up a bit yet this year. When asked about 2015 he’s optimistic and predicts a 25% improvement.
For more information on Foley Products go to foleyproducts.com.