Wallingford, CT – Milestone Construction LLC completed a steel framing top off recently for a 37,000sf addition for Rowland Technologies, a manufacturer of high quality plastic film and sheeting products, located in Wallingford.
Due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, a celebratory gathering had to be cancelled. However, steps were taken to allow for the steel to be safely signed on-site and a more subdued, yet still significant ceremony took place as the last steel beam was set in place.
In order to keep the project moving forward Milestone has implemented safety procedures and protocols related to Covid-19 that were recommended by the State of Connecticut and the Center for Disease Control in order to ensure that employees, clients, venders, suppliers and contractors can work safely and to mitigate the impact of the virus within the worksite.
These include social distancing, wearing of safety masks, continual cleaning, as well as the temperature monitoring of workers during daily morning check-ins and end of day sign-outs, among other measures.
In addition to the expansion project which is scheduled to be completed in January of 2021, Milestone is nearing the completion of interior renovations to Rowland’s converting area, maintenance, warehouse, and shipping areas. Upgrades were recently completed as well for the HVAC system in the extrusion area of the building.
During the course of the pandemic Rowland Technologies has been able to pivot its manufacturing to be able to fulfill orders for plastic materials that have become scarce due to supply chains that have been disrupted. The comany has begun supplying PPE materials to manufacturers nationwide who can no longer import those materials from outside the United States. In fact, the face masks being worn by employees during the topping off ceremony were manufactured within its plant and are now in great demand.
Prior to signing the beam Rowland’s president and CEO Stephen DiMugno stated “We are extremely happy to be working with Milestone – you have a wonderful crew and you have done a wonderful job for us. In such trying times, it’s amazing that we are looking at where we are today. We can’t thank you enough.”
Milestone’s President Frank Ferraiolo returned the compliment stating that Rowland has been an excellent partner and saying “Your people have been easy to work with in the face of this very difficult situation.” Donning face masks and personal protective equipment, a congratulatory social distance handshake capped off the momentous occasion.
As Rowland’s President Stephen DiMugno concluded the ceremony, he gazed out through his protective equipment toward the nearly completed steel framed addition and claimed “It looks tremendous – we can’t wait to move into the new space and enjoy it!”
All on hand to celebrate cheered at his words – it was as if the new building provided a brief reprieve from the current challenges and gave everyone a sense of hope and optimism for a brighter future.