Fast Quality Modular Office Space Solutions – 2 day install beats permanent construction

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W.W. Cannon helps create modular office space with a quick and high-quality custom project. 2.5 days – that was all the time it took for W.W. Cannon to help a longtime client create the workspace needed for its staff.

Our Client
RAM Industries quality glass and window manufacturer

RAM Industries makes custom glass and windows for their customers, including builders and other industries. The Texas-based company has been in business for over 30 years and bills itself as a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality windows and doors for residential and light commercial construction. RAM’s commercial projects can be found throughout the U.S. in buildings including hotels, hospitals, school, doors, government and civic projects, medical offices, worship centers, multi-family dwellings, restaurants, retail outlets and more.

The Challenge
Needing individual office space and access to production

With RAM’s business in a strong growth pattern, space had recently become a priority need.

“They were running out of space. Business has been very good and they had hired new employees,” said Tony McMenomy, Houston Territory Sales Manager for W.W. Cannon.

As there was not room to expand outside the existing building, some team members were making do with shared office space.  RAM’s leaders began investigating ways to meet the need of the growing operation and decided to implement a previous solution. The window manufacturer had an existing modular office building that had been provided and installed by W.W. Cannon several years prior, according to McMenomy.

The Solution
Modular building provides fast, affordable office space

Modular office space by Starrco modular office building systems with guard rail imageTo fulfill the need for new office space, W.W. Cannon used prefabricated modular building walls from vendor Starrco. The pre-engineered modular systems allow for a fast, clean, and efficient building project.

“Each part is precision cut, manufactured, and carefully labeled before it is packed and shipped,” McMenomy says.

Five new offices were created in the new modular office space, an overall area at least twice the size of the first modular office built for RAM, according to McMenomy. W.W. Cannon worked to ensure there was comfortable space for both the offices and surrounding area, as the new offices are located near a roll up entry door slated for deliveries and other uses.

“Safety always comes first. We made sure we put in a guard rail system to separate that receiving area from a walkway so that when entering and leaving offices they had ample space and walkout room,” McMenomy said.

The project was completed in 2.5 days, all with W.W. Cannon’s professional equipment installation crew.  No additional engineers, electricians or specialists were needed to assist on the project.

The Result
Increased productivity and plans for additional modular office space

Modular office space by Starrco modular office building systems with guard rail imageThe completed modular office building provides clean, professional and high-quality office space which now houses mostly engineers and product managers allowing them easy access to the product floor.

RAM has reported increased productivity among its staff within the new offices and that it’s been more efficient for them to get work done in their own workspace.

“The customer was happy with the relative ease and speed with which the modular offices were constructed as well as the professional quality and appearance,” McMenomy said.

In fact, RAM’s leaders are so satisfied with the office space, they are now moving forward with a plan for a second project with Starrco modular office solutions to expand the original office space. The next project will only need an additional 7 linear feet of walls. By reconfiguring the existing system, 2 – 10×8 office spaces and 1 – 9×8 office will be created, according to McMenomy.

“They’re very pleased with the Starrco modular office system. They’ve now decided to expand new offices with the same product,” McMenomy said.

By implementing a modular office design similar to the previous one built, W.W. Cannon quickly and effectively created comfortable offices for a team that had been pressed by a setup involving shared work spaces.

A quickly completed, quality custom project with immediate dividends in productivity and increased functionality of existing space – these are the kind of results W.W. Cannon consistently achieves for its customers.

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. Our space planning experts are here to assist you with your needs.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Happy Mother's Day 2018 from W.W. Cannon TX banner imageMoms deserve to be celebrated for all their hard work, dedication to family, and tireless love! They’re always putting others ahead of themselves; sacrificing their own needs to make sure we have ours met.

This Mother’s Day, remember to honor your own mother as well as all the women in your life who support and nurture you. For all you do, we’d like to say “Thank you, Mom!”

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Creating New Office Space With Modular Building Systems

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Our Client

Texas Pride Fuels is a fuel distribution company that provides fuel, lubricants and services to industries that traditional fuel distributors do not service. Their market covers Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico as well as Texas – and since the energy business in this region is booming, the company is experiencing rapid growth. In other words – they’re hiring!

The Challenge

Creating new modular office space with Starrco modular building solutions - corridor view 1As can be imagined, the company’s recruiters are incredibly busy. Unfortunately, they worked in a crowded office in a singlewide commercial trailer, seated right out in the open. This resulted in intolerable noise levels and reduced efficiency.

Texas Pride’s HR director soon realized that this work environment was not conducive to effective recruiting. They first considered a brick and mortar solution – hiring a carpenter to come in and build separate office enclosures for each recruiter. Was there a modular solution to this problem? According to W.W. Cannon sales expert Rode Chambers:

“They did what any of us would do – type ‘office buildings’ into Google and wound up at the Starrco website.”

Starrco, a Missouri-based manufacturing company, specializes in modular office buildings and interior office systems. They contacted Starrco and discovered that W.W. Cannon is Starrco’s distributor in Texas; his next call was to Rode Chambers.

The Solution

Creating new modular office space with Starrco modular building solutions - corridor view 2After his initial phone conversation with TX Pride, Chambers visited their recruiting facility to review the situation, take measurements and photographs, and finalize details such as: how many walls were needed, door and window placement, and soundproofing requirements. All recoreded requirements were used to create a custom CAD drawing which was presented to TX Pride. Chambers says –

“It’s possible to present these modular concepts by email & phone calls, but in my experience it’s better to do it face-to-face. I like to discuss the project design and any needed modifications in person. I also like to see the area and evaluate. In this case, one office needed to be bigger.”

The Process

The project timeline, from the first call to the end of the install, took about 6 weeks. The installation only took 2 days with two technicians onsite as the office’s existing flooring and ceiling components were used. This resulted in very little disruption to employee workflow. Chambers again:

“Texas Pride’s owner came by during the install and was thrilled with the result. He plans to have us do more Starrco installs at additional facilities in the future.”

For additional safety and efficiency, W.W. Cannon’s own professional installation crew provided the install.

Why Starrco Modular Building Solutions?

In the past, W.W. Cannon has looked at other, similar modular office suppliers. Most of them are good companies, but none of them were the caliber of Starrco.

“Pricing is competitive in this industry, and you pay for what you get, but we’ve found over the years that Starrco’s quality is better than anybody else out there. We get things done with Starrco,” says Chambers.

Experience has also shown that If there are special project circumstances (like a quicker-than-usual deadline) Starrco will work with W.W. Cannon to get the project done right the first time. And because Starrco products are modular, their office components can be moved into any new facility that Texas Pride Fuels may require in the future.

“The modular office solution from Starrco worked out well for everyone. The recruiters at Texas Pride now have quiet offices; it was a very cost-effective solution for company management; and W.W. Cannon has another satisfied customer.”

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. Our space planning experts are here to assist you with your needs.

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Happy Easter from W.W. Cannon!

Have a Blessed Easter from W.W. Cannon

Wishing you all a blessed Easter!

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Rousseau Auto Service Storage Equipment – Tornado Tough!

Rousseau Auto Service Center Storage System - Tornado Tough bannerInstalling the Same Auto Parts Storage System… Twice!

Our Client
I-20 Dodge Auto Dealer Service Center

While driving through Canton, Texas three years ago, automotive specialist Rode Chambers of W.W. Cannon saw ground being broken on the new I-20 Dodge car dealership. He just thought he’d drop in and see if they needed anything. The owner of I-20 Dodge, and several other dealerships, recognized W.W. Cannon because he’d relied upon them in the past for automotive storage solutions. Chamber’s impromptu visit strengthened this long-term partnership.

Being a 30-year automotive specialist veteran, Chambers knew that a car dealership’s needs are quite different than a standard warehouse.  Parts department dealerships can handle thousands of small, fast moving parts so they need the proper storage equipment and organization procedures to ensure complete client satisfaction.

Chamber said, “I recommended the Rousseau automotive storage line; it’s price competitive, and with a true lifetime warranty, it’s the best buy in the business. And W.W. Cannon is the largest Rousseau dealer in the southwest.”

After reviewing the layout plans – and already familiar with the quality and durability of the Rousseau line – a deal was soon made. The auto parts storage system was purchased and installed by W.W. Cannon’s own professional installation team.  Six months later the I-20 dealership was in operation and preparing for its grand opening. But two weeks before the big day, disaster struck!

Their Challenge
Mother Nature Strikes… Hard

On Saturday evening, April 30, 2017, a F4 tornado roared through northeast Texas. Damage was extensive, and no more so than at I-20 Dodge, which took a direct hit from the tornado. In a few short minutes, the recently completed building and hundreds of new cars and trucks were turned into scrap metal.

Severe tornado damage to auto dealership in TX.

Upon hearing the news, Chambers immediately contacted the dealership to find out if everyone was safe and to find out if they had any current needs.

 “The owner closed down the dealership in plenty of time before the tornado hit, so no one was injured or worse. I asked the parts department manager if he took any photos of the damage. His response was ‘No, it’s not something I ever want to revisit.’”, said Chambers. “They were devestated.”

The parts department manager did discuss their need to rebuild as quickly as possible.

Chamber stated, “The solution we previously provided worked so well, the dealership wanted to recreate it.  I was prepared to sell them new equipment – but then was told that just about the only dealership asset the tornado didn’t destroy was their Rousseau storage system!”

Rousseau auto parts storage with modular drawers for automotive service center

Common Sense Solution
Installing the Same Rousseau System Twice

Construction to replace the dealership was soon underway. The Rousseau system was put in storage, the debris cleared away, and I-20 Dodge was rebuilt from the ground up. The original Rousseau auto center and equipment system were reinstalled by W.W. Cannon’s own professional installation crew using the same design and layout as the original facility.

“They kept me updated as construction progressed, and we worked though the project together,” Chambers said. “W.W. Cannon equipped and installed the first auto center system, and we were right back out there when they needed us again.”

Rebuilding auto dealership after tornado damage

Optimal Result
Doing What We Do All Over Again!

In fact, the auto service center at I-20 Dodge worked so well that W.W. Cannon has been hired to design and layout an auto storage system at a new Subaru dealership developed by the same organization.

“They haven’t even broken ground on the Subaru dealership, but they already want W.W. Cannon involved. If they need any kind of storage for their parts and service department we can supply it. It’s a turnkey project for us.”, stated Chambers.

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with the right solution for your needs.

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NFIB TX Leadership Council Names New Chair

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NFIB Leadership Council Names New Chair

Greg Brown of W.W. Cannon, Inc. to Lead Advisory Group

[Press Release: Dallas, Texas, March 14, 2018]

Greg Brown, president and owner of W.W. Cannon, Inc., has been selected to chair the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas Leadership Council.

The NFIB is a nationwide small business advocacy group. The Leadership Council, which met in San Antonio in February, brings in members from across the state of Texas to discuss legislative and public policy issues that impact small businesses.

Greg Brown, president of W.W. Cannon, gives presentation at NFIB TexasChairman Brown, as a longstanding member of the Leadership Council, has advocated for tax reform, provided testimony and spoken to media outlets, including a recent feature on PBS News Hour. He has also provided support for NFIB’s Young Entrepreneurs Awards Fund.

Brown’s business, W.W. Cannon, Inc., is a material handling and storage equipment distributor based in Dallas, Texas. He currently employs 30 people.

According to the NFIB website, Brown has “played a crucial role in being the voice of small business in Texas.” He has been a member of NFIB since 2005 and was named “Member of the Month” in 2015.

Brown replaces Chairman Michael Smith of STA Wealth Management, who retired in February.

Brown encourages all small business owners to utilize the hashtag #SmallBizVoter when supporting small business during the Texas primaries.

W.W. Cannon, Inc. provides material handling and storage planning solutions. Based in Dallas, TX, it serves clients throughout the United States.

Founded in 1943, NFIB is the leading advocate for small business owners. 

Greg Brown, President
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Warehouse Spring Cleaning & Scheduled Preventative Maintenance Plans

2018 Warehouse Spring Cleaning Tips & Preventative Maintenance Plans in Dallas TXSpring is almost upon us and it’s everyone’s favorite time to get in some serious cleaning. Pleasant weather allows for windows and doors to be open, along with a renewed sense of energy to take care of piled up tasks inside and out.  We all know that a bit of spring cleaning restores optimism as your work site becomes more organized, safe, and ready for any auditing or inspections.

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Warehouse

When it comes to tidying up your warehouse, here are a few simple tips to follow and stay organized throughout the year:

Plan – It’s important to plan a time where your operations won’t get disrupted. The goal is to get clean and organized – not interrupt productivity. If your shipping areas or work centers are busy from dawn to dusk, you may consider weekends or nights to get started with some deep cleaning.

Checklist – Before starting, create a checklist for all the small tasks that you want to complete along with a deadline to keep you focused. Also it’s a good time to consider scheduling equipment checkups with professionals in order to protect your investment.

Reorganize – Take your current warehouse storage design into consideration.  Could it use an update? How could you increase work productivity? Increase storage capacity? You may be able to rearrange a few shelving or pallet rack units to increase your space and storage capacity. Need some assistance with moving equipment and design planning?

Maintain – Clean as you go. Assign cleaning zones to your employees. Get them involved with daily work space tidiness in their respective work areas. This will ensure simple cleaning on a daily basis. Well positioned garbage receptacles and available cleaners will provide the support needed to maintain their area.

Safety Inspections & Preventative Maintenance Plans (PMP)

Before you get audited by OHSA, have a professional technician inspect your equipment to ensure the safety of your employees. A professional technician will conduct routine safety inspections then customize a maintenance plan to increase safety, reduce downtime, and sustain maximum operational flow of your industrial equipment – conveyor systems, industrial rack systems, dock doors, dock levelers, etc.Before and after pics of a cleaned out dock leveler pit - Preventative Maintenance Plans in Dallas TX

Safety Inspection – Conveyor systems, pallet rack, dock doors, and dock levelers take a beating. Our professional techs thoroughly inspect your dock equipment and industrial doors to bring small issues to your attention before they become big problems.

Cleaning – Deep cleaning of equipment and components are provided to prevent dirt and debris from clogging working/moving parts and causing wear.

Lubrication – Correct lubricants are applied to ensure smooth operation of equipment.  Downtime is reduced due to wear and corrosion.

Documentation – All service work and issues are documented to ensure a proper history of equipment needs.

Learn more about what our Dock & Door Preventative Maintenance Plans have to offer you.

A Preventative Maintenance Plan for your equipment is a crucial investment.  Early detection of operational malfunctions increases efficiency, safety and reliability of your operations.

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with a PMP for your industrial equipment.

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How Do You Add Space – Without Adding Space? Texas Door Manufacturer Case Study

Pushback Rack - Space Saving Solution for Garage Door Manufacturer in Fort Worth TXOur Client
Texas Door Manufacturer

Success often brings its own challenges. W.W. Cannon’s client, an industrial door manufacturer out of Fort Worth Texas serving thousands of dealers nationwide, had grown from their original 6,000 square foot warehouse to the present 100,000 square foot facility. This growth was driven by strong discipline, hard work, integrity, great products, and the tireless efforts of employees and management.

The Challenge
Add Space – without Adding Space!

This exponential growth prioritized the need to increase product storage space without permanent expansion. Their first call? W.W. Cannon –

“They’re a long-time customer of W.W. Cannon, so they were familiar with the high-level quality of solutions and service we provide. They knew exactly who to go to for exploring solutions to their space problems,” said Greg Brown, Owner/President of W.W. Cannon LLC.

Recent growth drove an increase in parts necessary to supply the company’s production process.  They were running out of storage space and needed a custom solution which would increase their storage capacity without taking up valuable space.  Another challenge? At 88 inches high, they had a unique storage requirement for their palletized equipment. In order to store efficiently, they not only needed the height requirement satisfied but needed space accommodation for a five-deep pallet system – in an industry where three deep is more common.

“We were asked to provide a dense storage module system that would provide a lot more product storage capacity – without our client having to invest in more real estate,“ Brown said.

The Solution
Adding Storage Density & Efficiency in the Same Amount of Space

5-Deep Custom Pushback Rack Solution for Garage Door Manufacturer in Fort Worth TXWhen choosing a high-density storage system, the discussion usually starts out on the lower end of the price range with drive-in rack.

Brown continued, “But with drive-in racks the product has to be the same – floor to ceiling, front to back. That wouldn’t work for this client.”

W.W. Cannon’s recommended solution? Design and install a custom pushback rack system. A pushback rack system contains a pair of inclined rails and a series of nesting carts which ride on these rails. This allows palletized goods and stored materials to be gently pushed back further into the bay providing deep storage at each rack level. Upon retrieval, stored materials are allowed to flow back down the rails to the front of the row.

Standard forklifts only have to load/unload from the front of the rack, not into the rack itself such as a drive-in/through system requires. With a pushback rack the product flows to the forklift, providing more density and flexibility.

“You can have five products deep in the same lane, so you don’t have to have as many SKUs stored per bay compared to a drive-in rack system,” Brown said.

5-Deep Custom Pushback Rack Solution for Garage Door Manufacturer in Fort Worth TX

W.W. Cannon’s proven problem-solving process:

  • Worksite consultation – to discover needs and identify product specifications
  • Propose a best-practice solution – in this case, pushback rack system
  • Solution is engineered and quoted, including a conceptual drawing
  • Client review and approval, then on to full engineered drawings
  • Manufacture the system customized to unique requirements
  • On-time delivery to the worksite
  • Setup by W.W. Cannon professional, experienced installation team

“Then hand them the keys and show them how to use it!” Greg said.

The Result
More Density and Efficiency – and the Price was Right!

The client started using this system immediately after installation, with vastly improved efficiency, more space, and safe handling of tall pallets. A very cost-effective way to gain square footage in an existing facility.

Brown concludes: “I think there are a lot of people who aren’t just looking for just a system – they want someone who can implement a solution for them. That’s what we do. We develop the solution, set it up, and guarantee it will work.”

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with the best-practice solution for your needs.

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2018 Tax Law Allows 100% Equipment Deduction Within Same Year

Section 179 Deduction tax laws allow businesses to write off 100% of equipment expenses within 2018

New tax reform package, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, offers businesses to write off 100% of the cost of modular buildings being installed in 2018.

Most of us enjoy receiving gifts, so be sure to take advantage of the tax deduction gift provided through Section 179.

Example of Section 179 at work during the 2018 tax year.Congress passed legislation for 2018 that allows you to deduct 100% of the full cost of any Starrco modular building installed within the FIRST YEAR.  If you were to spend $20,000 on a Starrco modular office system, you’d be able to write off the entire cost this year.

Conventional Construction vs Tangible Property

Conventional construction is depreciated over a 39 1/2 year period.  But this rule doesn’t apply to Starrco modular buildings and offices.

Under the tax law, Starrco modular systems qualify as tangible personal property because, unlike permanent structures (designated as real property), modular buildings and offices can be fully dismantled, relocated and reassembled.  This means you can depreciate a Starrco modular building in the same way as other capital equipment such as forklifts, rack and machinery.Two Story Modular Inplant Building. Stairs lead to production office on top floor in Dallas TX.

Bonus Depreciation 100% in 2018

Tangible property is generally depreciated over 7 years. That is a great deal considering conventional construction is depreciated over 39 years. But, it gets even better:

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently signed into law, Congress has extended the bonus depreciation and increased it to 100% for 2018.

The program is designed to stimulate the economy and encourage investment in capital goods. When you reduce the amount of time it takes to claim tax depreciation on equipment expenditures, you end up having more money to invest into your business’ future success.

Fast Installation Video
Watch how fast and efficient the entire modular office installation process really is.

In addition to pre-engineered modular offices, we offer cleanroom wall systems, floor-to-ceiling interior wall partitions, and safety guard rail systems for collision protection.

Contact us today!Give us a call at 800-442-3061 to speak to one of our specialists now.  We’d be happy to show you how the Section 179 Deduction can apply to your modular building project.

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Put your net out for the catch! Warehouse Safety Netting

Safety Netting for Warehouse Rack & Dock Doors by W.W. Cannon in Dallas TXPut your net out for the catch!  Simple concept.  You do it while fishing to prevent the escape of your prized catch; ensuring it doesn’t fall off the hook.  Similar concept with high density product storage.  Products stored 20+ feet high are prone to shifting, falling, and potential push-through off the back.  This can lead to fire code citations, costly product damage, or even worse – critical injury or death to one of your employees.

There’s not an ounce of prevention you would spare to keep your employees safe from falling products and equipment. And warehouse safety netting is a safe and cost-effective way to provide that catch!

Free Samples

This Rack Safety System is safe, trusted, and approved by W.W. Cannon. Contact us for a FREE rack safety net sample.  It’s so easy to install – but if you need assistance, we’d be happy to come out and provide professional installation and consultation on safe and efficient use.  * Ask us if you’re located within our service area.

Storage Rack Solutions

This safety netting and strapping is one of the toughest and most cost-effective safety solutions available. In fact you’ll save yourself at least 50% or more over solutions such as wire mesh paneling.Fixed Safety Netting for Pallet Rack in Dallas TX

1. Fixed Safety Netting – Restrains loose, palletized, or shrink wrapped items. Specifically designed to mount to rack back to prevent push through and keep your flue space clear to comply with fire code standards. Mounts and removes quickly to existing rack – no retrofit needed.  High visibility yellow for easy safety checks.

Sliding Safety Netting for Pallet Rack in Dallas TX2. Sliding Safety Netting – Designed for pick-and-pack operations.  Offers flexibility to front of picking bays. Keeps goods secure and slides to the side for easy access. Installs into existing racking in seconds – no retrofit needed.  High visibility yellow for easy safety checks.

3. Rack Safety Strapping – Keeps large, palletized, or shrink wrapped items from pushing through into the flue space or falling into a work area. Mounts quickly to existing back of rack – no retrofit needed. Removes for access in seconds. Safety yellow.

4. Rack Back & End Catch Net – Designed for walkway and work area protection. Installs in minutes with a unique, no tools needed hardware.

Dock Door Solutions

Removable Safety Netting for Bollards in Dallas TXUnguarded dock doors are a common area for employee injuries and equipment damage.

5. Safety Net for Bollards –   Safety net secured to bollards provide a secure barrier at dock doors. Designed with a 9 ft. opening – custom sizes are available. Anchors to existing bollards in minutes – no retrofit required.  Safety yellow to ensure high visiblity.

Efficient, Cost-Effective & Tough Specs You Can Trust

  • Effective pallet push-through prevention
  • Affordable flue space compliance
  • Easy set up, tear down, relocation of netting
  • No retrofitting
  • No tools needed
  • Save 50% or more over other solutions
  • (Rack Safety Strap) Assembly: 2,400 lb burst strength.
  • (Safety Netting) Cargo Webbing: 2” polyester 10,000 lb break strength
  • (Safety Netting) Seatbelt Webbing: 2″ polyester 6,000 lb break strength
  • (Catch Net) Steel carabiner: 2,000 lb. tensile per
  • (Catch Net) Hardware connector: 1,600 lb. tensile per

Contact us today!

Give us a call at 800-442-3061 to speak to a safety expert now. We’ll assist you with any safety concerns and find the right solution you need.  Safety is what we do – each and every day.

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