Best Practice Storage for New Electrical Supply Warehouse in Tyler TX

Custom Material Handling Storage Plannning in Tyler TX by W.W. CannonWhen moving into a new facility, there are many things to consider regarding storage needs.  What is the most efficient way to store our products?  How do we maximize storage to save space?  How do we optimize retrieval in order to speed up delivery?  What equipment do we need to meet our storage capacities?  Which is the safest way to store our products?  Getting the right answers to all the necessary questions saves a bundle of time and money by eliminating guesswork.Pallet rack with shelving for optimum space use in Dallas TX

Best Practice Storage Planning

Our friends at The Reynolds Company in Tyler TX opened a new storage facility to accommodate their growth.  They needed consultation on best-practice storage planning and they came to us for help.   It was determined that the equipment from their previous facility would not provide the safety or storage efficiency to meet their growth needs so we designed a new system for them – from the ground up.

The new facility needed a new, complete storage system customized to their specific operation.  We knew that Reynolds needed to maximize space and efficiency.  We also understood that they have a very specific labeling system for picking that we needed to take into consideration for layout planning and equipment selection.  The entire system was chosen based upon their requirements.

Shelving supported mezzanine systems in Dallas TXOptimal Storage Equipment & Configuration

  • Shelving was installed for small parts storage with pallet rack mounted above the shelving systems.  This configuration took advantage of the vertical space above the shelving.
  • Safety rack guards were added at the end of the pallet rack rows to protect their equipment and products from accidental forklift collision.
  • A Rousseau shelving supported mezzanine system was installed to provide extra parts storage space above the main floor.  Safety handrail, stairs with rough tred, and easy access gate provide necessary operational protection.Wheel rack and cantilever rack for cable and conduit storage in Dallas TX
  • Cantilever rack for pipe and conduit storage keeps products off the ground.  This provided for extra floor space and protection for the equipment.
  • Reel rack was installed to accommodate the many reels of cords, cables, and wires.  This allowed for easy storage and dispensing of the product.
  • Showcase quality gondola shelving was also installed for the store front display products.

Best Practice Solution

We were happy to assist our friends in providing them with a best-practice solution – the most cost-effective and efficient storage system customized to their needs.  Furnished and installed from the ground up, the new storage system will provide for their current growth and adapt to future needs.

Our friends at Reynolds Company were very pleased with their new customized storage system.  They were even more pleased with our installation crew who finished the entire system before the move-in deadline.

Contact us today!or call us at 800.442.3061 for best-practice consultation on your next project.  We look forward to assisting you.

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It’s Not Too Late – Claim Your 2016 Tax Break on Modular Buildings!


Maybe you’ve been holding on to the budget, or perhaps you’ve had too much on your plate, but if more space is on your to-do list – don’t delay. Starrco enclosures in place by the end of the year qualify for 100% tax depreciation.

2016 is a bonus tax relief year

This year, Congress is allowing businesses to depreciate up to $500,000 of tangible personal property before December 31st.  For example, if you buy a Starrco enclosure for $20,000, you could write off the full amount and save up to $6,800 on your 2016 tax bill.

This bonus depreciation program is part of the government’s efforts to encourage capital expenditure and stimulate the economy. It comes under Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Will 2017 be a bonus tax relief year?

Yes. But, you’d have to wait until the end of 2017 to claim your tax relief.  We don’t yet know how much Congress will allow you to depreciate in 2017. It may stay at $500,000, but then again, it may change.

Can this apply to any building project?

No. It cannot be applied to conventional construction projects. They are classified as real property and have a 39-year depreciable life. Starrco modular construction, which can be dismantled and put back together in a new location, qualifies as tangible personal property – that is property that can be moved.

Two-Story-Modular-Office-Completion-3Also, Starrco buildings are manufactured and get installed 75 percent faster than conventional construction, so even a tight December delivery deadline is doable but we will check and confirm for you!

Download Printable Starrco Modular Buildings PDF

Contact us today!or call us at 800.442.3061 for more information on Starrco Modular Buildings.  We look forward to assisting you.

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Welding Strip Curtains Provide Safety From Welding Hazards

Welding Safety Solutions in Dallas TX

Sparks are going to fly!  So, why not protect your valuable assets, employees, and equipment.

We know that welding stations come with safety hazards for the welders.  However, within a large production facility, workers outside of the welding stations also need to be properly protected.  Welding can expose people to heat, metal fumes, and UV Rays.  Safety hazards from these operations can include burns, eye damage, electrical shock, and cuts.  Many of these can be controlled with proper safety practices and personal protective equipment

Polaris Puts Welding Safety Practices Into Effect

Welding Stations with Welding Safety Curtains in Dallas TXOur friends at Polaris, Huntsville AL, manufacture off-road vehicles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles.  In their large manufacturing facility, there’s welding going on all day long.  The welding workstations were in a separate area of the facility with their own safety barriers – but there was no protective divider to separate the areas.  They were concerned about metal fumes and UV Rays affecting the personnel outside of welding.

Industrial Welding Strip Curtains

We heard their concerns and knew of the right product solution that would offer a physical divider with the proper safety requirements.  Industrial Welding Strip Curtains.  The strip curtains divided the facility into two working areas.

Welding strip curtains, like other welding screens, are tinted red, orange, green, black and blue. They block the harmful UV rays from welding. The strips can be mounted to a free-standing frame, a door opening, or strip curtain track which is supported from above. You can also just purchase the strips with no hardware at all.

Protection From UV Rays & Fumes

The red, see-through PVC strips that were installed by our team for Polaris, are specially designed to block harmful UV Rays in order to protect the eyesight of nearby workers.  The strips are slightly overlapped to create a good seal from one side to the other – providing protection against harmful metal fumes and heat.

Polaris’ employees were very pleased with the upgraded safety conditions to their work environment.  We’re happy to have played a part in Polaris’ safety program.

Contact us today!or call us at 800.442.3061 for consultation on your next project.  We look forward to assisting you.



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W.W. Cannon Helps Put Volkswagen’s Distribution Center into Drive

Mezzanine Storage System for Volkswagen Auto Parts - W.W. Cannon Dallas TXVolkswagen Group of America was looking to repurpose an existing storage warehouse into a large automotive parts distribution center at its Sacramento, California location. The repurposed building required an array of materials including a 20,000 square foot three-level pick module mezzanine, metal shelving and drawers, a material lift to move items for shipping and restocking, with additional lighting and sprinklers.

Material lift for product transportation“They wanted a turnkey project,” says Dave Johnson, material handling specialist. “Everything that was involved from the mezzanine, the shelving, the material lift, along with sprinklers and lighting was integrated into one system, through one company – W.W. Cannon.”

Project Planning, Engineering & Permits

Volkswagen had a layout in mind that showed the dimensions of the pick module mezzanine and where the lift and shelving should go when they contacted us for the project. The end goal was an efficient, integrated system to move inventory up and down from the ground level to the other two levels, with quick and easy picking from the organized shelving and storage system.

But to make this turnkey request a reality, Johnson had some hurdles to overcome.

Swinging mezzanine access safety gates

“With California being a high seismic zone, there was a lot of engineering that went into the project and permitting with the city,” Johnson says. “Much of that had to do with the building itself. What type of slab? We had to pour footings for each of the mezzanine columns and get that inspected. The position of the lift moved from the initial drawings. All told we went through four drawing approvals.”

Once the purchase order was made, the planning process began in earnest.  Planning, drawing and permitting took until just after Christmas, which required W.W. Cannon to accelerate the timetable to complete the installation before Volkswagen moved into the building.

Completed Ahead Of Schedule

“We finished around the end of April and were able to meet their timeline,” Johnson says. We were able to get the project complete ahead of schedule before they needed to go live.”

Pallet Rack Systems integrated with Mezzanine Systems installed by W.W. Cannon in Dallas TX

Johnson attributes much of the success of the project to the stellar W.W. Cannon installation crew. “Communication between us, Volkswagen and our own installation crew made it run smoothly.”  This was a true team effort, not only between W.W. Cannon and Volkswagen,  but also with the manufacturers for the project: Cogan, Rousseau and PFlow.

A Success Story In Every Way

Once installation was complete, a manager for Volkswagen told Dave Johnson, “I had the opportunity to see the finished mezzanine during the grand opening event a couple of weeks ago. The structure looks fantastic! I’m very appreciative of you for coordinating all your teams to have the structure in place prior to our go-live date. We’re very fortunate to be able to work with a great company and great people like you on the project.”

View our case study in the 2016 4th Quarter MHEDA Journal on pages 42 and 44.  2016 MHEDA Journal – W.W. Cannon Helps Put Volkswagen’s Distribution Center into Drive

Contact us today!or call us at 800.442.3061 for consultation on your next project.  We look forward to assisting you.

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W.W. Cannon and Texas A&M – A Winning Combination!

texas-a-m-and-wwcW.W. Cannon and Texas A&M – A Winning Combination!

We take material handling and storage planning seriously, like our favorite college football: Texas A&M!

Gig ’em Aggies!

Contact us today!Contact us at 800-442-3061 for your next material handling project at your automotive parts department, warehouse, manufacturing plant or distribution facility.

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Dock Door Bug Screen for Insect Protection & Ventilation

Dock door solutions for Dallas TX

“Let the fresh air in and keep the pests out!”

Open dock doors invite in every bug, bird, rodent and passing stranger walking by. Unsecured doors can also lead to the loss of your valuable inventory and goods.

Ventilation or Unwanted Pests?

Dock door bug screens down - dock door protection in Dallas TXFolks at one of the oldest and most experienced importer, wholesaler and distributor of Asian food products in North America contacted us due to ventilation and insect issues within their dock areas.  They wanted a way to keep air flow throughout their facility.  Closing their dock doors in the heat of summer caused difficult working conditions but keeping the doors open invited in all kinds of unwanted critters.

Bug Blocker Overhead Screen Door

Dock door bug screens up - dock door protection in Dallas TXSales specialist, Morgan Kirby, offered a smart solution that satisfied our client’s needs – The Bug Blocker Overhead Screen Door.  It alows fresh air in while keeping bugs and unwanted visitors out.  The #12 inch strong stainless steel wire mesh provides a physical, close fitting barrier.  Ventilation is improved by free access of air for cooling, minimizing odors, fumes, and vapors within the dock area.

The screen door works in conjunction with your existing dock doors.  We add a switch mechanism and a second set of horizontal tracks to your present door’s vertical tracks. Bug Blocker Overhead Screen Door is lockable and can be motorized for efficiency.

Federal Specification Compliance

Outside view of dock door bug screenThe stainless steel screen mesh complies with or exceeds all food safety & food defense regulations for food plant, operations or facility applications.


  • Keeps out humans, pests, birds, wildlife, and insects
  • Standard commercial grade hardware
  • Stainless steel wire mesh that meets Federal Specifications STD A-A_1037B .023″ 12×12 mesh for security doors .011” 30×30 mesh for food applications
  • Innovative switch design allows The Bug Blocker to be used in conjunction with the existing overhead door system.
  • Torsion spring kit included
  • Aluminum frame construction
  • Widths up to 24 feet

Contact us today!or call us at 800.442.3061 for consultation on protecting your dock area.  We’re looking forward to assisting you.


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W.W. Cannon receives Premium Dealer Award from Nashville Wire

2015 Nashville Wire AwardWe are pleased to announce our continued partnership with Nashville Wire Products. The manufacturer and dealer relationship is one of value and trust. Our partnership over the years continues to grow in strength – a win-win for everyone!

You may ask, “How did you qualify for this award?”

  1. Sales volume
  2. Fiscal responsibility
  3. Partnership level relationship

“We feel W.W. Cannon meets all the above and we are pleased to continue to be your partner for your wire product needs,” says Gunner Pendleberry, Regional Sales Manager, Nashville Wire Products.

Since 1934, Nashville Wire Products has been manufacturing cutting edge, quality wire products.  We continue to partner with them to provide storage solutions with quality pallet rack decking, bulk wire containers, and steel wire carts.2015 Nashville Wire Premium Dealer Award Letter

View Nashville Wire Product Brochure – PDF

  • Pallet Rack Wire Deck
  • Bulk Wire Containers
  • Steel Wire Rolling Carts
  • Appliance Shelving
  • OEM Components
  • Retail Fixtures and Displays

Contact us today!

nashville-wire-products-brochureContact us at 800-442-3061 for for additional information on your wire decking needs, storage systems and material handling projects.


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Free Shipping Deal on Wire Shelving & Carts!

storage-bins-wire-shelving-dallas-txWe are pleased to announce our partnership with Quantum Storage!  Quantum Storage Systems has one of the largest selections of industrial plastic bins and wire shelving units for pick systems, parts inventory, and all shipping and storage solutions.  We currently have a deal on free shipping for selected wire shelving and carts.

Quantum Storage SystemsStorage Bins and Wire Shelving - Download PDF

  • Industrial Plastic Bins
  • Warehouse Bin storage systems
  • Stackable and hanging bins
  • Shelf bins and containers
  • Injection molded plastic bins
  • Heavy duty plastic: storage bins, storage containers, stackable storage bins, and plastic totes

Click here for the downloadable bin storage PDF

Contact us today!

or call us at 800.442.3061 with any questions, or to receive a catalog, or to get started on your order.
We’re here to help!

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Catwalk Solves Conveyance Hazard for Bottle Manufacturer

Hazard solutions for conveyor in Dallas TXConveyor operations need to flow smoothly in order to maintain efficiency.  Sometimes a product can jam the flow and cause major issues.  It’s great when a person can safely, manually remove the blockage – but what if the conveyor is over 7 ft. high?

Safety First & ProductivityConveyor unit - over 7 ft. high of stacked conveyors in Dallas TX

Our friends run a plastic bottle manufacturing facility in Fort Worth TX.  They’re manufacturing Gatorade bottles, OJ bottles, Coke bottles, etc.  Their problem was plastic bottles were occasionally getting stuck at the top of the conveyor system which was out of arms reach – at least 10 ft. off the ground.  At that height it was too dangerous for employees to climb up to manually remove the problem bottles.

They were looking to us for a solution that would improve safety and productivity.  Material handling specialist, Doug Hutchins, listened carefully to their needs.  It was well understood that the goal was to provide a way for employees to take out jammed bottles safely and quickly.

Custom Engineered Catwalk SystemCustom engineered catwalk system solved conveyor hazard in Dallas TX

There was no more than a 22 in. gap between two stacked conveyor units where they were having issues.  Doug’s custom solution involved a narrow catwalk system with a safety yellow ship’s ladder for safe climbing.  He brought the concept to the engineering team who quickly drew up the plans.  Safety details were not overlooked such as non-slip diamond tread and a kick-plate lining the entire catwalk to block tools from falling off and hitting people or damaging equipment.

The catwalk was 16 ft. long, over 7 ft. tall, and 22 in. wide.  The install was handled by W.W. Cannon installation technician, Jody Rodgers.  It was definitely a challenge to install the catwalk unit within such a narrow aisle.  Jody knew that a portion of the manufacturer’s production would be delayed so he and his team worked smart and fast.Safety diamond tread platform on catwalk system in Dallas TX

Conveyor Operations – Back On Track

The installation team got the job done in one day – getting operations back on its feet and in full production.  Now when the need arises to troubleshoot jammed bottles, the employees are in safe hands on their new catwalk system.  Kaleb, who oversaw the entire project, was thrilled with the custom engineered catwalk, the quality of the product, and the skill and speed of the installers.  We’re happy we could play a part in increasing the safety of their operations.

Contact us today!

or call us at 800.442.3061 for consultation regarding catwalks or work platforms.


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Vacuum Technology for Automating Lifting Processes

Ergonomic lifting solutions in Dallas TXFor high frequency or long duration lifting, moving heavy objects that have inadequate handholds or are not positioned in the ‘power zone’ increase the risk of contact stress, back injury, or dropping the load.

Ergonomic & Safe – Vacuum Tube Lifting Device

OSHA recommends using suction devices to lift materials with smooth flat surfaces to avoid potential injury to employees.

That’s why lifting aids are so important.  They keep employees safe and productivity up.  It automates the process of safely lifting and transporting products from pallet to storage and reverse.  With 100 lb. objects, it takes less than 10 seconds to transfer from a conveyor to pallet, eliminating the potential of droppage, crushed fingers, or back injuries.Ergonomic Vacuum Tube Lifter - Lifting solutions in Dallas TX

This specific ergonomic vacuum tube lifter is capable of lifting 145 lb. wooden crates and other objects with a flat, hard surface.  It has a ‘motorcycle twist-grip’ operator handle for variable speed control, 360-degree swivel for precise placement, and a safe auto-activated lock system.  The length of the operating handle can be varied to always ensure a safe distance from loads.

Easy to install and use, the vacuum lifting device is supported by a crane/hoist system.  The crane system can be ceiling supported, wall mounted, or a freestanding unit to integrate perfectly into your work environment.  The crane/hoist provides low-friction operation and enables high precision positioning.

Applications Benefiting from Ergonomic Lifting Aids

  • Order picking
  • Metal fabrication
  • Woodworking centers
  • Distribution center
  • Shipping
  • Baggage handling

On-Site Training Provided

To ensure the safety of your workers, W.W. Cannon provides on-site training within qualified areas.  This video shows material handling specialist, Doug Hutchins, demonstrating how to properly use the vacuum tube lifter as he conducts an on-site training session.

Contact us today!

Or call us at 800.442.3061 for tips, consultation, or any questions about vacuum lifting devices for your operations.

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