An Inside Look at a Custom Built Modular Lab

Posted on Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 13:09 PM

 

DropBox Inc. recently completed a custom project that will be shipping to Halliburton in Pasadena, Texas in the upcoming days. Halliburton was founded over a century ago, in 1919, and is a leading provider of products and services for the energy industry. They serve major, national, and independent oil and natural gas companies globally. Operations derived from this company span over 70 countries.

            The custom unit that our team created for Halliburton is a 40’ Modular Dry Lab. This type of lab is typically used for analytical and research purposes, and is usually equipped with electronics, dry materials that are required to be stored, and large instruments. Computational or applied mathematics can also be performed in dry labs, while this is not typically possible in a wet lab environment. In most cases, an initial analysis takes place in a dry lab – prior to a wet lab being necessary. This saves time, resources, and money for the company.

            As with both standard and customizable models of DropBox Inc.’s modular labs, this custom unit includes large, durable counter tops, cabinetry for storage, a sanitary station, and a laboratory fume hood used to remove chemical gasses. This unit also comes equipped with a HVAC system to provide a climate-controlled area, which is essential in various laboratory settings.  

            This customer modified the unit by selecting an acid storage cabinet that was placed beneath the fume hood. They also selected the eyewash option to go with the sanitary station. Each 4’ module is customizable, which allows the customer to choose which cabinets, sink options, fume hood, and base cabinet they’d like in each location.

            We are excited to see how this addition will improve productivity at Halliburton!

 

For more information about DropBox Inc. and the modular labs, please contact us at 740.532.7822.

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PSG Welcomes New Executive Assistant to CEO, Mackenzie Hinman

Posted on Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 15:08 PM

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PSG Welcomes New Executive Assistant to CEO, Mackenzie Hinman

Portable Solutions Group and its family of companies (DropBox Inc., Modular Security Systems, and Portable Solutions Manufacturing) would like to introduce Mackenzie Hinman as the new Executive Assistant to the CEO. Mackenzie will be the smiling face people see as they come through the door of our front office.

Mackenzie is local girl who has lived in Ironton, Ohio her entire life. She’s been married to Dillon, her husband for three years. They have two precious little girls, Avery (2 years old) and Ellie (1 year old), who keep them busy. When she's not working, Mackenzie enjoys cooking. Previously, she worked at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky and most recently was a Patient Office Coordinator in their Cardiology Department.

We are excited for the experience she will bring to PSG that came with that role! Mackenzie is very excited to start this coming Monday, August 23rd. Welcome Mackenzie!

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Decontamination Stations Increase Health and Safety on Jobsites

Posted on Wed, Aug 04, 2021 @ 16:08 PM

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DropBox Inc.'s Decontamination Stations are designed to allow employees to rid themselves of contaminates before leaving the worksite. Built to tackle the toughest of environments and turnkey to allow for quick connection to fresh water, waste water, and electric, the Decontamination Station is the most dependable, portable decon shower on the market.Available in 40' and 20' sizes with customization options available, DropBox Inc. has created the total solution for abatement professionals to stay safe and follow the necessary health protocols. Designed to provide employees with a dirty room, shower room, and clean room, our decontamination stations come fully insulated with finished walls, flooring, overhead lighting, and is climate controlled to provide employees the optimal environment to remove contaminates.

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With over two decades of experience, DropBox Inc. has developed a number of different designs for these portable decontamination showers. To learn more about our customization capabilities, view our custom solutions case studies here. With the help of our in-house design/engineering team, we can create the perfect solution for you and your jobsite. 

For more information on DropBox Inc., the Decontamination Station, and all of the other ISO shipping container modifications that we offer, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822 for more information.

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Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Four

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Four

Are you ready for another episode of our Employee Spotlight Series? On episode four, we want to introduce you to Jessie Kindermann. Jessie works on our manufacturing team, Portable Solutions Manufacturing. To learn more about Jessie, see her answers to our questionnaire below. Want to know who will be featured in episode five of our Employee Spotlight Series? Come back next month to find out!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and its products/services, fill out a form, call 740.532.7822, or email us at sales@dropboxinc.com to speak to a member of our sales team.

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PSG Announces Permanent Appointment of COO/CFO

Posted on Wed, Jul 07, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

 

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PSG Announces Permanent Appointment of COO/CFO

Portable Solutions Group (PSG) is excited to announce the permanent appointment of Joe Dougherty as COO/CFO, effective immediately. Joe joined the PSG team as a part-time consultant and acting CFO in January 2018, and in October of 2020 added acting Chief Operations Officer to his responsibilities. Joe has worked alongside Robert Slagel, President & CEO, to guide PSG and its family of companies through the challenge and success of consolidation of two facilities into one permanent PSG-owned facility in Wurtland, Kentucky.

“It is extremely flattering to PSG that Joe, having been a contract CFO/COO with PSG for the past three and a half years, now wants to join the company in a full-time, permanent position. No one in our organization knows the PSG operations and finance models as well as Joe, so his desire to join our team full-time speaks volumes about our company’s current strength and future growth potential.” – Rob Slagel, CEO of Portable Solutions Group.

Joe comes to PSG from FocusCFO and has over 25 years of experience in sales, finance, and operations. Prior to FocusCFO, Joe’s roles included: Cost Accounting Manager and Cash Manager at Bridon America Corporation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; CFO, Corporate Vice President and Plant Manager, Treasurer and Corporate Controller at The JPM company in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Executive Vice President and COO at ICCNexergy, Inc. / Nexergy, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’m excited and honored to join PSG full time. We are putting together a great team and culture to meet the many opportunities ahead.” – Joe Dougherty

For more information on Dropbox Inc. and the products/services we offer, fill out a form, call us at 740.532.7822, or email us at sales@dropboxinc.com

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How to Stack Shipping Containers Safely

Posted on Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

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How to stack shipping containers safely

With a limited amount of space, it's important for companies to take advantage of the space that they have. One of the many benefits of using shipping containers on your site is their flexibility. By being transportable and stackable, companies can reduce the amount of floor space and allow it be used for more important needs. However, it's important that all companies follow the proper safety guidelines and instructions when stacking shipping containers. If you're not sure where to begin, here are some helpful tips that will make stacking your containers an easy process. 

1. Confirm Weight & Number of Containers

When stacking shipping containers, it's important to know how much weight they can withstand and how many containers can be stacked on top of each other. In general, a 20' container may weigh up to 5000 pounds and hold up to 60,000 pounds. A 40' container may weigh up to 10,000 pounds and hold up to 120,000 pounds. However, it's important to know how much weight is held within the container and how many containers will be stacked. Typically, shipping containers can be stacked up to nine containers high, but it's also important to know what the maximum stack load is for the bottom container. This information can be found on the CSC (Convention for Safe Containers) plate or in the container's documentation. 

2. Lift and Stack Containers Properly

When stacking your shipping containers, your crew can use either a crane or straddle carrier to easily lift them. The benefits of this method are that it's faster, safer, and more accurate than using a forklift. In order to stack using a crane or straddle carrier, the crew must attach them to the corner castings. The corner castings are the four corners on the top and bottom of the container.

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3. Secure Containers to Each Other

So, you have your containers stacked on top of each other, but your job isn't done yet. To ensure that the containers stay safely in place, twist locks (pictured below) must be used to secure the four corners of the containers to one another. To use these locks, the twist locks are inserted into the elongated holes of the corner castings. To secure the containers, the handle must be turned 90 degrees. This process is repeated for each container that you wish to stack.

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By following these instructions, your company will ensure that your stacked containers are safely secured and ready to be used. If you have any additional questions or concerns about multi-container structures, call us at 740.532.7822, email us at sales@dropboxinc.com, or fill out a form

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PSG Hosts Annual PSM Worker Appreciation Meal

Posted on Wed, Jun 09, 2021 @ 16:06 PM

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PSG Hosts Annual PSM Worker Appreciation Meal

Every year, Portable Solutions Group and its family of companies (DropBox Inc., Modular Security Systems Inc., and Portable Solutions Manufacturing) hosts a worker appreciation lunch for our manufacturing team. For this year, we had Hillbilly Hibachi, a Japanese inspired food truck, come and serve them right in the parking lot! 

Licensed and certified in their respective crafts/trades, our in-house craftsmen work very hard to ensure that each product is built with the utmost attention to detail. Because of this, their dedication to meeting and exceeding all requirements, and continuous improvement of our processes, we want to thank our manufacturing team for everything that they do for our family of companies each and every day. 

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For more information on our manufacturing process and the products that we offer, fill out a form, call 740.532.7822, or email sales@dropboxinc.com to speak to a sales representative today.

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Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Three

Posted on Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Three

Guess what time it is? It's time for another episode of our Employee Spotlight Series! This month, we want to introduce you to Kevin Harrison. Kevin is a member of our sales team and has worked for Portable Solutions Group and its family of companies since they were first founded. To learn more about Kevin, check out the questionnaire below. Who will be featured in the next episode of our Employee Spotlight Series? Make sure to come back next month to find out!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and its products/services, fill out a form, call 740.532.7822, or email us at sales@dropboxinc.com to speak to a member of our sales team.

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Why Choose Modular Construction?

Posted on Wed, May 26, 2021 @ 12:05 PM

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Why choose modular construction?

During any construction project, business leaders must ensure that they don't experience things such as late project times or an exceeded budget. To help combat these issues, modular construction has become a viable building option. But why should companies choose modular construction over traditional construction? Continue reading to learn more about the pros of modular construction and how it can help your jobsite.

What is Modular Construction?

The Modular Building Institute defines modular construction as "a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time."

Why Modular Construction?

Modular construction offers many different benefits to companies. The main benefits are that it's sustainable, fast, and smart. 

Sustainable

By choosing modular construction, companies are able to reduce their use of natural resources and the affects that they have on the ecosystem. Because this type of construction is built within a factory, less material waste is used by being able to control/protect materials and air quality is improved by using dry materials that won't trap moisture within the new construction. Modular construction can also be reused for other projects by relocating them or modifying them for a different use. 

Fast

Another benefit of modular construction is that it can be completed in half the time of traditional construction. Since the construction of modular buildings is not done onsite, the site and foundation work can be completed at the same time. This also eliminates the risk of weather delays because the majority of the offsite construction is done within a factory. 

Smart

Because the majority of modular construction is done indoors, the risk of accidents and other liabilities of workers is reduced. Modular construction also provides limitless design opportunities because it can fit in with existing building and modular units. Finally, modular buildings are built using the same building codes, standards, and materials as traditional construction. 

To learn more about modular construction and how DropBox Inc. can help improve your jobsite, CONTACT US HERE, call 740.532.7822, or email sales@dropboxinc.com.

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Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Two

Posted on Wed, May 12, 2021 @ 12:05 PM

Employee Spotlight Series: Episode Two

Welcome back to another episode of our Employee Spotlight Series! This month, we want to introduce you to one of the talented members of our manufacturing team, Jason Gray. Jason has been a member of Portable Solutions Manufacturing for over a year. Check out the questionnaire below to learn a little bit more about who Jason is, and remember to come back next month to see who will be our next Employee Spotlight. 

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