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physically manifested in production capabilities and product.
Today, Mason operates from a Decatur-situated manufacturing
facility that measures nearly 50,000 square feet. The company’s
broad fabrication capabilities – extending up to 15 feet in diam-
eter, 120 feet in length and up to 350,000 pounds – are gener-
ally limited only by over dimensional shipping restrictions. “The
plant includes a 41-foot high bay, a 750-ton press brake boasts
about 120 tons of total overhead crane capacity, and advanced
technology such as a CNC plasma burn table,” describes Ty
Mason. “It is on six acres and a train runs right up on the site.”
Further, the company’s employee roster includes nearly 50
people savvy to the company’s proffered technology and
on board with the stated mission. “Beyond technology, our
biggest advantage is our people,” says Mason. “We’ve been in
business for a long time, and so have they. Thus, they are a sub-
stantial asset.”
Within this site, Mason Manufacturing designs and fabricates
heat exchangers, ASME vessels/reactors, columns/towers, rotary
dryers and tanks/bins. It also performs custom fabrication.
When it comes to heat exchangers, Mason is capable of
designing and fabricating a broad range of shell and heat
exchangers to ASME and TEMA specif ication standards.
Exchangers range from the ultra small to the super large (weigh-
ing up to 300,000 pounds), and in all phases of heat exchanger
and vessel design – from thermal analysis and mechanical engi-
neering to detailed CAD drawings – the company closely col-
laborates with customers. This assures that completed equip-
ment effectively addresses service requirements.
In the vessel/reactor area, Mason’s certified welders and its
accepted procedures meet all the requirements of the ASME and
the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
Applications may call for half-pipe coils, dimple jackets, con-
ventional jackets or internal coils, and Mason can cover it all.
Meanwhile, its Quality Control Managers work closely with
staff and an authorized inspector to assure complete compliance
with standards established by both the industry and by Mason,
which has established its own high standards
Mason also fabricates a variety of trayed and packed columns
and towers, and it can take a rotary dryer unit from engineering
through fabrication while ensuring customers that they need
only deal with one source.
As far as tanks and bins, the strategically located Mason enter-
prise (positioned in the American Midwestern heartland) can ship
competitively anywhere throughout the United States and North
America. But Mason doesn’t want to limit itself to confining ter-
ritorial imperative. That’s where the investment comes in.
“While our customers are multinational companies, the bulk
of our work has resided in North America,” says Ty Mason.
“Now, we’re looking to not only realize growth in our existing
markets but also to identify and then gain entrance into new mar-
kets. That’s one of the things that Advantage Capital was excited
about. They saw that we’re in it for the long haul. And that helped
form their investment decision.”
Pictured right (from top): Stainless steel vaporizer;
(one of three) 11,000 square foot reboilers;
biotech fermentation vessels;
120’-lg. distillation column;
steam tube dryer en route to Canada.