St. Louis (October 2009) - Hyundai North America was searching for a solution to an interesting dilemma. They needed to create an area in their plant where they could display important information to their workforce and visitors regarding safety, quality, performance, and other key measurable. The area in question was a high traffic location in a manufacturing environment so durability was going to be a key consideration to any potential solution.
After reviewing options that included standard office partitions and rolling bulletin boards from their commercial furniture suppliers, Hyundai selected a customized modular wall partition from PortaFab to satisfy their requirements.
Ultimately, the Hyundai team was not just looking for a bulletin board; they wanted a solution that would effectively separate this area from the rest of the plant and engage workers into the space. Because Hyundai had a previous relationship with PortaFab as their modular office system provider, they requested that PortaFab spec out a solution for the company.
The end product is an innovative bulletin board wall constructed with PortaFab's OmniFlex 300 modular wall system. OmniFlex's 3" thick steel studs had already proven to be a durable solution in other areas of the plant and the use of angled end panels created the space-within-a-space that Hyundai was trying to achieve. The wall was also designed to reflect the company's branding, featuring the signature colors of blue and gray.
"Hyundai made a smart move by getting us involved early in the process," said Wayne McGee, President of PortaFab. "Many pieces in a facility can serve dual purposes and with our experience in designing inplant space solutions, we were able to help Hyundai turn a simple bulletin board into so much more. One of the great things about working with modular materials is that they are extremely versatile and can be customized to meet a multitude of needs."
Hyundai executives are extremely pleased with the streamlined end result. There are future plans to convert many partition walls in their plants nationwide to this dual use bulletin board wall.
Located in Chesterfield, Missouri, PortaFab has been a leader in the manufacturing and design of pre-engineered modular building systems for over 25 years. PortaFab offers a full line of inplant space solutions and specialty construction products with unlimited flexibility and choices. Product categories include Modular In-Plant Offices, XTRA-TALL Walls, Cleanrooms, Booths and Shelters, Mezzanines, Wall Partitions, and Composite Panels. PortaFab's products are sold through a network of over 500 distributors. For more information, visit www.portafab.com or call 1-800-325-3781.