The Blend Tank project consisted of taking the existing Blend Tank Farm and expanding it by adding 10 new tanks and all the piping, valves, pumps, steam tracing, and insulation which would allow Safety Kleen to diversify their product and create numerous new blends. Manhattan Mechanical was fortunate to be awarded the mechanical scope of this work and to be the primary mechanical contractor. We would be the first Merit Shop to perform work inside of the Safety Kleen Facility. Manhattan Mechanical self-performed all equipment setting, structural steel, piping, mechanical welding, some insulation, and 10 successful critical lifts, while sub-contracting steam tracing work to MKD. The in-house union contractors provided most of the insulation, electrical, grouting, and scaffolding work.

 The Excellence in Construction Awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. Eagle awards were presented to the highest scoring projects in each category with pyramid awards presented to the next highest scoring projects.

 A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year's panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, Construction Users Roundtable, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others.


Manhattan Mechanical Services (MMS) is a unique organization that can provide support to our customers in multiple areas; including process piping, structural steel, equipment setting, scaffolding, and insulation for heavy industrial facilities. MMS specializes in providing Turnkey projects to our customers. We possess every asset to see our projects through to a successful completion; from the engineering/planning phase through start up activities. Visit us at

 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at

 “Manhattan Mechanical Services earned this Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award through their dedication to safety, quality craftsmanship and teamwork and Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor them,” said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb. “From start to finish, MMS demonstrated a commitment to innovation and high quality construction in their work on the Safety Kleen Blend Tank Project, a commitment that is clearly evident in the finished product.”

Manhattan Mechanical Services LLC Receives National Excellence in Construction®  Award From Associated Builders and Contractors

Manhattan, Illinois, March 30, 2016 –Manhattan Mechanical Services today announced that its work on the Safety Kleen Blend Tank Phase 1 & 2 in East Chicago, Indiana has earned the company a National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Specialty Contracting – Mechanical: Industrial Category. Representatives from the company received the award March 2 during ABC’s 26th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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