A Look Back: How 2020 Changed Us for the Better

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Are you familiar with the phrase: Hindsight is 2020? As we’re nearing the end of the year, this phrase has never been more relevant. It’s been a hard year for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. But instead of looking at what we’ve all had to overcome this year, ATMI Precast has decided to look at our triumphs.

We kicked off 2020 with a full industrial backlog and hit the ground running in January. Of course, by mid-March the spread of COVID-19 had impacted life as we know it. For ATMI Precast, that translated to an immediate loss of 25% of our backlog.

How ATMI Precast Handled COVID this Year

Right away we reduced our plant capacity with about 200 employees. Our management worked diligently with plant personnel to establish social distancing and minimize touchpoints. We are very proud that we have been able to provide a safe environment for all of our employees through these safety protocols.

Safety for our ATMI Precast team during this year has always been our first priority. A close second was a concerted and continuous sales effort to get us back to a full backlog by June 1. A large part of this push includes the design and construction of 6 precast concrete parking garages. Two of these parking structures will be delivered by the end of this year, and 4 more will be completed in 2021.

Despite the impact COVID-19 had on our business this year, ATMI Precast expects to sell revenue levels that match 2019. We couldn’t have accomplished this without our excellent employees and our loyal customers.

New Projects & Initiatives

As a result of our amazing ATMI Precast team’s efforts this year, we have been able to participate in a variety of new projects and initiatives. For instance, we’ve continued to follow our general contractor customer base as they construct multiple Amazon projects within Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Check out Project Tarpon and Project W to see what we’ve been up to!

Additionally, this year we implemented a new PCI Certification process for architectural precast. PCI’s plant certification serves as the industry’s benchmark in quality system standards worldwide. ATMI Precast is proud to be PCI-certified.

Our dedication to improvement doesn’t just center around our manufacturing plants. We continue to strive to improve efficiencies in technology across all departments, for example. This year we started ongoing implementation projects in CRM, Tekla and ROI. Of course, we are always looking to further strengthen our relationships with existing customers as well. To do this, we are constantly looking at how we can improve our quality, service and reliability.

Awards & Recognition

It’s always nice to be recognized for our work and fortunately, 2020 was no exception in this category. We are pleased to announce our award for the Facebook Data Center in DeKalb, Illinois. We look forward to working with Mortenson Construction on this exceptional project. ATMI Precast also applied for a PCI Design Award for our work on the Division & Clybourn project in Chicago. We are hoping to hear the results in 2021.

Last, but certainly not least, ATMI Precast is thrilled to have been honored with the MRMH Award. The Assurance Minimizing Risk Maximizing Health Award spotlights companies that have made a significant measurable impact on not only insurance costs, but also employees and their families.

Expansion & World Domination

Maybe not world domination – but certainly expansion! We are excited to have completed expansion of our ATMI Indy facility this year. This plant has nearly doubled capacity to serve the Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky markets and we are proud of their work. We also added 5 engineers to our team this year.

This year has taught us many lessons and one of them is that time is precious, our relationships with people are invaluable and we can overcome just about anything.