On December 31, 2018, Ramtech’s Accounting Manager, Harleene Hackler, retired after a dedicated 28+ year career. Harleene joined The Ramtech Group in August 1990 as Assistant Accounting Manager to Don Burkett, ultimately replacing him in 2002 when Mr. Burkett retired. Over the past three decades, Harleene has meaningfully contributed to our success, providing guidance and leadership to both our Accounting and Human Resource departments. This culminated in 2018 with a successful transfer of responsibilities to her successors, and while we will miss Harleene deeply, we are grateful for the training and experience she bestowed upon her peers that have allowed for such a smooth transition. Thank you, Harleene, for the many great years you gave to us; you will always be a part of the Ramtech family!
After a long and successful career in the commercial modular industry Gary White, Ramtech’s longtime VP of sales, has retired. A 30 year veteran of Ramtech, Gary was instrumental in helping to direct the efforts of both Ramtech’s sales and estimating departments for the last 19 years by possessing a rare combination of being a terrific one-on-one salesperson while also having keen instincts in his approach to pricing turnkey commercial modular building projects. After working in sales for multiple companies within the modular building industry for 10 years, Gary came to Ramtech in June of 1985 just three months after Ramtech opened its manufacturing plant in Mansfield. His first position was in the role of the company’s senior sales person then quickly rising to become its sales manager. As the Sales Manager and ultimately the VP of Sales, Gary supervised all sales and estimating activity while also serving as a key component of Ramtech’s marketing team. Gary’s team included five people in sales and estimating that now have a combined tenure within Ramtech of over 115 years. (more…)
As a modular manufacturing and construction company, Ramtech’s customers often refer to our buildings as being prefabricated. When a customer was referring to one of our permanent modular buildings, that made sense. However, when they were referring to relocatable modular buildings, that was surprising. As I did some research by visiting various websites and blogs, the results were even more interesting. Many people feel that all residential and commercial modular buildings are outside the definition of prefabricated. They associated prefabricated with panelized wall sections, piping racks, or switchgear components that were manufactured inside a plant, delivered to the site, and became component parts of the building. Others felt that prefabricated merely referred to steel building systems. In either case, the impression was that virtually all the work is completed onsite. After giving this a lot of thought, and researching the websites of many different construction companies, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are many different meanings to what constitutes “prefabricated construction.” (more…)
Financial instruments known as Time Warrants have been available to Texas public schools since 1995, however their flexibility for use in construction projects was limited due to their $500,000 maximum loan amounts and terms that were restricted to no more than five years. Now that’s all changed, thanks to the efforts of Southlake, Texas-based Government Capital Corporation and the Texas Rural Education Association. Effective September 1, 2013 the legislature passed House Bill 2610 which dramatically improved the efficiencies of using Time Warrant financing by expanding the terms up to 15 years and increasing the maximum loan amounts to $1 million. This means that school districts that have a need for capital improvement projects can supplement their available cash balances with Time Warrant financing, eliminating the need to obtain additional voter approved bonds. (more…)
As Ramtech begins to see more and more projects that are requiring LEED certification and sophisticated sustainability requirements, we have begun the process of developing an informational guide around sustainable construction alternatives that can aid public school districts in their decision-making process when planning for permanent school expansions. Planned during the first quarter of 2014, Ramtech’s Green Benefits guide will help educate schools on the efficiencies of using sustainable construction techniques that can be realized through the use of permanent modular construction like Ramtech’s highly adaptable Accelerated Building System process. Recognized by the Modular Building Institute, the trade association that represents the commercial modular building industry in promoting permanent modular construction across a wide variety of industries for public, private, and institutional applications, the Green Benefits advantages provide for sustainability through:
- Less material waste using pre-fabrication in order to make it possible to optimize construction material purchases while minimizing the on-site waste caused by weather related damages.
- Less site disturbances since the modular structure is constructed simultaneously off-site while the foundation and other site work takes place, thereby reducing the time and impact on the surrounding site environment including reducing the number of vehicles and equipment needed.
- The off-site construction which helps eliminate the hazards associated with materials, equipment and incomplete construction processes that are typical of construction sites that can attract curious and unwelcome “visitors” (i.e. students on a school expansion project).
- An adaptability inherent in modular buildings which are frequently designed to quickly add or remove one or more “modules” minimizing the disruptions to adjacent buildings and surroundings.