Reduce Construction Debris in Landfills – Perform Asset Recovery

by Tom Stanek on May 20, 2021

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The EPA released its 2018 Fact Sheet: Advancing Sustainable Materials Management. According to the report, the United States generated 600 million tons of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris — more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste.

Construction and demolition materials consist of concrete, wood, asphalt, gypsum bricks, glass, etc. Materials also include salvageable building components, including doors, windows, and plumbing.

Of the 600 million tons of C&D Debris, 90% is due to demolition debris. Almost 145 million tons of this waste was sent to landfills.

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“Mutual Respect and Trust”: The Basis of a Strong Relationship Between the OPM and GC

by Dianna Huff on May 19, 2020

To ensure Abby Industrial projects stay on time and on budget, we regularly partner with Methuen Construction, a general contractor (GC) based in Plaistow, NH.

In business for over 50 years, Methuen Construction is widely considered to be one of the most successful large project construction companies in the industry.

We asked Cody Barnes, Project Manager for Methuen Construction, for his feedback on what makes for a good relationship between an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) and a GC.

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Work Pro-Actively to Manage Local Stop Work Orders

by Tom Stanek on April 2, 2020

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Local Emergency Orders due to COVID-19 are halting construction work for metal recycling operations on the both the East and West Coasts.

What I’m hearing:
> Scrap operations are essential businesses
> Repair of existing essential machinery is allowed
> The construction of NEW work is not essential

If you’re the owner or manager of recycling operation, anticipate disruptions. If there is a cease work order, you will have little choice but to stop.

Contractors may seek to exercise force majeure clauses to cover costs of rentals, canceling subs, or orders for materials.

The terms and conditions on sales orders and contracts might become more relevant than anticipated a few weeks ago.

NOW is the time to work pro-actively with contractors and suppliers to minimize disruption and delay costs. Be clear about not letting the meter keep running on rentals, and costs that could be minimized if there is a shutdown.

COVID-19 Response Will Usher in Much Needed Change to Industrial Construction Sites

by Tom Stanek on March 26, 2020


Industrial sites are, by their nature, non-public and specialist workplaces. They’re often overlooked for rigorous cleanliness regarding infectious diseases.

Industry follows standard workplace regulations but they’re lightly enforced by code officials and inspectors, who rightly focus on safety. However, with COVID-19, employees and contractors are voicing their concerns and asking for action to protect them.

As the U.S. recovers from the virus and public health becomes an elevated concern in the workplace, companies will have to rethink their current and future practices to lower job site exposure to infectious diseases. But what are companies looking at now?

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Pre-Planning Can Make or Break Your Industrial Construction Project

by Tom Stanek on January 13, 2020

In the months or years leading up to any large construction project, a great deal of work has already taken place to ensure the project complies with state and federal regulations. 

Pre-planning helps ensure your project remains on track while also alleviating unexpected and costly surprises (e.g. you learn of a threatened species within the construction zone, bringing all work to a grinding halt).

Studies, reports, permissions, and permits are long lead items and require consultation with development professional as early as possible, as any one of these things may slow the start of breaking ground, even on a site you on which you currently operate.

Lot lines, easements, and surface water issues may require real estate transactions. 

Due to the complexity of these issues, it’s highly advisable to hire a knowledgeable Owner Project Manager who can help advise and navigate the various commissions, permitting, and reviews needed. An OPM with an extensive network can also recommend or hire other professional firms, such as environmental engineers, as needed.

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What’s the difference between an OPM and a Construction Manager?

by Tom Stanek on December 2, 2019

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The Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) acts as the owner’s representative for large construction projects. Hired at the earliest stages of a project, the OPM provides advice and guidance to the project owner on all aspects of the project (see our post, “What is an Owner’s Project Manager?” for a complete description).

The OPM will work with the project owner to choose a Construction Manager (CM) or the owner may have an existing relationship with a construction management company. Whatever the case, the OPM and CM have two separate and distinct roles, although their jobs overlap.

The Construction Manager performs or oversees the actual work of the project, including hiring and assigning workers and/or sub-contractors, requisition of supplies, and providing the OPM with budget / cost reports.

The crucial difference between the OPM and CM, however, is that as the owner’s representative, the OPM is completely independent from the Construction Manager (and project designer, sub-contractors, etc.).

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What is an Owner’s Project Manager?

by Tom Stanek on November 11, 2019

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An Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) represents the owner’s interests with regard to large design and construction projects, from new public buildings to heavy industrial facility expansions.

The owner of the project can be the actual owner of a company expanding a facility or building a new one, or the owner can be a municipality overseeing a large public construction project, such as a bridge, school, or library.

The state of Massachusetts, for example, requires public projects that cost $1.5M or more, and that involve construction, reconstruction, demolition or repair, to be overseen by a qualified OPM. (Source)

The OPM provides guidance to the project owner from the earliest stages – and usually before the project designer is hired – through completion of construction. In fact, the OPM may work closely with the owner to select the project designer as well as negotiate the contract.

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Scrap Metal Recycling Industry Delivers Economic Impact of Nearly $110 Billion

by Tom Stanek on October 30, 2019

“The recycling industry continues to power America’s manufacturing base, creating jobs, generating tax revenue, and proving valuable feedstock for new products,” says Joe Pickard, chief economist for ISRI.

Pickard is referring to the recently released 2019 Economic Impact Study of the U.S.-based scrap recycling industry. The report is based on research conducted by John Dunham and Associates, and published by the Institute of Scrap Metal Recycling Industries (of which our sister company, K2 Castings, is a member).

In addition to providing positive environmental benefits (e.g. fewer recyclable materials in landfills and oceans, parks, etc.), the scrap recycling industry is responsible for more than 531,500 jobs and an economic impact of nearly $110 billion in the United States.

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Abby Industrial Now a Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business

by Tom Stanek on August 21, 2019

We’re proud to announce that Abby Industrial has fulfilled all requirements for the United States Small Business Association’s SDVOB program.

The requirements for the SDVOB program include:

  • Passing the “are you a small business” test set forward by the SBA
  • Being at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans
  • Having day-to-day operations managed and long-term decisions made by one or more service-disabled veterans
  • Having a disability incurred while in service to the United States of America

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Why Should You Hire an Owner’s Project Manager?

by Tom Stanek on April 22, 2019
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The OPM works as an extension of your team to define requirements and provide advice and oversight on project scope and design, as well as integrating the expansion into operations.

Your organization is running lean and mean, with marketing and sales hitting their stride, manufacturing ramping up smoothly to meet increased orders, and HR just about to bring in a few new hires.

Now is a good time to let everyone know it’s time to expand your operations – whether adding to your facility’s square footage, upgrading mechanical systems, or building a whole new plant.

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