Case Study:  Mexico “Cover the Country”

A Canamer Success


The Mexican government in the early 80’s created an agricultural program to irrigate the crop producing areas of the country to increase grain production.  The result for Mexico was phenomenal.  It worked and it worked well – soon Mexican farmers where in a position  they had never been before: Record production and an unmanageable harvest.  In a sense, things were over/under planned for success.

The call to Canamer:  Is there a way that you can help us?  With millions of bushels of grain to be harvested shortly  –  including corn, maize, milo and sorghum – Their success  meant It would be sitting on the ground spoiling  all over the entire country.  Every agricultural producing  region  of Mexico would have many piles of unprotected grain.  With Canamer’s experience and contemporary storage system the challenge was one that could fast track a solution which could not be solved using buildings or silo’s in the time available before the harvest.

The Canamer Crew to the rescue:

A fast track storage solution was needed and Canamer responded.  Canamer management members flew down to Mexico, met with responsible officials, toured by helicopter to survey the country and developed the action plan to solve the many logistical and site deficiencies which prevailed.  Those challenges facing the Canamer team where enormous as the locations in Mexico had no scales, no site prep, no equipment for unloading and stacking.  Add to that situation little knowledge on grain aeration, bulk storage, and antiquated equipment. They lacked everything but a huge crop that was on the horizon.

Solution: 90 days from start to finish Canamer had them covered.

Canamer set up Brownsville, Texas as the port of entry to Mexico. Using the Canamer patented contemporary storage system, with aeration and a 5250 retention system the work began.   Just how big was the project?  The 5250 Retention system alone used  cable and recycled car tires as a major component. To meet the demand 65,000 tires would be needed, 300 semi’s carrying materials crossed the boarder. From front end loaders, to aeration, to logistics Canamer had them covered.  Trained bulk unloading and stacking specialist and their equipment would need to be engaged to build the stockpiles as grain storage in bags were the standard practice.

The bottom line, Canamer provided a solution, a complete turn-key system that protected and stored an estimated market value of hundreds of million of dollars of grain was covered by Canamer.  In fact you could say, Canamer Covered the Country.


Flatiron- Manson,
Minneapolis, MN


Building curtains for reconstruction of the collapsed I-35W bridge in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Working Dates:

January 21, 2008 – January 25, 2008


Bridge workers needed a relatively warmer working environment out of the harsh Minnesota winter elements as well as ensuring that the concrete they are pouring cures well and evenly for guaranteed strength and longevity of the new I-35W bridge currently being built in the Twin Cities.


A 24 Mil High UV Woven Poly Tarp was fabricated in 4 four different sections to ensure that when assembled on site, it would be thick and strong enough to hold in the heat as well as insulate the working area. The tarps were reinforced with seat belt webbing and brass grommets were added to allow them to be easily anchored onto the structure. A special heat weld to the outer edge was added to them. They were then mechanically fitted together on the job site ensuring attainment of the tarps purpose.

Polycan® 12-350 High UV White/White 24 Mil, 1.5” 2200 lbs. Seat Belt Webbing and Brass #2 Grommets.

Workmen with Flatiron-Manson, the bridge construction firm, position a giant tarp Wednesday inside a three-story form in the casting yard south of the new I-35W bridge site, where crews are pouring the first of 120 concrete segments. (SHERRI LAROSE-CHIGLO, Pioneer Press)

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Information provided by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.