Plant Decommissioning

Partner with R.W. Martin for Your Plant Decommissioning Project

Plant decommissioning allows you to sell, lease, repurpose or return your industrial facility back to usable space.

The experienced R.W. Martin plant decommissioning team can:

• Safely disconnect, disassemble all existing machinery (we provide resale services as well)

• Remove all ductwork, utility and support systems and equipment

• Provide concrete and finish services (based on established specifications) to repair floor trenches and pits.

• Properly address and repair roof penetrations keeping existing roof warrantees intact.

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When you partner with R.W. Martin on your plant decommissioning project:

• We’ll start with a safety plan that provides documented safety practices to ensure a safe and successful outcome

• Our project managers will work with your team to understand the objectives of the project and devise a workplan accordingly

• Our technical team will either work with your specifications or submit our typical work-scope specifications to eliminate guesswork and ensure expectations are met

• Our team will conduct regular meetings with staff to facilitate feedback and communication regarding your project’s scope and performance

Contact R.W. Martin today to start your plant decommissioning process. We’ll partner with you and provide a project plan that meets your objectives, timeline, and budget.

Plant Decommissioning FAQs

What is plant decommissioning?

Plant decommissioning is the process of returning an industrial facility to an “empty shell” so that the owner can sell, lease, or repurpose it. The objective is to prepare the facility for its “next use,” on time and under budget.

Why choose R.W. Martin for your plant decommissioning project? What sets R.W. Martin apart?

Our team has nationwide project experience and history. From plant builds to modifications to decommissioning, our broad experience ensures your project will be successful.

Our project teams are comprised of seasoned professionals with decades of experience disconnecting, disassembling, and removing equipment as well as facility infrastructure.

Our staff follows established procedures for all aspects of project work including preparing decommissioned and surplus equipment for safe shipping.

Our company is one of the largest buyers and resellers of used commercial laundry equipment and can market and sell the decommissioned equipment utilizing our international marketing presence.

In addition, we are experienced in plant decommissioning process, and are able to provide turnkey services to facilitate the return of your leased space to owners upon lease completion.

Everything we do as an organization is based on our Core Values, which empower us to fulfill our mission to be The Partner Our Customers Rely On.

What about pricing? How much does a plant decommission cost?

The cost of each plant decommission will depend upon what is detailed in the customized scope of work for your specific project.

It’s our goal to get each job done as efficiently and as affordably as possible for each customer while also respecting all safety guidelines and regulations. Keeping an open dialog when defining the scope of work for the project will help to ensure this.

We are also able to provide trade-in vales to offset the cost of decommissioning.

What about the timeline? How long will the decommissioning take?

As with cost, the timeline will vary based upon the demands of each individual project. If you have an absolute deadline that you must meet, let us know at the outset. We can then factor that into the customized scope of work and set milestone dates for the various stages of the project.

How can I kick off the process of decommissioning my facility?

Your plant decommissioning process starts by reaching out to us. We’ll ask you a detailed set of questions to help determine a tailor-made plan of action for your facility.

From there, we’ll customize a comprehensive scope of work outlining the plan, the expected duration of the project, and the equipment we’ll use to get it done. Then, using this scope of work, we’ll provide pricing that accomplishes your objectives.

Once we define the scope of work, ideally, we’ll be able to perform a physical walkthrough of your facility to make sure that we captured every necessary step in the process. After this, both parties sign off on the scope of work, and we’ll start the decommissioning project.

What are the steps involved in the actual physical decommissioning work?

The goal of a plant decommission is to get a building back to a clean slate so that it can be repurposed, leased, or sold. A facility could be in any starting state, from a fully functional facility to one which has had the machinery already removed but is still in need of repair and renovation to get it back to its starting point.

These are the major steps involved in the decommissioning process:

1. Lock-out and Disconnection of all utilities: Our team will perform a complete “power assessment” to isolate and disconnect all utilities from equipment. This enables the safe and efficient removal of the equipment.

2. Removal of equipment: Our team will then begin the processes of disconnecting and preparing the equipment for safe shipping. All systems will be broken down into manageable components and prepared for loading and shipping. Our rigging team will then coordinate each piece’s removal. Based on the needs of the decommissioning project’s owner, pieces will be either shipped to customers’ locations or brought to our reconditioning warehouse for testing and repair.

3. Filling in floor pits or trenches: Our team will coordinate with local contractors to fill any floor openings based on typical building specifications or to the building owner’s requirements as directed. Our team will complete the work with a seal coat to ensure a long life for the newly finished areas.

4. Removal of utility services: As directed by the owners, our team is able to remove all utility services and ductwork back to either the nearest connection or to the service origin. Our work scope is flexible based on the owner’s requirements.

5. Repair of roof and wall penetrations: All roof and wall penetrations will be repaired based on the owner’s specifications. The solution can either be a watertight temporary fix or a finished final repair including warranty.

Aside from providing input to help develop the scope of work and allowing a walkthrough, what other prep work does the customer need to do in advance of the decommissioning?

1. Scheduling: We typically ask for 10-hour working days to accomplish our decommissioning work. Therefore, the most essential thing we need is reliable access to the building within this timeframe.

2. Physical Access: If the decommissioning job involves the removal of equipment, we’ll need access to it as well as doors of ample size to get it out. We may need to remove walls to get oversized equipment out of the facility, in which case their restoration would also be a part of the decommissioning project. We also take truck access and dock access into consideration.

3. Lockout/tagout: We ask that the owner of the building perform all lockout/tagout procedures so that there are no active dangerous utilities, especially electrical.

4. Chemical removal: In addition, the plant owner should have their chemical provider flush all the chemicals out of their equipment and remove any remaining chemical products, tanks, and systems from the site prior to the decommissioning.

Do I, as the customer, need to provide any tools or equipment to the decommissioning team?

The R.W. Martin decommissioning team assigned to your project will provide all the equipment, tools, and labor we’ll need to get the job done. Our riggers will bring forklifts or cranes with them to remove machinery from your plant. If we need to disassemble a mezzanine within your facility, our team will bring the tools necessary to do that.

What types of plants does R.W. Martin decommission?

We can decommission nearly any kind of plant across a full range of industries. Our specialty is industrial laundry facilities, but we go well beyond that. If your facility is a metal fabricating shop, for instance, or a general workshop, we can help. We can also decommission warehouses and distribution centers.

Where do you decommission plants? What is your plant decommissioning service area?

We can decommission plants anywhere within the 48 contiguous United States. If a customer from outside of the Lower 48 requests our expertise, we would work with a contractor local to their area to help get the job done as smoothly as possible.

Can I contact R.W. Martin today?

Absolutely! Reach out to our plant decommissioning team at [email protected] or call us at 800.635.4363

We look forward to working with you!