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Project Profile – ErectaStep Catwalk Installation

Explore how ErectaStep's innovative stair and catwalk systems are not just for heavy industries but also boost the efficiency and safety of smaller businesses like Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard. Discover how ErectaStep's solutions played a pivotal role in the vineyard's expansion into winemaking, providing crucial access to essential equipment while enhancing the facility's aesthetics.

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By Gary Hendrix
Apr 24, 2024
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“Time is money and money is time, and ErectaStep helped us with both.”

– Alan Ward, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard

Although many of our clients are in the industrial sector, we also provide access solutions for smaller businesses as well. When Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina was ready to add winemaking to their business model, they toured other wineries to glean all the information they could about how to build a safe and efficient production facility. With 10,000 square feet of space to work with and more than a dozen fermentation tanks to install, a thoughtful access plan would be crucial to the operation’s success.

High-quality components and flexibility were essential, and our ErectaStep sales rep was ready with a customized design that could easily be reconfigured as production grew. Owner Alan Ward knew that most facilities have tanks that can’t easily be moved so a versatile catwalk access system was just the solution he was looking for. The pristine look of the winery was also matched by a unique, upscale powder coating on the platforms, treads, and towers to match the clean, simple aesthetic of the facility.

The pristine look of the winery was also matched by a unique, upscale powder coating on the platforms, treads, and towers to match the clean, simple aesthetic of the facility.

“We couldn’t believe how quickly the install went,” explained Ward. “I’ve seen a lot in the wine industry, and working with ErectaStep was a pleasant surprise.” The economically competitive pricing also struck Ward. “Time is money, and money is time, and ErectaStep helped us with both.”

CustomerSaint Paul Mountain Vineyards
LocationHendersonville, NC
ProjectErectaStep stair and catwalk installation to access fermentation tanks.
ProductFermenting wine
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Gary Hendrix has served as Regional Sales Manager at ErectaStep since 2021, focusing on providing prefabricated metal stairs, steps, and work platforms that meet OSHA standards. He collaborates with industrial plants across various sectors—including oil and gas, chemical, and food and beverage—as well as engineering firms and trucking companies to achieve their safety objectives. Gary works directly with engineers, project managers, and safety professionals to deliver both standard and uniquely engineered solutions, enhancing workplace safety and efficiency. At ErectaStep, he is committed to offering the highest quality work platform equipment with the industry's fastest lead times, often within 24 hours.