Saving space while improving access.
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods in over 120 countries. They have twenty production facilities and 18,000 employees around the world. Headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, they operate a corporate flight department at the nearby New Castle, Delaware airport, which efficiently expedites executives to operations anywhere in the world. The flight department operated a Gulfstream G-IV in their 117’ (35.7 m)-wide hangar. In order to meet the increased international travel demands of the organization, Campbell Soup ordered a new Gulfstream G-550, with a range of 6,750 nautical miles. However, although the hangar was wide enough to accommodate the new aircraft, its access into the hangar was prevented by the rolling door pocket, which restricted the door opening to 90’ (27.4 m).
During the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) tradeshow, we had the opportunity to meet with Jeff Bennett, Director of Flight Operations at Campbell Soup. While he was visiting our company’s booth, we introduced him to the Megadoor system, which could be retrofitted to the building and eliminated the need for a door pocket, thereby providing a door opening that spanned almost the entire width of the hangar. Jeff and his team immediately saw the potential benefits of this solution, but, in order to become more familiar with the Megadoor concept, quality and organization, we invited them over for a visit and tour of Megadoor Americas’ headquarters and manufacturing facility. The group flew into the Atlanta Regional Airport (KFFC), adjacent to Megadoor, for about three hours of meetings and tours, which included the opportunity to review an almost identical hangar installation, at the local airport. This allowed them to become fully confident in the benefits presented by the Megadoor solution and, to make things better, they were able to fly home in time for dinner with their families.
Challenge and solution