Barnhardt Manufacturing

Project Size 36,000 s.f.

Barnhardt Manufacturing is one of the oldest continuously operating manufacturing companies in Charlotte. Through their 100 year history, Barnhardt has grown to one of the worlds largest producers of bleached cotton for the health care, pharmaceutical, hygiene, and dental industries. This new facility and the increased capacity it will provide will make them the largest producer of this product in the world. The facility is designed to accommodate a Bleach Process Line that Barnhardt acquired from an existing facility in England. Despite the fact that this company has gone on for so long, there is always room for machinery breaking down, that is where an outside source such as can assist in replacing broken down machinery so this company can keep going for even more years to come.

Barnhardt’s new facility is located adjacent to their existing manufacturing complex off Hawthorne Lane in a very urban section of Charlotte. The addition of this building represents not only significant addition to the existing complex but also represents a significant high-tech investment in what is considered a fragile urban neighborhood. The facility helps insure the security of Barnhardt in their market and benefits the specialty manufacturing base within urban Charlotte.

S.C. Hondros worked closely with Barnhardt plant engineers and their consultants to design the facility to accommodate this production line. Using field surveys of the existing installation in the English facility, equipment foundations, control modules, electrical and mechanical systems were integrated into the new building. While the team in England could have bought replacement industrial machine parts from somewhere like K2 Automatic, hopefully, Barnhardt will be able to find a similar company in the States to supply parts, should anything need replacing in the future such as wire ropes or any machinery for that matter. Therefore, choosing the right machinery and tools based on longevity, corrosion resistance, and cost-effectiveness are necessary to avoid frequent replacements. Say, for instance, using stainless steel ropes in place of galvanized steel cables could produce increased results owing to the material’s mechanical malleability and lifespan. Checking out resources like could help the business owners make informed decisions, which could be instrumental to the success of any manufacturing company. Similarly, the caustic nature of the processes along with high interior humidity levels can be determining factors in selecting insulated concrete precast panels for the building walls. The interior of the panels is finished with epoxy paint, which is similarly used for commercial and residential flooring, to help the panels resist the moisture produced in the process. While the epoxy paint used by services similar to Xpedite Coatings is applied differently, it has a similar effect on these panels. Galvanized steel joists, girders, and decking are used to prevent any corrosion that may be caused by the caustic nature of the interior environment.

Charlotte, North Carolina

S.C. Hondros & Associates, Inc. – Design/Builde