Challenge – Lack of covered work space for large fishing vessels
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 50′ wide x 80′ long
Application – Ship repair facility
In business for more than 25 years, Jenkins Welding specializes in aluminum fabrication and welding. “Our main focus is the repair, rebuild, modification and conversion of commercial fishing vessels,” said owner Chuck Jenkins. “We provide the marine industry with custom-designed and constructed fuel tanks, top houses, aluminum bulwarks, decks and rigging, as well as small boat building.” With his business located in southeast Alaska, where the climate features a temperate rainforest, the weather can present a considerable hindrance.
Working out of a 40′ wide by 80′ long shop, Jenkins did not have enough room for large fishing vessels. “There was a significant need for a covered work space which could house the large fishing vessels that we work on,” added Jenkins. “The closest covered facility is located in Seward [Alaska] which is approximately 670 miles away. The other option was for boat owners to travel to Seattle.” When the city of Wrangell purchased a 150 ton travel lift, giving Jenkins Welding the opportunity to work on larger vessels, Jenkins decided that he needed to expand his covered work area.
After researching his options, Jenkins chose a 50′ wide by 80′ long ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building because the design of the structure would allow for the height necessary to accommodate the vessels’ masts. “The new ClearSpan structure provides southeast Alaska fishing fleets with a covered work space while their fishing vessels are being worked on,” continued Jenkins. “The structure will house a vessel which is up to 58′ high, 80′ long, and 150 tons.” Installing the structure on containers allows Jenkins to maximize his storage and work space.
Jenkins is pleased with how the ClearSpan structure is working out. “It gives us a badly needed dry work space. The fabric cover lets in natural light, and we have had high winds and no problems,” he said.
For more information on Jenkins Welding and their ClearSpan structure, call 1.866.643.1010 or visit