Composite Access Products (CAP) manufactures composite manhole covers and rain grates with high-speed, high pressure, compression molding. CAP's composite covers resist caustic corrosion from hydrogen sulfide sewer gasses, improve I/I performance, are ergonomic for safe installation and maintenance, insulate hot temperatures to avoid burning pedestrians and pets, and remove the root cause of manhole cover theft - for recycled iron content. Stolen manhole covers cost municipalities and contractors millions each year, and impose a severe liability for hazardous fall situations. The CAP cover and frame assembly is the first compression molded, traffic-rated assembly that is Made-In-The-USA...and made in the great State of Texas.
Tired of funding foreign manufacturing with US taxpayer dollars? Need to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act for federally funded construction projects? Want the design quality, manufacturing consistency, traceability, accountability, reliability and response of USA manufacturing...
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Do you amortize replacement covers, installation, tack welding, special locks, legal fees, and all the other costs associated with not using composites for manhole covers, sewer lids, and drains? For the real cost comparison, assign a value and allocate over your annual cover purchases. Pennsylvania awarded $85 million in 2008 (see "Falling Injury and Liability Elimination") Just this one case added hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dollars per cover in that state.
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Still using iron for Sewer Lids? Welcome to the future and enjoy the better mousetrap. Just see the composite value....Just CAP That!
Superior Performance without the High Price
Compression molding improves the cost structure with high-volume, rapid production cycles versus the less efficient, high cost, low pressure and temperature Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and other fiberglass (FRP/GRP) casting processes. In addition, compression molding improves quality compared to other composite processes by reducing entrapped gas, ensuring a complete thermoset polymer cure, eliminating many post process operations, and conveying higher strengths from internal , hardened-steel, mold cavity pressures during part formation.
Are you tired of replacing stolen or corroded covers, but do not want to pay an arm-and-a-leg for composite technology? Are you frustrated with spending US taxpayer money on foreign manufactured product merely resold by importers, and you desire to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act....Just CAP That!
CAP was founded by W. Chad Nunnery, former senior executive of a large US leader in engineered composite technology. After learning of the desire for advanced composite sewer solutions - Made in America rather than molded overseas and stamped with an American sounding brand- CAP was formed in McAllen, Texas. CAP is poised to serve the USA, Canada and Mexico with the first US-made ultra high pressure, compression molded utility, manhole, sewer, and drainage solutions.
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Total Estimated "Real" Cost for Cast Iron Sewer Lids=
at least $510, and more like $550 - $650 per cover & frame set!
*Houston's 2013 theft rate of $126,000 in about 11 months (see article in "Theft" page) and estimated annual purchase of 4,000 covers
**An estimate of $20,000,000 has been paid in claims over the past 10 year period (see article in "Falling Injuries" page. Assuming approximately 200,000 new 24 - 36 inch sewer covers per year are purchased in the USA
***Team of 3 people, $15/hour, 1 hour of total reinstallation time per incident, estimated 20,000 covers stolen per year.
****Same data as above, but 1 admin at $30/hour.
*****Team of 2 sewer workers per 5,000 population (320 million population=64,000 teams or 128,000 sewer workers nationwide), $35K/year of salary, benefits, payroll taxes, 1% of their time fighting with corroded covers, per 200,000 covers sold per year
******One $1,200 unit (see "Spinal Compression") per team and using team calculation above, with a 10 year amortization of 200,000 covers per year
Note: These assumptions are based on estimates from research publications and anecdotal samples. This is not a scientific statistically tested study and should not be used as such.
Rough Estimate of "Real" Cost of a 32 inch Cast Iron Sewer Cover