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Industrial & Manufacturing

Bowe Machine

Bowe Machine is a 58-year-old, family-owned machining and milling business in Bettendorf, Iowa that manufactures industrial shear blades, composting equipment, large metal-shredding blades, and other equipment sold worldwide. They chose Bush Construction to upgrade outdated space into state-of-the-art production bays.

The project included a 32,000 SF pre-engineered metal building addition which now houses four overhead cranes, a large gantry mill, and other milling machines.

The demolition of the old structures began in July 2014, followed by minor excavation. Installation of helical piles was required to help support the building columns.

Bowe Machine remained in production during construction, which took place between (and connecting) their two occupied buildings.


This project added 95,000 SF of administrative, laboratory, maintenance and control room space at the LyondellBasell facility in Clinton, Iowa. It also included site utilities, parking lots, landscaping, and demolition of structures.

Bush Construction worked closely with the owner and owner’s representatives and provided a critical path method project schedule defining the design, procurement, and construction of the project and provided a detailed execution plan.

MetroLINK | Transit Maintenance Facility

MetroLINK, Rock Island County’s Metropolitan Mass Transit bus service, needed a larger, updated space. This $22 million, 150,000 SF facility houses all MetroLINK’s administrative and maintenance offices, training areas and fitness center. Diesel & CNG fueling, paint booths, vehicle lifts, a bus wash, vehicle lubrication system, a methane gas detection system and cranes and lifts were some of the components of this project.

The goal of this project was to create a LEED Silver Certified facility featuring a PV Solar Array System, a Solar Thermal Hot Water System, a Water Reclamation System at the bus wash, bio-swales, native grasses, management of construction waste, and the use of recycled materials.

The Maintenance Facility also featured some unique systems such as Diesel & CNG Fueling and Management Systems, paint booths, vehicle lifts, cranes & hoists, a Bus Wash System, Vehicle Lubrication Systems, and a Methane Gas Detection System.

Due to the Owner’s desire for sustainable construction and the unique function of the completed building, there were many challenging components associated with this project. With the help of our highly regarded team of subcontractors and suppliers, who are recognized leaders in their respective fields, Bush Construction rose to the challenge.

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