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OTW Barricades at Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport: 12 Years Satisfied, and Counting

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Here at OTW Safety, sometimes a happy client means we don’t hear from them too often. Our products are built to be versatile and long-lasting, so we are always thrilled when we know they’re serving our customers well. So, we were happy when the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport in Colorado reached out to us more than a decade later to let us know that they still love our low-profile barricades, and they’re still going strong, even in their extreme weather conditions. Now, they wanted to purchase some more of our easily-attachable solar lights for them.

Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport

As the “Gateway to the Heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains,” the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport flies in passengers from almost every airport in the country to bring eager visitors into the beautiful Rocky Mountains. From outdoor enthusiasts to residents, this airport has a lot of people passing through each day. With so much going on at this airport, Gunnison County knew they needed to invest in the safety of their workers and guests alike, both for day-to-day operations as well as the exciting new renovations they are currently working on. So, here at OTW Safety, we were more than happy to provide some of our low-profile barricades and accessories for use at their airport.

So, what exactly did they first come to us for? They originally purchased our low-profile barricades for an airport taxiway and ramp construction project in the Summer of 2008. When they first arrived, unfortunately one of the barricades was damaged in shipping, but since customer service is a priority here at OTW, they immediately contacted us and we shipped a new unit right away (at no charge, of course!). Since then, they have been used on multiple projects. They live almost exclusively outside in extreme conditions— from -30 degree winters to 80+ degree summers at over 7700’ elevation, and are still going strong!

OTW Safety’s Low-Profile Airport Barricades, with attached barricade flags

The OTW Safety Barricade: Standing the Test of Time

The OTW Low-Profile Airport Barricade is one of our products that stands up to more than just the test of time. In fact, we put our barricades through a lot of testing, including jet blast testing, making sure it can withstand explosive winds up to 70mph. We know that there are a lot of factors to worry about on a work site, especially in sensitive areas such as airports. So, we make sure all our airport barricades have the following standards and features:

  • Meets FAA AC150/5370-2G “Operational Safety on Airports During Construction”

  • DoD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-260-01 “Airfield and Heliport Planning and Design”

  • Are “Buy America Act” Compliant

  • Integrated connection design and large internal capacity, eliminating the need for external weights, such as sandbags

  • Does not violate wingtip clearance safety standards

  • Includes factory-installed high-intensity orange and white reflective sheeting at no additional cost

  • One-year manufacturing defect warranty

OTW Safety’s Low-Profile Airport Barricades, reflective during dark hours

Why airports love our low-profile barricades

Airports, especially those like the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport, are up against a lot of mother nature’s more… hardy qualities. Wind, ice, snow and UV rays are less than gentle to any equipment on site. In spaces like runways and taxiing areas, it is crucial that everyone knows exactly where to be, and that there are no hazards like FOD (foreign object debris) around to be blasted into people or jet engines. That is why we make sure our airport barricades are highly visible even in the poorest of conditions, sturdy, and can even be connected without any additional hardware, reducing risks of anything ending up where it shouldn’t.

No outfit is complete without the proper accessories

We don’t just make barricades and call it a day. We know that there are many situations that call for barricade use, and we pride ourselves in making versatile projects. So, our low-profile airport barricades have a number of accessory options that attach seamlessly to fit whatever the need. From flags to flashing solar lights, we have everything you’d need to mark off areas, direct contractor vehicles, and make sure areas are clear and safe for your workers and guests.

OTW Safety’s Solar Lights, brightly visible during dark hours

Let us set you up for success

Here at OTW Safety, we don’t just sell barricades and safety equipment, we manufacture them. We’re able to make sure our products meet the highest of standards at the most competitive prices. We love finding custom solutions to meet our clients’ needs, large and small. We pride ourselves on delivering long-lasting and reliable service and equipment to all our customers, and there is a reason those like Gunnison County trust us with their projects. Contact us today and let us answer any questions you might have!

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