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Mokena Chamber Slip ‘n’ Slide Galore!

Mokena Chamber Slip ‘n’ Slide Galore!

TurtleMokena is a name derived from a Native American language meaning “mud turtle”? According to the Wikipedia, that is exactly what it means. We learned this when Skye Bergeson, the Mokena Chamber president, was telling us about the event the Chamber was planning. Their hopes – to have a mud turtle race. Before we even had the chance to question his thinking, he further explained that they were going to sell “turtles” (plastic toys) to people and then “release” them onto a slip ‘n’ slide so they could “race” to the finish line.

You may remember last summer, we had someone looking for a larger slip ‘n’ slide for the graduation party they were having. We wrote about it in our Specialty Plastic Fabricators blog titled Work Can Be Fun Too! and how much fun we had making it. So naturally we offered to help Skye.

SPF race course sponsor foldable signAfter discussing the final plans for the race and the vision he had for it, we designed the Chamber’s slide.  We have many options with our suppliers and were able to offer many choices of color and thicknesses to the Chamber. We had the benefit of making it for them therefore were able to customize it to their specific needs.


Slip and slide tarp with people next to it

On May 5, 2018 the Mokena Chamber began the tradition with their 1st Annual Mud Turtle Race! The festivities and the excitement of the race were enjoyed by all! To view more photos go to the Mokena Chamber of Commerce

While talking about the Mokena Chamber race slide to a group, we had another interested party. The Fox Valley Christian Action group was looking for something similar for their summer campers to use.  Without hesitation, we signed up for that project!

The design they had in mind was to make the slide wide enough for two people, and at least one hundred twenty feet long. They had the idea to put PVC piping with holes in it over the slide in two spots along the length to create a waterfall effect and keep the slide wet continuously. It sure seemed to work well based on the pictures they showed us!

Superior Truck Tarps

It certainly makes us here at SPF happy that we can take our forty years of experience working with flexible plastics to create not only custom fabrications for the industrial setting, but these fun custom items for other groups as well.  In fact, it was our knowledge and experience with secondary containment and floor liners that made it a little easier to perfect the slip ‘n’ slides.

inflatable floor linerMany companies have to protect their floors from accidental spillage from their tanks or machinery. In order to do that, they require a liner on the floor. But in some instances, it’s easier to have an inflatable liner that they can move at will, and add or remove air in the chamber to help the liner to adapt to the area it needs to be in.

Many fleet companies and other types of trucking companies are finding these useful as well. Since these containment liners are so flexible and are custom made, they are using them in the shops while doing maintenance to catch falling parts, contain liquids, or even in the wash bays to collect the water that needs to be sent in instead of poured down the drains.

With all the similarities and potential cross-over that we have seen in the last forty years of servicing multiple industries, it certainly makes the future a little more exciting for our company! Who knows what we will be making next? Maybe it’s an idea you have? Contact us today with an email or call 708-479-5501!

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