Geiger Brothers Authorized to Perform Boiler and Pressure Vessel Repairs and Alterations

Geiger Brothers has received Certificate of Authorization from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors to perform metallic repairs and alterations of boilers, pressure vessels and other pressure-retaining items.

The “R” symbol stamp is a triennial endorsement on loan from the National Board, to be used within the scope and limitations under which it was issued.  The “R” Stamp is required for all welding repairs performed on pressure vessels, defined as any tank or vessel designed for operation above 15 psig. Organizations may be authorized to perform repairs only or both repairs and alterations, metallic and/or non-metallic, in shop or field or in both.

The “R” Certificate allows Geiger Brothers to perform metallic only repairs and alteration to a variety of non-fired pressure tanks and vessels both in its Fabrication Shop and on field projects and to apply the “R” Symbol stamp to work completed.

The nature of pressure systems merits stringent controls over those performing repairs and alterations. Qualifying for an “R” Stamp required Geiger Brothers to outline all procedures and demonstrate competence performing actual repairs.

Geiger Brothers first was required to have and maintain agreement with an Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) and chose HSB Global Standards, based in Hartford, Connecticut.

Certification then required that Geiger Brothers develop a stamp work-specific written quality system that complies with the requirements of the current edition of the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC). Geiger Brothers must maintain the current edition of all three parts of the NBIC and have available a copy of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code of construction appropriate for the intended scope of work.

The quality system, facilities and welding personnel qualifications then were subject to audit (referred to as a Joint Review) by a representative of the National Board and agents of the inspection agency.

The Geiger Brothers quality system shall provide for constant control of the certification and the “R” Symbol Stamp. Each repair or alteration must be documented thoroughly and related documents kept on file.  The certificate is valid for three years, at which time Geiger Brothers will be subject to verification again by audit that compliance is being maintained and the Certificate of Authorization may be retained.

Geiger Brothers completes new pedestrian bridge at Ohio University-Chillicothe

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Geiger Brothers has completed replacement of the pedestrian bridge on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University.

While the project was completed in August and the structure has been in use, campus administrators and Chillicothe city officials led a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 7 to officially “open” the new Shoemaker Center bridge to pedestrian traffic.

The new bridge connects the Shoemaker Center with upper-level parking lots on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus and replaces the original bridge, built in 1979, that had degraded such that replacement was crucial.

Shoemaker Center, in addition to daily campus-related functions, is heavily used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, attendance at OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games, various expositions and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge provides easy access to the center for those activities.

Geiger Brothers began work last winter with demolition of the current bridge. The base of the new span is foundations setting on auger cast piles poured to bedrock and then precast prestressed steel beams set on the new abutments.

The structural steel and glass serve both aesthetics and as functional safety containment. The 70-foot-long span also includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need for deicing.  The laminated glass panels are digitally printed with the campus name and logo.

The bridge is visible from various locations throughout the site. The goal of campus officials was a highly functional span that will serve as a landmark and appealing focal point on campus.

Geiger Brothers prepared and implemented a comprehensive Site Logistics Plan to ensure Shoemaker Center remained fully accessible during the work with normal operations in classrooms, offices, and the gym and wellness facilities.

OUC Pedestrian Bridge Interior

West Virginia Veterans Memorial renovation complete

Geiger Brothers has completed work to renovate the West Virginia Veterans Memorial on the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Under contract to the West Virginia General Services Division, Geiger Brothers performed stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and paving stone work, and hand rail and lighting replacements. Plumbing repairs included replacement of reflecting pool pumps, filters and other system equipment.

An architectural and engineering review in 2013 had found electrical and drainage issues, cracked paving stones and failing joints.

Designed by West Virginia sculptor P. Joseph Mullins, the memorial has four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool. Black granite covering the inside walls is etched with the names of more than 10,000 West Virginians who have died in 20th century wars.  The outside walls feature four statues that represent each military branch and major war.

St. Mary’s Medical Center beautification project completed

Geiger Brothers has completed the final phases of campus beautification work at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

As the prime contractor, Geiger Brothers was responsible for both self-performing and managing the work of subcontractors to demolish the historic but outdated seven-story School of Nursing building that was used from 1947 until 2009, and then to restore the area to “green” space to include benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

A Geiger Brothers subcontractor demolished the outdated School of Nursing building at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.  The site now features green space with benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

A Geiger Brothers subcontractor demolished the outdated School of Nursing building at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. The site now features green space with benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

Subsequent campus beautification project components for which Geiger Brothers was responsible were the replacement of the main entrance canopy and driveway, total replacement of the parking lots, major storm water system improvements, and additional landscaping and green space in other medical campus areas.

Replacement of the main entrance with new canopy, driveway and landscaping was part of the Geiger Brothers role in a now-completed campus beautification project at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Replacement of the main entrance with new canopy, driveway and landscaping was part of the Geiger Brothers role in a now-completed campus beautification project at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Murphy Tractor complex site preparation nearing completion

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Geiger Brothers is completing site preparation work and preparing for foundation pours and underground plumbing and electrical service installations for the new sales and service complex for Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company.

The new complex is being built at Mayhew Road and State Route 32 south of Jackson and is expected to be completed in early 2015.

Murphy is a John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer specializing in items such as bulldozers, excavators and backhoes. The local business, currently located in Chillicothe, is being moved to Jackson.

The full sales, service and parts facility will include a 12,000 square foot building for offices, sales, the parts department and a 9,000-square-foot service area.  Service features will include four large drive-through full maintenance bays, two 10-ton overhead cranes, and an interior wash bay.  The site will also include a two-acre stone equipment lot.

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Cabell Huntington Hospital boiler system complete

Boiler #3 set in place.

Boiler #3 set in place.

Geiger Brothers has completed installation of a new boiler and support systems at West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital.  The project began in September 2013.

The scope of work included installation of one of the required high pressure steam boilers serving the main hospital, along with steam piping from the sub-basement to the 6th floor mechanical penthouse.

The project included heating and cooling exchange system upgrades to increase the hospital’s capacity for serving patient requirements.  Project work required the installation of scaffolding up the side of the six-level structure.

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Geiger Brothers used a synchronized gantry crane system to set the #3 high pressure steam boiler at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Geiger Brothers used a synchronized gantry crane system to set the #3 high pressure steam boiler at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Geiger Brothers helps Globe Iron whistle find home at Jones Museum

The Lillian E. Jones Museum in Jackson is the new home of the old Globe Iron steam whistle that most recently for 34 years faithfully announced the time for Jackson County residents from the roof of the former Merillat Industries plant.

The whistle is now housed in the Jones Museum’s Industry Room beneath portraits of Globe Presidents and near the display case of artifacts from Merillat’s years of operation in Jackson.

Long-time Merillat plant manager John Lewis received permission from corporate management to donate the whistle to the Jones Museum.

Geiger Brothers employees removed the whistle from the roof of the facility in March and then fabricated and donated a permanent display stand.  They delivered and placed the stand and whistle on Friday morning, April 25.

Museum director Megan Malone and board member Naomi Worthington were on hand to welcome Lewis and Geiger Brothers representatives, including President Erik Massie, for an unveiling of the whistle in its new home.

“We are thrilled with what Geiger Brothers has done for us,” Malone commented.

The steam whistle’s complete provenance has been lost to the ages, but the whistle’s tenure at the Merillat facility was documented in a December 19, 1979, note in Ed Clark’s “Sun Spots” column in the Jackson Journal-Herald.

In 1979, Clark wrote: “The Globe Whistle will blow again. John Brunton, manager of Merillat Industries, said his firm has acquired ‘an’ old Globe Whistle and the whistle is in the process of being installed at the Merillat plant. If all goes well, the whistle will be blown for the first time at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 1980, to celebrate the new decade. John says Merillat plans to blow the whistle regularly thereafter to renew a pleasant old Jackson tradition.”

After approximately 38 years of operation, corporate officials announced plans to close the Merillat plant last September and all operations have now ended.  The steam whistle blew daily at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to announce shift changes while mounted on the Merillat building until its last sounding March 6, 2014.

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Geiger Brothers highlights Trane Comfort Specialist designation at Spring Showcase

Geiger Brothers has announced its new designation as an Independent “Trane Comfort Specialist.”

The company chose the annual Jackson County Spring Showcase March 28-30 to promote its new affiliation.  The showcase, sponsored each year by the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce, is “Jackson County’s Unique Shopping Experience” and was expanded and relocated this year to the Jackson High School Field House.

As an independent Trane dealer, Geiger Brothers is committed to being the best in installation, service, customer satisfaction and employee training.  The company’s Service Division now specializes in designing, engineering and installing complete Trane comfort systems for owners of existing homes and commercial buildings.

“This is an important distinction for us, as not every dealer qualifies as a Trane Comfort Specialist,” said Geiger Brothers president Erik Massie. “Only those dealers that meet Trane’s stringent standards and demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction, continuing education and commitment to training with Trane’s latest technology are considered for the Comfort Specialist designation.”

Locally owned and operated, Geiger Brothers’ Service Division repairs, services and maintains all makes and models of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing equipment and fixtures. The company’s team of experts can also upgrade, replace, or install new air conditioning and heating equipment for residential and business customers in Jackson and surrounding counties.

“Geiger Brothers is proud to represent Trane, a company known for systems that are designed to achieve maximum efficiency, reliability and comfort, and that deliver the efficiency its ratings promise and that our customers expect,” Massie said.

Geiger Brothers vice president Tim Matchett and president Erik Massie helped Service Division technicians staff the company's exhibit at the Jackson County Spring Showcase Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 28-30.  The display highlighted the new Geiger Brothers designation as a "Trane Comfort Specialist."

Geiger Brothers vice president Tim Matchett and president Erik Massie helped Service Division technicians staff the company’s exhibit at the Jackson County Spring Showcase Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 28-30. The display highlighted the new Geiger Brothers designation as a “Trane Comfort Specialist.”

 

Geiger Brothers installs new medical facility at Pike County site

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Geiger Brothers has completed installation of a new medical facility under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP), part of the infrastructure and miscellaneous project work being done in preparation for and as part of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D)

Geiger Brothers work to install the new medical facility included water and sanitary line installations, telecommunications cabling and connections, installation and connection of the eight component units, and interior finishes including floors, ceilings, door frames and cabinetry.

Adena Occupational Health, Chillicothe, owns the “8-plex” facility that serves Fluor-B&W employees and subcontractors.   The facility offers 5,371 square feet of space and includes five spacious exam rooms, one procedure room, and rooms for hearing, pulmonary function and vision tests.

The facility is now staffed with Fluor-B&W employees and Adena medical professionals and offers a wide range of diagnostic testing, wellness programs and emergency medical care.  Services include employee physicals, injury care, fit for duty exams, drug testing, blood draws, x-rays, and return to work exams.

“The X-152A Adena medical facility project was much more than simply installing a trailer,” noted the Fluor-B&W project manager.  “This is the culmination of the previous closure of the long-serving on-site medical facility, and designing a medical facility that will meet the needs of the Portsmouth workforce today and in the future, while maintaining the high standards of Adena. Many hours went into the project to ensure the final deliverable meets everyone’s expectations and needs.  Most importantly, safety was built into the project through planning, engineering, training, security and implementation.”

Although the Adena Medical Trailer is part of the X-152 Trailer complex, it looks very different due to its color. The color serves to allow visitors to identify the facility easier and as a symbol of how different this trailer is from any of the others.

The first day of operation was February 24.  On March 5, the staff welcomed a steady stream of more than 100 visitors for an open house and tours of the facility.  The Medical Facility’s Operations Manager said, “I was really pleased with the turnout and had a great time showing off the clinic. There was a wide mix of people including Fluor-B&W employees, Adena staff, and Department of Energy representatives. All of the medical staff love the facility and is glad to be here on site.”

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A Geiger Brothers operator and spotter dig a utility trench for the new 8-plex medical facility.  Crews began work in late October 2013 to prepare for the installation.

A Geiger Brothers operator and spotter dig a utility trench for the new 8-plex medical facility. Crews began work in late October 2013 to prepare for the installation.

Trenwa pre-cast concrete trench systems used for medical facility, data center and modular office trailer installations house electrical, telecommunications, data and public address system cabling.  The systems allows for removal of lids to add or maintain cabling as needed and as demands may change.

Trenwa pre-cast concrete trench systems used for medical facility, data center and modular office trailer installations house electrical, telecommunications, data and public address system cabling. The systems allow for removal of lids to add or maintain cabling as needed and as demands may change.

Geiger Brothers fabricates shale gas processing system pipe spools

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Under contract to Kokosing Construction Company, Geiger Brothers has completed fabrication and delivery of nearly 140 large and complex pipe spools for a natural gas liquid processing plant under construction in Noble County, Ohio.

The Seneca NGL Recovery Plant #2, being built for MarkWest Utica EMG, will provide for a 200 million cubic feet per day cryogenic gas processing expansion of the company’s large-scale midstream system, supporting rapidly growing drilling programs of producers in the southern core of the Utica Shale.

Geiger Brothers delivered the first shipment of fabricated pipe spools in August and made the last large shipment in November. Over the course of the project, Geiger Brothers fabricated nearly 140 carbon steel and stainless steel spools in pipe sizes 10 to 18 inches in diameter.

The spools will be installed as part of natural gas liquid and various gas, condensate, oil, propane, instrument air and other pipelines that make up the processing system.

The fabrication project required welding of more than 350 carbon steel piping and fitting connections and nearly 100 stainless steel connections. Designated carbon steel spools received post-weld heat treatment (PWHT).

The project also included fabrication and attachment of pipe shoes and stanchions where required by client specification.

Fabrication was in strict compliance with MarkWest Utica EMG mechanical construction quality requirements and those of ASME B31.3, Process Piping, with respect to weld procedures, welding personnel qualifications, weld inspection and other quality assurance processes.

For pre-approval prior to fabrication and from design isometrics, Geiger Brothers prepared shop drawings with the spool numbers and owner’s contract drawings identified.

Quality verifications included hydrostatic testing, weld visual, radiographic (RT), magnetic particle (MT) and dye penetrant (PT) non-destructive examination (NDE).  Hydrostatic pressure testing, held for 1-hour minimum duration at 40°F minimum on each fabricated spool, also was required prior to painting. Pipe spools were sandblasted and painted in accordance with client specifications.  All pipe spools were durably marked with the pipe line number and spool number.

In conjunction with pipe delivery, Geiger Brothers provided a quality assurance and control document package containing “as-built” shop drawings that provided for traceability of each weld to individual weld personnel, copies of mill certifications for all pipe used in fabrication, results of weld inspections and non-destructive examinations, and PWHT reports. A minimum number of welds by type were required to be verified by RT or examined by MT or PT testing for each individual performing welds.

Geiger Brothers loaded and delivered pipe spools to provide for safe transport and removal at the project site.  Open ends of shop fabricated piping and valves were protected with appropriate coverings to prevent damage and the entrance of dirt in accordance with the applicable Piping Fabrication Institute (PFI) standard.

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