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

OUC Bridge Night

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


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.



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.


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.

Whisle UnloadStand Ramped