Geiger employee spearheads program to help young black men prepare for success

Charles Meyers, Jr., Project Engineer for Geiger Brothers, Inc.

Charles Meyers, Jr., Project Engineer for Geiger Brothers, Inc.

By day, Charles Meyers, Jr. is a Project Engineer at Geiger Brothers. But in his free time, Meyers is working to help young black men reach their fullest potential with a program he developed called the American Dream Movement. Meyers, a 2013 Marshall University graduate, said the mission of the program is to invest in the education of African American male students in all aspects of their lives, in order to elevate their thinking, behavior and dreams. The purpose of the program is to allow African American male students to have a better opportunity to succeed in life through positive reinforcement, education and guidance.

Over the course of several months, Meyers met with 13 Huntington, WV area middle school and high school students in an effort to prepare them for their futures and success.  Students became members of the American Dream Movement, of which Meyers is the director, during a new membership ceremony called “Gathering of Dreamers” this past Saturday at First Baptist Church in Huntington.

Read the recently published Huntington Herald Dispatch article by Kristi Murphy here: Young black men prepare for success | The Herald-Dispatch.

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 Employees Join Nationwide “Heat’s On” Program

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On November 2, six employees of Geiger Brothers gave up their Saturday morning to make sure local seniors were ready for winter.

This was a Geiger Brothers’ independent entry into the nationwide “Heat’s On” program, which has the goal of checking furnaces of neighbors at risk to ensure that when the snow starts, no one will be left out in the cold.

“Heat’s On” stands for “Handicapped and Elderly Assistance to Service Our Neighbors” and it began in 1986 in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  The 2013 program was the 28th carried out annually as the program has spread nationwide.  The free service helps low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners and raises public awareness regarding regular furnace servicing.

Through this program nationwide, union pipefitters have volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours helping these individuals and families prepare for the cold months ahead.  Homeowners are pre-qualified with the help of local community human service organizations.

As the autumn temperatures start to drop, program volunteers make sure these families have working and reliable heat in their homes.  They inspect, clean and service furnaces to make sure they are operating efficiently.

Safety assurance is paramount, as the volunteers monitor carbon-monoxide emissions from the furnaces they service, install and/or check to make sure smoke detectors in the houses are working and replace failing batteries.

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Geiger Brothers craftsman applies artistic talent to prom decor

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Geiger Brothers pipefitter Bryce Scott donated his time and exceptional artistic talent to carve a pair of Tiki heads from blocks of foam for the 2012 Jackson High School “Stay-At-Home” party.

The location of the “after-prom” event April 28 was the Jackson Area YMCA.  The theme of the party’s 60th Anniversary event was “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Geiger Brothers donated the foam for Bryce’s carvings.

 

Geiger Brothers hosts ASQ section’s monthly program

Nearly 50 local quality professionals, primarily members of the American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) local Scioto Valley Section, toured the Geiger Brothers fabrication shop April 28, 2011. The program and tour served as the monthly program of the regional ASQ Section, which serves 17 counties in south central and southeastern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, and southwestern West Virginia.

The dinner program and tour began at Iron City Pipe & Supply and finished in the Geiger Brothers piping and structural steel fabrication shops.

Following registration and networking, ASQ section members and guests toured and heard about the quality aspects of pipe, valve and fitting (PVF) distribution at Iron City Pipe & Supply.

Following dinner, the second part of the program was a tour of the fabrication shop at Geiger Brothers, where company officers Scott Massie and Erik Massie talked about piping-based work packages, material certifications, and receipt and welding inspections. Guests then observed a demonstration of submerged arc pipe welding.

Attendees included ASQ section members, guests, and management and staff of the two companies, as well as special guests including two Jackson County commissioners, the mayor of Jackson, representatives of the Jackson County Economic Development Board, and local news media.

The evening provided opportunity for these special guests to learn of the services and activities of Iron City Pipe, of Geiger Brothers, of the American Society for Quality, and of the local Scioto Valley Section.

Geiger Brothers CEO Scott Massie discussed fabrication work packages, drawings, material certifications and inspections as part of the ASQ tour of the Geiger Brothers piping and structural steel fabrication shops on April 28, 2011.

Geiger Brothers CEO Scott Massie discussed fabrication work packages, drawings, material certifications and inspections as part of the ASQ tour of the Geiger Brothers piping and structural steel fabrication shops on April 28, 2011.

Geiger Brothers pipefitter James Blazer (left) demonstrated submerged arc welding to more than 40 ASQ Scioto Valley Section members and guests participating in the tour of the Geiger Brothers pipe and structural steel fabrication shops during the section’s April 2011 dinner program.

Geiger Brothers pipefitter James Blazer (left) demonstrated submerged arc welding to more than 40 ASQ Scioto Valley Section members and guests participating in the tour of the Geiger Brothers pipe and structural steel fabrication shops during the section’s April 2011 dinner program.

The Geiger Brothers marketing consultant designed and produced three separate poster boards to illustrate the activities of Iron City Pipe & Supply, the Geiger Brothers fabrication shops, and the ASQ Scioto Valley Section.

The Geiger Brothers marketing consultant designed and produced three separate poster boards to illustrate the activities of Iron City Pipe & Supply, the Geiger Brothers fabrication shops, and the ASQ Scioto Valley Section.

Geiger Brothers builds and installs new JHS baseball scoreboard frame

With help from Geiger Brothers, the Jackson High School baseball field entered a new era with the dedication and first use of a major improvement.

The late Dick “Sparky” Haller served as Jackson High School baseball coach for many years and the Huron Street field had been renamed in his honor in 1990.  On Tuesday evening, April 20, 2010, a pre-game ceremony highlighted the dedication of a new permanent granite monument designating the facility as Haller Field and the unveiling of a new scoreboard.

Geiger Brothers designed, built and installed the frame for the new scoreboard.  Company craftsmen built the frame and sleeves in the Geiger Brothers fabrication shop.  Then at the site, craftsman removed the old scoreboard, posts and concrete base and set the new sleeves.  Several days of Geiger Brothers work at the field finished with installation of the new frame by crane on April 16.  The 24-feet wide x 14-feet tall frame weighed just over 1,900 pounds.  The steel posts and sleeves combined weighed another 3,700 pounds and were set in 21 cubic yards of concrete.

Speakers at the dedication included the honored coach’s son, Paul Haller, who said Geiger Brothers “stepped up to the plate” by building the frame and installing the scoreboard.  “It’s been a tremendous team effort to get the scoreboard up in the last few days for this home game today,” he concluded.

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