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.

Hoops Family Children’s Hospital – Phase 1 complete

Supporters, donors, local and national leaders, physicians and hospital staff celebrated a milestone June 17 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first completed phase of construction of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Construction is progressing in phases so no patient care areas have to close during reconstruction.

The four-phase project of patient room reconstruction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.

As the mechanical contractor, Geiger Brothers is responsible for all plumbing, medical gas, heating and ventilation upgrades. Value of the Geiger Brothers contract over the four phases is $2.1 million.

The first phase included reconstruction of treatment, procedure and play rooms as well as the first set of eight patient-ready rooms with unique features and upgrades that make the environment family and child friendly.

During this first phase, Geiger Brothers work included 15 contract helicopter lifts of air handling units, piping and support structures to the roof of the hospital. All lifts were completed in just over an hour on an early Sunday morning.

The second phase began July 1 and consists of reconstructing 10 rooms for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as a new waiting room.

When completed, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital will have large rooms with private bathrooms and showers, with many special features to comfort and delight young patients.

During the ribbon cutting Brent Marsteller, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital, said “The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital has been made possible because of our generous donors and the hard work of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who are passionate about providing the best possible care for sick and injured children. We look forward to the day when this building project is completed and we will have a facility that will provide care and comfort to the children of our community for generations to come.”

Murphy Tractor and Equipment Facility Groundbreaking

From left, Geiger Brothers Project Manager Kyle Hickey, Jackson Mayor/Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Branch Manager John Meeks, Jackson City Service Director Bill Sheward, and Geiger Brothers President/COO Erik Massie each move a shovel full of dirt as part of a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, May 15 for a new Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. to be located near Mayhew Road and State Route 32 in Jackson.

From left, Geiger Brothers Project Manager Kyle Hickey, Jackson Mayor/Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Branch Manager John Meeks, Jackson City Service Director Bill Sheward, and Geiger Brothers President/COO Erik Massie.

Ground was ceremoniously broken Thursday, May 15, for a new Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company facility to be located on Mayhew Road just off State Route 32 in Jackson.

Murphy is a construction and forestry dealer – specializing in items such as bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes. The business is currently located in Chillicothe, but the entire operation is being moved from there to Jackson.

Branch Manager John Meeks explained several factors made Jackson an ideal place to re-locate the business including highway access, working with City of Jackson officials, and proximity to the customer base.

Meeks joined representatives from Geiger Brothers, Inc., general contractor for the project, as well as City of Jackson officials for the ground-breaking festivities.

The new Jackson Murphy Tractor and Equipment will be a full sales, service, and parts facility. It will feature several bays with full maintenance capabilities, a wash bay, and a sales floor. Around 17 will be employed when it opens 8 to 10 months from now.

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