Geiger Brothers completes Site Clearing for Piketon plant waste disposal facility

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Under contract to Geiger Brothers, Caudill Chipping used state-of-the-art feller bunchers on the OSWDF project. These implements have a vertical grapple that holds each tree in place while a circular saw cuts through the trunk. This photo shows a John Deere 959 tracked feller buncher — which can cut tree trunks 40 inches in diameter and was the larger of two on the job — cutting down the first tree on the 215-acre clearing site.

Geiger Brothers recently completed Site Clearing as prime contractor to Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (FBP) at the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) uranium enrichment complex in Pike County, Ohio. FBP is the DOE prime contractor for Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D) of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The project required removal of trees and vegetation covering approximately 215 acres. Work began in early November 2015 and was completed mid-February 2016. The task was completed incorporating nearly 9,000 safe contractor personnel hours without incident.

The Site Clearing was done to prepare for a future On-Site Waste Disposal Facility (OSWDF) for the D&D project. The location lies within the DOE property in an area consisting of open and forested land.

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Skidders with grapples moved logs to a horizontal chipper. While most of the timber was chipped directly into trailers for boiler fuel, some pieces were measured on a sawbuck and automatically cut to length for transport to saw mills.

Geiger Brothers was responsible for project management and directly for chipping and grinding of undergrowth and scattered trees and saplings up to four (4) inches in diameter using mobile forestry equipment; clearing of non-forested grassland, grubbing within a 30-foot wide strip to allow for future perimeter fence installation; installation, inspection and maintenance of erosion and sedimentation control devices; and temporary and permanent seeding. Under a contract modification, Geiger Brothers is continuing erosion control maintenance following basic project completion.

Extensive planning was required to decide on the location of landings, haul roads, stream crossings, and skid trails as well as which Ohio Department of Natural Resources “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) were best suited for use. Prior to the start, erosion and sediment controls such as check and filter dams were placed in critical areas. Personnel from Geiger Brothers installed additional erosion and sediment controls as phased clearing proceeded using BMPs such as silt fence or filter-sock (a fabric tube filled with mulch to control run-off) and removing stumps along the OSWDF perimeter. Areas where ground disturbance occurred were stabilized and revegetated as soon as possible after use to control erosion. Environmentally sensitive areas such as selected streams and wetlands were surveyed and fenced out to prevent disturbance before tree cutting started. A temporary stone boundary put in place prior to the land-clearing project prevented unauthorized access to the potentially hazardous clearing zones.

Geiger Brothers was responsible for construction and maintenance of temporary roadways, parking areas, lay-down areas, landing areas, and storage and work areas, and restoration to pre-construction condition upon demobilization. Geiger Brothers personnel provided dust control measures and for maintenance of traffic in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Prior to clearing work, Geiger Brothers had performed temporary construction facility set-up and utilities installation and prepared equipment staging, maintenance, and refueling areas.

Geiger Brothers was required to provide a professional surveyor, licensed in the state of Ohio, to survey and stake clearing limits as identified on construction drawings and to determine locations of surface water management and erosion and sediment control measures. For this task, Geiger Brothers engaged Howerton Engineering & Surveying of Portsmouth, Ohio.

In managing the project, Geiger Brothers was responsible for the performance schedule and sequence of work; for coordinating personnel training and reporting; for daily, weekly and monthly reporting and schedule updates; and for a wide range of client submittals including Safety Data Sheets, equipment and instrument data, and inspection plans. Most critically, Geiger Brothers developed and submitted to FBP a Surface Water Management and Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan, a project Site-Specific Work Plan (SSWP), and a comprehensive Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). The environmental plan required submittal of manufacturer’s erosion control device product data and erosion control device inspection reports.

For the major tree clearing on the 215 project site acres, Geiger Brothers engaged subcontractor Corbett R. Caudill Chipping, Inc., based near McArthur, Ohio. Caudill performed the clearing of standing timber above a diameter of 4 inches using specialized industry-specific clearing equipment and logging practices. Trees were removed from the site as chips or as logs.

Fluor-B&W Portsmouth and Geiger Brothers had sought a reputable professional local logging company that primarily used mechanized means so as to enhance safety and limit the number of ground personnel and chose Caudill Chipping based on its years of experience and expertise in logging. The company had participated in ODNR development of Best Management Practices for logging, including how to handle erosion and sediment control during operations. The company has twice been featured in “Timber Harvesting” magazine as “Logging Business of the Year.” The company is a member of the Ohio Forestry Association and three of its employees have achieved Master Certified Logger designation.

Caudill Chipping used using state-of-the-art feller bunchers to hold and cut the trees. Trees intended for the chipper were dragged to a stabilized landing area where the portable chipper was located. Grapple loaders fed the trees into the chipper which then dispensed the chips into trailers. Some few logs were measured on a sawbuck and automatically cut to length. Stumps were left in place and will be subjected to grubbing just prior to OSWDF earthwork activities so as to control erosion in the interim.

Upon OSWDF Site Clearing project completion, the achieved desired end-state was for the 215 acres to be clear-cut with trees and brush removed and to achieve its readiness for construction of the waste disposal cell and support area. “This was a project characterized by utmost safety, compliance and efficiency,” said Geiger Brothers CEO and Project Manager Scott Massie, “made possible by full communication and successful coordination between Geiger Brothers, its subcontractor Caudill Chipping, and its client Fluor-B&W Portsmouth.”

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Geiger Brothers finishes construction of Murphy Tractor sales and service center

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The new Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company center near Jackson officially opened October 22 at the intersection of State Route 32 and Mayhew Road near Jackson. Finishing touches recently included mounting and lighting of building exterior signage.

Geiger Brothers, Inc., was the design-build contractor for this new sales, service, and parts facility. The complex includes a 12,000 square foot building for offices, the sales floor and the parts department and a 9,000-square-foot service area. The service area features include four large drive-through full maintenance bays, two 10-ton overhead cranes, and an interior wash bay. The site also includes a two-acre stone equipment lot.

Founded in 1982, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. is one of John Deere’s largest North American construction and forestry equipment dealer organizations. Headquartered in Park City, Kansas, Murphy has 28 locations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Murphy moved to Jackson from its previous site near Chillicothe, which is no longer in operation. The Jackson location employs nearly 20 including management, sales and parts personnel, and service technicians. John Deere products offered at the new facility include bulldozers, backhoe loaders, excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, forestry crawlers, loaders, harvesters and more.

 

Heat’s On Project helps local residents stay warm

Steve Spires, Brian Woltz, Paul Lykins and Ryan Canter. Service technician Stephen Haley, Jr. was unable to participate in this year’s event due to Ohio Air National Guard obligations.

Service Technicians Steve Spires, Brian Woltz, Paul Lykins and Ryan Canter. Service technician Stephen Haley, Jr. was unable to participate in this year’s event due to Ohio Air National Guard obligations.

More than a dozen Jackson residents will stay warm this winter, thanks to the help of some local volunteers.

This past weekend, mechanical service technicians from Geiger Brothers participated in the Heat’s On Project, providing free furnace inspections for low income senior and disabled homeowners.

The four technicians that participated performed preventative maintenance on furnaces and boilers, which ensures they are operating efficiently to keep fuel cost as low as possible. Additionally, heat exchangers and safety controls were inspected and tested to confirm safe operation.

“It’s just our way of showing good will back to the people in the community,” said Brian Woltz, Geiger Brothers’ Service Manager.

The volunteers also inspected smoke detectors in the homes, replacing old batteries and added smoke detectors where needed.

Geiger Brothers would like to thank Callahan’s Do-It Best for donating the furnace filters for the project and West Virginia Electric for donating smoke detectors and batteries.

HVAC preventative maintenance can save

Geiger Brothers' service division repairs, services and maintains all makes and models of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing equipment and fixtures.

Geiger Brothers’ service division repairs, services and maintains all makes and models of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing equipment and fixtures.

You wouldn’t drive your car 100,000 miles without changing the oil. The same logic holds true for your home comfort system. Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bills from getting out of control.

WHEN SHOULD I DO FURNACE MAINTENANCE?

  • For a system that heats and cools: perform maintenance in the spring and fall
  • For cooling maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the cooling season
  • For furnace maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the heating season.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CLEAN/CHANGE MY FILTER?

  • You should always double-check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking it’s best to clean or change your filters once every 3 to 9 months.
  • Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.

For more information about Geiger Brothers service division, please visit our website.

 

 

 

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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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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