In November 2018, Casey Industrial wrapped up construction on the installation of four Wärtsilä 50SG reciprocating engines at the Arvah B. Hopkins Generating
Station in Tallahassee, Florida. Following the success of the original project, the City of Tallahassee awarded Casey Industrial an expansion project involving the complete installation of a fifth Wärtsilä 50SG engine.
The Casey team has been back on site and diligently working toward completion since June 2019. On November 27th, the team received a major delivery – the engine arrived on site. The site team and the City are very pleased with the progress being made and look forward to seeing the engine move into its final position in the engine hall alongside the other four engines.
Casey recognizes the need to move toward “grid balancing” energy options and is proud to have installed 90 Reciprocating Engines across the United States, ranging in size from 500 KW to 18 MW and providing our customers with back-up power and generation projects in the 1 MW to 200+ MW range. In a story documented by WCTV, this installation is one of several projects the City of Tallahassee is pursuing in order to provide clean, reliable energy to their residents.
This summer, Casey Industrial competed for a major electrical project in the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels located on I-70 in Summit and Clear Creek Counties.
After an extensive review process and steps to clear the requirements for additional funding, the project was awarded to Casey Industrial. This Design-Build project will allow Casey to work closely with CDOT to finalize the scope of the project, narrow in on cost savings, and provide much needed electrical improvements in the two tunnels. Casey will replace the Motor Control Centers, add Variable Frequency Drives and new Switchgear, and oversee the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) integration. Completion of the work is expected in October 2020.
Casey is excited to work with CDOT in our home state to help with these improvements for the people of Colorado.
Casey Industrial was included in the Mountain West Region on Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2019 Top Performer’s List, which recognized ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, and project excellence ranked by work hours.
“ABC Top Performers are leading the way in the merit shop construction industry, where diverse participants are constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance in an environment of fair and open competition,” said Michael Bellman, president and chief executive officer of ABC. “These rankings will help the industry identify contractors like Casey Industrial that have achieved world-class safety performance, demonstrated their commitment to their workers and their communities, and earned recognition for project excellence and diversity.”
To be eligible, Casey Industrial demonstrated world-class safety performance by implementing ABC’s STEP safety management system, which makes the top-performing contractors up to 680 percent safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average, according to the ABC 2019 Safety Performance Report. This year, Casey Industrial is pleased to be one of a select number of companies to have implemented the STEP program at the Gold level.
Get free access to the 2019 Top Performers list at abc.org/topperformers.
In July 2016, Casey Industrial mobilized to Paramount, California to begin work on a stamping press supplied by SMS group and owned by Weber Metals, a subsidiary of Otto Fuchs KG. This press, with a maximum pressing force of 60,000 short tons, was born from a desire to create lighter weight aerospace components. Utilizing forged aluminum and titanium, it can produce lightweight and optimized pieces to be used in the fuselage, wings, undercarriage, and engines.
At a weight of approximately 19.5 million pounds, this press was built with over 9,000 tons of steel, more than was once used to build the Eiffel Tower. This is the largest pull-down die forging press in the world.
Through the project, this team worked in tight quarters to install several miles of piping and tubing, successfully completed thousands of complex welds, and pulled nearly twenty miles of electrical cable. Our Mechanical crew was challenged with getting several large and heavy components into extremely tight spaces. With the use of some creative bull rigging and large cranes, they accomplished the task and met every milestone.
On October 23rd, 2018, Casey’s President, Stephen Brague, and the Project Manager, Paul Kikel, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the owner, Otto Fuchs KG, to celebrate the completion of the press. A video of the impressive unveiling can be seen here.
Casey Industrial is very proud to have been a part of this exceptional project. If you need a creative and dedicated general contractor, please give us a call. We’d love to help with your next project.
Casey Industrial has been awarded a contract with Katerra to construct their 250k square foot mass timber manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. Casey will self-perform mechanical and electrical work through early 2019.
Cross Laminated Timber, which will be produced in this facility, is a relatively new building product with a low carbon footprint and sound structural integrity. This product can be used for residential homes, office buildings, apartment complexes, and other commercial spaces. Because of the pre-cut and fabricated nature of the material, the use of CLT in these applications has resulted in a 20% faster construction schedule, as well as reduced risk.
As companies in our industry strive to reduce environmental impact and seek out sustainable alternatives to development and construction, Casey is pleased to be a part of bringing CLT to America and we look forward to taking part in the future development and construction of CLT facilities across the country.
Casey Industrial is excited to announce that Daniel Henke has taken the role of Vice President and will be focusing his efforts on Business Development in the Gulf Coast Region of the United States.
Daniel joined Casey in 2017 as a Senior Director of Operations. We are looking forward to his advancement within the company and the leadership and experience he will bring to the client development side of our business.
As Vice President, Daniel will be working directly with our clients and project teams with an emphasis on creating project experiences worth repeating for our customers.
He has 30 years of experience in industrial facilities, including engineering, construction, start-up/commissioning, and testing and maintenance. He brings a wealth of knowledge and industry relationships to Casey.
Prior to joining Casey Industrial, Daniel held several corporate roles with his prior company, overseeing operations within their Power division and providing organizational leadership strategy. This work aligns well with Casey's offerings and provides an excellent platform for our growth in the market.
Daniel holds a mechanical engineering degree from Texas Tech University and an MBA from West Texas A&M University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a Project Management Professional.
Engines On Site at Substation 12
Casey Industrial is rapidly moving into the next phase of construction at one of our project sites for the City of Tallahassee.
Last week, the first of two Wärtsilä natural gas-fired reciprocating engines was delivered to the Substation 12 site. These massive engines weigh over 310,000 pounds each and required over eight hours to transfer from the rail yard, where they arrived in Tallahassee, and unload at the project site, less than 10 miles away. To see a video of this process, check out the owner’s YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Ogfy5g-2XDY.
Substation 12 will provide increased reliability to the current system and back-up power in the event of an outage. Casey expects commercial operation to begin this summer.
Casey Industrial has mobilized to Tallahassee, Florida to commence construction of a project for the City of Tallahassee. This project involves work at two sites – Substation 12 and A.B. Hopkins Generating Station. At Substation 12, Casey will install two clean natural gas-fired 34SG Wärtsilä Reciprocating Engines to increase reliability, improve efficiency, and reduce environmental impact to meet customer demand. Casey will install four clean natural gas-fired 50SG Wärtsilä Reciprocating Engines (72 MW total) at the existing Hopkins site to replace less efficient units.
Casey has extensive experience with Reciprocating Engines, having installed over 100 units to date throughout the United States. We are excited to bring our expertise to Florida, and look forward to performing a successful project for the City of Tallahassee.
Construction for both sites is underway, allowing for the plants to be commercially operational by October 2018 (Substation 12) and January 2019 (Hopkins).