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Rollin’ on the River for J.B. Marine

As you cross the Jefferson Barracks Bridge on I270/255 and look South you’ll see a sprawling office and industrial complex – much of it floating on barges on the river.  That’s J.B. Marine, a barge and tow boat repair facility, founded in 1976. 

Dave Heyl, J.B. Marine, chief financial officer, is a big Aschinger fan. “I’ve worked with Aschinger for five years and they’ve upgraded our electric several times through our moves and expansion,” Heyl said in an interview from his floating office. “Because we’re located on the Mississippi it’s a unique situation. We’re dealing with OSHA, St. Louis County, and the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Mike House, Heyl’s contact at Aschinger, heard his concerns and put together team of electricians, who can work anywhere in J.B.’s four dry docks, shops or fab facilities. “They’ve taken such an interest that I can refer to the “Hennepin barge” (barges are named for their place of origination), the fab shop, the machine shop – they know exactly what I’m talking about, and they take care of it,” Heyl said.

J.B. Marine has expanded its business significantly in the past seven years, adding the machine shop six years ago, and the fabrication shop 18 months ago. Tow boat props and rudders can be severely damaged on the river. Each boat’s equipment is a one-off custom installation, so J.B. Marine’s services are highly valued in the industry.

And J.B. Marine’s partnership with Aschinger Electric helps make delivery of those services possible. “There’s a lot of watertight equipment. There  are  special connections so we can make quicker disconnects when we pull a barge out of a tow,” Heyl said.

Through it all – repairs, expansions, even a recent proposal from Aschinger for a solar panel installation – Heyl looks to Aschinger for service and technical leadership to keep J.B. Marine rolling on the river.

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  • “Monte took the time to fully explain the current situation to me so I could pass along the details to Ameren. He was extremely patient as I took notes…Monte was so helpful and friendly & I just want to let you all know!”

  • “Our project was never typical, could become unsafe at any time, was always sensitive to production and yet from the beginning your team has always looked after our best interest. Mike House and Scott Strumpler did an exceptional job!”

  • “I just received a phone call from Brian Sword at Gander Mountain to tell me how happy he is with the Fenton install. Please let Aschinger know that we appreciate their efforts. Nothing better than getting this type of call, especially with the eyes on this one. This is a team effort from design, engineering and implementation to make this happen.”

     

     

     

     

  • “Aschinger delivered a beautifully designed and installed process control network…. A truly professional installation leveraging 21st century technology that will reliably support our automation efforts for the next 20 years.”

  • “We were quite pleased with Aschinger.  Our previous infrascan company wasn’t nearly as thorough.”

  • “Last week when I was on site I had a chance to talk with two of your electricians, Denny and Rich Butteiger.     I was talking to them about the project and specifically the work they were doing (which was awesome).   It was great to hear them talk with passion and pride about their work.  We also talked about safety and that they saw being safe as much a part of their work as the work itself.

    Again, we appreciate the safety attitude and quality of work that Aschinger puts in place every day.”

     

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