How Boulter Sets the Safety Standard

“Safety first, never last. Have a future, not a past.” That’s the motto our friends at York Safety Solutions shared with us at our annual safety day training this year. The entire Boulter team got together to talk about this top priority.scene 3 - rigging1

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, York employees visited several of our jobsites and then gathered their findings into inspection reports to share.

That went great. It was a mutual feeling all around: they aren’t your typical “gotcha” guys. More like partners. They collaborated with our leadership, project managers, and guys on the ground to make the presentation about content that actually mattered to us.

Everyone agrees. It’s always nice to have someone come in and refresh us. Each time you hear it, it sticks in your head even more. 

TieoffWhy do we have ongoing safety training?

 We believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility. And we take that belief very seriously, proven by our employees working 90,000+ hours with no major accidents.

It helps that all field employees have a minimum of 10-hours of OSHA training, and foremen, like Matt Levick, have at least 30 hours. But, Boulter is about so much more than the minimum safety standards. According to Matt:

 “As Union guys, we’re always properly trained. Everyone goes through a four-year apprenticeship where we’re taught safety for our trades before we even begin to work.”scene5 -steelfab2

Matt recalls his apprenticeship and how he learned the ins and outs of the work. Not just
how to do it, but how to do it safely. And it pays off. Matt says it best:

“If you look at our vehicles, hear about our referrals, and see our careful workmanship, you’ll recognize how Boulter has set the standards in terms of safety. We are the ones everyone follows.”

Want to learn more about safety at Boulter? Click here.

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Blogs, birthdays, and big moves

A lot has been happening here at Boulter, so we realize it’s about time for an update. That’s why we’re drilling down and getting back to blogging. From here on out, you can expect to hear from us every two weeks.

What’s new?

Thanks to clients like you, we’re turning 125 years old. We’ve got some fun plans in the works to show how much we appreciate your business. Including a very happy birthday bash no one will forget.

We’ve also added to our collection of heavy duty equipment. Putting the final touches on some new additions that’ll hit the road in the next few weeks. Two brand spanking new pickup trucks and a bright, shiny 10-wheeler could appear at your next job site.

Anything else?

You bet. Our leadership team is growing stronger every day. We recently hired Karen Marsh as our VP of Human Resources and promoted Donald Luther to Operations Manager.

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“I’m excited to join the team and contribute to Boulter’s continued success and growth by supporting and championing team training, safety, and efficiency that will benefit our clients and staff.”

—Karen

 And Don is just as thrilled.  donald-luther

“While this is a new position, it’s one for which I’ve been preparing for years by partnering with Willis [our CEO and President] directly and I’m excited to officially take the reins and get deeply involved in all of our client projects.”

—Don

 What’s old news?

_dsc0157We’re still a local family business now in its fifth generation of ownership. Skillfully and safely moving our clients’ most valuable assets and heaviest equipment on time and on budget is still our top priority.

We continue to maintain a consistent safety record. And our teams use the newest, most advanced machinery to get your jobs done more efficiently. All cargo arrives in the same condition it left your facility, so you can get your operations back online. Fast.

Here’s a reminder of our services:

Remember, if you need to move something big, ask Boulter. But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what our clients are saying or get all the nitty gritty details on some projects we’re really proud of. Then check back in a few weeks for the next blog on our annual Safety Day.

Spotlight on Custom Steel Fabrication

You may not know, but in addition to excelling at rigging and transportation, Boulter also provides quality custom steel fabrication. Regardless of the scope of your project, Boulter will work with you from either concept or detailed drawings to deliver a finished product that is right for your company.100_0919

Boulter offers their clients a range of services in order to eliminate the need to hire several contractors for a wide scoped project. For example, if a client in the Food and Beverage Industry needs Production Line Installation, we can additionally provide the supplementary safety requirements to bring your project to code: from bollards to equipment modifications, machine platforms, stairs and handrails. DSCN1684

Our team includes certified welders and OSHA-30 hours trained professionals. With our Fabrication Shop and Overhead Crane, we are able to assemble pieces prior to installing it at your facility; however, our mobile welding truck allows our Ironworkers to fabricate on-site as well. Boulter’s versatility means convenience for our clients.

Meet the Project Manager: Jeffrey Smith

Smith-Jeff-8864-GBJeffrey specializes in all steel fabrication projects. He’s been with Boulter for 18 years, beginning as an Ironworker apprentice then working up the ranks to finally his current position. “Being a Project Manager is stressful yet rewarding,” Jeffrey says. “When I see a project progress from the first set of bid drawings to the last bolt installed, I feel a huge amount of pride for my team and a sense of accomplishment.”group cropped

Teamwork is a huge part of what makes Boulter stand out and an important element to Jeffrey. He says, “Boulter is a group of extremely talented employees that take their job seriously and really make tasks that appear impossible, look easy on a day to day basis.”

Boulter has been a part of some very unique and interesting fabrication jobs around town. Rochester’s very own Eastman Theatre required new stage rigging. “I was lucky enough to be on that project,” Jeffrey recalls. “It was a great job that involved complicated rigging and new steel installation all while working high above the stage area.” Another, more visually prominent project involved the rigging of safari bus at the Seneca Park Zoo [Read about this project here]. Part of this project included removing the Totem Pole from Midtown Plaza and relocating it to the Zoo.

Contact Boulter for a quote with absolutely no obligation!

Visit our Project Gallery to find out more about other types of jobs we’ve done in the past.

 

Western New York’s Sonar Test Facility

Did you know the Navy does field tests in the Finger Lakes?

Our glacier-made lakes are perfect for the research and development the facility conducts, which is world-renowned for ventures that demand deep-water testing. Because it is capable of handling systems, or equipment, weighing up to 200 tons and as deep as 500 feet, many major projects get evaluated there. Also, the facility performs test and evaluation of equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems.

Bsonaroulter was brought in by O’Connell Electric to assist in the replacement of the Test Facility’s entire ship-mounted MV and LV distribution systems. We received all the equipment, rig materials from land to the barge via crane, from the barge to the ship via the Navy’s ship-mounted crane. Once everything was on the ship, our crew rigged the equipment into its final location and the materials into place.

Our Fabrication Shop fabricated and installed new stainless steel bases for the exterior equipment. We also fabricated new stainless steel handrails to replace the existing fencing.

 

Learn more about typical projects we undertake here or read what others are saying about us.

[Adapted from the O’Connell Electric Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2015/2016]

 

#TBT: Rigging the Safari Bus at the Seneca Park Zoo Africa Exhibit

Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo is a popular recreational destination. It also seems like the last place where Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc would be contracted for a rigging job, right?

Unveiled in May 2012, the Step Into Africa attraction boasted a state-of-the art exhibit featuring three African lions. One of the features of the exhibit includes a stationary safari bus where visitors can view the lions.

To install the safari bus, the Zoo needed someone who specializes in rigging and custom installation projects. That’s where Boulter comes into play.Photos 007

IMG_0353The zoo purchased the two-story double decker bus and had it delivered to the site. At that point, Boulter’s field workers assessed the task and they fabricated steel on site to cradle the bus for safe hoisting with a crane. With the use of rigging slings and chain falls for adjustment, the bus was raised and swung into place. Once the bus was aligned and landed, ironworkers welded it to steel embedment plates in the concrete piers at the buses final location.

“This job was a lot of fun,” says Jeffrey Smith, Project Manager. “I remember it drawing a crowd of people curious to see what we were doing.”IMG_0352

Four years later, the exhibit is still a patron favorite. “As a local business, I am proud to see what a positive impact a job like this makes on our community,” says William S. Boulter, President and CEO of Boulter.

While many of Boulter’s projects are behind the scenes or out of public view, Jeffrey mentions “It’s neat when my kids say, ‘my dad put that bus there’ whenever we go to the zoo.”

To learn more about Boulter and its services, visit our website.

 

*Project photos courtesy of Seneca Park Zoo

Bridge Maintenance on the Union Street Overpass in Monroe County

Boulter’s crew has been onsite in the town of Chili removing the steel beams of the Union Street Bridge over I-90.

According to a press release issued by the New York State Thruway Authority, the “work will incorporate a full replacement of the existing structure.” Boulter was contracted by this project to remove the 12 ton steel beams. Using our 15-ton fork truck, beams were secured to the forks in order to allow them to be cut from the structure.

The Union Street overpass is located between Wheatland Center Road in the town of Wheatland and Chili-Scottsville Road (New York State Route 386) in the Town of Chili. With the bridge under construction, motorists have been advised of detour routes to follow. The new bridge is expected to reopen in the fall of 2016.

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Read about other projects Boulter frequently undertakes.

Learn more about Boulter and request a quote with absolutely no obligation.

Boulter Exhibiting at the Trucking Industry Job Fair

The New York Motor Truck Association will be holding a recruiting event on Saturday, March 5th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. will be exhibiting.

If you have an interest in a career in the Trucking Industry, stop by our booth – we would be happy to speak with you! The job fair will be held at the Diplomat Banquet Center located at 1956 Lyell Ave in Rochester.

This is an opportunity for you to learn more about Boulter and for us to learn more about you and your career goals.

A Fresh New Website for 2016

New Year, New Look!

Have you visited our website recently? If so, then you have noticed our completely redesigned webpage, which was launched on New Year’s Eve. Some of the new features include: expanded sections for our core services, embedded service videos, and social media feeds. If not, we welcome you to explore our site and let us know what you think.

With our new design, we wanted to provide our clients and potential customers with a user-friendly experience. It helps communicate our brand and our message in a more cohesive way.

Moreover, the new layout showcases more of Boulter’s specialties. In addition to being Rochester’s #1 provider of rigging services, Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. offers companies so much more! For example, did you know that Boulter also specializes in custom steel fabrication and custom crating & packaging? Regardless of the industry, if you need something moved, shipped, stored, or fabricated, Boulter has the capability.

While the best way to experience Boulter quality is through first-hand experience, clients can now get a feel for our work by viewing the service videos. Each of the 9 videos delves a little deeper into what we stand for and our commitment to success. Watch the videos here.

Learn more about some of the frequent projects Boulter undertakes. Need a Heidelberg Press installed? Our services are unparalleled. Visit our Project Gallery for other examples.

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Contact us today for a quote with absolutely no obligation!

Relocating Your Company? Boulter Offers Turnkey Solutions.

Save yourself and your company the hassles involved with moving a business: contact Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. for turnkey office and plant relocation – there’s no job too big or too small!

It’s safe to say moving is stressful. When a business needs to relocate the stress factor increases exponentially – there are employees to consider, ongoing projects or production to minimally disrupt, and all the furniture, equipment, and machines to remove and set up in the new location. The good news? Boulter is capable of taking care of everything to minimize the stress and the impact!

Our employees operate with 20150921_120118care and the quality of our work is unrivaled. Our Qualified Riggers are experienced with handling a wide range of heavy machinery – if it needs to be moved, we will get it done quickly and safely.

When it comes to top-notch service and equipment, Boulter has you covered. All our transportation vehicles are equipped with air-ride suspension, which ensures the safe transport of even your most delicate items. Whether you are in contact with office staff or field workers, each Boulter employee strives to provide the best customer service so that you are happy with the results.

Meet the Project Manager: Don Luther

Luther-Don-9963Don is an extremely organized and meticulous person. His goal is to have the move be a flawless transition. “It’s important to keep businesses operating during their relocation,” Don says. “We know that minimizing the impact on our client’s production floors is a top priority – that and transporting everything safely.”

Don joined Boulter in 2012 bringing 20+ years of experience with him. “The best part about working at Boulter,” he says, “is the team mentality everyone has. Every person truly invests their energy into the work they do; it’s what makes Boulter exceptional.”

To learn more, watch our video.

For a quote with absolutely no obligation, contact us today by visiting our website or calling 585-265-3260.

Boulter Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. has launched its video marketing campaign to better showcase the wide variety of services it offers. With a completely re-designed website in the works and scheduled for release at the end of this year, one of the site’s upgrades is the inclusion of these short promotional videos.

Boulter has started posting the combo1videos to its YouTube channel then sharing them on social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. The first video was released last Friday showcasing Steel Fabrication; yesterday’s video concerned Custom Crating & Packaging. With a total of 9 short videos, Boulter plans to share 1 to 2 videos each week culminating in the unveiling of its new website.

The short videos introduce viewers to Boulter’s Project Managers, putting faces and names to the people whom clients will be working with throughout the process.

Still have questions about Boulter?

Subscribe to Boulter’s YouTube channel and see the videos as they post to get behind-the-scenes view of what Boulter does; follow Boulter on Facebook or LinkedIn; or contact Boulter today to see how your company can experience the Boulter difference.