#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

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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!

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.

Heavy Lifting… Crane Work on a Crisp Autumn Day

2 cranesThere’s nothing Boulter enjoys more than lifting large, heavy objects. Since we have been in this business for over 120 years, we have learned a thing or two about the most efficient and safest ways to install machinery and equipment. So setting three 65-foot hot water silo’s, each weighing approximately 21 tons (42,000 lbs), is all in a day’s work.

Each silo was delivered to site and our crew went to work with the necessary rigging to hoist and trip the tanks into the upright position using two cranes. For this job we used a 350-ton capacity crane as well as our 75-ton mobile truck crane.1404
Multiple pipe connections in various locations on each silo means that placement is critical. Using the customers supplied drawing, our crew went through the process of measuring and snapping chalk lines to layout each individual silo destination.

Directed by our certified signalman, the crane hoisted each silo across the work area to the landing point where our team guided and landed them in position.

In this case, 12 epoxy anchors were required by the manufacturer to secure each silo in place on the concrete slab. With the use of a hand held core drilling machine, the installation was completed by securing the anchors and hold down blocks.

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One Crane, Two Forklifts, and a 30,000 Pound Machine: Rigging the Boulter Way

There is a certain finesse required to complete a rigging job in the highest quality possible.  Manufacturing machines aren’t simple moves either: they’re bulky and oddly-shaped.  But those large, heavy machines are a huge investment to our clients; therefore, we take extra precautions to make sure the job is done correctly and with the highest caliber work possible.

To give you a better idea of what’s involved, one of yesterday’s rigging jobs called for two forklifts and one crane to unload and move a 30,000 pound machine.  After lifting the crate off the truck bed, our employees went to work disassembling the crate and unpacking the cargo.job 8.5

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Then they used the Hyster 15-Ton to move it closer to the crane for offloading from the skid.

Finally, all that was left was to move it into the shop.20150805_113717

Does your company have something impossibly heavy to move? Give us a call… we make the impossible possible! 

Visit our website: http://www.boulter1.com

A Short Introduction to Boulter Industrial Contractors!

BLSquareBoulter has been family-owned since its founding in 1892 by Thomas W. Boulter.

Five generations later, Boulter is still the premiere choice amongst today’s industry leaders when it comes to professionalism, punctual deliveries, and reliable services.

We are located in lovely Webster, New York and predominantly serve Monroe County and the surrounding counties.  The array of services we offer aim to help businesses keep growing. The quality we provide ensures our clients receive the best service and care – we don’t just make sure the job gets done, we get the job done right!

Regardless of the size or complexity of the job, Boulter has the personnel, equipment, and capability to provide superior service.

Our specialties include:

  • Rigging & Millwright
  • Transportation & Equipment
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Custom Packaging & Crating
  • Office Moves
  • Production Line Installations
  • Warehouse Storage
  • Crane Services