Climax Portable Machine Tools received a $1.5 million contract from the U.S. Corps of Engineers to refurbish the Markland Locks and Dams on the Ohio River. According to Climax, the project will create 30 jobs in Oregon.
Climax will refurbish the lock doors and door quoins. Frequent repairs to the gates have led to uneven sealing surfaces. Climax will design, fabricate and fully test two large-scale, custom-made vertical milling machines that can travel up to 70 feet in height in a single pass and remove up to 1.5 inches of material over multiple passes.
The company is required by the Corps to complete the work in 17 days. The milling machines are scheduled to be delivered in March 2010 and the work is expected to be completed by May 2010.
Federal economic stimulus dollars are being used to fund the project.
“Investing in repairing our nation’s road, bridges and dams will not only improve the flow of commerce but also create meaningful work, paying dividends for years to come,” said Geoff Gilmore, president and chief executive officer of Climax.