BLR and CHAND WIN SHAFT CONTRACT
“In November of 2016, BLR received a new CNC Mazak Lathe,” said Paul Bollinger. The machine is capable of turning shafts up to 10” in diameter, and it is equipped with horizontal and vertical milling capabilities.
Prior to receiving this machine, Lockport had done all shaft work with either a manual machine or a first generation CVC machine from the 1980’s.
Jeremi Talbot, Darren Griffin, and Mario Sampey all attended training in Kentucky at Mazak’s facility to learn how to operate the machine. Dustin Landry came to Bollinger with the experience on running the machine from a previous job.
“The “Mazak”, as it is referred to in the shop, has improved efficiency by almost 100% in its first few months in service,” said Paul.
“Over the past year, CHAND has seen a huge increase in our government market to replenish both inboard and outboard shafts for the US Navy 170’ Cyclone Class Patrol vessels built by Bollinger Shipyards in early 90’s,” said Cindie Roussel.
“CHAND and BLR teamed to bid the first set of 54 inboard shafts in December 2015 and we were awarded the contract in September 2016. In addition, we bid on 40 outboard shafts and we were awarded the contract in November 2016,” said Cindie.
“The decision to upgrade our processes by investing in the Mazak Lathe was necessary to handle the volume needed to support the delivery timeframe. We also hope that the “Mazak” will open new doors to markets that we haven’t been able to reach in the past,” said Paul.