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New Equipment Installation 

June 10, 2013

Highground Services was recently awarded the electrical and instrumentation portion of the Screw Press installation at a paper plant. The Screw Press is being installed to remove more water from the sludge which will make their disposal bill cheaper and its less tons of waste going to the landfill.  We are also continuing to support them with electrical, instrument, and PLC issues.

Outage Coverage 

April 01, 2013

We have been preparing for the May outage and October DCS migration at a Paper Plant.  Stephen Hypes has been working on converting PDF DCS loops to CAD, having completed nearly 100 loops to date.  Len Turner and Jonathan Barrett have completed the panel alarm tracing and provided a detailed list of migration requirements necessary for moving the alarms to the new DCS system.


PLC Configuration 

March 01, 2013

Highground Services employees recently completed installation of a PLC and Panel View Plus control system on an air dryer for a company who produces industrial dryers.  Billy Cornwell and Gary Futrell built the PLC cabinet for the project, while Daniel Gryder and Walt Smith (with assistance from John Warren and Jimmy Strozier) completed the PLC and Panel View Plus programming and configuration.  Walt Smith and Len Turner completed the installation of the cabinets, electrical, and instrumentation at the build site.  They plan to use the program on future projects.  We are currently in the process of obtaining materials for an additional panel build requested by this company.

New Construction 

January 01, 2013

Highground Services installed a 400A temporary service at the site of a new company that produces wood pellets. We also provided electricity and fresh water to their 7 construction trailers and the guard house on the site. The installation of 5-400W site lighting fixtures on 30’ utility poles provide security and light to the temporary office complex. We also completed odd jobs for the construction team at the site.


January 01, 2013

Doug Whitehead, Jim Beale, Calvin Ricks, Ken Mayfield and Graham Bristow started working at a shipyard supporting the Plant Engineering department. Doug, Jim and Calvin gather information from the field such as verifying drawings, gathering component attributes and tagging valves. Ken is writing operating procedures and Graham is working as a GIS analyst.

Tony Dunn (Documentation Team Leader), Ricky Payne, Mark Darden, Marcus Pope, Andy Boone , Benjy Beale, Tommy Wheeler and Ronald Dash are supporting the Plant Engineering department. Don Shanks is supporting  Technical Services/Controls and Randy Petrasek is supporting Maintenance Engineering.

Day and Night Support 

January 01, 2013

Electricians continue to support a paper mill during the days, nights, and weekends.  Instrument mechanics are supporting the mill 7 nights a week.  Highground Services’ electricians also have been inventorying electric motors throughout the mill. They are collecting data from the motor name plates to update their database.

Lubrication mechanics are supporting the paper mill and power plant areas.  Two employees are changing paper and charcoal filters throughout the mill and providing utility support.  Two employees are also supplying project management support for various mill construction projects.  One of these projects involves replacing all the lights in the Fluff Mill and Fluff warehouse with shatter proof lights to keep glass from reaching the fluff pulp.

Highground Services is supplying four employees to the Storeroom.  Three are in the receiving and distribution warehouse and one is supplying clerical support.  Two electricians and two helpers continue to perform electrical demolition in the sections of the paper mill which are not being used.  They are removing a large volume of copper wire which the mill is selling to recyclers.  Pipefitters have repaired all the restrooms in the Main Office.  Electricians are installing an axel counter for log trucks at the Main Scale House.  This is to ensure that trucks have all axels on the scale, guaranteeing accurate weight.

Environmental support continues in the areas of oil spill prevention, storm water, chemical management, and permit preparation and submittal. The updated groundwater withdrawal permit application was submitted this month. 

Highground Services, Inc. does not provide engineering services in North Carolina. Services are restricted to construction and installation.  Highground Services, Inc. provides construction and installation services on a projects in North Carolina.  All engineering services can be provided by our associated entity, Highground Engineering, PLLC.

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