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Avondale Selects

Vacu*Blast For

New Blasting Facility

Avondale Shipyards, Incorporated,

New Orleans, La., has placed an or- der with Vacu*Blast Corporation,

Belmont, Calif., for an enclosed blast- cleaning system.

The order for $215,000 features the Vacu*Blast "All-Pneumatic

Floor" Blastroom. The room meas- ures 65 feet wide, 135 feet long, by 30 feet high and will handle eight blast operators working simultaneous- ly or independently of each other.

Avondale Shipyards had been using the conventional outdoor sandblasting equipment which made it economically impractical to blast during adverse weather conditions. "We can now blast in any weather and also reduce our abrasive costs considerably." (as stated by Avondale personnel)

Vacu*Blast Corporation is a lead- ing manufacturer of metal-prepara- tion and dust-collecting equipment, with a strong background in the mari- time industry. Vacu*Blast will manu- facture the equipment on order for

Avondale at its Abilene, Kan., op- eration.

Waterways Attract 87 Plant Facilities

In Last Quarter 73

Waterside sites attracted 87 plant facilities in the fourth quarter of 1973, James R. Smith, president of

The American Waterways Opera- tors, Inc. has reported. Chemical facilities led the field.

The AWQ survey shows that production industries constructed, expanded, or announced plans to construct 23 chemical facilities in the quarter.

The 23 chemical facilities built during the fourth quarter of 1973 represented 26 percent of all new waterside plant facilities reported in the Association's survey for the period.

Fifty-seven of the 9'1 industries which constructed or expanded, or announced plans to construct or ex- pand plant facilities along or adja- cent to navigable waterways dur- ing the third quarter, reported investment expenditures totaling $1,236,150,000.

The list of new industry facilities or expansions does not represent the total number of such develop- ments along navigable channels in the fourth quarter. However, A WO seeks to make the listing as com- prehensive as -possible.

The AWiO president said that the fourth quarter figures indicate sus- tained interest on the part of the management to take advantage of low-cost barge transportation for handling bulk-loading commodities.

He pointed out that while all of these industries may not use water transportation, the availability of commercial barge service and the effect this service has on the gen- eral freight rate structure is a fac- tor in plant locations. Additionally, he said, the availability of stable water supplies provided by naviga- tion improvements attract industri- al plant locations.

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Analysis of the 87 waterside plants that were developed in the fourth quarter of 1973 shows that in addition to the 23 chemical facili- ties, 17 were metal producing units ; 14 were terminals, docks and wharves; 12 were paper and wood products installations; 10 were pe- troleum installations; three were grain installations; two were ship- yard-related units; two were gen- eral manufacturing installations; two were rubber manufacturing in- stallations; one was a cement pro- ducing facility, and one was a mis- cellaneous facility.

The waterways where the great- est activity took place in new plant starts and expansions in the fourth quarter of 1973 were the Mississippi

River with 13; Houston Ship Chan- nel with nine; Black Warrior,

Warrior and Tombigbee River Sys- tem with seven; McClellan-Kerr

Arkansas River Navigation System with five ; Gulf Intracoastal Water- way with five; Tennessee River with five; James River with three;

Lake Superior with three, and Sa- vannah River with three.

The American Waterways Oper- ators, Inc. first began keeping waterside plant construction and expansion records in 1952. Since then, 8,942 waterside plant develop- ments have been reported.

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