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"Welding is everything. Our tough standards
What's the measure of a strong barge? Listen to the people that know a barge is only as strong as it welds. HBC Barge
Welder, Bill Pochek: "Excellent welding is the surest sign of quality and strength in a barge. We continually work for the strongest welds possible in every area of construction. "All of our welding that requires it is
ABS and Coast Guard approved. Every welder, including myself, is certified. "Many welds need to be continu- ous, full-penetration. To make certain we get full-penetration and that the welds are sound and solid, every inch is inspected with an Ultrasonic Tester. "Flat position welding makes one of the strongest welds. So we rotate the give every barge lasting structural soundness!' barge sections during construction to permit as much downhand welding as possible. "We get our fit-ups and welds as tight as possible for strength, 1/8 inch is our ideal. You won't find any gaps filled with welding solder in our barges. "Our tough welding standards help our barges last through many years of con- tinued service. It's part of our philosophy of giving the customers what they want, in design and quality construction, delivered on-time, at a competitive price."
Everyone at HBC
Barge shares Bill Pochek's commitment to quality. HBC
Barge builds barges in any size and configuration you need, for chemicals and other liquids, coal, grain and other commodities.
Go beyond options and get what you want.
For more information on getting your next barge fleet built to your specs, built to deliver years of service, contact:
HBC Barge, Inc.
Formerly named Hillman Barge & Construction Company.
Brownsville, Pennsylvania 15417 Phone: (412) 785-6100
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