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Residential Handrail Project Fabrication Job

Crawford Division: Welded Fabrication
Client: Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
Challenge: Updating existing water tower to meet current regulations
Solution: Installation of OSHA compliant ladder, hand rails, and internal components

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Project Summary: 
Crawford Co. performed work at the Rock Island Arsenal Water Tower this summer. The project included fabrication and installation of OSHA compliant ladder, hand rails, and internal components. Crawford's design team meet with RIA Public Works Department to design the solutions. Crawford fabricated the ladder and safety cage in segments. The hand rails were also fabricated in Crawford's Fab Shop. The final steps included epoxy painting and field installation by a crew of three Crawford employees.

About Arsenal Island (from Wikipedia):
The Rock Island Arsenal comprises 946 acres, located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL. It lies within the state of Illinois. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816, with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880's. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Established as both an arsenal and a center for the manufacture of leather accoutrements and field gear, today it provides manufacturing, logistics, and base support services for the Armed Forces. The Arsenal is the only active U.S. Army foundry, and manufactures ordnance and equipment, including artillery, gun mounts, recoil mechanisms, small arms, aircraft weapons sub-systems, grenade launchers, weapon simulators, and a host of other components. Some of the Arsenal's most successful products include the M198 and M119 towed howitzers, and the M1A1 gun mount. About 250 military personnel and 6,000 civilians work there.


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Darryl Stebel