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Volkswagen Plant First In Automotive Industry To Attain LEED Platinum Status
The Chattanooga, Tenn.,-based Volkswagen assembly plant, which became fully operational last year and is expected to employ nearly 3,000 people, is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

W.J. O'Neil installed all of the plumbing fixtures in the assembly, body, paint, tech Center, RBI and RBII buildings. All of the fixtures were low-flow flush for water consumption reduction. W.J. O'Neil also is installing components of a commercial rainwater harvesting system at the new plant. W.J. O'Neil is installing a below grade storage tank with built-in pumps, and all the piping needed to disperse the rainwater for flushing toilets and urinals in three of the plant's restroom facilities.

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WJO Awarded Contract at Wacker Plant in Charleston, TN
W.J. O'Neil Company is the general contractor for a design-build package as part of Wacker Polysilicon's new, $1.5 billion plant in Charleston TN that will produce hyperpure polycrystalline silicon used in the solar and semiconductor industries.

The scope of work, which began in February 2012, involves the complete design and construction of a fire water pump house, including foundation, building, equipment, controls, plumbing, electrical, piping and interfaces.

W.J. O'Neil Company anticipates additional opportunities as this project continues to develop.
Shaw Industries Awards WJO Contracts at Several Facilities
W.J. O'Neil Company won several mechanical contracting projects for Shaw Industries' carpeting facilities in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, including HVAC, boiler, air drier, and air compressor service. Work began in February 2012.

Owned by holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Shaw Industries is a full-service flooring company with more than $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 25,000 employees throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.


WJO Installs New Paint Shop at Nissan Smyrna Plant
Under contract with TKS Industrial, W.J. O'Neil Company's Chattanooga pipe fabrication facility fabricated, delivered and installed equipment at Nissan's NNA-S4 new Paint Shop at its existing campus in Smyrna TN. All fabrication was completed at our fabrication shop, delivered and then installed on site.

Fabrication and installation included 35 pump, filter and tank skids, as well as 18 utility pipe racks, for Nissan's phosphate/E-Coat system; 6 pump unit skids for its primer, clear coat and base coat booth paint systems, and piping and related equipment for its PT/ED dump tanks and system bulk storage tanks.

Fabrication work began in December 2011; on-site work began in February 2012.

Blue Water Gas Storage Taps WJO for Plant Installation
W.J. O'Neil Company worked directly with owner Blue Water Gas Storage on its JT plant relocation and installation project, which began in August 2011. Our scope of work included the mechanical installation of the HP gas piping, two heat exchangers, JT separator, liquid separator, JT liquid heater and glycol injection skid. Work also included the excavation and backfill, coating and painting of the piping, and mechanical insulation.

Working on a 2 1/2-month fast track schedule, we installed high-pressure natural gas piping with an operating pressure of 1,440 psi. Hydrostatic testing was conducted on the piping systems with a pressure of 2,160 psi for a minimum eight hours on all natural gas distribution piping. Additionally, all natural gas distribution piping required non-destructive testing, involving 100% x-ray inspection of all welds. Our welders were tested and certified on a specific downhill welding procedure.

Welder tracking of the entire project was performed by us via our own weld map process with all weld x-rays and mapping turned over to the owner during project closeout.

WJO Wins Contract for Paint Shop at Toyota Engineering
W.J. O'Neil Company won a contract through TKS Industrial Company to provide all engineering, design, labor, materials, equipment, and supervision required of the process piping package associated with the Paint Shop project for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America in Blue Springs, Mississippi. Work began in March 2011.
WJO Wins Huge Process Piping Project From Marathon at Detroit Facility
Fluor Constructors International awarded W.J. O'Neil Company one of the largest process piping jobs in recent Michigan history: the Marathon Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade project. W.J. O’Neil Company began work on the project in February 2011.

By the project's completion, we will have installed approximately 120,000 linear feet of pipe, made more than 8,500 field welds, set major equipment, erected structural steel, and welded exotic metals, including stainless steel and chrome alloys.

Additionally, we used Building Information Modeling (BIM), the latest technology, on this project for planning and installation coordination. Work crews are able to access model stations, secure material and ensure accuracy during construction.

The $2.2 billion Marathon DHOUP project will add new equipment at Michigan's only oil refinery to process heavy, more viscous crude oils and create a more stable petroleum supply to Michigan motorists.


W.J. O’Neil team raises money in 5K Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
For the second year in a row, the W.J. O’Neil team had over 100 people participate in the 5K Komen Race for the Cure. The team raised $6,200 through candy bar sales and outside donations. Team captain, Judy Marasco was thrilled with the team’s performance. “Race day was overcast and rainy but the weather did not dampen the spirit on the team. They were fantastic!”
WJO helps Volkswagen Chattanooga plant reduce impact on the environment
W.J. O’Neil installed systems at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant that will help reduce the facility’s impact on the environment. A two-pipe zoning system simultaneously cools one zone while heating another. Inverter technology varies the capacity of the system to meet the indoor space load requirements while saving energy. We also installed a rainwater harvesting systems that will help the plant be more self-reliant for their water supply.