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Expanding Your Business

There are lots of things to think about when you expand your business.

When looking to lease new space and purchase an existing building, you can’t afford surprises. Knowing your power needs and performing a “health check” of the electrical distribution system is essential when evaluating the lease or purchase an existing space.   Costly changes can be avoided or taken into account when negotiating lease terms and purchases when you ask Aschinger Electric to join your team.
  • Aschinger’s Electrical Evaluation can include:
  • Assessment of current power usage and evaluation of future needs
  • Assessment of existing equipment and machinery power need
  • Evaluation of proposed space, with reviews of:
    • Power to suit current and future needs of your business
    • Code Compliance
    • Energized testing of existing electrical distribution equipment
    • NFPA-70E Compliance
  • Budgets for necessary repairs and upgrades
In commercial spaces, the power is defined by the amount of voltage (volts), and the amount of current (amps). To put it in plumbing system terms, the voltage is equivalent to the water pressure and the current is the water flow rate.   Computers and digital equipment use Direct Current or DC, while HVAC systems, lights and motors use Alternating Current or AC.
A typical residence will have a 120 volt service with 200 amps of current. Small commercial and retail spaces may have a 200 to 400 amp service and run on 220 volts for lighting and HVAC. Manufacturing and industrial spaces will need 480 volt, 400 to 800 amp services in order to power motor and machinery. Spaces used to house computer and digital equipment will need to convert power from AC to DC.

Rollin’ on the River for J.B. Marine

As you cross the Jefferson Barracks Bridge on I270/255 and look South you’ll see a sprawling office and industrial complex – much of it floating on barges on the river.  That’s J.B. Marine, a barge and tow boat repair facility, founded in 1976. 

Dave Heyl, J.B. Marine, chief financial officer, is a big Aschinger fan. “I’ve worked with Aschinger for five years and they’ve upgraded our electric several times through our moves and expansion,” Heyl said in an interview from his floating office. “Because we’re located on the Mississippi it’s a unique situation. We’re dealing with OSHA, St. Louis County, and the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Mike House, Heyl’s contact at Aschinger, heard his concerns and put together team of electricians, who can work anywhere in J.B.’s four dry docks, shops or fab facilities. “They’ve taken such an interest that I can refer to the “Hennepin barge” (barges are named for their place of origination), the fab shop, the machine shop – they know exactly what I’m talking about, and they take care of it,” Heyl said.

J.B. Marine has expanded its business significantly in the past seven years, adding the machine shop six years ago, and the fabrication shop 18 months ago. Tow boat props and rudders can be severely damaged on the river. Each boat’s equipment is a one-off custom installation, so J.B. Marine’s services are highly valued in the industry.

And J.B. Marine’s partnership with Aschinger Electric helps make delivery of those services possible. “There’s a lot of watertight equipment. There  are  special connections so we can make quicker disconnects when we pull a barge out of a tow,” Heyl said.

Through it all – repairs, expansions, even a recent proposal from Aschinger for a solar panel installation – Heyl looks to Aschinger for service and technical leadership to keep J.B. Marine rolling on the river.