APE/J&M has started construction on a new building for East Coast manufacturing of APE and J&M equipment. The new facility will also serve as a new training center for the New York Dock Builders. The City of Sayreville was selected due to its close location to key areas.
The new facility is just one block down the street from ICE’s leased area. However, APE will have a great advantage over ICE because APE has an approved test stand for testing of pile hammers prior to them going out on the job. This testing ability will include free training for the pile crew prior to going on the job.
The new facility is first class, complete with heated concrete floors and heated concrete outdoor slab to keep ice and snow from building up on the work area. The new facility has a complete training center with computers and large screen for power point presentations.
The new facility will also be equipped with overhead cranes for quick assembly of new machines.
APE plans to hold live pile driving schools at the new facility to give the East Coast Pile Drivers up to date training. Currently the only live pile driving school in the world is held every four months at the APE facility in Seattle.
The new facility will also train contractors on how to operate pile driving rigs and allow for free safety training on all types of Deep Foundation Equipment. The site will also serve as a training area for the DFI, PDCA and the ADSC.
King Evarts Plays a Big Role
King, the inventor of the ICE 116, 216 & 216E, 416, 612, 812, 815, 44, 66, and 1412 and the new Robovib excavator mounted vibros will head up manufacturing operations.
APE’s Model 750 with an 120,000 lb ram and six foot six inch stroke (6 foot 6 inches) has successfully tested the questionable piers on the new bridge in Tampa Florida. One pier sank 11 feet while constructing the bridge. The big hammer was placed on the piers and struck the piers with six blows of varying drop height. Some piers moved as much as two inches. The 750 hydraulic system allowed the engineers to lift the ram and hold it into a freeze stroke position while engineers measured the exact drop height. Nylon hammer cushion was used and the striker plate was 38 inch thick forged steel made in USA. The 120,000 forged ram was made in Shanghai, China.
Good job to Steve Cress of APE California and to APE Florida.
Photo credit: Mohamad Hussein – GRL Engineers, Inc.