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    Geiger Brothers Eager To Help Build More Barrels

    Geiger Brothers is excited to be involved with Speyside Bourbon Cooperage on another of that company’s barrel manufacturing plants, this time around in Atkins, Virginia. Geiger Brothers will once again be involved in the early construction stages of a Speyside cooperage. This new facility will be very similar to the existing cooperage in Jackson, Ohio.

    As before in Jackson, Speyside has once again asked Geiger Brothers to erect three concrete tunnels at Atkins to be used for steam saturation of the new barrels and also parts of the finishing line. These “tunnels” will be part of the assembly line, and will be used on every barrel produced by Speyside.

    Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc., is an offspring of Speyside Cooperage Ltd., which was founded in Scotland in 1947. Speyside currently operates two cooperages in Scotland and two in the United States, one in Kentucky and one in Ohio. The Kentucky facility repairs and redistributes used barrels.

    In April of 2015 Speyside announced the opening of the bourbon barrel cooperage in Jackson, Ohio (a former Merillat facility). The Jackson cooperage was the first Speyside facility to focus solely on the production of new, charred, white oak barrels for the bourbon industry.

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    Geiger Brothers Selected for DOE Mentor Protege Program

    On November 18, 2016, Geiger Brothers signed a Fluor BWXT contract, for inclusion into the Department of Energy/FBP Mentor Protégé Program.  Geiger Brothers is located in Jackson County, adjacent to the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site located in Pike County, Ohio.  Geiger Brothers is registered as a certified HUBZone business, and provides construction and engineering related services to its clients throughout Southeastern Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.  Our agreement with FBP covers a two-year period, with three additional one-year options.  Geiger Brothers is currently in year two of the base two-year contract.

    The Energy Department’s Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to encourage DOE prime contractors to assist small disadvantaged businesses certified by the Small Business Administration under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (8(a)), other small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority institutions of higher learning, and small business concerns owned and controlled by service disabled veterans in enhancing their capabilities to perform contracts and subcontracts for DOE and other Federal agencies. The program seeks to foster long-term business relationships between these small business entities and DOE prime contractors, and to increase the overall number of these small business entities that receive DOE prime and subcontracts.

    Program Benefits for Mentor

    These include however are not limited to the following:

    • Helping small businesses and minority institutions of higher learning expand their capacity through the developmental and technical assistance provided.
    • Equipping small businesses and minority institutions of higher with the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to successfully compete for DOE prime contracts.
    • Utilizing the unique/specialized skills of the Protégé.
    • Opportunity to award non-competitive subcontracts to Protégés or other DOE Protégés in the program.
    • Reimbursement of allowable costs incurred while providing assistance to the Protégé performing subcontract activities. Under cost-plus-award contracts Mentor may earn award fees associated with Mentoring.
    • Receive credit for subcontracts awarded pursuant to MPP Agreement(s) toward subcontracting goals contained in their subcontracting plan.

    Program Benefits for Protégé

    These include however are not limited to the following:

    • Receiving technical and developmental assistance from an established DOE prime contractor.
    • Gaining the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to successfully compete for DOE prime contracts.
    • Building relationships with small and/or large businesses to form teaming arrangements and/or joint ventures.
    • Being eligible to receive non-competitive subcontracts from DOE and other federal agencies with MPP at 8(a) program thresholds of $4M for other than construction contracts and $6.5M for construction subcontracts.
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