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Augusta Fiberglass

skills into play including calculations
using finite element analysis," the
company says of its work on the project. "Our quality control officers were
on hand throughout the project to ensure that every section, every elbow
and every transition joint met each
and every standard."

"augusta fiberglass,
b&d plastics and most
importantly, our customers, expect our
products to have been
designed, engineered
and fabricated to the
highest standards."
Innovation and Service
As the project described suggests, Augusta Fiberglass specializes in making
custom fiberglass-reinforced plastic
(FRP) vessels, duct, stacks and other
equipment. Those custom products
are used in "virtually every industrial, manufacturing and environmental
setting," the company says. Its customers include chlorine manufacturers,
power companies, environmental facilities, agricultural facilities, pharmaceutical plants, beverage companies,
the semiconductor industry, mining
companies and all other places where
liquids, especially corrosive, caustic
and acidic chemicals, are present.
"Augusta Fiberglass, B&D Plastics
and most importantly, our customers,
expect our products to have been designed, engineered and fabricated to
the highest standards, inspected by
qualified quality control personnel,
built to their specifications safely and
delivered on time," company Founder
and CEO John W. Boyd says.
Innovation has been one of Augusta Fiberglass' hallmarks since Boyd

founded the company in 1974. The
company's early innovations include
designing and fabricating one of the
first fiberglass chlorination towers in
1987. Since then, Boyd has patented
several pieces of complex equipment.
Augusta Fiberglass reached a major milestone in 1995 when it gained
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) RTP-1 accreditation to
design, fabricate and code stamp FRP
pressure vessels. In 2000, it became
the first fabricator to code stamp 20foot diameter fiberglass vessels. The
following year, it became one of the
first companies given ASME accreditation to field fabricate and stamp
vessels anywhere in the world.
In 2009, Augusta Fiberglass added
dual laminate fabrication capabilities
when it acquired B&D Plastics. Boyd,
in conjunction with B&D Plastics'
COO Tom Reeves, guided that company to RTP-1 accreditation for both
fiberglass and dual laminate products.
"Augusta Fiberglass is at the top

South

of the fiberglass fabrication industry
with the manufacturing capacity to
meet every customer's custom needs
regardless of the vessel or equipment
involved, and regardless of the service," the company says. "B&D Plastics is also at the top of the dual laminate industry with the capability of
supplying dual laminate vessels of all
sizes and shapes to handle chemicals
for which fiberglass is not suited."
Throughout its history, the company has fabricated thousands of large
and small-diameter tanks and vessels including seven of the world's
largest fiberglass vessels, which were
119-foot-diameter, 60-plus-foot-tall
jet bubbler reactors for the power industries. In 2007, Augusta Fiberglass
completed the largest FRP column -
which was 38 feet in diameter and 750
feet tall - in North America. In 2011,
B&D Plastics created the largest dual
laminate vessel in the world.
The power industry also looked to
Augusta Fiberglass' engineering

the company uses the
oblation process on its
tanks to make them easier to
transport to customers.
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