Highlights of Bluegrass Companies: 1979-Present
The Founding of a Pioneer
Bluegrass Companies was founded in 1979 by CEO and owner Nicholas Jenkins. The business comprised the sub-companies: Demolition Technologies, The Machine Shop, Bluegrass Concrete Cutting Inc. and Bluegrassbit. Bluegrass Companies headquarters were established in Greenville, Alabama in an old textile mill. The company would become known for the advancement of diamond wire sawing as a non-explosive demolition method, the creation and patenting of an underwater diamond wire saw, assisting the U.S. Department of Energy with various tests, and most notably for nuclear decommissioning.
Power Plant Decommissioning
Over the course of the last 30 years Bluegrass has performed reactor vessel cutting and steam generator replacements at Sequoyah, Watts Bar, Browns Ferry, Connecticut Yankee, Humboldt Bay, Big Rock Point, and other nuclear power plants.
Plutonium Immobilization Project
The company contracted for the United States Government's Department of Energy on their Plutonium Immobilization Project.
“After the low pour rate and instrumented canisters cooled, Bluegrass Bit, Inc. used a diamond wire saw to section them at four heights. The sections were then studied for evidence of hardware deformation and glass voids”
This project focused on the finding a way to depose of excess plutonium of a weapons grade classification.
The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR)
In 1997 Bluegrass helped the Princeton Physics Laboratory by offering a demonstration of how the TFTR could be disassembled via diamond wire sawing.
“Based upon the demonstration at PPPL on the TFTR surrogate, the diamond wire cutting technology is superior to the baseline technology for both cost and safety considerations. The combination of void filling with this cutting technology will significantly reduce personnel radiation exposure through shielding, remote operation (normal application of this technology), and radionuclide stabilization.”
Lock & Dam
Projects such as slot cutting at Hiwassee Dam have been a focus of the company as well, also see their work with Tennessee Valley Authority.
Bluegrass has removed many bridge piers or piles both underwater and in the air using diamond wire sawing techniques. In addition Bluegrass utilizes robotic hammering (Brokks) for the breaking of the concrete roadway supported by these piers.
In 2006 Bluegrass-Companies created an underwater saw and had it patented for its use of hydraulic motors in combination with diamond wire to create a new sawing platform which was operational underwater.
Bluegrass currently has offices in Broussard (LA), Houston (TX), Hanford (WA), Dubois (WY), Malaysia, and Indonesia. Their resources include people, technology, equipment, and expertise in the heavy industrial, heavy civil, nuclear, and offshore industries. They provide clients and partners with feasibility reports, engineered solutions, and demonstrations. Every Bluegrass job, regardless of size and scope, is supported by a team of engineers, machinists, mechanics, project managers, and administrative staff.
Our experts are available to provide a quote or discuss your project. We have delivered creative concrete and metal cutting solutions since 1979, and welcome the opportunity to assist you.
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The Bluegrass culture promotes a safety first attitude. On job sites our technicians are prepared, aware, equipped and committed to safe practices.
We mobilize a full spectrum of resources to deliver prompt, successful results: highly trained personnel, dependable equipment, diamond wire saws, robotic hammers, a machine shop and more.
If your question is not answered here, contact us to discuss your project. Our experienced staff is prepared to provide solutions to any metal and concrete demolition challenge.