Me****-**** Albany Frozen Foods, forklift driver, utility helper, janitor. 1961-1964 USMC Artillery, survey enemy targets, 0844-S Vietnam Veteran, Honorable Discharge, Leather Neck Award also, I had a Crypto Clearance because needed it to handle the Tac. Nuclear 155 artillery rounds we took on the Cuba Crisis 08/1964-11/1964 Benton County Survey Chainman, helped Benton County Surveyor 11/1964-04/1970 Wah Chang Albany, black room helper, black room operator, Zirconium Reduction Furnace Operator, forklift operator, barrel grab Operator, overhead crane operator, Hazmat Certified, confined space certified, 05/1970-05/1971 Pepsi Cola of Alaska, Driver Salesman, drove Pepsi Cola delivery truck, had the out of town route, only driver in the winter of 1970-1971 that did not have an accident. Won the 50 case display contest between drivers,(had twice the points of the next highest driver.)
1971-1980 Zirtech Production floor helper, chem milling operator, Centerless Polisher Operator, Vacuum Furnace Operator, Rocker Operator. Production Supervisor, Special Products Supervisor, Special Products Department Manager, Shutdown Manager. Forklift operator, overhead crane operator, waste water treatment system operator, Metalography of Products samples, Conduct Crew Safety Meetings, reviewed and rewrote work instructions, developed the process to make .062" OD .008" wall Zirconium tubes for atomic reactor thermocouples, manufacturing Zirconium type K 21 foot long thermocouples. (these tubes might be able to manufacture them now with 3-D printer Technology?) Personally flying SPACE Shuttle special alloy tubes to Carpenter Technology Corporation in El Cajon, California for processing in their special hydrogen furnace, operating lathes, non destructive testing, for hardness, tensile strength, burst testing, air gauge ID/OD dementional Inspector, became expert trouble shooter for Rockers, Mac Hemp 6 roll rotorry straightener, Centerless Polisher, Draw bench, waste water treatment system. Was source inspector, sent to oversee Wah Chang rockers running Zirtech's tubes, sold Hydrogen Furnace to Wah Chang while working as Shutdown Manager, found buyer's for all leftover equipment. Wined and dined Customer Source Inspectors.
Was hired by Company that bought KBI Tube Div. (Zirtech) Albany plant and grounds. My title was Special Products Engineer. Built a Tungsten Carbide hydrating vacuum furnace from blueprints. Then Operated it to produce tungsten carbide fines. Rebuilt the plant Ingersoll Rand air compressor completely. Operated Zirconium powder processing system to produce Zirconium bomblets for US Military Used a medical pill rotating press to produce these bomblets. Operated waste water processing system. Did electrical repairs as needed. (Had Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrician License)
1980-1988 Started underwater log salvage business (OSURB Marine Construction) Bought a 46 foot wooden tugboat, (Ramona 10) the name specifies it to be the 10th Ramona Tugboat built, had it moved to Albany for massive overhaul, weld steel over the wooden hull (3/16" steel plate) rebuild Pilot house and engine house, installed front boom with a 12" block for the Anchor winch, built 250 lb anchor, had propellers refurbished in Portland, replaced rudders with heavy duty steel, built a rear boom that extended three feet out over the water on the back of boat, hung a 12 block on the rear boom for winch cable, welded a diving deck onto the back of boat, for easy diver access, rebuilt and installed keel coolers, treated rusty steel with rust transformer (converts rust which is iron oxide into iron sulfide which is harder than a file, (can't scratch it with a file) perfect surface for painting, painted two coats of epoxy Marine paint to hull, was good welding practice laying on my back welding the bottom of the boat.(overhead welding) Launched boat at Bowman Park (in Albany, Oregon) in Willamette River. Made arrangements with Albany City parks Manager to use area just upstream from the bridge on North Albany side of river. We parked the Boat under the Buzzsaw Restaurant at night. Bought a TD 9 international cat with winch and tracked arch. We used it to pull logs out of the water as the boat brought them in. We hired a full time cat operator to speed up our operation. After about thirty log truck loads we made arrangements with Albany City Page 1
Park Manager to use East end of Bowman park to Yard logs out of river and deck them where the self loader log trucks could load them. Started log salvage just downstream from confluence of Calapooia river and Willamette River. The bottom of river was covered with hemlock sinker logs. We were a licensed Oregon Log Patrol, they gave us a License plate for the boat. 10% of all log sales went to the State Forestry Department, we couldn't load any logs until the State Forester came and inspected the logs. I found the best prices from local area Mills. Started doing commercial diving and Tugboat service for Wah Chang and Albany paper Mill which shared a river Water pumping station. Was lowered into a 3 foot diameter pipe by a crane hook down to the water in the pipe that went out 75 feet in the river. They turned off two of the big pumps, but left one running so they still had some water available. The current inside the 3' pipe was about 3 mph my job was to fill burlap sacks with the gravel that was sucked in from the river. Because the pipe was so small, my diving tank was constantly banging and rubbing on the top of the pipe. Was pitch black util I got close to the end of pipe then I could see the green glow of the river through the steel barr's they had welded to the end of pipe. So, the only way out was seventy five feet behind and I would just push myself backwards and the 3mph current would help some as I went back, had a small dive light toggled to my wrist to keep checking for the pipe going up, if I were to miss that vertical pipe going up, I would be macerated in the giant pump that was still running! Their discharge pipe was hit by a tree and broke about eight feet off, so they hired me to cut the bad end off and weld back a replacement end piece, had to dredge out around pipe to expose it for repairs, got electrical shocked first time trying to cut old pipe. Had a 400 amp diesel welder on back of Tugboat to power the electric Broko Torch river water normally doesn't shock a diver as long as the diver doesn't get between the stinger and the ground clamp? So, after sitting on the back of the boat thinking about it, I decided to go back down and swim upstream to see what might be there? About thirty feet upstream there was a 12 inch pipe open ended, and every few seconds I could see a whisp of some unknown brownish fluid coming out! Turned out to be a Wah Chang pipe but was turned off but it was just the residual fluids in the pipe occasionally coming out. So, I took a couple of plastic bags and duck taped them around the end of pipe. That solved that problem. (whatever that fluid was, was causing the river water to conduct electrical current) After welding the new pipe on, had to dredge gravel back over the pipe leaving only the twenty four inches vertical end pipe sticking out. Later dredged gravel under intake barge to give more room for intake barge in lower sometime water level. They hired us in winter high water to tie up the Tugboat to pump station barge to guard against trees floating down the river. Had to be there 24 hrs a day at I think was $80.00 an hour. Sometimes it was four or five days and nights at time. Rebuilt their river pump station shear wall. Their shear wall was wood and was rotting out badly. Tore it all out and replaced it with a steel shear wall. First Year spent in Albany and Spring Hill areas, then Moved operation to Corvallis, and set up over there. Spent about a Year there, then moved to Salem and set up at Brown Island Park. Biggest log was 42' x 9' on the butt. The TD 9 wouldn't budge it, so we took it accross the river to where they had a D 8 with a winch, they let us use it to pull it out and Yard it over to where they had a eighty ton track crane, it could only lift one end at a time to get it loaded on the log truck. They were building the new Center Street Bridge, and I was doing all their commercial diving for them. Cutting and welding steel underwater and moving their work barges. Once saved a barge from sinking because track hoe operator accidentally put bucket teeth through the bottom of barge. I went out and stuck burlap sacks in the holes to keep it floating then pushed it in to shore for repairs. It had a $1.5 million dollar Link Belt track hoe on it with Rolled Royce Engine. The river was 30 feet deep out there. Was doing commercial diving about half the time working for the Bridge Construction Company. Loaded the Dynamite into the blasting holes in the old bridge piers. After finishing up the Salem loving, moved the Operation to Newburg, Oregon. This is getting too long, so will condense the rest of this. Started working for Oregon State Hi-way Bridge Maintenance Department. We did bridge Pier inspections all over the Western Oregon. They woul tell us to give them a price to remove all logs, trees, and debris from the bridge piers. Removed three log truck loads from the I 5 bridge Pier and had the hole around the upstream 40 feet deep and was still more in the bottom of the hole? After three days pulling logs, we contacted them and told them we were going to have to charge extra if they wanted to continue deeper? Page 2
They decided to call that good enough. So, took the boat back upstream up through the locks at Oregon City and up to Newburg at the old landing. Had to keep it there until the winter high water came so we could get it back up to Corvallis for a job there. The Oregon State University Crew boat department was wanting to replace the two US Navy ocean barges they were using for Crew boat storage. They wanted a price to build a new steel storage building, and rebuild their dock system. So, gave them a price for new steel building 80 feet long and 14 foot Eve's. Because it was in the 100 Year flood plane, the concrete foundation had to be 5 feet high. Bought a 25 ton P&H truck crane. For the job. So, was required to carry a $1,000,000.00 bond for the job. Never had to do that before, so contacted Steve Ross owner of Ross Bros. Construction, who we had been working for in Salem on the Center Street Bridge. And he helped me get the bonds required. One bond was to guarantee the building for three Years against roof leaks or any other problems. Never had any problems with the Building.
Cut off rotting wood piling holding their dock system and using a pile driver on the crane drove new steel piling and built a 100 foot long steel 18 inch floating sheer boom to protect dock from winter floating trees and debris. Put 4 inches of sand inside to prevent spinning, and fitted urethane foam logs in pipes above sand. Applied rust transformer and Painted with Marine epoxy paint. ( ORANGE ) Took the two US Navy steel barges to Portland after raising the sides up to remove rusty scale and painting with Marine epoxy paint, did one side at a time by running a crane line under the bottom and attaching it to a Heavy cleat on the other side. Then, raising up till the side of the barge was clear out of the water. After painting, used the Tugboat to pull it back into the river, turned it around and did the other side the same way. Welded the bulkheads back in that the College had cut out so they could use the inside for storage. Used a new state of the art wire feed
(Hobart) using .045" wire and CO 2 high flow regulator because I was welding in a confined space had a exhaust blower with a 10 inch hose sucking out the air in the area I was welding in. Was a half inch gap I was filling most of the time with one or two passes (using a 400 amp Lincoln diesel welder with high speed wire feed. Had it set the most amps I could use without having any porosity (pure weld) All my welds were x-ray certified by the US Coast Guard not one leak! Both barges. Took the small barge down the river first using a Jet boat and half inch nylon rope. Was quite an adventure. 110 feet long and thirty feet wide. Seven feet above the water. Only 12 inches draft. And 200 tons of steel. Going 12 miles an hour in the river current. Every once in awhile the barge would drift way over and slam into the river bank, was like a D 10 cat blade hitting the river bank three and four foot boulders and dirt, trees flying through the air. Once I had about two pick up loads of dirt up on the deck of the barge. (7 feet above water) I had a little flat nosed shovel I used to eventually get it shoveled off. Got stuck on a gravel bar once and had to get a farmer with a cat to pull it back off the gravel bar. Then, I was going down the river without a tow boat for several miles before we could get the tow boat hooked up again. Had to leave it tied up to some tree branches overnight because it was getting dark.
Next day was glad to see Tugboat waiting in the middle of river to take over moving the barge to Portland Harbor. The second barge was bigger (250 tons, 11 feet above water) had to get it moved right away because river water level was going down every day and I didn't want to get stuck in Corvallis all summer. They needed the barges right away for Exon Valdez clean up operation in Alaska. I was able to borrow the large ship anchor chain that OSU was using as a border around their parking lot in Corvallis to drag down the river behind the barge, to keep the barge going straight down the river, without drifting side to side. Worked great except while dragging it across the Wheatland Ferry tow line, broke it! Sent the boat back to talk to them, and they said it was OK they would repair it. (The chain behind the barge allowed me to stop the barge anytime because the chain was acting like an anchor) Made arrangements to tie up to dock at Bernert's Tug and Barge service, at Willsonnville, Oregon. I finished the bulkhead welding while there. They were very helpful, never charged me for keeping the barge there, or for using their crane to load anchor chain on trailer, or loading the welder on the barge deck. After all welding was completed, it was moved down to Portland Harbor staging area for US Coast Guard x - Ray weld inspection to be Certified for Ocean travel all welds on both barges passed x-ray inspection and they were Certified. The next job was in Coos Bay, Oregon working for Ross Bros Construction to do bridge Page 3
demolition on the Coal Bank Slough Bridge US Hi-way 101. 465 foot long, four lanes, with center draw bridge section. Completely removed the bridge and piers down to the mud line underwater. Had to drill and blast the Piers, and operate a sizmograph chart recorder to prove we kept the blasting shock waves within the required limits. Had to maintain a $1,000,000.00 bond for this job. The bonding agent was there for the blasting, and was much relieved to see it was within the engineering limits. Completed the job in 3 months. Which left me certified for Bridge Demolition Jobs, not an easy thing to get!
Next jobs were several Bridge Pier log and debris removal, and a contract with US Army Corps of Engineers clearing brush, trees from Riprap revetment erosion prevention areas along the Willamette River. Had to purchase a file cabinet just for the paperwork on this job.was required to conduct a safety meeting at the start of every day. Was seven separate areas to be cleared, and they sprayed with a special aquatic herbicide to help to prevent regrowth of trees and brush. All materials had to be chipped or hauled to land fill. Completed the job without any problems. Used weed eaters, chain saws, track hoe, chipper and dump truck. Had a five man crew. 1985-1986 Was hired by Albany Titanium as Pilot Plant Technician. Ken Bird was General Manager and my boss.
(Had to hire a person to take my place on OSURB MARINE Construction jobs.) Built and installed a special vacuum melting furnace with remote pouring crucible, to pour Zirconium/Zinc and Titanium/Zinc alloy onto a intercooled spinning Titanium or Zirconium disk, causing shot gun Bebe size droplets to fly off spinning disk and solidify before hitting the Furnace walls. Installed and programed the Honeywell computerized controls for vacuum system and heating system. Installed all piping and electrical conduit, vacuum lines, gas, compressor and vacuum pumps, vacuum blower all from blueprints. Simultaneously built the Distillation vacuum furnace (also installing Honeywell computerized controls and programed them.), designed to remove the Zinc from the miniture Bebe's, leaving miniature snowflakes of ultra pure Zirconium and or Titanium powder. (the reason it was ultra pure is because all the impurities were attached to the zinc when it went out! And condensed out in cold trap in vacuum stream right before the vacuum pumps) Using this Patented Process, You can take low grade contaminated sponge and in two steps convert it to ultra pure. At this stage is ready to load into HIP or CIP hydrostatic press. The Titanium powder was the best Titanium powder the US Air Force had ever seen! While working at Albany Titanium, I learned operation of all the machines in the machine shop next door. Plus performed welding (stick and tig) pipe threading, copper pipe soldering and also had a Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrician License. Before Albany Titanium could secure patent rights for this process, a Australian company purchased the patent rights, leaving Albany Titanium out of business! 1988 Sold OSURB MARINE Construction Corporation.
07/1988 to 12/2011
Created Osurb Alaska Corporation mainly formed to operate a beach log salvage operation in Southeast Alaska near Ketchikan, Alaska. In the time while I was planning the Alaska operation, I Bought 16 acre's of resort property with Historical Covered Bridge and riverfront swimming beach. Refurbished old house and cabin, built six foot chain link fence, and decorative six foot wood fence with Yew wood posts. Logged property using cat and my P&H 25 ton truck crane as a Yarder with Main line and Haulback winches. Replaced water system and moved intake upstream 1/2 mile to a team fork that is fed by 7 springs of pure water. Had it all surveyed and registered for 1st water rights. Also had property surveyed prior to building the new fence. Drilled well 406' deep to produce 8 pH water. Installed water line from well down hill to house. Removed all silt from trout pond and had it recorded at the Oregon State Board of State Lands. Had two welding jobs with a US Forest Service Logging road building Company to weld the steel beams for US Forest Service Bridges. Used the same Hobart wire feed and 400 amp Lincoln diesel powerd welder I used on the barges using high flow co 2 . Worked great, but when Forest service engineer came and seen I was using wire feed, (was raining) he said all these welds are going to have to be ground out because Your supposed to be using stick welding these beams! well, I didn't have a contract that specifically said I had to use stick welding, infact, it just said to weld the bridge or bridges. So I decided to do it the best Page 4
strongest way, and I knew that was with my special wire feed and high flow co2. I explained to him wire feed is stronger than stick welding if done correctly. But he said not in the rain! So, I told him I could prove it to him the rain doesn't matter. I went to the pick up and got my extra welding helmet and told him to watch the steel 3 inches ahead of my weld was "red hot" both pieces were red hot so the rain couldn't possibly be affecting my welds. So he said OK and left, then a few minutes later he came back and had two pieces of steel the same thickness and wanted me to weld them together. So I said sure, and welded them together. About half an hour later one of my friends came by laughing and said he had some guy using a 12 pound sledgehammer pounding on those pieces I welded together trying to break the welds, and couldn't break the welds. Then, about an hour and a half later the engineer came up to me with the pieces and said I guess You were right. He had taken them to town and got a machine shop to put them in a seventy ton hydraulic press and press them completely flat and still didn't break the welds! He said when he was taking welding classes in college they never told them that? I said something's You just can't learn in College, and they should require all bridge welding to be done using wire feed. If set up right, it produces pure weld with no porosity. Also the weld goes deeper into the steel You are welding.
Planned out the complete Alaska beach logging operation including traveling up there and making videos of the millions of already cut and logged beach logs scattered all over the thousands of miles of beaches up there. The reason all these already cut and logged logs are there, is because when a tugboat is towing a 2 million board feet raft of logs to the mill in Thorn Bay Alaska, and a storm comes, he has no choice but to cut the tow line and abandon the log raft and get the Tugboat to a safe place to wait out the storm. Over the Years, the log count is in the millions. Corresponding with US Forest Service Ranger about the permitting process. Became a member of Alaska Logging Association, and had two branding hammer's made and registered. Formed an Alaskan Corporation. Found all equipment for Alaska beach logging operation. ( Ocean barges, Tugboats, Canadian Coast Guard ship (130 feet by 31 feet wide Bouy tender) had quarters for twenty men with large stainless Gally with walk-in freezer and refrigerator and pantry. Had a complete inventory of spare parts including Main engine and propeller shafts and propellers. Spare generators. and pumps over a million dollars of spare parts. Price was $500,000.00 cdn but negotiated down to $375,000.00 cdn cash price. A pond bronc tug, and two special 220 Kamatsu log loaders mounted on pontoon tracked undercarriage (forty feet long pontoons with tracks) that will operate in the ocean. Built in Louisiana) they self propel at 3 mph in water. Will be two crews of two men, one man on each crew operating pond tug. Each of the two crews operating separately from each other. With front of tracks on beach will grab logs and lift and swing logs around and place them in water inside a floating circle of logs tied together with stainless line and log dogs. After about twenty or thirty logs (depending on size), are placed inside the boom log circle, one of the men will take the log boom circle of logs using pond tug, out to the anchored barge waiting to load them. The other man holding the next log boom circle in place for next group of logs. The loader Operator placed one of the logs in boom circle on the beach to secure it from drifting off. Once a couple of logs are placed in circle, the man can just stand on beach out of the way. While loader Operator places the rest of logs in circle. By then the other man should be back from the barge and ready to take the next boom log circle out to barge. The ship will be anchored close by for a hot lunch for Crew. The ship has a 75 foot long open deck and a 75 ton crane for loading and unloading the two log loaders, pond tugs. If a storm comes, everything has to be moved to the already predetermined safe area. The ship has two anchor systems one fore and one aft each has twin anchors so the ship can be anchored very secured. There are two Tugboats only one at a time will be towing loaded barge to the sorting area in Thorn Bay. Leaving one of the two tugs ready to be used to move any time a storm might come. My contract with the mill in Thorn Bay was deliver the barge load of logs, and they would unload the barge and sort through and grade the logs, and pay saw log price for saw logs, and chip price for chip logs. When logs are unloaded, then the Tugboat Operator will take the empty barge back to the Beach logging operation site. And then one of the tugs will take the next barge load of logs to Thorn Bay. There is usually mostly good weather for four months a Year. After that, the storms are too close together to use this method. Self propelled barges in the future could maybe change the method to continue to operate in the winter season? Because of the Page 5
Exon Valdez oil spill I had to cancel my plans, for this business plan because all the Tugboats and barges were sold to Oil clean up Contractor Companies so, were no longer available to me. This business might still be possible, for someone, but not me, because I have other plans now. Could be a fun and very profitable venture for the right person now.
10/94 to 11/94 Was hired by an engineer and part owner of Northwest Pacific Contractors out of Medford, Oregon He hired me to be a Welder/Pipefiter on a job they had going in Forks, Washington. He said they were three months behind on the job and we're being fined every day until they could finish the job. He said he would pay me extra to go up there and work as Welder/Pipefiter and look around and see if I can see what is taking so long to finish the job? So, I loaded up most of my tools for working on pipes. Except I didn't take my Acetylene torch set. Figured they had one there already. I headed up North for Forks, Washington. As soon as I crossed the Columbia River, it started raining.
I got there and found a motel with weekly rates. They were going to pay me $380.00 a week subsistence pay for room and food.
Plus $19.00 an hour to start. Which was pretty good for a non union job in 1994. Found out later they were only paying the Supervisor $250 a week subsistence and
$17.00 an hour.
Got to the job at 07:00 am next morning and met the Supervisor. He said they told him they were sending a hot shot Welder/Pipefiter. I just laughed, and asked where did he want me to start? He took me over and showed me where the last guy left off. And gave me a copy of the blueprints for all the piping. I parked my truck as close as I could get it to where I was going to be working. Walked over and compared the existing pipes with the blueprints and figured out what I would do first. Made up some pipes according to the blueprints and was threaded pipe, so went to get some thread compound at the self serve stockroom. All I could find was domestic thread compound (150psi) the job was high pressure steam lines which requires a high pressure thread sealant. Couldn't find any? Asked a guy that came in about it, and he said that was the only thread compound he had seen since he had been there? So I went and told the Supervisor and he said to use the one they had. I explained to him in a nice way that If I was going to be working there, my work was going to be to
"code" And so reluctantly he agreed, and told me to get two containers of it at local hardware store and charge it to the company and bring him the receipt. So, I did. And when I returned I gave him the receipt, and he was grumbling about them paying me more and giving me more Subsistence than him! He told me if I screwed up one time he would fire me. I put a tag on the pipes where I started so they couldn't blame me for leaking pipes when they did the pressure check. Finished the day, and when I got back to motel I called the guy that hired me and told him what I discovered, and what he said. He said ignore him and if he tries to fire You call me right away. Then he said just between You and I You will probably be offered his job! Every day every time he came by, was bitching to me about me getting paid more than Him. I told him I didn't know, and it wasn't my fault. That's just what they offered me to come up here and help finish the job? I wasn't even looking for a job when they called me? Anyway, somehow he found out they were paying me more per hour, and giving me more Subsistence pay than him? Maybe he had a friend back in the office that told him? The second to last day I worked, an inspection crew came to the job sight and was asking questions about the job. They had just found out the platform that they built on the side of the building was 3 feet above the elevation specified in blueprints. They asked me what I thought about it? I told them that in my opinion the Supervisor doesn't know how to read blueprints? They all looked at each other and started writing on their clip boards. Then I heard the Supervisor telling the structural welders to cut out the platform and rebuild it 3 feet lower according to the blueprints. Like it was all their fault. The Supervisor is supposed to be checking all measurements of everything that is being built. I had to go up and get some of my pipes out of the way so they could start cutting out the steel frame to rebuild it. I couldn't do much until they were done rebuilding that platform so I just did some cleaning up the area, and noticed he didn't bother me the rest of that day. I had a message from ATI Metals that they wanted me to come for an interview, so next day I told the Supervisor that I was quiting to take another job in Albany. He was kind of bitching about short notice, and said my check would be mailed to me.
Next day I went to the interview and was hired at ATI Metals (Wah Chang Albany) then.
11/1994 Was hired by ATI Metals in Albany, Oregon. My job title was Sand Chlorination Helper, was supposed to bid out into a maintenance job, but I liked the helper job so much, I decided to stay in the helper job. First two days just reading work instructions and going to gas mask, respirator use classes.I went to forklift and barrel grab Driver classes, had to go to medical to be checked for