Press releasefrom the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
Today [Sept. 17], senior leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Shaw AREVA MOX Services, a specialty design and construction firm presented Byers Precision Fabricators with an award recognizing the operation’s work in providing exemplary equipment for use at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) located at the Savannah River nuclear site in Aiken, SC. National recognition by the DOE represents a significant milestone for Byers Precision Fabricators as a leading NQA-1 supplier in Western North Carolina. This award is the first of its kind to be presented to a small business supplier. The recognition is expected to have a positive impact on the company’s ability to grow additional employment in Henderson County, NC.
The MOX project is a state-of-the-art $4.8 billion facility designed to serve as a key component of the NNSA program to dispose of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. Upon completion the 600,000 square-foot facility will be capable of converting 34 metric tons of material into usable fuel to generate electricity in commercial nuclear power plants. In 2010, during challenging economic times leadership at Byers Precision made the bold decision to enter the complex and competitive nuclear industry without the promise of success. Today’s announcement is a reflection of that vision and Roger Byer’s belief in his company’s potential. According to Byers, “to serve as a procurement partner for Shaw AREVA MOX Services our company made significant investments to become a NQA-1 supplier. In addition to a year-long process involving the hiring of nuclear engineers and certified welders the company refined and adopted strategic internal processes designed to ensure our ability to provide an extremely precise and reliable product.”
Byers Precision Fabricators was founded in 1942, a family-owned and operated company, Byers has evolved from a general sheet metal shop to an internationally recognized manufacturing firm employing nearly 50 workers. In addition to products utilized in the nuclear industry, the company also works within the aviation/aerospace, computers & electronics, power generation industry, customer goods, transportation, military, medical, and robotics industries. "I am extremely honored by this recognition by Shaw AREVA MOX Services & the DOE," says Mr. Byers. “The work involved with this project is a direct reflection of the company’s quality employees and their capacity to provide innovative approaches to extremely complex metal fabrication and welding endeavors.”
The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization that works to: retain and attract quality jobs; solicit new business compatible with the assets and values of Henderson County; promote Henderson County’s business image; assist expansion of existing companies; and enhance Henderson County’s overall quality of life. For more information on the Partnership visit www.strategiclocation.com. For more information about Byers Precision Fabricators, visit www.byersprecision.com.
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