Bronx boilermakerswin WTC contract
Stephon Johnson | 7/22/2013, 9:12 a.m. | Updated on 7/22/2013, 9:12 a.m.
A Black-owned business based in the Bronx was recently commissioned to customize diesel oil tanks for the new World Trade Center.
The tanks, made by A.L. Eastmond and Sons Inc., are being transported from the Eastmond factory and delivered to the tower. The business is responsible for two of the six tanks that will be installed in the now-tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere.
The tanks, which weigh between 18,000 and 28,000 pounds, will steadily pump diesel for the backup generators at the World Trade Tower, which stands near the southern tip of Manhattan at the edge of what was once ground zero.
Leon Eastmond, president and CEO of AL Eastmond and Sons, spoke on winning the deal.
“It is such an honor to have our tanks in the new World Trade Tower,” said Eastmond in a statement. “When my father founded the company in 1926, I don’t think he could have imagined that our products would be inside such an iconic construction. I am so proud to be a part of the rebuilding of this skyline as well as part of the healing process of the greatest city in the world.”
Tyren Eastmond, vice president of A.L. Eastmond and Sons Inc., echoed the same appreciation for the recognition of their work.
“These tanks have to be incredibly powerful and durable for such a vast project as the World Trade Center,” he said in a statement. “We are dedicated to the principle that each project, simple or complex, receives the complete commitment required to convert the engineer’s design to a real-world, quality installation that the owner would be proud of.”
The century-old, family-owned and -operated, fully insured and bonded business survived through various incarnations of the borough—including the infamous 1970s and 1980s, as exemplified by notorious films like “Fort Apache: The Bronx”—and has remained a staple during the borough’s recent evolution. A.L. Eastmond and Sons Inc. employs almost 100 residents throughout the Bronx and the tristate area. The company also helps rehabilitate brownfields and conducts remediation of oil-contaminated soil.
The company’s boilers, tanks and steel products can be found in places like Columbia University, the new Yankee Stadium, the National Geographic Building in Washington, D.C., and the Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago.