Managers and employees at Ranch Cryogenics of Dwight have been working around the clock to get one of the region’s largest oxygen plants up and running in order to serve hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The issue at the oxygen plant meant that four employees worked 12-hour night shifts and four worked 12-hour day shifts to get the plant back onstream.

“One of the top oxygen plants was down, and obviously have an oxygen producing plant down is not good during the coronavirus,” explained Michael Duffy, Ranch Cryogenics’ Vice-President and General Manger.

“We took the job at a time when only essential workers were allowed on site, and we had to have a special letter that our employees kept in their truck.”

On top of the oxygen plant issues, another repair project occurred during the pandemic when a heat exchanger developed serious issues at a plant located in a state where the virus had been spreading rapidly.

To overcome the issue, Ranch Cryogenics loaded the damaged brazed aluminium heat exchanger on to a truck and transported to one of its shops located outside of Chicago.

“The company had representatives there live-streamed the repair work to their factory headquarters,” said Mike Duffy Jr., Ranch Cryogenics’ President.

“They wore cameras on their helmets so the dissection, inspection and aluminium welding could be followed on the company’s private Facebook site, step-by-step.”

“Nine times out of ten these jobs are done in the field,” Michael Duffy said.

“But they didn’t want to expose us, so they trucked it to us. They also had us work on that in 12-hour shifts, mainly because we live-streamed video here in the US. and overseas, so their engineers could hear us and see what was going on.”

The streamed project was a first for the company and proved to be a success, with repairs being complete in just one week.