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Nooter History

1880s

1880s

Seaman John Nooter sails from Amsterdam. Experience in high-rigging on sea ships prompts John Nooter to take a job as a rigger for John O’Brien Boiler Works in St. Louis.

1896

1896

The John Nooter Boiler Works Company is founded. Profits from painting lead to the purchase of a sheet-metal bending roll and John Nooter begins a fabricating stacks and repairing boilers.

1897

1897

Tom Ryan leaves his position with the John O’Brien Boiler Works Company to work with his old friend, John Nooter, to erect a very large stack on the Old Lindell Hotel in St. Louis.

1900

1900

John Eschmann, Sr., a boilermaker and rigger, joins the John Nooter Boiler Works Company.

1902

1902

The John Nooter Boiler Works Company opens a shop on Main Street in St. Louis.

1904

1904

St. Louis World’s Fair

1910

1910

John Nooter Boiler Works Company begins manufacturing their signature horizontal return tubular boilers.

1911

1911

John Nooter Boiler Works Company erects a new plant at 1400 South Second Street, site of the current Nooter Construction headquarters.

1924

First electric welding machine is purchased by Nooter.

1927

1927

Charles Lindbergh completes the first trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, financed by St. Louis businesses.

1940

1940

Founder John Nooter passes away. Harry Nooter assumes office of the President.

1944

1944

John Nooter Boiler Works Company is awarded the Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in the production of tanks for the culturing of life-saving penicillin, the construction of equipment for the synthetic rubber, 100-octane gasoline and explosive industries.

1947

1947

The John Nooter Boiler Works Company breaks ground on the final phase of their enormous plant in downtown St. Louis.

1949

1949

The John Nooter Boiler Works Company changes its name to the Nooter Corporation.

1952

1952

The Metallizing division of the Nooter Corporation becomes St. Louis Metallizing and moves into its new facility at 625 S. Sarah in St. Louis.

1954

1954

Nooter and Missouri Boiler merge.

1955

1955

Nooter Corporation crafts incubation tanks for the mass production of the polio vaccine.

1956

1956

Local 27 Boilermakers build a solid-gold tank as part of the first “portable” nuclear power plant. Metal for the tank and caps cost $14,000 (over $122,600 in 2015 dollars).

1960

1960

Nooter Corporation constructs one of the nation’s first polysonic wind tunnels for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation.

1960

1960

With McDonnell Aircraft, Nooter constructs four experimental space capsules for NASA’s Project Mercury.

1961

1961

Nooter completes our first refinery tower job in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1961

1961

Nooter begins using high-frequency sound to test for invisible flaws in construction of vessels for the nuclear industry.

1964

1964

Nooter breaks records, constructing a 133-foot high prill tower in nine weeks.

1964

1964

Nooter contracted by U.S. Navy to construct deep diving titanium submarine hulls.

1964

1964

A total of 5400 of feet of rolled and welded plate pipe is constructed by Nooter to form the caisson section of the Popular Street bridge, crossing the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

1965

1965

Nooter Corporation constructs a barge loading facility on the Mississippi River, near the main plant, between Rutger and Miller Streets.

1965

1965

Nooter becomes one of the leading manufacturer of commercial brewing equipment with the introduction of Anheuser-Busch’s stainless steel STRAINMASTER.

1966

1966

St. Louis Arch is completed.

1967

1967

Nooter builds world’s largest acid plant in Louisiana.

1967

1967

Unidynamics and Boeing tap Nooter craftsmen to construct the stainless steel foils for the Tucumcari Hydrofoil for the United States Navy.

1972

Nooter begins constructing Monsanto’s Enviro-Chem equipment for pollution control.

1976

1976

Nooter Corporation celebrates its 80th birthday while the nation celebrates the Bicentennial.

1978

1978

Nooter Corporation implements its first computer-aided design system run by this room-sized computer system

1980

Nooter Corporation opens new field facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1981

1981

The Research & Development Building is completed by Nooter for training welders and developing new and productive welding equipment and techniques.

1982

1982

At 186 feet long and over 545,000 pounds, a 13-foot-diameter tower breaks all records for the largest shipment ever to leave St. Louis by rail.

1983

The largest vessel ever to be post weld treated (stress relieved) by Nooter is erected in New Augusta, Mississippi.

1983

Nooter relocates Baton Rouge regional facility to Beaumont, Texas.

1984

Nooter develops one of the industry’s first mobile field testing lab for welding.

1991

1991

Nooter receives “E Star” Award for exporting by the United States Department of Commerce.

1991

1991

A 120,000 pound reactor vessel fabricated by Nooter is shipped overseas to BP Chemical in England using the world’s largest cargo plane, the AN-124 Ruslan.

1993

1993

Both the Missouri and Mississippi overflow their banks, creating one of the worst floods in St. Louis history.

1994

1994

Nooter develops revolutionary new process used in the fabrication of stainless steel polymerization

1995

1995

Nooter ships 520-ton ethylene oxide reactor to China.

1996

1996

Nooter celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1996

1996

Nooter creates a specialized “clean room” used to reduce weld contamination on specialty fabrication projects.

1997

1997

Nooter awarded the first ever ASME Division 3 Stamp Accreditation.

1997

1997

Nooter purchases Schoeller Bleckmann Apparatetechnik GmbH in Austria.

1997

Nooter participates in the construction of one of the first facilities to produce fine paper grades from recycled materials.

1998

Nooter joins with St. Louis Refrigerator Car Company to develop a specialized rail car used to transport the largest turbine in power generation history.

1998

Nooter completes impressive turnaround in Puerto Rico’s remote Sun Oil Refinery.

1999

1999

Boeing and Raytheon tap Nooter for fabrication of the Delta IV Launch Complex Ground Support System at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Air Station.

2000

Nooter subsidiary Pressline Services performs the country’s first major metropolitan newspaper 50-inch web reduction.

2001

Nooter/Eriksen erect 2 HRSG’s for Kvaerner.

2001

Nooter Construction Power Services secures maintenance contract for PSEG.

2001

Nooter Construction replaces regenerator head, cyclones, piping, and 3rd stage separator for Conoco.

2002

Tosco FCCU Revamp

2002

Nooter/Eriksen erects 3 HRGSs.

2003

Sunoco FCCU Upgrade

2004

Nooter Construction completes Sunoco Sulfur Recovery Unit Expansion

2004

2004

Nooter Construction completes the first ever super module replacement.

2005

Repaired header in #7 Boiler and re-tube boiler condenser #4.

2005

Nooter Construction constructs the Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Unit of Sunoco

2005

Conducted Precipitator maintenance and constructed additional platforms to the side of the First Energy unit.

2006

Valero ALKY Revamp and expansion project conducted on the west coast by Nooter Refinery Services. The project included setting 40 vessels, one that weighed 413,000 lbs. and one that weighed 213,000. Nooter also installed roughly 50,000 lift of piping.

2006

Nooter Refinery Services conducts a Crude Unit turnaround in St. Paul.

2007

2007

Nooter Refinery Services completes a NSR project by removing existing equipment to make room for installation of a new waste heat boiler, SCR unit, Wet Gas Scrubber and all new duct work.

2007

Nooter Construction is awarded COC for Fossil and Hydro Stations in the Northeast.

2007

2007

Nooter Construction completes its largest project to date: A FCCU Revamp requiring 1 million man-hours.

2008

Nooter Construction erects two SDA vessels and 4 additional tanks and 1 set of Lime Day Silos and 1 waste ash silo with stiffener rings for Dynegy. The SDA vessels were 54′ in diameter and 130′ tall.

2008

Nooter Construction completes first Electrical Services project – a Crude Heater Revamp for Valero

2009

2009

Nooter Power Services replaces 2 air heater baskets and rotors at a Missouri Power Generating station

2009

Nooter Refinery Services conduct major upgrade to Alky unit located in Southern California. The project included piping, structural steel, electrical and exchanger installation.

2009

2009

Nooter Refinery Services conducts a Sunoco FCCU turnaround.

2010

Nooter Construction completes ConocoPhillips Crude Heater Revamp

2010

Nooter Construction helps restart the Delaware City Refinery

2010

2010

Nooter Construction removes and replaces a Waste Heat Boiler that was approximately 8′ in diameter and 80′ long.

2010

2010

Nooter Construction conducts a major FCC turnaround for Husky, in Lima, OH. The project included the replacing the regen head and cyclones, air grid, and spent cat distributor. The project included major structural steel upgrades to the FCC structure and the addition of a Waste

2010

Nooter Construction erects 2 SDA vessels and 4 additional tanks and 2 sets of Lime Day Silos with stiffener rings. The SDA vessels were 54′ in diameter and 130′ tall.

2011

Nooter Construction is awarded the PBF Energy Maintenance Contract at the Delaware City Refinery.

2011

Nooter Construction with AMEX Nooter conducts repairs piping repairs for BP Whiting.

2011

Nooter Construction removes and replaces furnace upturn elbow at Illinois Steel Plant.

2011

2011

Nooter Construction with Nooter/Eriksen conducts repairs to HRSG that was damaged during hydro testing. Repairs included the removal and replacement of LP and IP system components and the replacement of a Deaerator Tank, Low Pressure Drum, Intermediate Pressure Drum, 8″ steam outlet line and a

2012

Nooter Construction restarts the Area 6 Platformer for Monroe Energy.

2012

2012

Nooter Power Services installs new SOFA Air registers, replaced 25 final super heat pendants and rebuilt 2 feed water heaters for Ameren.

2012

Nooter Construction is awarded “Key Contractor Award” for recognition of performance during Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point Condenser Change out project.

2012

Nooter Construction extends Power Services into New England.

2012

2012

Nooter Refinery Services installs 2 waste heat boilers for BP Whiting.

2012

2012

Nooter Refinery Services replaces existing regen air grid distribution system with new design, this project was challenging in that all materials had to pass through existing manway.

2013

Nooter Construction constructs first crude oil railcar offloading operation in the Northeast.

2013

Nooter Construction takes on concrete restoration and repair as part of COC contract at Hydro Stations.

2013

Nooter Construction takes the lead on EPC contract for Monroe Energy JetMax Project

2013

2013

Nooter Refinery Services conducts ExxonMobil FCCU turnaround and pre-assembly of a new reactor, regen head and cyclones.

2013

Nooter Construction takes part in revolutionizing the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex with Phase I of the Mariner East Project.

2013

Nooter Construction completes the construction of two Invenergy HRSG Units that were partially completed in 2002. Project was challenging due to the 5B Gr2 P-91 material.

2013

Nooter Construction takes part in revolutionizing the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex with Phase I of the Mariner East Project.

2013

2013

Nooter Construction Refinery Services moves and replace BP Whiting FCU 600.

2013

2013

Replaced two Polysonic Wind Tunnel stilling chamber screens for Boeing originally constructed by Nooter Construction in 1954.

2014

Nooter Construction is awarded pump station work for the Mariner East Pipeline.

2014

2014

Nooter Construction Refinery Services completes the replacement of six Coke Drums and seismic structural steel upgrades for a large west coast refinery.

2014

Removal of existing process heater and then installation of new heat exchanger.

2014

Nooter Construction completes the C-5 Gasoline Splitter at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.

2014

2014

Removal of existing process heater and then install new heat exchanger.

2014

2014

Nooter Refinery Services performed pipe and tank repairs for the first phase of an ethanol to biodiesel conversion project.

2014

2014

Nooter Power Services completes the replacement of the Ameren Final Superheat Header and 141 FSH pendants during a fall 2014 Main Boiler outage.

2014

2014

Nooter teams with Cleveland Mechanical complete the replacement of 6 expansion joints on a SCR and FGD Booster Fan during a fall outage.

2014

2014

Nooter Power Services completes electrical project which included installing conduit, cable trays, and cabling for 42 beck drives and 28 pyrometers as well as 2 new distribution cabinets.

2014

Nooter Construction completes General Construction contract of the Eddystone Rail Crude Oil Transshipment Facility: Largest electrical project completed and managed 33 subcontractors.