double arrow 300NORTONVILLE, Ky. (1/28/13) – Double Arrow Explosive Services President Matt Donovan has announced that his company is working hard to wrap up its outdoor blasting which can be heard by some residents who live near the facility in Nortonville. Work on an indoor blasting chamber is underway and the company hopes to move the blasting into the indoor—and quieter—facility by early March. Once the blasting project moves inside the noise should cease to be an issue.

“We apologize for any inconvenience the noise from our blasting project may have caused,” Donovan said. “While Double Arrow is in full compliance with all laws and regulations, I recognize that some people have heard the blasting. We are as anxious to get it moved inside as anyone and we are working hard to get that done. Provided the weather cooperates we hope to have the indoor chamber finished by early March.”

Donovan said the blasting was related to a process called “explosive depth hardening,” in which plastic bonded explosives is detonated onto steel. This process changes the molecular structure of the steel and hardens it, resulting in a more durable product that extends the life of the material. It’s also a clean process – no waste is created by the blasting. Double Arrow recently started offering this service and has tripled the number of workers on site because of it. The project is related to the completion of railroad switches.

“We provide a great service to our customers and our process is very effective, if a little loud,” Donovan said. “We’ve created four good jobs related to the project and the indoor blasting chamber is being built by local contractors,” Donovan added, noting that Double Arrow is proud to be part of the local economy.

“We are interested in being fully transparent and open with the public about what we’re doing here,” Donovan said. “It’s a pretty exciting project and we are proud to giving local workers and contractors a chance to be part of our team.”

Donovan pledged to keep community leaders updated on the project and said that if any future projects could cause a similar noise issue that he would notify the media and local officials on the front end.

“We have long valued our relationship with the people in this area and want them to know how grateful we are to operate in such a wonderful community,” Donovan said. “We appreciate folks bearing with us for a few more weeks while we get this noise problem taken care of.”

double arrow pic
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Double Arrow Explosive Services…
 
What is Double Arrow?
 
Double Arrow Explosive Services (DAES) is a small business owned by Matthew R. Donovan and his father, John L. Donovan. They both served their country in the U.S. military (John: 1960-1982; Matt: 1985-2004. Matt is a combat disabled veteran). The company has operated in Nortonville since 2006. The company specializes in the development, manufacturing, and testing of plastic explosives.

What is causing all the noise at Double Arrow these days?
 
That sound you hear is “explosive depth hardening,” a blasting project which has been underway since October. The company is building an indoor blasting chamber and hopes to have it open by early March, provided the weather cooperates with construction. The current blasting project is hardening railroad switches.

Has the government found any violations because of this project?
 
No. Double Arrow is in full compliance with all local and state regulations. Further, on three separate occasions, state officials have done seismic measurements at the site; the tests showed no measurable seismic activity on any Double Arrow project.

What else does Double Arrow do?
 
DAES has been instrumental in the development of new Armor for the military that has saved countless lives in combat. The company’s owners are retired from the military and take great pride in continuing to serve their country.

How many people work for Double Arrow?
 
Double Arrow employs 6 people at the Nortonville facility. Four of the workers are a direct result of the current blasting project.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Scott Jennings
Graphics Provided by SurfKY News Graphics Department

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Traffic Stop Results in DUI, Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking Charges

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/20/15) ― A Madisonville man was charged with several offenses including DUI, reckless driving and… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 9172

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 13, 2015 6342

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 5536

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5305

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 3830

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 9172

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8588

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 20, 2015 3830

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 2335

Madisonville Man Charged with Sex Abuse of Two…

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 1853

Traffic Stop Results in DUI, Drug Possession,…

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 1363

Pick Greenville's 'Saturdays on the Square' Free…

by Beth Newman
April 20, 2015 966

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 916

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
April 20, 2015 908

Police Seeking Public's Help in Locating Man…

by Wes Miller
April 20, 2015 788

Former Certified Medication Technician for Dawson…

by Leland Hulbert
April 20, 2015 599

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by Melissa Heflin
April 20, 2015 440

KDOW: Caney, Hurricane, Copper among Hopkins…

by Dick Brown