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Double Arrow Explosive Services Working to Move Blasting Operations Indoors Soon

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.”

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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.
 
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