Moran Iron Works, Inc.
June 2016 Newsletter
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Our Gas Turbine Products Are All Over the Map


Moran Iron Works is the go-to source for specialized fabrications for use in Gas Turbine electric power plants. We custom-build modular components in our Onaway, Michigan shop for shipment to installations all across the United States. We provide both new and retrofit designs, in a number of mild and stainless steel grades. Along with silencers, plenums, ductwork and exhaust systems, we furnish our modular diffuser design for both GE Frame 5 and Frame 7 Gas Turbines.
Learn about some of our projects...

Silencer, Transition and Plenum - Stock Key, Florida

Frame 7B Diffuser Assembly - Boulder, Colorado

Frame 5 Silencer and Transition - Douglas, Arizona
The Cross
St. Anthony of Padua Church 
Mackinaw City, Michigan
Iron One Studio, an artist guild founded by Tom Moran, was recently commissioned by St. Anthony of Padua Church in Mackinaw City, Michigan to design and create a crucifix to be installed in conjunction with a recent remodeling of the church building.

The guild, led by artists Tom Moran, Ann Gildner (artist in residence) and Mary Zinke, were given the task of creating a design unique to St. Anthony of Padua, that no one else in the world would have. Once the design was approved by parish leadership, the artists developed a maquette (a small scale model of the artwork), to give a glimpse at the look of the finished product. 

The finalized design includes polished textured stainless steel for the cross itself, with mild steel for the nails and crown of thorns. The completed sculpture weighs in at 850 lbs and appears magnificent behind the altar, standing 13 feet tall and nearly 8 feet wide. "The beauty of the design is that everyone who sees it has a different interpretation of its meaning." states Sister Chris Herald, Pastoral Administrator at St. Anthony of Padua, the guiding force behind the new cross.

In order to create the look and feel of wood, the stainless steel material was textured using a technique called air carbon arc cutting, or air arcing for short. This process cuts and melts surface metal by the heat of a carbon arc, then removes the molten metal with a blast of air. It is a rough-gouging process, which creates the texture needed to give metal the appearance of wood grain.

The finished cross was installed by MIW staff at St. Anthony of Padua Church in time for services on Sunday, June 12th, when it received a grand unveiling. Iron One Studio and Moran Iron Works were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this project.   
Best 4th in the North
Onaway, Michigan

Each year, Moran Iron Works participates in the Onaway, Michigan 4th of July Celebration, which is a three-day event culminating in a fireworks display on Monday evening. Also on Monday, the Grand Parade starts at Noon and travels through downtown Onaway, so keep an eye out for the Moran Iron Works float!
We hope to see you there!
Happy July 4th - Please join us in celebrating our country's independence!
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