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Powering Presidents and Polar Bears

By Generac PR Staff February 14, 2017


Generac Industrial Power dealer supports inauguration, world’s largest polar bear plunge

January 2017 proved more than just a little busy for Generac Industrial Power distributor Kelly Generator & Equipment Inc., Owings, Md. The company, whose headquarters is about 30 miles from the nation’s capital, provided diesel-fueled Generac Magnum mobile generators to support the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Just a week later, Kelly Generator was at the world’s largest polar bear plunge with Generac Magnum mobile generators and light towers.

“Last year, I called on Allied Party Rentals to see if we could work together,” said Garrette Peck, rental and service sales representative, Kelly Generator. “As fate would have it, they were working on the presidential inauguration project.”

“We were awarded the project in early 2016,” said Jamie Dinwiddie, sales manager for Allied Party Rentals, Beltsville, Md. “When Garrette called on us, I told him that his timing was perfect and that I had a good job for him.”

The Generac Magnum generators — a total of 18 MMG25IF4 and MMG45IF4 models rated 25 and 45 kVA respectively — were deployed in several locations to power tents that provided medical and operational support for the inauguration. “They powered lights, medical equipment, computers and communication equipment,” Peck said.

The MMG25IF4 and MMG45IF4 mobile gen-sets feature Marathon SUPERSTART brushless, four-pole alternators. Both gen-sets are driven by Tier 4 final Isuzu turbocharged, aftercooled engines — a 4LE2TAGV03 model in the 25 kVA unit and a 4LE2XAGV01 in the 45 kVA machine. Both have 100 gal. fuel tanks integrated into the trailer, which at full load in the 25 kVA gen-set provides nearly 43 hr. of run time and 27 hr. of run time in the 45 kVA unit.

The parade route from the Capitol to the White House saw 11 generators in operation. Four gen-sets were stationed at the Pentagon, while three units were at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), a U.S. military base that is often tasked with providing ceremonial support for federal events in Washington, D.C., such as the presidential inauguration.

“The Pentagon parking lot served as a ‘sweep point’ for the Secret Service,” Dinwiddie said. “Tour buses and other vehicles would come in and get processed by the Secret Service before being allowed to proceed to the parade route. The generators powered tents that supported the personnel working there.”

Dinwiddie said that Allied and Kelly Generator were allowed to set up the gen-sets at JBAB a week before the inauguration, but the work at the Pentagon and along the parade route had to be done on Jan. 19 and completed by midnight.

“We started setting them up at 2:00 a.m. on the 19th,” Peck said. “We were finished by about 11:00 p.m. Then on the day of the inauguration, I spent my day assigning techs to each of the units to ensure they functioned properly and provided the power necessary for their individual assignments.”

Teardown on the National Mall began at 6:00 p.m. on inauguration day, Peck said. The units at the Pentagon and JBAB were removed the next day.

A week later, many of those same gen-sets as well as four Generac Magnum light towers were delivered to Sandy Point State Park on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland for the 2017 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.

“It’s the largest polar bear plunge in the world,” Peck said. “They had about 10,000 people attend. The governor (Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan) was there, as well as police officers, firefighters and members of the military.

“And, of course, I took the plunge myself.”

A 45 kVA Generac Magnum generator supplied by Kelly Generator powers a heater at the 2017 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.

The generators — units ranging from 25 to 150 kVA — powered vendor tents as well as the main stage where entertainers played for participants and spectators throughout the weekend.

“One of the generators powered a hot tub, which is particularly popular among plungers who want to get warm fast,” Peck said.

“At the plunge there were a few dozen vendor tents, and we ran a small distribution network for them to be powered,” said John Kelly III, rental technical support for Kelly Generator. “Those required gen-sets in the 25 to 45 kVA range. Other tents were closer to the water to serve as changing and warming tents for the participants. The rest of the tents were really more for entertainment on the site. There were also blow-up bouncy houses and plenty of fans for kerosene heaters, which our generators powered.”

Several parking areas as well as the shoreline were illuminated by four Generac Magnum MLT6SM light towers. “We’ve gotten a lot of really good feedback on the appearance of the MLT6SM light towers,” Kelly said. “They’re not the boxy design like you see on many light towers. These ones are much more sculpted and molded, which is what our customers are looking for. Event planners are not embarrassed to present these, because they don’t look like construction equipment.”

Featuring a Marathon brushless alternator driven by a Mitsubishi liquid-cooled diesel and a 43 gal. fuel tank that can provide 90 hr. of run time with all four 1000 watt metal halide lights on, the MLT6SM light towers have 23 ft., five-section vertical masts that can be rotated 359 deg. from the ground when fully extended.

Of the inauguration, Dinwiddie said he was extremely pleased with the support he and Allied Party Rentals received from Kelly Generator. “I was very happy with the fact that their equipment was practically brand new,” he said. “And I was very happy with Garrette and his customer service. He was out there from 2:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. — a long shift for both of us. There was good communication, which made it possible for us to overcome obstacles and changing timelines.”

Kelly said two other partners were invaluable to making the inauguration project a success. “TNT Signs & Graphics (Huntingtown, Md.) lettered all of the generators for us,” he said. “They were brand-new generators, and TNT only had a month to complete the lettering on all of the units — top and sides.

“And Interstate Products, a company in Sarasota, Fla., came through at the last minute with fuel spill containment berms that were a requirement for the project. Our traditional supplier was out of stock, so a week before the inauguration, I contacted Interstate, and they expedited the shipment of 16 berms in time for the inauguration. We’re extremely grateful to both TNT and Interstate for their exceptional service.”

With another sales and service office in Butler, Pa., Kelly Generator is one of 30 Industrial Distributor Centrals (IDC’s) across the U.S. and Canada who jointly operate hundreds of Generac Industrial Power dedicated sales and service offices. Along with their respective dealers, they are responsible for selling and servicing Generac Industrial Power products in their dedicated markets. Kelly Generator has been a Generac Industrial Power distributor for 25 years.

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