Nels Raynor - Bach Steel

May. 04, 2016

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Listen to Nels Raynor, Owner of Bach Steel of Holt, Michigan as he talks about his steel and Iron projects around America.

Nels began working with iron at 19, held several jobs at several companies, and started Bach Steel in 1997.

Nels Raynor has sold and/or done work across the country including Wyoming, Idaho, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Alabama, and Mississippi although his roots are in mid-Michigan where he has an impressive portfolio of work including a fancy cable rail system for the new Christman building in downtown Lansing, and several exclusive homes in the area. Bach Steel also completed the biggest steel truss bridge that’s ever been refabricated in Michigan, located part-way between Lansing and Grand Rapids. 

Since then, Bach Steel has gained a reputation for outstanding work in historic truss. 

 

Listen to Nels Raynor, Bach Steel interview

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    Built in 1885, the Martin Road Bridge is a single-span, pin-connected, Pratt through truss structure, displaying nine panels, with dimensions of 119 feet in length and fifteen feet in width between the trusses. The three-by-eight-inch wooden planks forming the deck are supported by six rows of six-inch I-beams and two rows of six-inch channels carried on sixteen-inch built-up metal floor beams. Rubble fieldstone abutments support the bridge. The structure is currently closed to highway traffic.
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    Working on the Martin Bridge
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    If you are looking to restore a historic metal truss bridge, or other historic metal structure with rivets, and you want to stay in keeping with the original design and appearance of the structure, then any rivets that are replaced should be replaced with rivets. This is a forge where rivets are heated to the right temperature for driving.
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    The historic Marshall Street Armory in Lansing, Michigan was adaptively reused to house non-profit organizations. The building is noted for its open interior with riveted roof trusses. Bach Steel fabricated unique decorative arches that are positioned over walkways added within the building. These arches were riveted together with real rivets, just like the roof trusses were riveted decades ago when the building was created. The arches therefore harmonize with the structural elements of the building.
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    Bach Ornamental and Structural Steel, Inc.
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    Bach Steel Rat Rod