Traveling around 2 mph, a large procession transported some massive equipment from the Port of Toledo to the Toledo Refining Co. on the evening of Aug. 24.
Accompanied by Toledo Police and electrical linemen to adjust power lines, a reactor and a third stage separator were delivered to the refinery on Woodville Road.
The machines, which stand about 30 feet tall and weigh 999,000 pounds and 570,000 pounds respectively, will be installed by members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 85, but members of the Piping Industry of Northwest Ohio will be heavily involved with all the piping and related components needed for the installation.
The two pieces are part of a more than $120 million plant upgrade.
It took about a month for the pieces to get to Toledo. After being fabricated in Oklahoma, they traveled by barge via the Arkansas River and then the Mississippi River. The journey continued across the Great Lakes and then finally a short trip along the Maumee River to the Port of Toledo. The final five-mile drive in East Toledo ended early on Aug. 25.