Tim Scheib is in his element, barging through puddles separating the production buildings of Brownsville Marine Products and eagerly pointing out where $14 million is being invested to improve the efficiency of the Monongahela River plant.
A bracing breeze off the river cannot dampen the enthusiasm of Mr. Scheib, who holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is president of theBrownsvillebarge maker. Once the project is completed in April, Brownsville Marine will be able to launch a 200-foot-by-35-foot, 340-ton barge every two days.
With nearly 90 percent of the company’s capacity booked through 2014, Mr. Scheib said his biggest concern is being able to find the workers needed to supplement the 307 employees working three shifts a day, five days a week.