Bailey In New Orleans Building Stores Boxes For Five Avondale Tankers
1981 is shaping up to be a very busy year at Bailey Corporation. The New Orleans firm is presently building ship's stores boxes for five tankers under construction at nearby Avondale Shipyards.
"We're probably the only Gulf Coast company that could tackle a job of that size and still serve our normal trade with no sacrifice in quality or speed," says Bailey vice president Hank Fray. The trade to which he refers is a thriving 33-year-old business in marine refrigeration and airconditioning, carpentry, joinery, and insulation.
Bailey operates out of a 22,000- square-foot shop and warehouse complex on Alver Street in New Orleans's port district. According to general manager Alfred (Mickey) Johnson, that warehouse is one key to Bailey's success. "We keep it practically overstocked with spare parts, equipment and supplies," he explained. "That means we'll handle retrofits, repairs, and service on any vessel in the Gulf—workboat to tanker, all major brands of equipment. And we'll do it fast." Counting on that kind of service are such fleet customers as Lykes Bros., Delta Line, and Waterman Steamship Company, and manufacturers like Carrier and York who have named Bailey their authorized Gulf Coast service representative.
Messrs. Fray and Johnson, who head all operations of Bailey's New Orleans shop, come to the task well prepared. Both are expert in the field of centrifugal compressors, each with over 30 years of relevant experience. Mr. Johnson got his with Carrier's factory service team before coming to Bailey in 1948, and Mr.
Fray served as a ship's engineer for various steamship companies, last serving as licensed first engineer. For further information on the services and capabilities of Bailey in New Orleans,