Precision ProCut Helps Unearth GE Lighting's 100th Year Time Capsule

Precision ProCut's Matt Marcum assists in locating and removing GE Lighting's time capsule for its 100th anniversary reception.

On Monday, March 26, 2012, General Electric (GE) Lighting celebrated its 100th anniversary at Nela Park that included the unearthing of a time capsule placed in Building 307 during its construction 100 years ago. In order to successfully and carefully remove the time capsule, Welty Building Company hired Precision ProCut's Project Manager, Matt Marcum, to verify its approximate location. This resulted into Marcum offering solutions to GE Lighting's Carl Hanson to create a penetration for accessing the time capsule without damaging the building's integrity.

During the weeks leading up to the ceremony at Nela Park, Marcum visited the site four times to prepare for extracting the time capsule with Hanson and Welty. He first scanned the cornerstone with the Ground Penetrating Radar to locate the time capsule, which was a lead box placed within the cornerstone located at the base of the historic building.

After verifying the location, Marcum predrilled the area to prepare for the extraction. Marcum line drilled 3 ½ inch diameter by 7 inch deep holes into the stone. This prepared the area according to GE Lighting's request to keep the time capsule encapsulated until the day of the reception.

On the day of the anniversary reception, Marcum made the final full-depth penetration to expose the time capsule. He core drilled several 9 inch deep holes horizontally into the stone and removed the cores surrounding the lead box to lay out the exact location of the time capsule. There were five incandescent light bulbs packed in the sand above the time capsule. With intricate detail, Marcum drilled close enough to the bulbs so they could be removed the day of the ceremony.

As the GE CEO, executives, employees, media representatives and community gathered around Building 307 in the center of the Nela Park campus for the presentation, Marcum assisted GE Lighting's Bill Bogatoy in removing the lead box and the fragile light bulbs from the drilled hole. They peeled the sides of the lead box off to reveal the time capsule's artifacts, including photos of Nela's founders, journals, a book of technical specifications and a Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

The GE executives displayed all the monumental artifacts found in the time capsule and even tested one of the 40-watt original light bulbs to show it still worked. Precision is honored to have been part of the 100th anniversary and assist in revealing a significant artifact in GE Lighting's history.

For more details and a video of GE Lighting's 100th anniversary reception, visit the Plain Dealer news article.

ProCut Project Manager Matt Marcum core drills into GE Lighting's Building 307 to prepare for the time capsule removal.
The cores removed and placed in front of where the time capsule and 5 light bulbs were located in Building 307.
ProCut's Matt Marcum and GE Lighting's Bill Bogatoy open the lead time capsule to reveal the artifacts placed 100 years ago.
GE Lighting's 100th anniversary reception at Nela Park.
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