The Garrahans and Hornwrights were the two major families in charge of Appalachia's mining industry. They owned lavish estates in the mountains overlooking their precious mines.
Formally named the EX-17 Excavator, the power armor project was headed by Harold Frost, siphoned off directly from the United States Army Research Corps in early 2075. The project made headway at first and Frost was confident he could deliver a prototype within months. However, durability issues manifested quickly due to the stress caused by mining. By September 2075, the research team settled on using black titanium, native to Appalachia, due to its tensile strength. The sheer expense was considered an acceptable tradeoff. The suit's extra weight made a more efficient reactor necessary. Although the team continued to experiment with new solutions as late as May 2076, Frost's team had to go for broke and go with an ultracite reactor. In exchange for AMS' proprietary ore, they had to make a decade-long commitment to AMS technology. It was Christmas 2076. It allowed the team to complete the project in February 2077, three months ahead of schedule, hastened by AMS' reveal of Watoga and Hornwright Mining Co. launching the auto-miner industrial robot line.
By April 3, 2077, the choice proved to be a sound one. Three complete Excavator units were operational, with a spotless maintenance record, no breakdowns, and records broken for the amounts of ore extracted in a single day. CEO Garrahan decided to play all-in, challenging Hornwright Industrial Mining Company to a duel where the Excavators and auto-miners would compete to mine the most ore in a pre-set amount of time. The challenge was a calculated risk, aiming to raise the profile of the company and the project, while securing lucrative contracts in the increasingly automation-obsessed Appalachia. To make things worse, Garrahan was affected by the fallout from Hornwright and AMS' handling of the miners in Appalachia: Although Garrahan employed miners and tried to pay them proper wages, the Welch riots that engulfed Appalachia hit them by proxy, leading to walkouts and property damage. However, when the riots petered out around October 5, after the Bramwell bombing that toppled a Mega Mansion, Garrahan remained ready to negotiate with the group of miners willing to come to the table. Although a settlement was reached on October 12, after a week of tense negotiations, Garrahan was put back at square one by the ill-advised actions of William Garrahan. Bryce's brother was possesed of a volatile temper, which resulted in him "lending a hand" at the Rockhound by shooting up the machine seized by protesting miners using a custom minigun he commissioned. The miners were not amused.
The challenge turned out to be the decisive battle of the Hornwright/Garrahan war: 24 hours of non-stop mining. The challenge started on October 18 and lasted the whole day, with auto-miners and Excavators effortlessly chewing through the rock at their designated sites. They were a match for one another and by the end of the day, Hornwright won by a thin margin, just 1.85 tons - less than a single truckload - and stood supreme. Hornwright Mining seized on this tenuous victory as an example of machine's superiority to man.
Of course, Hornwright's executives did not play fairly and intervened to ensure that Garrahan would fail through industrial sabotage. However, even if Garrahan could identify the culprit, they lost. Auto-miners were the talk of the region, while the Excavator power armor project was officially scrapped, with millions sent down the drain, and the company's stock in free-fall. All that Daniel Hornwright had to do was execute a hostile takeover, with the goal of folding the groundbreaking Excavator project into the auto-miners, creating a fleet of indestructible, autonomous miners capable of pin-pointing mineral deposits with no oversight from human operators.
For her part, Vivian Garrahan was ready to accept Hornwright's offer of leasing auto-miners to up the company's mining output and salvage the situation, as well as stepping down as CEO and handing the company over to her children.
Corporate affairs Edit
Unlike their closest competitor, Hornwright, Garrahan employed human miners, rather than robotics, and was thus much more vulnerable to the unrest that swept Appalachia in late 2077, as a result of the miners' dissatisfaction with the string of Hornwright firings and the brutal takeover of Welch by Atomic Mining Services. Although the company was ready to call upon the governor and the National Guard if the rioting escalated, Garrahan preferred to negotiate with the miners and reach a settlement where Hornwright would simply ignore them. Vivian Hornwright was determined to find a peaceful resolution, even in the face of HalluciGen's offers to provide the means to pacify the miners by gassing them. Garrahan refused. Negotiations were made problematic by the involvement of one of the family's members, Bill Garrahan, in the attacks on the Rockhound, which forced the company's operations manager back to the negotiations table.
The company's financial problems caused by the rioting and the investment in the Excavator had a cascading effect throughout the company. Proposals to install automated security were routinely denied by Bryce Garrahan, Operations Manager, due to the potential for expensive criminal liability suits. Unfortunately, the same problems also caused a freeze on the security budget, leading to reduced security staffing at Garrahan mining sites and increased vulnerability to riot-related vandalism.
- Ore and coal from mining operations.
- Excavator power armor: The flagship project of the company and an attempt to redefine the future of Appalachian mining. Scrapped after the marginal, but nonetheless devastating loss to Hornwright in the Man vs. Machine contest.
- "Anti-robot machines": Intended to be used against Hornwright's Strikebreaker robots to sabotage their efforts, the project was quickly scrapped by Vivian, handing it off to Allan Garrahan, who proceeded to hand the work off to Mr. Wolf of the Bysshe Company.
Garrahan Mining is mentioned only in Fallout 76.
- ↑ Fallout 76 loading screen hints
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "It's only been a few weeks since Vivian pulled me out of the U.S. Army's Research Corps and I'm settling in well at Garrahan. One thing's for certain, working in the private sector has its advantages. Nobody constantly looking over my shoulder, no daily reports submitted in triplicate, no accounting for every last penny. As long as I show results, I'm left alone to do what I do best. Component testing for the EX-17 Excavator Project are proceeding ahead of schedule and hopefully the team will have a prototype up and running within a few months."
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "We're running into durability issues with the Excavator's chassis. The extra punishment the arm units take when boring into bedrock is causing micro-stress fractures and sheared gear assemblies. Bryce suggested we look into black titanium as an alternative, since it's native to the area and might provide the tensile strength needed to keep the arm components from tearing themselves apart. I wish we had access to the ore when we were designing the T-45, but I don't think the Army would have wanted to foot the bill for the refinement process. As soon as Vivian gives us her stamp of approval, we'll cast new dies and get the parts molded."
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "We're two months in the hole, and have nothing to show for it. Vivian's breathing down my neck for results and we keep hitting roadblocks. Right after we casted all the parts in black titanium, we realized the suit's extra weight would require a more efficient reactor. We're already way passed spec with the repurposed T-45 reactor, and we keep suffering overheating and stability issues. We're going to need something else to give the power plant more punch. I think I may have found a solution, but I'm hesitant to log my results until I'm sure the Garrahans will go along with the plan."
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "After a few slagged reactors and a near meltdown, we finally have Ultracite powering the Excavator. Vivian wasn't exactly thrilled making the ten-year commitment AMS was demanding for their patented ore, but it had exactly the power output and radiation signature we needed. All that remains now is mounting the Ultracite-fired reactor into the chassis and see if we can get this beast to move some rock."
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "Show and tell day is here, and I'm nervous as hell. We're unveiling the Excavator to the press almost three months ahead of schedule. Between AMS unveiling Watoga and Hornwright stepping up their game with their auto-miners, the pressure's been on to get the unit field ready. I've had my team working around the clock for almost a month straight. As for myself, I've barely been getting by on a steady diet of coffee, cigarettes and stale donuts. If the Excavator performs even close to our expectations, we're guaranteed to give both AMS and Hornwright a run for their money. Fingers crossed."
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "The third Excavator just rolled off of our assembly line, and I couldn't be happier. The first two units have been up and running for almost a month now and we haven't had a single serious breakdown or maintenance issue. Everyone on the mining team wants to get their hands on these suits. Bryce has been continually piloting one of the Excavators... he's already shattered Garrahan's record for amount of ore extracted in a single day. Vivian surprised us all by rolling out a huge ad campaign, pitching our suits taking on Hornwright's auto-miners like a friday night boxing match. To say that this project has been a success is an understatement. I think it might be time to take that vacation before things heat up again around here."
- ↑ Garrahan Estate terminal entries: "From: Bryce Garrahan, Operations Manager To: Vivian Garrahan, CEO Garrahan Mining Now that the smoke has cleared from the miner's riots, I'm happy to report that we still have a small contingent of miners willing to peacefully negotiate terms. The culprits that destroyed the Mega Mansion at Bramwell have already been arrested, so I can assure you that this group are simply good men and women waiting to get back to work. With your approval, I'd like to begin negotiations right away. Although the behavior of these folks is reprehensible, I feel everyone should be given a chance to redeem themselves. The faster we get them back into the mines, the faster we can start generating revenue again. "
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Garrahan Estate terminal entries: "From: Bryce Garrahan, Operations Manager To: Vivian Garrahan, CEO Garrahan Mining Do you know what my dear brother, your son Bill did? He decided to "lend the National Guard a hand" and opened fire on the miners who were holding the Rockhound hostage! What the hell is going on around here? He has no business meddling in affairs that don't involve Garrahan, let alone bring that kind of deplorable publicity to our already struggling company. Doesn't he know I'm dealing with a delicate situation here? It took me a solid week to negotiate a peaceful settlement with our workers, and now because of Bill, they want to come back to the table. If you don't say something to him to put him in check, I'm handing in my resignation.
- ↑ Charleston Herald - Man vs. Machine
- ↑ Charleston Herald - Hornwright Wins!
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "Memo: GMC-17SEC Subject: Hornwright Sabotage -+=ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES!=+- A serious security breach has occurred at our headquarters. Two of our generators had wires cut and several file cabinets set ablaze. We strongly believe that this was an attempt by Hornwright Industrial at sabotage. Nothing critical was destroyed, but the fact that our security was bypassed is a cause for concern. If you see anyone inside the facility without the proper badge, inform a security officer immediately.
- ↑ See Hornwright Industrial for details.
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "Someone once said "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." I'm sure whoever came up with that quote never ran a mining company, but their words ring true. I can't give up, I can't throw away everything I worked so hard to achieve. Garrahan Mining will push through this dark time and we'll rise again. In an effort to increase mining output, I'm seriously considering Daniel's offer to lease some of their auto-miner units, but I'm not certain if it's the right thing to do. I must weigh our financial responsibilities against the welfare of my employees. I've also started to think it's time that I step down. The Excavator Power Armor program has been scrapped, millions of dollars have gone to waste and there's no one to blame but myself. I just have to decide if I'm ready to hand over the reins to Bryce, or if he's ready to accept them."
- ↑ Garrahan Estate terminal entries: "From: Bryce Garrahan, Operations Manager To: Vivian Garrahan, CEO Garrahan Mining Mother, all indications from our security department lead me to believe we're close to having a full-scale riot on our hands. I've taken the liberty of preemptively calling the governor to help us in our time of need. He assures me that he can call in the National Guard when things get out of hand. I would appreciate it if you could speak to Bill and make sure he doesn't decide to mete out his own brand of justice with his weapon he's so proudly been displaying in his room. I can assure you, I will be on top of the situation until all the miner's demands are met. "
- ↑ Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries: "Got an interesting package from HalluciGen, Inc. today. Seems they've caught wind of the mining protests around here and decided to "help" by sending me a sample of their hallucinogen gas and an estimate for a full order if I wanted to buy. Never mind the fact that I'd like to resolve these protests peacefully. Apparently, they'd rather I gas the miners and call it a day. As soon as I get a chance, I'll be sending a message back to the company telling them where they can stick their canister."
- ↑ Garrahan Estate terminal entries: "From: Bryce Garrahan, Operations Manager To: Shaun Henrickson, Security Lead Shaun, I've looked over the estimates for your security proposal and I have a few comments. First, I can't approve the installation of automated, fully-armed turrets outside of our mines. Incidents of criminal damage, costly as they are, don't justify the use of lethal force. Second, I also must deny approval for the hiring of additional security staff. I'm sorry if this doesn't meet your expectations, but I can assure you I took all your suggestions into careful consideration. While I applaud your initiative, the cost is simply too high. Get back to me with the revisions soon, so I can push the rest of your proposal through in a timely manner."