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Steel Tank Industry Honors its Best

Monday, April 23, 2012

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The steel tank industry has elected new leadership for the next year and conferred honors on some of the best tanks and companies in the business.

 New officers of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association

 Photos: STI/SPFA

The new officers of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association are (from left):  Terry Cooper, president: Kevin Gallagher, vice president; Sonny Underwood, treasurer; and past president Tim Woofter, chairman of the board.

Members of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association held elections and presented their annual awards at the group’s recent annual meeting in Tucson, AZ. STI/SPFA is a not-for-profit association whose member companies fabricate steel tanks, pipe and pressure vessels for use in the petroleum, food, water and chemical processing industries.

Officer, Board Elections

The new officers for 2012-2013 are:

 President: Terry Cooper of Acterra Group Inc.

• Vice President: Kevin Gallagher of Caldwell Tanks

• Treasurer: Sonny Underwood of Mid-South Steel Products Inc.

• Chairman of the Board: Past President Tim Woofter, Stanwade Metal Products Inc.

Newly elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors were Steve Hammoor, Enerfab/Brighton Tru-Edge Heads, who represents the Pressure Vessel Section; and Tim Racicot, CIC Group Inc./Nooter, who chairs the Safety & Health Committee. David Watson, Watco Tanks, was also elected to a full three-year term after completing a two-year appointment to fill a vacancy.

STI/SPFA’s Affiliate Members elected Jerry Schollmeyer, of Morrison Bros. Inc., to a two-year term on the board and to chair of the Affiliate Member Committee. Continuing their terms on the board are Ralph Carpenter, American SpiralWeld Pipe Co.; Tony Honey, Modern Welding Co.; and Steve Meeker, Hamilton Tanks LLC.

Companies, Projects Honored

The group also honored member companies with tank and product of the year and safety awards.

This year’s project winners included:

Elevated Tank of the Year: CB&I Inc., Plainfield, IL. Erected in December, the 4 million-gallon elevated tank in Keokuk, IA, is the second largest in the world.

Two million pounds of steel was used to support the 33+ million pounds of water, stored 160 feet in the air in a massive 136-foot diameter tank bowl, sitting on a 90-foot diameter fluted pedestal.

 Tank of the Year honors went to CB&I for the world’s second-largest elevated storage tank, erected in December in Keokuk, IA.
Tank of the Year honors went to CB&I for the world’s second-largest elevated storage tank, erected in December in Keokuk, IA.

The Keokuk Municipal Water Works Department chose a fluorourethane coating for the exterior and a 100% solids high-build polyurethane coating for the interior.

Reservoir Tank of the Year: Paso Robles Tank, Paso Robles, CA. The 5 million-gallon knuckle roof water tank, in Hemet, CA, was designed to AWWA D100-05 Standards. The construction of this 162-foot diameter tank required 410 tons of steel.

Special Storage Tank: CB&I Inc., Plainfield, IL.  This very large (104.5-foot diameter by 67.5-foot shell height) tank was constructed at the University of Texas, on a very small site surrounded by structures and directly over high-voltage mains.

Standpipe Tank of the Year: T Bailey, Anacortes, WA. The foundation of this 4 million-gallon tank required excavation of 9,000 cubic yards of soil.  The 34.5 million-pound tank was topped by a 58,000-pound dome roof that was built on the ground and lifted into place using a 550-ton crane. A customized landscape mural was painted on the standpipe to blend it in to the surrounding environment.

 Standpipe of the Year was awarded to T Bailey for a water standpipe in Kent, WA.
Standpipe of the Year was awarded to T Bailey for a water standpipe in Kent, WA. The contractor designed, detailed, fabricated, delivered, erected and painted the 4 million-gallon tank.

Pressure Vessel of the Year: Kennedy Tank & Mfg. Co., Indianapolis, IN. The column pressure vessel, to be used in the production of super-pure polysilicon material, was the largest and heaviest item ever built by Kennedy. The 300+-foot-long assembly was built in three sections and welded together before beginning its journey—including a 900-mile detour caused by an emergency bridge closing—to its destination in Tennessee.

Safety Awards

STI/SPFA also presented safety awards to more than two dozen member companies.

Safety Awards of Excellence went to companies whose employees had achieved 12 consecutive months with zero OSHA Recordable Incidents.

This year’s recipients were A&B Process Systems (Installation Division), Acterra Group Inc., Blastech Mobile LLC, BMT (Field Construction Division), Caldwell (Civil), CBI Services Inc., CSA Trading Company (subsidiary of CB&I), Fisher Tank Co. (Field Operations), George I. Reitz & Sons Inc., Graver Tank Co., Landmark Tank Services, Mass Tank, Pacific Tank & Construction Inc., Paso Robles Tank Inc. (Northern, Field and Southern Divisions), SPSI (subsidiary of CIC Group),   SSAB (Central and Minnesota) Inc., Ward Tank & Heat Exchanger Corp. and WFS Construction Co. LLC

Safety Awards of Achievement were presented to companies whose employees reduced their rate of OSHA Total Recordable Incidents by at least 10 percent from their average rate for the previous three years.

Those companies were A&B Process Systems, Caldwell (Industrial and Louisville), Clay & Bailey Mfg. Co., JSW Steel (USA) Inc., Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co. Inc., Landmark Structures I L.P., Modern Custom Fabrication Inc., Modern Welding Company (CA, FL, GA), Nooter Construction Co. (Philadelphia), Plant Maintenance Service Corp., RMF Nooter, Sauder Custom Fabrication Inc., Southern Tank and Mfg. Co. Inc., Steel Tank and Fabricating Corp., Tank Builders Inc. and Taylor Forge Engineered Systems Inc. (Paola).


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