Monthly Archives: March 2014
The winners of the 2013 EHS awards were announced in February recognizing McWane facilities in five different environmental, health and safety performance categories. The winners were:
The Most Improved Recordable Injury Rate Award – The most improved total recordable injury rate (TRIR) is determined by calculating at year end the TRIR for each facility and comparing it to the prior year. The facility with the greatest percentage of improvement from the previous year is the winner. This year’s winners were:
AB&I, Oakland, California (Foundry)
Tyler Pipe Company, Marshfield, Missouri (Fabrication)
The Outstanding Health & Safety Performance Award is given to the facility that has the best overall health and safety performance in 11 different categories, including program compliance, incident rates, implementation of health & safety initiatives, and risk reduction efforts.
Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart, Indiana
The Outstanding Environmental Performance Award is given to the facility that has the best overall environmental performance including management commitment, program implementation and compliance. The winners were:
Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Provo, Utah (Foundry)
Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford, Indiana (Fabrication)
The Outstanding Environmental Progress Award is given to the facility that showed the greatest overall improvement in environmental performance during the year. The winners were:
AB&I, Oakland, California and Tyler/Union, Anniston, Alabama (Foundry)
The Solberg Company, Green Bay, Wisconsin (Fabrication)
The EHS Excellence Award is given to the facility that has the best overall performance in both environmental and health and safety company-wide. There was no clear winner for this award in 2013.
Although the Screaming Eagle (pictured) was not awarded for 2013, we anticipate all facilities will continue with excellent health, safety and environmental programs during 2014 and strive to be this year’s winner.
Every team member plays a role in helping us become safer and more environmentally conscious and we must work together to continue to improve our EHS performance.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
We are proud to announce that Pacific States was one of 6 recipients in Utah chosen by the EPA to receive funds under the Clean Diesel Grant. This Grant was established by the EPA to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks in areas that have levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) that exceed the federal air quality standards.
In an EPA News Release, they stated that the goal of the Grant is to retrofit 19 long-haul trucks, based in Utah, with exhaust control devices that will reduce participate matter emissions up to 90% and idle-reduction technologies that will reduce engine idling time by more than 8,000 hours. The grant will also partially fund the replacement of two outdated vehicles, including a dump truck from Pacific States. More importantly, the grant will result in annual reductions of 48 tons of nitrogen oxides, 21 tons of participate matter, 15 tons of hydrocarbons, 83 tons of carbon monoxide and 1,364 tons of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. It will also save 83,462 gallons of fuel annually.
Pacific States will be replacing a 2000 model year dump truck with poor emissions for a 2011 model year or newer dump truck that meets the latest diesel engine high emission standards. The EPA’s Clean Diesel Grant will cover 25% of the cost of the new heavy-duty dump truck.
Pacific States team member Holly Guerrero learned about this Grant while looking for projects to enter in the 2013 McWane Pollution Challenge (P2C) and she organized and led the initiative in applying for this Grant. As you may recall, Pacific States came in first in last year’s P2C competition for another project in which they modified the weir on the T-Pot (Desulphurization Ladle) to optimize lime used for removing sulfur from the iron.
Congratulations to Pac States for receiving this Grant and in particular, Holly Guerrero, for all of her hard work on applying for this grant. Great job!