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Pac States is “All In!”

Pac States All In

L – R: John Julander, Kelly Evans, & Layne Draper


Pacific States Plant Manager Scott Jarvis wanted to share with the rest of the team what “all in” looks like to him.

Atlantic States produces 4” TR Flex pipe and then sends it to Pacific States because they don’t have the ability to weld the rings on the spigot. Upon receipt, the Pac States team welds the rings on the spigots, but before they can do this, each bundle has to be broken down and every other pipe turned so that all of the bells face the same direction. The normal process for this was for a large forklift operator to pick up each piece of pipe and then drive around the layer and put it on the other end so the bells all lined up. It was tedious and time consuming.

Pac States team member Kelly Evans thought, “there has got to be a better way” so he came up with an idea which he shared with fellow team members Layne Draper and John Julander. Together they built a pipe separator that holds a full layer of pipe with every other pipe dropping down into grooves while the other pipe stays at a higher level. The forklift can then pick up the entire upper level of pipe in one pick followed by the entire lower level of pipe, again in one pick, to turn all of the bells in the same direction.

This one brilliant idea helped them achieve a cost per ton below $980 by significantly reducing the amount of time and fuel needed for this job! This is another example of why we need to work together to evaluate the jobs we are performing every day to insure that they are being done in the safest most efficient way.

Congratulations to the Pac States team for thinking outside the box together to come up with a better way to perform this task!


Pacific States HR Manager Jessica Stones Featured in Utah Valley Business Quarterly

Pac States Jessica Stones in Utah Valley Business Quarterly 1We were pleased to learn that Pacific States HR Manager Jessica Stones was just featured in the Utah Valley Business Quarterly in an article by Briana Stewart entitled “The Iron Woman.” Jessica has worked at Pac States for 10 years and in her interview she said, “This is not a stereotypical office job.”

In a male dominated industry, Jessica has no problem holding her own, but in the article she does caution that the environment at Pac States isn’t for everyone.

“When we’re hiring, people either love it or hate it. They’re either fascinated by the surroundings or they think it’s dirty and antiquated,” she says. “I realize I’m completely biased, but I can’t think of a better place to work. We have the best people – the most respectful people. Everyone is hard working and committed in their jobs, and they give us the freedom and independence to excel and take ownership. It’s the very reason I’ve been here 10 years.”

In her final question for the interview, Briana asked Jessica’s advice for women and men in business. Jessica said, “If you want to do well in your chosen profession, you have to show up. No matter how bright or talented you are, no matter how much you have to offer, be here, be on time and be present. Lay your foundation right.”

Jessica’s article is posted on Utah Valley Business Quarterly’s online magazine – look for her on page 30! – or you can read the article itself here.

We’re proud to have you as a member of our team, Jessica!

Pacific States Completes Process Audit

Pac States Audit Group

Pac States Audit Group

The Pipe Group has a program in place called Process Audits. Pacific States just completed a process audit at their facility this week. The process audits work like this – Plant Managers and other members of the Management/Engineering team visit the pipe production facilities and review their processes and work instructions.

They then use this process as a tool to share best practices among the pipe group and look for opportunities for improvement. This process also helps to build relationships among the pipe group team and encourages the sharing of ideas.

Meet McWane: Craig Whiting, Pacific States

Craig Whiting 45 YearsThe team members at Pacific States recently bid Craig Whiting a fond farewell after 45 years of service. Craig’s first years at Pac States were in the valve and hydrant shop, but he also helped in casting when needed. In 1982, he moved to the storeroom where he spent the last 32 years driving a forklift.

Craig said, “I have gone through 6 forklifts while working the Storeroom.”

Craig has been married for 21 years and has a blended family with 8 children. He also has 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Craig enjoys spending times with his grandchild, especially if they go fishing. Craig plans to travel, fish whenever he can,k’la and search for rocks and ghost towns.

We wish you a long and happy retirement Craig and watch out for those ghost towns!