Associated Builders and Contractors & Gould Construction Institute Announces Zampell Refractories as S.T.E.P. Safety Award Winner

WOBURN, MA – May 19, 2017 – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the leading voice for the merit shop construction industry, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulate Zampell Refractories for recently being named a Diamond Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at the 13th Annual ABC/GCI Safety & Education Dinner held May 18th at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

The S.T.E.P. Awards is ABC/GCI’s premier annual event. “A contractor’s most valuable resource is their workers. There is nothing more important than jobsite safety,” said GCI President Barbara Lagergren. “This year’s award recipients deserve each and every accolade they received by continuing to raise the standards of safety, training, and education throughout the construction industry.”

S.T.E.P. Awards are presented annually to ABC member companies with exceptional safety records and this year’s applicant pool was fiercely competitive with a record 60 companies recognized as having an outstanding commitment to jobsite safety. Applicants are evaluated on a number of statistical factors such as incident rates, lost time and OSHA recordables combined with a safety audit consisting of twenty key components.

This year, Zampell Refractories took home the Diamond S.T.E.P Award in recognition of its exceptional commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for their entire workforce.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. The ABC MA Chapter represents 425 firms across the state. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abcma.org. GCI is the training affiliate of the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. For more information about GCI and their course offerings, please visit gwgci.org or call (781) 270-9990.

 

Zampell Companies awarded the 2016 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award – Platinum Category

Phoenix, Arizona—March 31, 2017—The National Insulation Association (NIA) announced the 2016 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award winners at its 62nd Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 30, 2017.

NIA’s Safety Award is the only national award for outstanding safety performance in the mechanical insulation industry. NIA created the award program more than a decade ago to recognize top companies that have established structured safety programs to ensure the well-being of their employees and create safe working environments.

NIA’s Safety Award program honors 4 levels of excellence: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze for Associates (Manufacturers), Contractors, Distributors/Fabricators, and Metal Building Laminators.

NIA’s Executive Vice President/CEO Michele M. Jones said, “NIA applauds our member companies who have just received NIA’s highest honor for safety performance. We are very proud to have 26 Platinum winners this year. NIA’s goal is to help our members take their safety programs to the next level to help ensure a safe workplace for all employees. The high level of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards signifies that these companies are making safety a top priority. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”

Throughout the judging process, applicant companies remain anonymous and winners are evaluated on the basis of their overall safety program, means of communication, and safety policy. The judging panel of expert safety professionals includes Health and Safety Committee leadership and NIA’s General Counsel Gary Auman of Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry. All applicant companies receive an individualized and detailed Safety Training Analysis Results (STAR) Report. The STAR Report includes personalized recommendations based on each applicant’s answers to the application questions.

More Info: http://insulation.org/news/nia-announces-the-2016-theodore-h-brodie-distinguished-safety-award-winners/

ZAMPELL RELEASES ONLINE VERSION OF ITS 50 YEAR HISTORY

NEWBURYPORT, MA – MARCH 31, 2017 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – In 2016, Zampell turned 50 years old. As part of marking this occasion, Zampell engaged with David O’Neil from The Story Trust to compile a history of the company’s first 50 years. The history project culminated in the creation of a book, now available online at http://www.zampell.com/our-company-history/. A print format will be available soon as it is currently in production.

When asked about the book, Jim Zampell said, “I’m very proud to see this project completed. It’s a great opportunity for all of our current and future employees to know the story and see where we started.” He went on to comment, “My father would be humbled to see the company’s story like this. David [O’Neil] did a great job bringing it to life.”

The book project took over a year of interviews, historical analyses, and compiling artifacts from the company’s history to include in the book. Zampell included stories and recollections from customers, employees, vendors and members of the Zampell family. It has six different chapters, covering the history of Zampell from Tom Zampell’s early years, to the founding of Zampell Refractories, Inc. in 1966, up to the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary. The final chapter is a reflection by Jim Zampell on his career as President and CEO from 1981 to 2016 along with his thoughts on the future of the company under the leadership of his son, Brian.

In the foreward, Brian Zampell wrote, “My hope is that as we go forward, this book will serve as a reminder of who we are as a company today and the importance of staying true to our core values. It is a book that is especially created for the employees of Zampell, as this story is not just a story about a family but also a story about a family of employees. To our many employees, I want you to know that this is your story, and I sincerely thank you for your contributions.”

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories, insulation, and scaffolding within the industrial and commercial sectors, and facilities management in all sectors. It is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and continues to grow due to its core value of quality craftsmanship. Zampell is headquartered in Massachusetts and has branch offices in Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Oregon, California, and Louisiana. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories in Stoke-on-Trent, England. It also operates a janitorial products company, Custodial Partners, in Massachusetts, ZAR-Tech, a refractories distribution company with locations in Massachusetts and New York, and Western Industrial Ceramics, a refractories distribution and fabrication company in Oregon and California. For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

ZAMPELL CONTINUES FURTHER EXPANSION OF LEADERSHIP TEAM

NEWBURYPORT, MA – JANUARY 9, 2017 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – At an annual year-end gathering of employees in Pennsylvania, Brian Zampell announced the promotions of Chris Lucarini to Divisional Vice President and John Heffernan to Vice President of Sales and Engineering.

Chris joined Zampell in 1999 in order to develop the Mid-Atlantic marketplace with a focus on continuing to build the Energy from Waste business for Zampell. The Pennsylvania office is now the largest divisional branch in Zampell and services a variety of industries with all of Zampell’s core services. In addition to Pennsylvania, Chris has also taken the initiative to help Zampell grow by taking over management of the Texas operation in 2014 and opening a new branch in Louisiana in 2016.

On this promotion, Brian Zampell said, “I’m very proud of Chris and his accomplishments and we’re very excited to recognize his efforts to expand the company with this new position and title.” Chris commented as well by saying, “I appreciate all the support from the Zampell family and I couldn’t be successful as I am without the support of my team and especially my own family.”

John joined Zampell in 2004 in order to help standardize and unify Zampell’s sales approach as Sales Manager. Before Zampell, he had a successful career with Carborundum and Premier Refractories, giving him exposure to a variety of industries and applications in the world of refractories. In his time with the company, he has brought a system of building strategic, achievable goals that have methodically expanded the company across territories and markets and allowed the company to consistently build its sales force in the field. He continued his leadership by taking on the goal of building a cohesive engineering department, starting in 2010. Prior to this, each division managed their own engineers, but his leadership has helped to consolidate strategies and approaches for design, estimating, project management, and talent development. John designed his team around bringing the best value to the Zampell clients, modeled on the practices pioneered by Tom Reilly, the author of Value Added Selling.

Brian Zampell commented, “John serves as a mentor to all of us in the company on a variety of strategic approaches with key clients, engineering and design approaches on our core offerings, and contributes an overall calming voice to our team to keep everyone focused and on track. It’s a much deserved promotion and we’re very proud of his accomplishments.” In response, John said, “Thank you very much. I’m appreciative for the support of all the people at Zampell and I look forward to continuing our success into the future.”

Zampell holds annual events in each of its territories in order to discuss the prior year’s performance, goals for the coming year, and to say thank you to all of its employees. The luncheon has a variety of awards to recognize years of service and exception performance by the employees. It is great opportunity to create a forum as well for all employees to understand the direction of the company, areas where the company can improve, and to gain an audience with the corporate leadership. This particular luncheon was attended by the team from the Pennsylvania office and members of the Zampell corporate team. The promotions were recognized with a great round of applause by all in attendance.

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories, insulation, and scaffolding within the industrial and commercial sectors, and facilities management in all sectors. It is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and continues to grow due to its core value of quality craftsmanship. Zampell is headquartered in Massachusetts and has branch offices in Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Oregon, California, and Louisiana. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories in Stoke-on-Trent, England. It also operates a janitorial products company, Custodial Partners, in Massachusetts, ZAR-Tech, a refractories distribution company with locations in Massachusetts and New York, and Western Industrial Ceramics, a refractories distribution and fabrication company in Oregon and California. For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

ZAMPELL ACQUIRES WESTERN INDUSTRIAL CERAMICS, INC.; SEAN CASE NAMED DIVISIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – NOVEMBER 17, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – The year 2016 is an exciting year for Zampell, highlighted by new growth, expansion, and leadership.  On November 17, a team from Zampell and members of the Huston family passed papers and closed the acquisition of Western Industrial Ceramics, Inc. (WIC) by Zampell Refractories, Inc.  As part of this new expansion, Sean Case was elevated to the title of Divisional Vice President, responsible for all of New England and the West Coast.

“Today’s an exciting day for Zampell,” said Brian Zampell, CEO.  “It’s an honor to elevate Sean to the title of Vice President in recognition of all of his contributions to Zampell over the years and tremendous leadership in making us who we are today.  This acquisition of WIC helps Zampell to augment its offerings and increase its West Coast presence.  Sean and our whole Zampell team did a great job putting it together.”

Western Industrial Ceramics, Inc., or “WIC” as it’s commonly known, is a provider of a variety of specialty refractories throughout the West Coast and beyond.  Half of the business is focused on the manufacturing, fabrication, and distribution of specialty parts made from primarily refractory ceramic fibers.  These parts are used in energy, investment casting, foundry, manufacturing, heat treating, and other high temperature industrial applications.  The other half of the business is focused on furnace construction and repair with a mix of refractory ceramic fiber, castable refractories, and brick.  They have a dedicated customer and employee base that Jim Huston and his team cultivated over many years.  Since Jim’s passing in 2013, the company continued with support from his wife and daughters until its sale to Zampell.

Sean commented on the acquisition, “It’s great to close this deal and move forward with the great people from WIC as part of our team here at Zampell.  They have some innovative, fabricated products and a good service team that we can take and build.  The acquisition itself was a team effort all around; everyone in the senior leadership team here at Zampell and WIC jumped through a lot of hoops to make this a successful deal.”

Zampell plans to make several changes as part of the WIC acquisition in order to position the company for future success for many years to come.  These changes will give WIC better access to the overall capabilities of Zampell and enhance their service offerings with increased technical infrastructure.  The company will be segmented into two core operations.  First, the product distribution, fabrication, and manufacturing operations will fall under the existing entity, ZAR-Tech, Inc., but continue to operate as “Western Industrial Ceramics” given their strong brand on the West Coast.  Joe Flynn, Operations Manager at ZAR-TECH, will be in charge of managing and positioning WIC to continue for many years to come.  The engineering and installation business will be merged into Zampell Refractories, Inc., giving it heightened technical and operational infrastructure that will enable it to tackle larger projects and capture new efficiencies.

“Overall, it’s a great day for both companies as it marks a new beginning for the employees of Western Industrial Ceramics.  This acquisition means that our customers can enjoy great service and enhanced value for many years to come,” said Brian Zampell.

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories, insulation, and scaffolding within the industrial and commercial sectors, and facilities management in all sectors. It is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and continues to grow due to its core value of quality craftsmanship. Zampell is headquartered in Massachusetts and has branch offices in Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Louisiana. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories in Stoke-on-Trent, England.  It also operates a janitorial products company, Custodial Partners, in Massachusetts, and ZAR-Tech, a refractories distribution company with locations in Massachusetts and New York.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

 

 

ZAMPELL TURNS 50! BRIAN ZAMPELL NAMED AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

BOSTON, MA, USA – JULY 21, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – At an event marking the 50th anniversary of Zampell, Brian Zampell was named the new president and CEO of Zampell by his father, Jim Zampell, current president and CEO of the company. As part of the transition, Jim Zampell will be assuming the role of Chairman of the Board, focusing on the strategic direction of Zampell.

“Today’s a big day for Brian,” Jim told a group of managers, salespeople, supervisors, and other key leaders of Zampell at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor on Thursday. “Effective immediately, Brian is the new President.”

This announcement marks the beginning of the third generation of Zampell leadership, and it came at an event focused on thanking Zampell’s many employees for their contributions to the company over the last 50 years, as well as highlighting the values that have made the company a success.

Many of the speakers referred to the continuation of values that include craftsmanship, safety, hard work, persistence, customer service, and family.  These same values contributed to the past success of Zampell and will ensure its success for many years to come.

The highlight of the event was a harbor cruise with all those in attendance, plus members of the Zampell family and key advisors to the family business.  The beautiful weather and sea air made for a great event and the party continued late into the evening on the patio of the hotel.  The night before, a welcome reception was held at the hotel where the main attraction was a reproduction of the original 1966 Chevrolet Zampell truck.

Tom Zampell, Jim Zampell’s father, founded Zampell in 1966 at the age of 49 after a 30-year career with General Electric.  In 1976, Jim Zampell joined the company full time and was elevated to President in 1981, giving him a 40-year career with the company, 35 of which were spent as the President and CEO.  Brian Zampell joined the company full time in 2006, after completing a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration.  In his closing address, Jim Zampell spoke about the importance of family and his vision for the company and its future.  His remarks focused on taking care of one another and he mentioned how proud he was of his children, Kristin and Brian, along with his happiness in being a grandfather.

Before Jim’s announcement, Brian took a moment to personally thank his father and the employees for their contributions to the company. Brian closed his comments by saying, “When I travel, and my father can’t make it for whatever reason, I always ask him, ‘Is there anything you want me to say to the employees?’ He always says, ‘Tell them thank you.’” He then told the crowd: “If there is one thing that you remember from this event, please remember, thank you, for your hard work, your dedication, and for being part of our family.” Brian went on to say, “There is one more person to thank…my father, Jim Zampell.”  At that point, the employees overwhelmingly stood up and applauded with a full standing ovation for all the support and accomplishments of Jim Zampell over his career.

Brian also included a special recognition for his mother, Christine Zampell, who has been instrumental in the success of the company through the many roles she has served, particularly with new ventures and the company real estate, and her support of Jim in his leadership.

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories, insulation, and scaffolding within the industrial and commercial sectors, and facilities management in all sectors. It is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and continues to grow due to its core value of quality craftsmanship. Zampell is headquartered in Massachusetts and has branch offices in Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Louisiana. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories in Stoke-on-Trent, England.  It also operates a janitorial products company, Custodial Partners, in Massachusetts, and ZAR-Tech, a refractories distribution company with locations in Massachusetts and New York.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

Associated Builders and Contractors & Gould Construction Institute Announces Zampell as S.T.E.P. Award Winner

WOBURN, MA, USA – JUNE 22, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES –  Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the leading voice for the merit shop construction industry, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulate Zampell for recently being named a Diamond Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at the 12th Annual GCI Safety & Education Dinner held May 19th at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

The S.T.E.P. Awards is ABC/GCI’s premier event of the year. “A contractor’s most valuable resource is their workers. There is nothing more important than jobsite safety,” said Barbara Lagergren, President of the Gould Construction Institute. “Tonight’s award recipients deserve each and every accolade they received by continuing to raise the standards of safety, training, and education throughout the construction industry.”

S.T.E.P. Awards are presented annually to ABC Member companies with exceptional safety records, and this year’s applicant pool was fiercely competitive. Applicants are critiqued on a number of statistical factors such as incident rates, lost time and OSHA recordables combined with a safety audit consisting of twenty key components.

This year, Zampell took home the Diamond S.T.E.P Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for their entire workforce.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. The ABC MA Chapter represents 425 firms across the state.  Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abcma.org. GCI is the training affiliate of the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. For more information about GCI and their course offerings, please visit gwgci.org or call (781) 270-9990.

Zampell Companies awarded the 2015 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award – Platinum Category

Boca Raton, Florida – April 22, 2016 -ZAMPELL COMPANIES- The National Insulation Association (NIA) announced the 2015 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award winners at its 61st Annual Convention/WIACO in Boca Raton, Florida, on April 21, 2016. Industry leaders from around the globe were in attendance at NIA’s Convention and the World Insulation and Acoustic Congress Organization (WIACO) meeting, which is hosted in the United States every 8 years.
NIA’s Safety Award is the only national award for outstanding safety performance in the mechanical insulation industry. NIA created the award program in 2004 to recognize top companies that have established structured safety programs to ensure the well-being of their employees and create safe working environments.

NIA’s Executive Vice President/CEO Michele M. Jones said, “NIA applauds our member companies that make safety a top priority. Two years ago, we were excited to double the number of Platinum winners over the previous year, and this year we are thrilled to set a new record with 28 Platinum winners. We were also very pleased to increase the total number of Contractor applicant companies this year. NIA’s goal is to help our members take their safety programs to the next level to help ensure a safe workplace for all employees. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners.”

Throughout the judging process, applicant companies remain anonymous and winners are evaluated on the basis of their overall safety program, means of communication, and safety policy. The judging panel of expert safety professionals includes Health and Safety Committee leadership and NIA’s General Counsel and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Expert Gary Auman of Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry. All applicant companies receive an individualized and detailed Safety Training Analysis Results (STAR) Report, which includes personalized recommendations based on each applicant’s answers to the application questions.
NIA’s Safety Award program honors 4 levels of excellence: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze for Associates (Manufacturers), Contractors, Distributors/Fabricators, and new for 2015: Metal Building Laminators.

 The Contractor category winners are:

Platinum:

  • Advanced Energy Protection, LLC, Lancaster, PA
  • Advanced Industrial Services, LLC, Toledo, OH
  • Advanced Nuclear, LLC, Lancaster, PA
  • Advanced Specialty Contractors, LLC, Aston, PA
  • Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC, Yonkers, NY
  • Brace Integrated Services, Houston, TX
  • Cornerstone Services Group, LLC, Kansas City, MO
  • Farwest Insulation Contracting, Anaheim, CA
  • F & H Insulation Sales and Services, Inc., Kechi, KS
  • Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc., McKees Rocks, PA
  • Gribbins Insulation Company, Inc., Evansville, IN
  • Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Company, Davenport, IA
  • I-Star Energy Solutions, Lancaster, PA
  • L & C Insulation, Inc., La Crosse, WI
  • Luse Thermal Technologies, Aurora, IL
  • New States Contracting, LLC, Sayreville, NJ
  • Performance Contracting, Inc., Lenexa, KS
  • Summit Contracting, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Thermal Solutions-Ohio, Inc., Proctorville, OH
  • Zampell Companies, Newburyport, MA

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NIA Announces New 2016 – 2017 Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Reston, Virginia – April 25, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – The National Insulation Association (NIA) is pleased to announce its officers for 2016-2017. The officers will be led by NIA’s new President, Steve Luse. The new slate of officers and representatives assumed their positions following a majority vote by the NIA membership during NIA’s Business Session, which took place on April 21, 2016, at NIA’s 61st Annual Convention/WIACO in Boca Raton, Florida.

Steve Luse is the President/CEO of Luse Holdings, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois, and has served in that role since 1998. He joined his family’s construction and distribution business in 1981. During Mr. Luse’s tenure, Luse Holdings, which includes NIA-member company Luse Thermal Technologies, LLC, has grown from a small, local insulation contractor/distributor to a major regional specialty contractor/distributor serving the industrial and commercial markets in an 11-state region in the Midwest.

During his term as NIA’s President, Mr. Luse’s theme will be Participation Shapes Our Future. His term will conclude at NIA’s 62nd Annual Convention, March 29-April 1, 2017, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2016-2017 Executive Committee

 

  • President: Steve Luse, Luse Thermal Technologies
  • President-Elect: Darrel Bailey, Performance Contracting, Inc.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Dan Bofinger, Winroc-SPI
  • Assistant Treasurer: Dana Vlk, Distribution International, Inc.
  • Immediate Past President: J. Kenneth Freeman, Petrin Corp.

Past President Advisors 

  • Ronald King
  • Alec Rexroat

Regional Board Representatives

  • Jim Gribbins, Gribbins Insulation Company, Inc., representing the Central States Insulation Association (CSIA)
  • Joe Leo, Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC, representing the Eastern States Insulation Contractors Association (ESICA)
  • Jeffrey DeGraaf, Industrial Construction & Engineering Co., representing the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA)
  • Matt Caldwell, Caldwell Insulation, Inc., representing the Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association (SEICA)
  • J. David Gottlich, Brace Integrated Services, representing the Southwest Insulation Contractors Association (SWICA)
  • Tim Stout, Hudson Bay Insulation Company, representing the Western Insulation Contractors Association (WICA)

At-Large Representatives 

  • Michael G. Benoit, General Insulation Company, Inc.
  • Mark Duppler, Bay Insulation Systems, Inc.
  • Jason Heath, Zampell Companies
  • John Lamberton, Irex Contracting Group
  • Ed Mahoney, Regal Insulation Corp.
  • Mike McLain, Bay Insulation Systems, Inc.

 

Associate Representatives 

  • Doug Bolen, Knauf Insulation, Inc.
  • Dave Cox, Owens Corning

 

Michele M. Jones, NIA Executive Vice President/CEO, and General Counsel Gary Auman, Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry, will be advising and counseling the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

James C. Zampell, President & CEO, Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harbison Walker International Contractor/Installer Seminar

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – APRIL 21, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – James C. Zampell, President & CEO, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Harbison Walker International at their annual Contractor/Installer Seminar held in Duck Key, Florida.  The inscription on the award reads: “For a lifetime of dedicated leadership, service and inspiration to the refractory industry.” Many of the Zampell management team members were in attendance, along with his wife, Christine, and his son, Brian, who also serves as Zampell’s Vice President and COO.

The Harbison Walker International Contractor/Installer Seminar is an annual event that captures a majority of refractory contractors and installers from the USA who are affiliated with Harbison Walker.  It serves as a major event for the industry in the USA and as a forum for recognizing contributions to the industry.  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given on special occasions to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the refractory industry in the USA.  Another significant award at this event is the Harbison Walker International Legends Award, which is awarded posthumously.  The inscription on the Legends Award reads: “Celebrating a career of legendary accomplishment in the refractories industry and honoring a legacy of inspiration for generations to follow.” This award was previously awarded to Thomas J. Zampell (1916 – 2004), Jim’s father and Zampell’s founder, and Raymond F. Flynn (1957 – 2010), Zampell’s former Vice President of Engineering.

Pete Antimarino of Harbison Walker International wrote in his official notice for the award, “Jim distinguished himself from other worthy candidates through not only the decades of outstanding leadership that he has provided in building a world-class refractory contracting company, and providing a strong, positive, and guiding influence over the Zampell/HWI partnership, but also through the positive impact Jim has had on the entire refractory industry.  It’s often been said that we work in a rough and tumble, down and dirty business, so Jim’s commitment to integrity, quality, safety, and maybe most importantly, building into the lives of others, is greatly appreciated and admired by all who know him.”

In reflection on the great achievement, Jim Zampell said, “Let’s be clear that this award is not just about me.  It is also about the people that I have been lucky enough to have work with me over the years.” Jim went on to mention his appreciation for several of the Zampell employees who came to support his achievement, his wife Christine and  his family, the representatives of Harbison Walker International, and he also mentioned his father, Tom Zampell, and Ray Flynn, who previously had won the Legends Award from Harbison Walker International.  He closed by saying, “Without all of these people, I am not standing here and Zampell wouldn’t be the company it is today.”

Brian Zampell also participated in the award ceremony, and remarked, “My father is a very modest but strong leader for our company.  He is magnanimous in that he always gives credit to everyone but himself, especially the employees, for his great achievements over the past forty years of his career, thirty five of which he has served as President and CEO.  This time, it’s great to see him be recognized for his leadership, integrity, and persistence that has carried the Zampell Companies across the USA, into Europe, and into another generation of existence.  Tonight, it’s all about my father, and well deserved.  On behalf of all the employees of Zampell, congratulations, thank you, and job well done!”

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories, insulation, and scaffolding within the industrial and commercial sectors. It is a family-owned business that was established in 1966 and continues to grow due to its core value of quality craftsmanship. Zampell has branch offices in Massachusetts (headquarters), Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and Oregon. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and a subsidiary, Zampell Ltd. with a location in Stoke-on-Trent, England. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.