VULCAN REFRACTORIES LTD., ZAMPELL AFFILIATE, CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – September 11, 2019 – Vulcan Refractories Ltd. of Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, England, a Zampell affiliate, proudly celebrates fifty years of being in business this year!  Founded in 1969, the company has a long tradition and history of providing a high quality refractory materials for various industries and, more importantly, providing a family environment for its generations of employees.

Brian Zampell, President and CEO of Zampell, remarked, “Not many companies are lucky enough to successfully continue operations for fifty years, and statistically its truly an anomaly.  Vulcan and its employees are unique and should be extremely proud of this special achievement.  It’s a testament to resiliency of a family company and that it’s truly most important to build an environment that empowers people to continue success beyond short term goals.  I feel lucky to be a part of it.”

Vulcan Refractories Ltd. was founded by Michael Zienkowicz, a Ukrainian immigrant to the UK who served in the Second World War for the British and the USA.  He escaped to the UK as a refugee after his family was killed by the Ukrainian war with the Soviet Union and the Great Terror that followed.  Similarly to Tom Zampell, he served in the military in Italy, and Michael served as an interpreter.  Tom Zampell served as a radio gunner for the United States Army Air Force on primarily B-25 Marauder aircraft.  At its founding, Vulcan Refractories mainly served as a monolithic refractory provider and a manufacturer of precast refractory shapes.  Michael purchased the site in Cheadle, still occupied by Vulcan Refractories today, in order to build the first elements of his factory.  Michael oversaw the physical expansion of the facility into the footprint it encompasses today and the growth of the company until his passing in 1989.

When Michael Zienkowicz’s son, Nick Zienkowicz, joined Vulcan Refractories, he had a vision to transform the company with the introduction of nitride bonded silicon carbide shapes into the production line.  Nick quickly embraced his role in the company and embraced his opportunity to grow the company by leading sales of the new product line across Europe and beyond, stretching into the USA, the Far East, and beyond.  This growth and expansion allowed Vulcan Refractories to expand into multiple markets, especially focused on the aluminum industry.

In 2010, sadly, Nick Zienkowicz passed away from a brief illness.  Prior to his passing, he had the foresight to steer the business into the waste-to-energy tile market and in the process he developed a business relationship with Brian Zampell and Zampell USA.  During his brief illness he expressed to the trustees of his estate his interest in keeping Vulcan Refractories a family company, and hoped that they would successfully sell the business to Zampell.  Zampell saw so many similarities in culture and heritage between the two companies, so it ultimately decided to acquire Vulcan along Nick’s wishes, which was successfully completed in 2011.  As a part of the acquisition, Zampell also gained Gary Dukes, who now serves as not only the Managing Director of Vulcan Refractories, but also all of Zampell Europe.

“When Zampell acquired Vulcan, Jim Zampell told me two things: ‘Take care of the people and make Vulcan a state of the art refractory company.’ I took this to heart and, with the assistance of everyone at Vulcan, we transformed the business for the future with Zampell’s support,” reflected Gary Dukes.

Vulcan has been marked by success for the past several years under Gary’s leadership and Zampell’s ownership.  The factory was completed rebuilt as a state-of-the-art facility in 2013 and, in 2017, Vulcan Refractories was recognized by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with its prestigious Workforce Involvement in Health and Safety (WISH) award, highlighted a formal reception at Buckingham Palace and an awards banquet in London.  Vulcan is also the first ceramics company to achieve ISO 45001 in the UK.

The fiftieth anniversary was celebrated on August 30 and 31, and was marked by meetings with all the Vulcan employees and a celebration with all the Vulcan employees, spouses, and children.  Many Zampell employees from the UK, USA, and Denmark also joined in the festivities.  Jim Zampell, Chairman of Zampell, spoke on the milestone by saying, “I would like congratulate everyone at Vulcan on their great achievement and ongoing success.  We’re thankful to have the Vulcan employees as a part of the Zampell family.”

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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 Kentucky. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories, Ltd. in 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.  Zampell also has a collaboration agreement with New England Mechanical Overlay in the USA to provide steel fabrication and pressure vessel repair services.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.  For more information about NEMO, please visit www.nemoinc.net.

ZAMPELL ENGINEERING CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – September 10, 2019 – This year, Zampell proudly celebrates the 40th anniversary of its engineering department’s creation!  Founded in 1966, Zampell began as a small refractory maintenance contractor in Beverly, Massachusetts.  In 1979, Zampell invested in evolving to become a premier designer of refractory solutions for its clients, including the optimization and retrofitting of furnaces and boilers.  This is a tradition that is proudly continued today and was recently marked with a Zampell engineering meeting, hosting engineers from across the USA service locations.

In 1979, Zampell hired two engineers to create its engineering department.  Harold “Dick” Bulmer was a refractory engineer with experience in the design and construction of turnkey furnaces and Raymond “Ray” Flynn was a new college graduate in engineering with experience in wastewater management and the local tanneries.  Jim Zampell knew at the time that in order to provide the best value for his clients, he needed to have an engineered refractory solution for his jobs.

“I knew that, as a refractory company, I didn’t want to be stuck doing the same for less.  I wanted to give my customers a solution that would help them be more successful, even if it meant less future work for Zampell.  I believe that if we don’t bring the new ideas to our customers, someone else will,” remarked Jim Zampell, Chairman of the Board.

Very quickly, the engineering department began to create quick-reference documentation and quality standards.  As a company founded on craftsmanship and doing things the right way, it was fundamental for Zampell to have engineers who could create a systematic path for identifying and defining the “right way”.  This systematic approach is carried on today with the many Zampell employees across the USA and Europe.

“I’m proud to have an organization around me that values a balance of practical and technical capabilities.  I don’t think there are many companies in the USA or the world for that matter that deliver such a consistent service level due to the engineering roots that drive it, and that’s something I’m very proud to be a part of,” reflected John Heffernan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Engineering.

The engineering meeting that took place focused on various elements of the department’s scope, included engineering and technical standards for installation, project reviews, engineering capability developments, and expanded training for the department’s 3-D computer aided design capabilities.  The meeting also highlighted some recent patents and objectives for protecting innovation as a company.  It also included a bit of fun with the engineers successfully cracking two escape rooms at a local team-building establishment.

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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 Kentucky. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories, Ltd. in 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.  Zampell also has a collaboration agreement with New England Mechanical Overlay in the USA to provide steel fabrication and pressure vessel repair services.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.  For more information about NEMO, please visit www.nemoinc.net.

Zampell Patents Next Generation Tile for Energy From Waste

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – August 3, 2019 – Zampell filed a provisional patent on August 1, 2019 for the next generation in refractory tile design for Energy from Waste (EfW).  Most EfW designs center on combustion in a boiler, which leads to high rates of corrosion on the boiler itself.  The best way to protect the boiler while maintaining a very high temperature for environmentally safe combustion is with a refractory tile.

On this milestone, Brian Zampell remarked, “Zampell was one of the first pioneers of tile technology, completing installations of various tile evolutions for the past thirty years, beginning in the United States and growing into Europe and Canada with its tile technology.  This is a great achievement for Zampell since it shows our dedication to continuous reinvestment in being the global refractory innovator for Energy from Waste.”

Throughout the world, particularly in Europe and the Far East, EfW, coupled with recycling, is the primary method for the disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) in an environmentally compatible manner.  While the United States has increased its reliance on landfill, leading to a reduction in EfW facilities, the global opportunity for EfW continues to grow with new facilities being built every year.  In order to continue to be a global leader in this market, Zampell has dedicated continuous research and development into both the mechanical design of the tile, its attachments, and the chemistry of the tile itself.  Prior to this patent, Zampell, in partnership with its affiliate Vulcan Refractories Ltd., patented a new formula for the tile composition itself, which it calls “ZEROX” since it shows virtually zero oxidation of the silicon carbide in the tile.  This patent focuses on the mechanical attachment of the tile to the boiler wall.

When attaching a tile to a boiler wall, there have been four previous evolutions in tile design.  First, tiles were bolted directly through the tile with mortar sandwiched behind the tile against the boiler tubes.  Next, a hidden anchor bolt system was designed called “T-Clip” with mortar behind it.  The next evolution was similar to T-Clip, but with a denser castable behind the tile, colloquially called “back-cast” tiles.  The fourth generation of tiles was mainly applied in the upper furnace in EfW facilities and replaced the mortar and castable materials with high pressure air fed through a plenum, which was pioneered by Junger+Greater in Germany.  All of these systems have similar challenges that manifest over long operational lives.  One challenge was that the tiles tend to swell due to oxidation, which Zampell mitigated with its ZEROX technology.  The next challenge was due to expansion, which Zampell has always mitigated by integrating expansion joints and fiber into its designs, which were mainly developed by John Heffernan, Zampell’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Engineering.  The final challenge was to increase the life of the anchor bolt, which this patent solves by essentially eliminating the bolt itself and replacing it with a new attachment concept.

Lee Rollins, Zampell’s Senior Manager of Engineering, who worked on the patent design, commented, “This new attachment concept ticks many of the boxes to mitigate the previous methods of failure.  Our approach will keep the anchor cooler, mitigate reactions between different chemistries in the metals, allow for thermal expansion, and be an easier weld when attaching the anchor to the boiler.  Most importantly, it’s at a similar price point to previous generations of tiles.”

Now that the tile is under patent protection, Zampell intends to expand its testing with clients in real life scenarios and with enhanced mechanical laboratory testing.  These field trials and tests will illustrate the benefits and give Zampell an opportunity to promote its fifth generation tile to the world as the next solution for a tile lining in an EfW facility.

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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 Kentucky. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories, Ltd. in 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.  Zampell also has a collaboration agreement with New England Mechanical Overlay in the USA to provide steel fabrication and pressure vessel repair services.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.  For more information about NEMO, please visit www.nemoinc.net.

Zampell USA and Europe Achieve Safety Milestones

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – May 24, 2019 – Zampell Denmark and Zampell USA each achieved safety milestones this year, marking continuous progress improvements as part of its overall goal to eliminate accidents.  Zampell Denmark achieved ISO 45001 certification and is possibly the first and only Danish refractory company to have this designation, and Zampell USA received the Diamond Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award from the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC).  Both awards show Zampell’s continuous dedication to elevate its safety performance in all aspects of its operations, both in Europe and the USA. 

ISO 45001 is an internationally recognized accreditation in occupational health and safety.  It unifies the former ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 standards into one management approach designed by occupational health and safety experts.  The ABC STEP Award is a national program that provides safety benchmarking and improvement tools that has been shown to dramatically improve safety performance among participating companies.   Established in 1969, STEP was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  Companies measure their safety performance and policies through a review of 20 key components with a goal of enhancing safety programs and reducing jobsite incident rates. 

Zampell A/S in Denmark received the ISO 45001 designation on March 15, 2019 and Zampell USA received the ABC Diamond STEP award on May 16, 2019.  Both the ISO 45001 and ABC Diamond STEP Award highlight Zampell’s dedication to increasing standardization and continuous improvements based on the refinement of those standards. 

Brian Zampell, CEO of Zampell, remarked, “In the last year, we made a considerable investment of time and resources to further standardization across all of Zampell.  We believe that by universally getting everyone to do things the same way, we can make incremental changes that will progressively improve our entire company.  Safety has to be a process, and both of these programs illustrate our dedication to making safety a process of success at Zampell.  I’m very proud of all of our employees since every individual has a role to play in both of these honors.”

Participants in the ABC STEP program are rated and analyzed along four key areas, including current safety performance, leadership commitment to world class safety, cultural transformation and commitment to world class safety, and the level of introduction and deployment of world class safety.  The program requires evaluation, tracking, implementation, benchmarking, and leadership as components of the analysis and metrics that each participant supplies to ABC.  The levels of achievement are bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and diamond.  Based on metrics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), participants in the ABC STEP program are generally 190% better than industry averages, platinum participants are 300% better than industry averages, and diamond participants are an astounding 680% better than industry averages.   

One of the unique programs that Zampell is promoting to its employees in 2019 is its “STOP” program, with STOP being an acronym urging an employee to “Stop, Think, Observe, Proceed” before doing a task.  Each employee is issued a STOP booklet that has a page for every task they complete, allowing them to conduct a “Point of Work Risk Assessment” prior to each task.  A point of work risk assessment places accountability on each employee for their own safety by giving them a reminder checklist of the hazards that they should look to find and the measures to mitigate those hazards.  The STOP booklet is a concept that was initially piloted at Zampell’s manufacturing site, Vulcan Refratories Ltd. in Stoke-on-Trent, England. 

“Far too often, we find that our job sites evolve from what we thought would happen and what was covered in the tool box talk.  The STOP book helps our employees take a moment to figure out if anything changed from what they were told at the beginning of the day.  It gets every employee to act as their own safety advocate by having them run through a quick checklist on what to look for,” commented Sean Case, Zampell USA’s Chief Operating Officer. 

Both the ISO 45001 program and the ABC Diamond STEP Award have the concept of continuous improvement built into them.  When asked about future objectives for Zampell in Europe and the USA, Gary Dukes, Managing Director of Zampell Europe, remarked, “I think one area that remains a challenge is the wide variety of safety cultures we encounter across our client sites in the USA and Europe.  The most important initiatives we can undertake are those that will allow Zampell to further insulate itself from these variables and ensure we can maintain our own high standards, no matter what the site standards may be.”

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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 Kentucky. Zampell also has a subsidiary, Zampell A/S, with locations in Jutland and Sjælland in Denmark, and subsidiaries Zampell Ltd. and Vulcan Refractories, Ltd. in 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.  Zampell also has a collaboration agreement with New England Mechanical Overlay in the USA to provide steel fabrication and pressure vessel repair services.  For more information on the Zampell family of companies, please visit their website at www.zampell.com.  For more information about NEMO, please visit www.nemoinc.net.

Zampell USA and New England Mechanical Overlay Sign Collaboration Agreement

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – February 12, 2019 – Zampell Refractories, Inc. and New England Mechanical Overlay (NEMO) inked a deal today to collaborate on future contracts that include full turnkey scopes. The Joint Collaboration Framework Agreement (JCFA) establishes business terms and a scope of collaboration to facilitate a streamlined process for servicing clients with this demand.

Bryan Foulds, CEO of NEMO, remarked, “I think this is a great fit for our two companies to collaborate on what we each do best. I believe that NEMO continues to be the standard in our market for safety, craftsmanship, and on-time delivery of mechanical and pressure-part work. Zampell has the same reputation for all of their services, so together we can provide the best value to our clients.”

Jim Zampell, Chairman of Zampell, commented, “Years ago, we had current employees of NEMO like Bryan Foulds and Steve Cotta working at Zampell in our refractories business. It’s great to have them be back in the family as a part of this new deal. It’s a good fit for us and for our clients.”

Both Zampell and NEMO currently work around each other all the time at a variety of manufacturing, pulp and paper, and waste-to-energy job sites. The crews already have a great working relationship and a good familiarity with each other, making this an easy fit operationally as Zampell and NEMO collaborate on projects. Above all else, both companies have their focus set on building a great culture for their employees that fosters a successful environment of safety, craftsmanship, and hard work. This consistent dedication to the people who work at Zampell and NEMO have made both companies successful and their partnership will help each other build mutual success.

“There is an increasing interest from clients to have a turnkey option for certain scenarios, so it’s something we had to consider as a business. Instead of trying to build something from the bottom, with all the challenges and risks of doing that, we decided the right move would be to partner with a company that has certainly earned our respect and ensures that we will be successful in providing the very best turnkey services, right out of the gate,” commented Brian Zampell.

Some of the benefits of the Zampell/NEMO JCFA, in addition to the expanded scopes of capabilities through both companies, is expanded access to a sales, safety, and project work force. It creates new opportunities for the sales staff at both companies, provides a greater network to the safety professionals, and allows for collaborative project management across both companies for better scheduled and streamlined projects.

“The core of the agreement is based on a strong foundation of communication where sharing information will lead to the best solution for clients that need a unified industrial solution for their facilities,” said Jamie Byrd, President of NEMO.

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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, Ltd. in 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. For more information about NEMO, please visit www.nemoinc.net.

SEAN CASE PROMOTED TO COO AND HONORED WITH TOM ZAMPELL AWARD


NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – DECEMBER 21, 2018 – Zampell Refractories, Inc. promoted Sean Case to Chief Operating Officer of all USA operations, effective October 1, 2018.  As a part of this, the Zampell Family chose to honor him on December 21, 2018 with a special Tom Zampell Award for Craftsmanship. 

Sean Case marked 25 years with Zampell Refractories this year, starting with the company right out of Clemson University.  Through his time at the company, he often reflects that he has had just about every job at the company, from laborer right up to Chief Operating Officer (COO).  He first took over the management of the Massachusetts Division in 1996 as a young engineer with the business.  Massachusetts has long been a division that held a special place in everyone’s heart in the company given that it was the first division, dating back to Tom Zampell.  After growing this operation, Sean would later take over all of New England, the West Coast, and Florida before taking over all operations as COO. 

In each Zampell division, an annual, year-end lunch is held to talk about the year, say thank you to everyone, recognize employees for years of service, and give the Tom Zampell Award for Craftsmanship.  The event today was for all the New England employees, and had over a hundred employees and office staff in attendance. 

The Tom Zampell Award for Craftsmanship is designed to recognize employees who, each year, represent themselves in such a way that is a tribute to the legacy of Tom Zampell.  Given Tom Zampell’s dedication to the employees, it is typically given to a field employee in each division.  For special occasions, the Zampell Family chooses to honor certain individuals for demonstrating the values of Tom Zampell in how they lead the company. 

When speaking of the purpose of the award, Brian Zampell remarked, “Tom Zampell dedicated to doing things the right way.  He had a simple philosophy in business, and that was if you take care of the people, the people take care of the customers, and the customers take care of the company.”

When speaking specifically about Sean’s recognition, Brian went on to say, “In life, we often encounter people who lead, unfortunately, in order to fulfill a personal ambition.  True leaders awaken idealism in people to achieve something greater than themselves.  To be a part of something special.  I believe that Tom Zampell had this quality.  Jim Zampell has this quality.  Ray Flynn, who many of you knew, had this quality.  Sean Case, our Chief Operating Officer, has this quality.  It is my honor to present Sean with the Tom Zampell Award.” 

Sean is already fully immersed in the role of COO and is primarily focused on teaching each operation the systems which have made his other divisions successful.  These systems are directly related to how an operation organizes jobs, conducts safety on job sites and in training, and approaches sales and scheduling.  By having a core, teachable system, the ultimate goal is to have all divisions operating the same way so that no matter where employees may travel to assist in jobs, they ultimately will feel completely unified as one company throughout Zampell. 

In regards to these systems and processes, Sean commented, “By having one way of doing things, this gives us the opportunity to make improvements as a company and have these improvements quickly help Zampell across the board.  If everyone is doing things the same way, it establishes a baseline for performance, then allows us to measure and improve from there.”   

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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, Ltd. in 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 COMPLETES REFRACTORY INSTALLATION OF NEW STEEL REHEAT FURNACE

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – APRIL 25, 2018 – Zampell Refractories, Inc. successfully completed the refractory installation on a new steel reheat furnace this week in Roanoke, Virginia, USA. This project is a particularly notable milestone in Zampell history since it is the first complete construction of a new steel pusher furnace versus previous maintenance or rebuild projects on existing furnaces. The project involved more than 35,000 manhours, and Zampell is proud that it completed the project with zero incidents and zero injuries.

“I’m really proud of our crews to get in there and knock this out with great craftsmanship and an excellent safety performance on a complex job site,” said Brian Zampell, President. “New construction always presents a variety of unique hazards, so it was great to see everyone rise to the challenge.”

A pusher furnace has unique demands on the installation team due to the refractory design of the water-cooled rails that lead to the hearth where the steel exits the furnace and is rolled into product. The hearth needs to be perfectly plumb to ensure optimal operation of the furnace and production of the material without damaging the furnace in the process. Given these requirements, it is essential for the refractory installer to not only have competent, diligent craftspeople, but also have a strong technical engineering team in support of the installation crew. Zampell prides itself on having an engineering foundation supporting its projects, which is core to its history of success and values as a company.

“At Zampell, we strive to always provide a quality installation for our clients,” said John Heffernan, Vice President of Sales and Engineering. “As a part of that quality process, we deploy site engineers to support our craftspeople to ensure that the performance demands and tolerances that our clients require are met.”

By having this engineering-based approach, Zampell consistently grows its business and gains new clients by providing solutions that set the company apart from its competition.

With its continuous reinvestment in equipment, engineering staff, and craftspeople, Zampell is proud that projects like this can be successfully sold and completed as a result of their efforts. With this culture of continuous reinvestment, Zampell continues its success in the metallurgical industries, building its new refractories growth on steel furnaces, secondary aluminum melters and holders, heat treat furnaces, forge furnaces, investment casters, and bright annealing furnace work.

Jim Zampell remarked, “This project is another example of how metals will be a big part of the future in our refractories business. It’s great to see everyone’s commitment and teamwork pay off.”

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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 CobbLloyd Refractories, Ltd., Zampell Ltd., and Vulcan Refractories, Ltd. in 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 COBB LLOYD REFRACTORIES LIMITED

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – DECEMBER 20, 2017 – Zampell Holdings, LLC completed the successful acquisition of Cobb Lloyd Refractories Limited of Burntwood, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, on December 20, 2017. This acquisition is a key step forward in furthering Zampell’s commitment to building its service capabilities in the United Kingdom with Cobb Lloyd’s focus on Energy from Waste, Biomass, and Incineration.

“Our dedication to Energy from Waste makes Cobb Lloyd a perfect fit for our growth plans in the UK,” said Brian Zampell, president of Zampell. “More importantly, I feel like Cobb Lloyd has the right cultural fit to be a success within Zampell.”

As part of this acquisition, Cobb Lloyd will merge with Zampell Limited, a UK Zampell affiliate that provides installation and engineering services in the refractories industry, giving the overall business greater resources to better service the marketplace. The brand will eventually be merged into one, with the operations coming together under the Zampell name.

“The acquisition will allow Cobb Lloyd and Zampell to share the wealth of experience and knowledge across the industries in which we work, in particular the Waste to Energy, Biomass and Incineration sectors,” said Graeme Corbet, Managing Director of Cobb Lloyd.

Along with Vulcan Refractories, another Zampell affiliate, the group will also be better positioned to service the Energy from Waste market since it can control the production ,supply and installation of quality refractory tiles for boiler linings. With Vulcan’s new, patented “ZEROX” formula for tiles, Zampell and Cobb Lloyd together will have the best product at the best value available to the marketplace.

“This is a really exciting time for Zampell and Vulcan in Europe,” said Gary Dukes, the managing director for all of Zampell’s operations in Europe. “We are confident that with Graeme and his team, coupled with our great employees and products in Denmark and England, we have the best capability in the market for maintaining our customers’ facilities. Through our process of continuous improvement, we will strive to be even better.”

Cobb Lloyd is a family business run by the Corbet family and based in Burntwood, Staffordshire, outside of Birmingham. The Corbet family can trace its history in the masonry and refractories trade back almost two hundred years. One of their ancestors in a previous business famously built the brick chimney for the chemical works at St. Rollox, Glasgow, that stood a little over 435 feet, or 132 meters. Graeme Corbet and his son, Calum, are currently active in the business and will continue managing the operation going forward as a part of Zampell.

Brian Zampell and Graeme Corbet first met in November 2009 and maintained contact over the years since Cobb Lloyd is a customer of Vulcan Refractories. Zampell and Cobb Lloyd found ways to help each other out with different projects and materials over the years. Graeme also made a visit to Zampell’s corporate offices in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in October 2014 while on holiday in New England, giving him a chance to meet Jim Zampell, Zampell’s chairman, and some other members of the management team who were on site that day. This ongoing relationship eventually culminated in this exciting new acquisition for Zampell and Cobb Lloyd.

“We have always felt that Graeme and his team would be a great fit for Zampell,” Brian Zampell said. “They have a rich family history in the business, similar to us, and we always felt a natural camaraderie with Graeme whenever we bumped into each other in the marketplace.”

Zampell is a family business 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 was established in 1966 by Tom Zampell 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.

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/