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.

Zampell Continues its Overseas Development and Opens Zampell, Ltd. in the UK

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – MARCH 11, 2016 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – Zampell in Europe is starting out 2016 with a bang. Zampell got underway with the installation of a refractory lining at a new energy from waste unit in Denmark and also opened a new service operation in the UK.

The new energy from waste plant is part of an expansion of an existing plant in Hørsholm, Denmark. The boiler will process 167,500 tons per year, and convert nearly 100% of the energy into steam for district heating and electricity for the surrounding area. Zampell is providing the refractory engineering, materials and installation for this project through its Danish technical staff.

Jim Zampell commented on this new project, “We are very excited to be doing this project in Denmark. A big reason why we started looking at growing into Europe was to grow our energy from waste business since it’s a core capability of Zampell. It’s a great opportunity for our staff as well to tackle a job like this and proudly put their name on something that will service the local area for years to come.”

In addition to this, Zampell also decided to open up a new engineering, construction, and service operation in the UK. With the downturn of the UK steel industry and the unfortunate closing of the Teesside Steelworks, many skilled craftspeople found themselves out of a job and looking to repurpose their skills for the future. Zampell found opportunity in this situation and decided to bring on certain key refractory staff and begin building a new service arm to promote its tiles and technical approaches in the UK. Given Zampell’s long experience with a variety of technologies in the USA and Denmark operations, it is already off and running in promoting its energy from waste tiles and capabilities.

“This is a natural fit for Zampell in the UK,” said Brian Zampell. “With the new facilities being planned, permitted and built, Zampell needs to have a bigger presence to better tackle present and future customers’ needs in the UK market. Zampell always prides itself on being a one stop shop for refractory engineering, materials, and installation, and we always do so safely and with great craftsmanship.”

To find out more about this new endeavor, please visit www.zampell.co.uk.

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.

Zampell Receives the ABC Eagle Award for Scaffolding the USS Constitution

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – On November 18, 2015, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Massachusetts Chapter (ABC) recognized Zampell as the winner of the Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction. The award specifically recognized the excellent and innovated work that Zampell completed by scaffolding the USS Constitution in dry dock in Charlestown, MA. ABCAward

The official selection notice stated, “This outstanding achievement is a testament to your firm’s superior capabilities. Moreover, your award-winning work is also a notable achievement for the merit shop construction industry. In drawing attention to fine projects such as yours, the image of the merit shop and our entire industry will certainly be enhanced.”

The award was presented at last night’s event at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel, featuring a variety of project award winners and acknowledgement of 26 past ABC Chairmen by inducting them as ABC Legends.

The ABC Excellence in Construction is awarded yearly to 12 outstanding Merit Shop contractors. The awards are given to outstanding workmanship on a specific project. In honor of this important occasion, Susan Wornick, former Channel 5 news anchor and member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame was Emcee for the event this year.

The USS Constitution Dry Dock Scaffold Project is a historic restoration undertaken at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The $12 – $15 Million project is slated to take nearly 3 years. The scaffolding provided and installed by Zampell to access the historic vessel will ensure safe access to the work being performed by Navy craftsmen. Zampell proudly accepted the Eagle Award for their outstanding work on this project.

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. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

Zampell Completes Scaffolding Installation for USS Constitution 3 Year Restoration Project

NEWBURYPORT, MA – OCTOBER 6 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – Zampell has completed the scaffold installation for a $12 million to $15 million restoration project of the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

In March of 2014, a team from Zampell met with the caretakers of the iconic frigate, the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston (NHHC) to design a scaffold system to be used throughout the 30 month project. Experienced scaffold builders familiar with cone shaped vessels, large boilers and shipbuilding were crucial in developing a consistent approach to dealing with a challenging scaffold design. Working with engineers at Universal Manufacturing, a leading US scaffold manufacturer based outside Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Zampell designed and proposed a complete scaffold system to ensure access to every inch of the aged warship’s hull. “Engineering is the foundation of our success as a value added specialty contractor,” according to Brian Zampell, COO, when speaking of his company’s success. “By offering a technical approach in scaffolding, similar to what we do in our other services, we were able to provide a value-added solution to our client that resulted in Zampell being the successful contractor.”

More than a quarter of a million pounds of Universal System Scaffold components were used to complete the work platforms built to access the entire hull of USS Constitution. Mike Bredl, National Sales Manager for Universal Manufacturing Corp. expressed his thoughts regarding the project, “In order for the job to be successful Zampell provided knowledgeable scaffold designers, erectors and laborers to provide well-built scaffold. Their commitment to quality workmanship is consistent on every project.”

At 228 feet long by 60 feet wide and 45 feet tall, with work platforms every 6.5 feet in height, Zampell created a safe work environment for the Navy craftsmen to perform their work. Through partnering with the Naval Heritage and History Command Detachment (NHHC), scaffold materials were expedited to the work site which was down inside the dry dock. Senior Operations Manager, Joe Riccio, who is responsible for equipment and technical support for the project explains, “The Zampell approach exemplifies how construction practices, including engineered scaffold systems, have become safer and more efficient over the past 20 years.”

Safety is a priority for the Zampell Team according to Brian Zampell, “As a family business, the most important thing we can do is take care of our employees. The safe execution of our work is critical to operating a professional organization that can complete projects on time, on budget, and with zero incidents.”

“The USS Constitution in dry dock is a high profile scaffold project,” Brian Zampell continued, “It demonstrates to the Boston marketplace and beyond that Zampell can accomplish a complicated, large scale scaffold job, I am very proud of everyone on our team who made this happen.”

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and installation 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. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

For more information on Universal Manufacturing please visit www.universalscaffold.com .

Zampell Refractories, Inc. Named S.T.E.P. Award Recipient

WOBURN, MA – MAY 14th, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – The Gould Construction Institute (GCI) congratulates Zampell Refractories, Inc., located in Newburyport, MA, for recently being named a Platinum Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) Award recipient at the 11th Annual GCI Safety & Education Dinner held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.

For GCI, the S.T.E.P. Awards are the premier event of the year. “A contractor’s most valuable resource is their workers. There is nothing more important than jobsite safety” commented 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.”

The 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 Refractories, Inc. took home the Platinum S.T.E.P. Award in recognition for its outstanding commitment to ensuring a safe work environment for their workforce.

GCI is the training affiliate of the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. For more information about GCI and their course offerings, please call (781) 270-9990.

Zampell Companies awarded the 2014 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award – Platinum Level

SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA – MARCH 26, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – 2014 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award winners at NIA’s 60th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on March 26, 2015. The Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award is NIA’s highest industry honor and 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 Jones noted, “NIA believes that safety is a cornerstone of our industry. We are honored to recognize our member companies that take steps to make safety a top priority. 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.

Recognizing that safety concerns differ among the sectors of the mechanical insulation industry, the awards program includes 3 award categories: Associates (Manufacturers), Contractors, and Distributors/Fabricators. The award program honors 4 levels of excellence: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Zampell was awarded the Platinum level award in the Contractors category.

The Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Safety Award program is named in honor of NIA Past President Ted Brodie, who worked tirelessly for many decades to create a greater awareness of the need for safe working conditions. Mr. Brodie first chaired the association’s Health and Safety Committee in 1967, served as NIA’s President in 1971, and he received NIA’s President’s Award in 1988. Mr. Brodie was the President and CEO of New England Insulation Co., Inc. in Canton, Massachusetts for 50 years.

More Info: http://www.insulation.org/pdf/2014_Brodie_Award_Winners.pdf

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Zampell Achieves a New Milestone in 2014 with $100million in Revenue

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – APRIL 16, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – In 2014, Zampell achieved $100million in revenue throughout all of its business lines. This is a new milestone for Zampell as it is the first time it crossed the nine figure mark. Despite this growth, Zampell continues to focus on maintaining a small, family-owned company experience for its customers.

When asked about this milestone, Jim Zampell said, “I am so very grateful for the hard work of all our employees to reach this new milestone. It’s great to see all of our business lines growing and contributing to Zampell reaching this new level. It was truly a team effort last year to get to where we are.”

All Zampell entities showed a marked increase in sales last year, with the new acquisitions in Europe contributing a significant jump in volume from their increased sales. A main driver of the achievement of this milestone is new growth in refractories. Zampell has taken steps over the past several years to diversify and expand its capabilities into different refractory markets, yielding excellent growth returns in 2014.

Jim Zampell commented further on this new growth and said, “I think it’s great to see Zampell thriving overall, but more importantly it’s great to see Zampell building solid, recurring maintenance partnerships with new clients in new industries and new territories. At our core, we still focus on building a service network with a lot of loyal clients. The growth that we see is not just a couple big projects, it’s a whole collection of smaller customers that have needs for a technical solution and good craftsmanship.”

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories and insulation within the industrial sector. 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. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

Zampell Completes Refractory Engineering and Supply for the New Durham York Energy Centre

NEWBURYPORT, MA, USA – APRIL 16, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – On February 13, 2015, the Durham York Energy Centre in Canada began processing waste for the first time. Zampell became part of this project in the early stages of development, back in September 2011, to aid in the engineering, design, and supply of a refractory lining for this new waste to energy facility.

The project progressed from a concept, to engineering, to drawings, and finally on to material supply. As part of the supply, Zampell also provided on-site quality control supervision on the installation in order to support the local contractor with the technical aspects of the refractory system. This project is a great development for the greater Toronto area and for Canada as it emphasizes the four R’s of landfill reduction: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover. Waste to energy, a technology that has matured over 100 years, is the most reliable process available to the marketplace for the recovery of waste to make energy in the form of steam and electricity.

In this project, Zampell oversaw the supply and installation of over 150 tons of refractory materials. This included over 1000 square feet of Zampell Advanced Refractory Tiles (ZAR-Tiles). On top of all this, Zampell invested over 400 man hours of engineering and design to generate the various drawings that made this project a success. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Zampell directly oversaw 11 different field design changes to accommodate actual conditions from design conditions that ensured the best possible outcome would be reached.

John Heffernan, Zampell’s Senior Manager of Sales and Engineering commented on the project and said, “I am very proud of the job my team did. To take a facility like this and accommodate a variety of different mechanical suppliers shows the value we can provide. A lot of hard work went into this and I’m proud that it was a success.”

When asked about this project, Brian Zampell said, “Engineering is a core value of the Zampell business. This project is an excellent example of how we can take a mechanical design for a waste to energy facility and adapt our techniques and products. I’m proud of our employees.”

Jim Zampell, Zampell’s President and CEO since 1981, observed, “With forty years of experience in Waste to Energy, we have seen a wide variety of incineration technologies and refractory systems, so from our construction and maintenance experience, we are confident that we can give our customers the best value for their facilities.”

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories and insulation within the industrial sector. 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. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.

Zampell Successfully Merges Danish Subsidiaries Schmidt & Danielsen A/S and Refcon A/S to form Zampell A/S

DENMARK – MARCH 24, 2015 – ZAMPELL COMPANIES – In 2015, Refcon A/S and Schmidt & Danielsen A/S, two Danish companies with proud DKTruck
traditions in refractory, merged to form a new organization, Zampell A/S. These two companies became part of the family owned company, Zampell, in 2013. Zampell is a leader in the refractory industry with many years of experience, technical knowledge, and financial capabilities, which makes Zampell a solid partner in Denmark for both existing and new customers.

When asked about the merger, Brian Zampell stated, “I am excited to move forward as
one company in Denmark. By bringing these two subsidiaries together as one company under the Zampell name, it helps to unite our operations in Denmark with our businesses in the USA. The best part about this development is that our Danish companies already uphold the core values of the Zampell name, including safety, customer service, quality, engineering, and, most importantly, craftsmanship.”

The aim of the merger is, as always, to provide high quality refractory services to Zampell’s many customers and to do so throughout the USA and Europe. Through the combination of Zampell, Refcon A/Sfrontpage-UK-flip1, and Schmidt & Danielsen A/S, there are increased opportunities and knowledge with a unified approach to carrying out tasks. Zampell A/S will continue the Zampell model by having each office maintain its own resources and installation personnel, enabling Zampell to respond on short notice for customer emergencies. The greatest benefit for the merger is that it creates an environment where knowledge will be shared across offices in the USA,
UK, and Denmark. Having access to multiple solutions in a variety of industries will enhance Zampell’s overall capacity to provide the best service to their customers.

Zampell is a merit shop service organization that is chiefly involved with the engineering and construction of refractories and insulation within the industrial sector. 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. For more information on the Zampell family of companies please visit their website at www.zampell.com.