Congrats to IFCO's Dave Youmas who retired this past Fall after an amazing 33 years at IFCO! Dave "Yamaha" Youmas was one of our best mechanics and traveled with IFCO's A-Teams all around the world while working on our most important projects. Dave was a true warrior, with a great attitude and worth ethic. He represented the best of IFCO. Thank you Dave for your years of service and best wishes on the next chapter of your life!
To ensure our projects are completed with the highest quality standards, IFCO has a full spectrum of certified welding procedures. IFCO welders are certified to both AWS and ASME procedures in SMAW, FCAW, MIG, and TIG in both carbon and stainless steel metals.
Fives North American Combustion, Inc. has improved the design of their 4419/6419 series burners. This burner was co-developed with IFCO’s input since its inception and IFCO has continued to work with Fives on improvements ever since. This burner was made for Multiple Hearth Furnaces and continues to be the best for any MHF application. One major advantage is that it’s easy to be disassembled for cleaning. And two, it’s categorized as a “medium velocity” with low NOx but performs like a high-velocity burner due to its venturi shaped design. The burner supports better mixing in the chamber by moving the flame to the outside of the (refractory) burner tile; and as a result, reduces slag formation around the tile.
Please see the attached literature which is the most current and has additional information regarding the burner’s latest changes.
IFCO wants to recognize the outstanding service by one our top employees. Mary Ann MacDonald has now been with IFCO for over 30 years!!! Our Controller is a crucial part of our company's success. While much of her work may go unnoticed and behind-the-scenes, those of us who work side by side with her are always amazed at her work ethic and efficiency. She really is the backbone of our company. Thank you Mary Ann for your years of service and best wishes for many more.
IFCO's NY based crews and office staff completed annual refresher training in accordance with MSHA and OSHA Regulations. Also, new to this year, our employees were trained on an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan, which included guidance on prevenintg the spread of COVID-19.
IFCO takes training very seriously for its employees. Here is the full list of topics covered in this year's training:
- NYS Sexual Harassment Training
- 1st Aid Training
- Respirator Training & Fit Testing required by OSHA standard 29CFR1910.146
- Confined Space Training required by OSHA standard 29CFR1910.146.
- Hazardous Communication Training required by OSHA standard 29CFR1910 & 29CFR1926
- “Primary User” Scaffold training as required by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926 Subpart L.
- OSHA Fall Protection Training required by OSHA standard 29CFR1926 L,M,X,R
- Asbestos & Lead Awareness required by OSHA standard 29CFR1926.62
- Awareness Training on OSHA ruling for Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica
- Awareness Training on OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard as per 1910.1026 & 1910.1126
- Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020
- Crane Signals
- Rigging Safety
- DOT log book keeping
Governor Cuomo's latest update deems all water and wastewater construction projects as essential. IFCO continues to provide services to essential goverment entities, while adhering to all necessary safety measures.
There has been a lot of information in the news about PFAS, and Industrial Furnace Co, Inc. continues to stay at the forefront of this issue. Please see attached for IFCO's presentation about PFAS and the ideal treatment for these "forever chemicals".
During this difficult time in the world due to COVID-19, Industrial Furnace Company is continuing to support our friends in the water and wastewater industry. Because of our frequent need for "around the clock" processing, IFCO is here to ensure any issues, small and large, will have our help in the form of any resources we can provide.
New York State’s Governor Cuomo Executive Order 202.6 prohibits all businesses from having their employees work on-site during the COVID-19 outbreak unless their business is considered ‘essential.’ The services that IFCO provides qualify as essential and life sustaining because we support the following critical areas:
- Utilities including power generation, fuel supply, and transmission
- Public water, sewage, and wastewater
- Industrial specialty construction
- Manufacturing in Mining
- Primary Metal Manufacturing
- Paper Manufacturing
IFCO continues its commitment to keeping our employees, vendors, suppliers, business partners, and the general public safe during the evolving conditions related to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor our operations plan and will be ready to make changes if needed to ensure everyone’s safety.
Please see the attachment to view the details of IFCO's Operational Plan during COVID-19 pandemic.
IFCO’s Mike Hilton and Timothy Quandt did MACT SSI Training at the Alaska Water and Waste Water Utility in Anchorage Alaska. IFCO also provided services to review the Plant’s current incineration process and then provide a report in recommended improvements.
Industrial Furnace Company is mourning the passing of its valued employee- Ron Valion. Ron passed away on 1/22/2020. He was just two weeks shy of what would have been his 62nd birthday. Ron started with Industrial Furnace Company in August of 1990. He was a hard-working, dedicated employee who became one of our top masons. He often traveled with Pee Wee Grant’s crews in the 90’s. At Eastman Kodak, Ron was always admired for his work by Max Lill. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Valion family. Ron will surely be missed by his family at Industrial Furnace Company.
Industrial Furnace Company provided safety training to its NY-based employees on Friday 12/27/19. Employees were trained by the Red Cross in CPR and 1st Aid. In addition, they were also trained on Confined Space Rescue Operations. If requested, Industrial Furnace Company can provide staffing and equipment to do rescue services for its employees when working inside confined space environments.
Industrial Furnace Company has field crews with expertise in repairing sectional boilers.
Industrial Furnace Company just completed an installation of a fully-automated Caustic Skid to monitor and regulate the pH for a scrubber discharge water. This system was required by the EPA to comply to SSI MACT Regulations.