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US Justice Department sues Idaho city over water pollution

November 2, 2022

"The federal government is suing a small Idaho town near Grand Teton National Park for dumping toxic waste from its sewage treatment plant into a stream that feeds several scenic rivers in the region.

The lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Monday. The federal government contends the city of Driggs violated the Clean Water Act by dumping effluent with too much e. coli and ammonia or otherwise violated wastewater permit rules more than 2,600 times over the last seven years."

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InsideEPA: EPA Pledges To Preserve Biosolids Disposal Options In Face Of PFAS Fears

October 20, 2022

From Inside PFAS Policy - October 11, 2022

EPA water chief Radhika Fox says EPA is facing a “frontier issue” as it grapples with addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in biosolids but is pledging to work with key groups to preserve the three management methods -- land application, incineration and landfilling -- that wastewater treatment facilities currently use to dispose of biosolids while also protecting public health.

“I will certainly say the issue of biosolids and PFAS is an absolute frontier issue,” Fox said Oct. 11 during WEFTEC 2022, the annual conference of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Her remarks were livestreamed from New Orleans, LA.

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IFCO Successfully Concludes 2nd Round of Aluminum Testing in Multiple Hearth Furnace

December 7, 2021

Last month, Industrial Furnace Company successfully concluded its second round of aluminum testing in our test Multiple Hearth Furnace at our Rochester, NY facility.

This testing had excellent high yield results with the delacquering of high aluminum scrap. An added bonus found was the successful recycling of aluminum found in papers and beverage containers.  

Industrial Furnace Company is happy to share this exciting news on the newest application of Multiple Hearth Furnaces for recycling aluminum.  IFCO already had a Patent for this aluminum recycling process and is eager to market the technology on a global scale. 

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Industrial Furnace Company Adds Industrial Lab

November 30, 2021

Industrial Furnace Company has added an industrial lab that supports our in-house pilot Multiple Hearth Furnace. The new lab allows “real-time” optimization of product testing through our pilot furnace and is in accordance with ASTM Procedures. Contact us with any questions or for more information.

 

IFCO approved for MACT Training in Georgia

April 19, 2021

The Georgia State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts has voted to approve IFCO's "Sewer Sludge Incinerator MACT refresher training" course for continuing education.  Anyone who completes this training course will received (4) CEU Credits.  

 

Did you know? IFCO now provides online remote MACT Training

March 27, 2021

This past month, IFCO successfully completed our first remote Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Training to Sewage Sludge Operators as required in 40 CFR part 60.5130.  Due to the pandemic, the training was provided online.  IFCO can now provide MACT training services in person or remote.  

Congrats to John Kierecki

February 24, 2021

Congratulations to John Kierecki for his WEF Life Membership award.  Industrial Furnace Company has always enjoyed working with John.  John continues to be a leader and innovator in the biosolids industry! 

Happy Retirement to IFCO's Dave Youmas

December 16, 2020

Congrats to Industrial Furnace Company'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!

Did you know? IFCO has certified welding program

October 13, 2020

To ensure our projects are completed with the highest quality standards, Industrial Furnace Company has a full spectrum of certified welding procedures.  Industrial Furnace Company welders are certified to both AWS and ASME procedures in SMAW, FCAW, MIG, and TIG in both carbon and stainless steel metals.  

Improvements to MHF Burner

August 25, 2020

Fives North American Combustion, Inc. has improved the design of their 4419/6419 series multiple hearth furnace burners.  This burner was co-developed with Industrial Furnace Company's input since its inception and Industrial Furnace Company 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 multiple hearth furnace 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.

Congrats to Mary Ann MacDonald on 30 years at IFCO!!!

August 6, 2020

Industrial Furnace Company wants to recognize the outstanding service by one our top employees.  Mary Ann MacDonald has now been with Industrial Furnace Company 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.  

 

NY-based crews complete Annual Safety Training

July 17, 2020

Industrial Furnace Company'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.    

Industrial Furnace Company 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

 

 

IFCO Continues Operations at Wastewater Treatment Plants during COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020

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.

PFAS Overview

March 30, 2020

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".

IFCO's Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic, Updated

March 30, 2020

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.