MIFDI Visits to Learn about UPF PolyTank Design

MIFDI learns all about UPF Poly-Tank DesignMIFDI joined United plastic to discuss the UPF PolyTank Design

Just last week, United Plastic Fabricating hosted the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors at our Massachusetts location. Their visit (led by our CEO and owner Joe Lingel) included an overview of the engineering and fabrication processes. The day started off with an introduction by Joe, who also introduced our VP of Engineering Michael Ashley. The group broke into two groups, with Joe and Michael each leading one. Throughout the tour, the goal was to help the instructors learn about the UPF PolyTank design process, from engineering to manufacturing.

Learning about Engineering

Michael Ashley started his group in the engineering meeting room, where they discussed some of the decisions UPF makes. Engineer John Kendricken presented information on how we design the tanks, and together he and Michael fielded the instructors’ questions. In Michael’s own words, “this group as a whole was the most engaging and interactive among any prior tours I had given.” He praised their inquisitiveness, highlighting their interest in our design and building process. Not having any past experience working with MIFDI, Michael was impressed that their curiosity and interest aligned so well with their mission of sharing knowledge about fire training. Joe was struck by their interest in how detailed the planning process was for tank design through the engineering process.

Shop Tour

Much like the engineering session, the tour of the shop floor featured the group’s same level of interest. During the tour, the group saw the building process for the same tank that UPF showcased earlier in the day. One instructor expressed interest in how each team on the assembly floor worked independently, requiring little supervision in their station. During the showcase of the process, most questions dealt with issues related to machining, baffling, and welding. The shop tour also included an overview of our plastic tow truck body! Despite being fire educators, the group found the PolyBody just as interesting.

It was great to have everyone in the facility to discuss and share information, and we look forward to working together in the future. Micahel and Joe both expressed their appreciation for the questions and curiosity of MIFDI, and how happy they were with the day overall. For more information on MIFDI and their work, check out their site here!


Fire Prevention Week kicks off in South Elgin with an open house

UPF tanks and big OEMs at South Elgin open house for Fire Prevention Week!

United Plastic Fabricating’s Pat Cahill had the wonderful opportunity to attend South Elgin’s Fire Protection open house just over a week ago. The fire protection open house represented the start of Fire Prevention Week in South Elgin, and saw representation from a slew of big name trucks on display. Pierce, Spartan, Rosenbauer, US Tanker, and Crimson were all present with the variety of trucks. Newer models of trucks also featured UPF’s PolyTanks, giving further reliability to both the district and wider countryside!


Fire Prevention week at South Elgin open houseThis was more than just a chance to show off trucks, however; Fire Prevention Week’s focus was on community education as well. The emphasis this year focuses on awareness and how to recognize potential threats. “Look. Listen. Learn.” The name of the game this year promotes community learning, hoping to give people everywhere the agency to know when something goes wrong. You can learn more about South Elgin Fire Protection and the just-ended Fire Prevention Week here!


Register Today for FDIC and Save 10%

Register today for FDIC and receive a 10% discount!  April 8 – 13, 2019.  Join fire fighters from around the world in Indianapolis, IN.   For more information about the the show go to FDIC.


Visit UPF at the Florida Tow Show

It’s that time of year again and we are attending the Florida Tow Show!  Dynamic is growing and rolling with its new extended “Fusion” model 84” PolyBody®.  UPF booth #959/960 at the Florida tow show, (PWOF) in Orlando, April 12-14 will feature the new Fusion. The new Dynamic Extended Fusion PolyBody® gives you 24” more storage with large front “roll-up” doors manufactured by AMDOR.  In addition, this Fusion Extended PolyBody® model will be mounted on a red Lariat Ford F-550.

In addition to the Dynamic Fusion Model 84, UPF offers the same features for medium and heavy-duty replacement PolyBodies®.  Contact UPF at 800-638-8265 or [email protected] to discuss your next wrecker project.  In conclusion, and you want a durable, rust-free, lightweight, corrosion-free option to update your fleet, stop by UPF booth #959/960 and check out our PolyBody®.

Florida Tow Show PolyBody