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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! This was more…Blog, News and tagged Fire Prevention, Open house, South Elgin, UPF on .
WI plant grills up beef tips & dogs for a UPF mid year appreciation celebration This Fourth of July saw more than the standard of celebrating our nation’s proud heritage at UPF. In addition to the standard burgers and brats to take home, our WI plant went the extra mile for this mid year appreciation. They wheeled out a long grill and tents to cook up some lunch for everyone at the plant! Unscheduled ahead of time, our director of sales, Pat Cahill, decided to pull lunch together the night before. On Monday, our plant manager Marty Ettledorf got an unexpected…Blog and tagged cookout, UPF, WI Plant on .
MIFDI learns all about 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…Blog, News and tagged MIFDI, PolyTank, UPF on .
Fox Valley College Recognizes Marcia Anderson’s Dedication to Quality Fox Valley College ran a recent article about UPF’s Marcia Anderson and her accomplishments! The college publishes their news media Focus Magazine bi-annually, with stories featuring the students, alumni, and partners of Fox Valley. The magazine’s Fall issue for 2017 highlighted the accomplishments of Marcia Anderson, a longtime member of United Plastic Fabricating’s family. A native of Neenah, Marcia works in the WI plant and oversees our quality control, as well as coordinating the company’s ISO efforts. Marcia was the one who spearheaded the ISO 9001:2015 earlier this year! Marcia started her…Blog, News and tagged Fox Valley College, UPF on .
United Plastic Fabricating Employees Don’t Just Make PolyTanks As part of an annual tradition, United Plastic Fabricating Employees collected toys during December for our holiday toy drive! For the third year now, UPF collects toys for the program Si, Se Puede. The drive had everyone came together to collect various gifts for schoolchildren affected by the program. Located just a town over from our central building in Andover, MA, the drive aimed to benefit local children during the holiday season. About Si, Se Puede Si, Se Puede- located in Lawrence, MA- translates to “Yes, it is possible”. The organization provides…Blog, News and tagged Si Se Puede, Toy Drive, UPF on .
UPF’s Custom Plastic Design leads to Holiday Fun As part of United Plastic Fabricating’s holiday tradition, employees at our North Andover, MA office gathered the week of Thanksgiving for our annual Turkey Toss! During the three days before the holiday, the company holds preliminary rounds with a showdown between the finalists. Everyone competes to score the highest on a scoreboard created using our own custom plastic design process (more on this below!) The top ten employees from the first two days of qualifiers make up these finalists. However, this year we had so many high scorers that twelve people advanced!…Blog and tagged polypropylene, Thanksgiving, UPF on .
Pat Cahill Attends 4 Guys Dealer Event Despite the superstition of Friday the 13th, Pat had a great time at 4 Guys a week ago! Located in Meyersdale Pennsylvania, they established themselves as a trusted builder over the past four decades. Opening for the first time in 1974, they began by repairing dairy units, transitioning to fire vehicles after investor direction. Primarily a regional builder, 4 Guys builds each truck specifically for their customer to ensure the best possible result. Wherever their trucks end up, the customer’s happiness with the end product is always their end goal. This emphasis on…Blog, News and tagged 4 Guys, Friday 13th, UPF on .
UPF Updates ISO 9001 Standards This past week, United Plastic Fabricated completed the long process of moving to ISO 9001:2015. Having previously operated on the ISO 9001:2008 system, this switch brought along plenty of change. This shakeup, however, served to highlight some key changes in the company that we believe will better our service. Our understanding and ease of transition came in large part through our management team’s close participation in the process- allowing us to make the ISO practices a daily part of our routine! Additionally, this allowed us to schedule specific times to review our progress, set up…Blog, News, Recent Projects and tagged ISO, UPF on .
NEFAMA joins United Plastic Fabricating for Info and Plant Tours The New England Fire Apparatus Maintenance Association (NEFAMA) has long stood as a trusted name in fire maintenance education. just this week, members of the association stopped by United Plastic Fabricating’s main headquarters in North Andover, MA. The visit, following their morning arrival, included plant tours from a variety of our VP’s and President, Andrew Lingel. After lunch at UPF, Andrew also provided a presentation on our background and methods, followed by monthly meetings. About NEFAMA First established in 1956, NEFAMA started out as just FAMA- Fire Apparatus Maintenance Association….Blog, News and tagged Fire Apparatus, NEFAMA, UPF on .
Sutphen Dealer Meeting to Celebrate Long Relationship Pat Cahill, a trusted UPF employee of many years, attended another larger dealer event the same week as Toyne’s. Sutphen hosted their dealer meeting at the Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center in Huron, OH. Pat represented United Plastic by participating as a vendor at the event, looking to show our longterm support of Sutphen. Founded more than 125 years ago, they remain a prominent name in the fire protection and emergency services industry. We are proud to work with them, and happy that they have remained a family owned business the whole…Blog, News and tagged Sutphen, UPF on .