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Food for Thought

With the holidays just around the corner, Nationwide Boiler was inspired to collect food donations to help fight hunger in our local communities. We just wrapped up our 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive, this time supporting the local food banks in both Fremont, CA and Washougal, WA. Our offices collected the most needed items requested by the Alameda County Food Bank and Inter-Faith Treasure House. Our goals were set to surpass the amount of food collected from last year, and the results were positive. Pacific Combustion was able to collect over 10 bags in Washougal, and in Fremont we filled four barrels full of food. Each of these Food Bank provided barrels are equivalent to about 125lbs of food, if filled to the top. Four full barrels means we donated roughly 500lbs of food along with the added amount from Washington. Way to go team!

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Inter-Faith Treasure House has been in business for over 49 years and has provided food and assistance to Camas and Washougal residents in need. Majority of the business is funded and runs with the help of volunteers and donations. Treasure House administers several outreach programs for families in crisis and the food we have donated is going to help support these families. 

The Alameda County Community Food Bank or “ACCFB” distributes millions of healthy meals every year, and they are on the forefront of new approaches to ending hunger and poverty. For over 30 years they have stood by the belief that food is a basic human right and no one should worry about their next meal. The estimated 500lbs of food donated will go directly to the ACCFB and contribute towards their mission statement of ending hunger and poverty. We are always encouraged to see Nationwide employees come together to  support a good cause. The multiple bags and barrels we filled will fill the bellies of many in need.

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Nationwide is always looking for opportunities to lend a helping hand and contribute to local nonprofits. Our company was proud to help contribute to these efforts and encourage others to donate as well. If you are interested, please research local food drives, food banks, or other nonprofit organizations in need. 

For more information on Inter-Faith Treasure House, please visit their website: https://ifth-cw.org/

If you would like more information on the Alameda County Food Bank, please visit their website: https://www.accfb.org/
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2020 Trade Show Tour Kickoff

Nationwide Boiler’s 2020 trade show tour officially begins next week, and we will be exhibiting at four separate events in the first quarter of the year. We aim to attend multiple industry focused conferences and tradeshows to showcase the many products and services we have available to each industry, and these upcoming events are ones you won’t want to miss.

Our first show of the year is CampusEnergy 2020, taking place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown from February 10th - 14th.One of the main themes of this year’s event is the “Power to Change”. CampusEnergy is a great opportunity for IDEA members, CHP and microgrid industries to come together, share experiences and explore new solutions with each other. Inside Sales Engineer, Luke Honnen will be at the show with our local representative, Dick van der Helm, from Heat Transfer Specialists. Nationwide Boiler has been providing products and services to colleges, universities, and district heating plants for many years. We are happy to support and work together with college and university campuses around the globe to help renew, decarbonize, strengthen and bring the “Power to Change” to these important community assets. If you will be at the show, be sure to stop by the Nationwide booth #102!

That same week we will be exhibiting at the Food Processing Expo, conveniently being held right in our backyard. Typically, a Sacramento based show, the Food Processing Expo is scheduled for Feb 12th - 13th at the Santa Clara Convention Center this year only and will feature a dynamic and exciting array of speakers and workshops. Nationwide Boiler has been providing products and services to the food processing industry for over fifty years and CLFP provides a great opportunity to engage directly with the industry. Representatives from all three of our divisions will be in attendance and ready to discuss your next project - don’t forget to visit us at booth #2128!

Next in line we have Northwest Food & Beverage World, which will take place at the Convention Center in Spokane, WA from February 17-19. This year’s event will include more than 300 booths and over 30 different educational sessions filled with vendors and key speakers representing the food and beverage industry. The food processing industry relies heavily on companies like Nationwide Boiler to provide temporary steam for seasonal production, and we are always ready to support both planned and unplanned projects. We can also provide new and reconditioned boilers, BMS/CCS controls upgrades, and CataStak SCR systems for ultra-low NOx compliance. If you will be attending the show, stop by and check out our booth #1330 to visit and meet with Mike Dorthalina and Matt Pope of Pacific Combustion Engineering, a division of Nationwide Boiler Inc.

The final show of the quarter is the Western Regional Boiler Association (WRBA) Conference from March 31st - April 2nd at the Coeur 'd Alene Resort in Idaho. Another great platform for boiler owners and vendors to come together and discuss updates within the industry. The event will be jammed packed entertainment and education - with 15 different educational presentations that cover a wide range of topics, a casino night, and a dinner cruise on Lake Coeur 'd Alene. 

 

Stay tuned on our social pages for further announcements and photos from each event. We look forward to meeting you this year!

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Steam: An Essential Utility, and the Rental Boiler Industry

Rental boilers are often overlooked as a necessity for many processing industries. However, in the midst of a crisis, the need for steam becomes much more apparent to the public eye. In the latest podcast episode from Inside the Boiler Room, ABMA President Scott Lynch discusses the rental boiler industry with Larry Day, Nationwide Boiler's President & CEO. Larry shares his insights on the world of rental boilers, which has significant relevance during the COVID-19 crisis with boilers near capacity at many hospitals and food processing facilities.

Larry and Scott discuss an array of topics, including the importance of rental boilers in times of crisis. As Larry stated, "Anytime there is a natural disaster, rental boilers are looked at almost like generators or air compressors. Steam is a utility, and that's where it comes in as an emergency condition. [Many businesses] need that utility to keep running." 

A rental boiler can provide added capacity for increased production needs or it can temporarily replace an existing boiler to keep a plant running. Specific information about the process must be known for the supplier to accurately quote a rental boiler application. This includes:  

  •    (1) Boiler Size / Steam Capacity Requirement (typically in HP or lb/hr)
  •    (2) Operating Pressure
  •    (3) Saturated or Superheated Steam Need (if superheat, what temperature)
  •    (4) Fuel Requirement
  •    (5) Any Auxiliary Equipment Needs
  •    (6) Emissions Requirements

Listen to the podcast now to learn more about rental boiler basics, the evolution of the rental boiler industry, and potential challenges with different technology and maintenance of rental boiler systems. Also, be sure to check out the ABMA’s Guideline for Rental Boilers, developed by members of the ABMA Rental Boiler Group, including Nationwide Boiler Inc.  

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Giving Back When the World Needs it Most

In a time as challenging as what we are facing today, giving back is more important now than ever. Non-profits are being hit hard; annual fundraisers are being cancelled or postponed and donations are lacking due to the financial struggles of the economy. In fact, the team at Nationwide Boiler had to make the unfortunate decision to postpone the 40th Anniversary of our Charity Golf Tournament, an event that now raises an average of $50,000 each year. In 2019, the total raised was split between the ABMA Scholarship Fund and Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is one of the largest and most productive chapters nationwide. In 2019, they granted 347 wishes for local kids with critical illnesses and assisted with a record-breaking 110 wishes for kids from across the world. Since March, the organization has had the painful task of communicating to families that over 80 wishes are on hold until it is safe to commence.

As CEO Betsy Biern stated, “We’re far from alone in experiencing unprecedented challenges during this global pandemic. In a way, the entire world has become a wish family—we’ve received a terrible diagnosis and must put ordinary concerns aside as we face a new and sometimes terrifying reality. During a time like this, I take even more inspiration from our wish kids and their extraordinary resilience. Like them and for them, we will move forward with as much courage and grace as possible under the most difficult of circumstances. There simply is no other option.”

While the organization is currently postponing wishes, they are still taking and processing wish referrals and have definite plans to grant those waiting wishes. They are even looking into ways to grant children’s true wishes virtually.

With the tournament cancellation a reality, we at Nationwide Boiler were determined to find a way to continue our tradition of giving back. Two months after the original scheduled event and time spent analyzing the effects of the pandemic on our business, Nationwide Boiler is excited to be in the position and able to donate $10,000 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Furthermore, three companies who committed early on to sponsoring our tournament have also chosen to contribute their funds, bringing the final endowment to $12,000. A big thanks to Alzeta, DJ Conley, and Wilkinson Companies! If you are interested and able to help support the cause, too, visit www.sf.wish.org.

Nationwide Boiler’s 40th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is now scheduled for May 6 – 7, 2021 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. We will resume with our “Back to the Eighties” theme as planned, and all funds raised will be in support of both the ABMA Scholarship Fund and Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.

If you are interested in attending our tournament next year, contact our Tournament Chair, Chelsey Ryker, at golf@nationwideboiler.com to be included in our invite list.

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