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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!

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.

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: http://www.ifth-cw.org/outreach.html

If you would like more information on the Alameda County Food Bank, please visit their website: https://www.accfb.org/
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Wrapping up Our Year of Industry Events

Nationwide Boiler attends over twenty industry events each year – from meetings to conferences to full blown tradeshows. These events are chosen strategically to keep us up to speed on the market changes in each industry, as well as provide support to clients seeking solutions. As we move into the fourth quarter of the year, we are wrapping up our 2019 tradeshow travels.

Next week, Pacific Combustion Engineering’s Mike Dorthalina will head to Yakima, WA for the Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineers (WSSHE) Annual Conference. Scheduled for October 15 – 18, the vision this year is “Transforming the Health Care Industry; Improving Patient Outcomes”. We will have a table display with literature that provides solutions for healthcare facility personnel. Whether a new boiler, rental boiler, emissions & efficiency control, or control system upgrade, Mike will be available to discuss the best solution to improve your facility process. Stop by table #4 to meet with him.

The week of November 18th, we will have coverage at two important events, the first being the API Fall Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Project and Sales Engineer, Brett Barnes, will man the Nationwide Boiler table to provide information on our products and services, with a focus on our environmental solutions, for the Petroleum Refining industry. He will also be in attendance at the Technical Standards Committee Meetings to learn about industry changes and provide valuable input during each discussion.

The second show that week is Power-Gen International in New Orleans, LA, November 19 – 21. This is typically our largest show of the year, with over 900 exhibits and thousands of attendees from the Power Generation industry. This year, Nationwide Boiler will have a team of leaders at the show, including Larry Day, Sean McMenamin, Bill Testa, Jack Valentine, Tim McBride, and Jim Barbeau. Be sure to visit us at booth #3738 to learn about the full array of product offerings available from Nationwide Boiler Inc.

And that will be a wrap for 2019 – until we begin our tradeshow tour again in the new year!

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Building A Culture That Leads To Success

Recent studies show that companies are restructuring their culture, steering away from the competitive work environment with minimal employee recognition, and shifting towards adapting a more team-centric and collaborative working atmosphere.

Nationwide Boiler is proud to say that we have always been a company that encourages team building, and are more than happy to recognize and reward our employees as they excel in their position. In fact, in addition to 5-year length of service awards that are presented at our annual Christmas party, we recognize employees who make a big impact with our ‘Big Kahuna’ award at each quarterly birthday celebration.

IMG_1145.JPGTo encourage camaraderie throughout our company, Nationwide Boiler coordinates multiple events for employees to take part in. This year we have a total of 6 sporting events in the lineup, including soccer, baseball, and college football. The next game we are looking forward to is the Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers, and of course, we will be rooting for the A’s! We also coordinate multiple barbeques & dessert socials throughout the year to satisfy our many food lovers and celebrate certain events. Most recently, we held our Independence Day barbeque the week of July 4th. We had grill masters, Larry Day and Michele Tomas, cook up some delicious burgers and hotdogs; while Holly Lepo spoiled us all with her famous and delicious chili, yum! We can’t wait for the next one.

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In addition to being sports enthusiasts and foodies, we also like participating and getting in on the action. We recently hosted a bowling lunch at our local bowling alley, Cloverleaf Family Bowl. The group was split into 8 teams (with fun, creative team names), in a competition to win the title of Nationwide Boiler’s 2019 Bowling Champions. In the end, Team Vapor & Team Combustion went head to head, but Team Vapor came out on top. Congratulations to Tim McBride, Phil Blake, Nic Petty, and Sandy Nevels. Let’s see who will take home the title at our next bowling event! 

Nationwide Boiler is blessed to have a team of hard-working, dedicated individuals, which is why we like to create an environment in which they can come to work excited and motivated. Not only does a team focused and collaborative culture increase motivation, it is also proven to improve productivity, encourage creativity, and build trust between employees. And we are living proof of that.
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Nationwide Boiler Travels for Key Industry Events

June is typically a busy month filled with various industry events, and this year is no different. Next week we are sending Sales Engineer Luke Honnen to Indianapolis, IN to man our booth at this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Being held in the “Crossroads of America” June 10-12, the event is the longest running ethanol conference in the world, providing industry professionals with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year’s agenda is segmented into five concurrent tracks:

Production & Operations
Leadership & Financial Management
Coproducts & Product Diversification
Infrastructure and Market Development
Advanced Biofuels

Nationwide Boiler will be co-exhibiting with our representative Combustion Systems Inc., as well as Babcock & Wilcox and Zeeco. Luke and the crew will be located at booth #1619, eager to discuss how we can assist with your next boiler or combustion-related project.

That same week, our Director of Sales Bill Testa will be in Houston, TX attending the Downstream Conference, the world’s largest downstream industry event. With over 7,000 industry professionals within Process Engineering, Engineering & Construction, Reliability & Maintenance, Shutdowns & Turnarounds, and Supply Chain & Logistics, the conference will tackle core challenges with world-class experts. If you will be in the Houston area that week, feel free to reach out to connect with Bill and our rep from HTS during or after the show.

At the end of the month, President & CEO Larry Day will head to Asheville, NC with Bill Testa to attend the ABMA’s Annual Summer Meeting, a four-day event that provides educational and networking opportunities geared for the boiler manufacturing industry. The focus of this year’s meeting will be leadership and innovation, two key factors of a successful business model.

Our last event of the month is the IDEA Annual Tradeshow and Conference, scheduled for June 24 – 27 in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s theme is, “Energy for More Resilient Cities”, focused on building a better tomorrow. Nationwide Boiler’s Eastern US Business Manager, Jim Barbeau, will be at booth #95. Be sure to stop by to learn about how Nationwide Boiler’s family of companies can support the district heating industry with temporary and permanent boiler solutions, environmental control equipment, and integrated combustion controls.

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