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Posted on Jul 14, 2020 :: Plant News
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Oshkosh Defense nets $61.8M JLTV modification contract

Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $61.8 million modification from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal to increase available trailer options under the current JLTV Family of Vehicles contract from 32 to 3,541.

The JLTV-T was designed as an integral part of the JLTV Family of Vehicles, providing the same off-road performance and durability.

“When it comes to hauling mission critical equipment, a reliable trailer is just as essential as the vehicle it supports,” said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Whether it’s hauling ammunition, weapons or other supplies, the JLTV-T is the only trailer that can keep pace with the JLTV’s superior speed and off-road mobility.”

JLTV-T deliveries are expected to begin this year and continue through 2021.

Keel laid, name revealed for new Great Lakes bulk carrier

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial keel laying, celebrating the historic start of assembly on the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years.

The keel is the foundation of the ship, and after more than nine months of engineering and prefabrication work of its modular sections by the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding team, the keel was laid within the shipyard’s large graving dock in Sturgeon Bay.

During the ceremony, Interlake’s Chairman James R. Barker revealed the new vessel would bear the name of his son and second-generation leader of the company, Mark W. Barker.

The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983. Measuring 639 feet in length, the ship will transport raw materials such as salt, iron ore and stone to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region.

Badger Tag & Label adds sustainability measures

Badger Tag & Label has adopted several sustainability measures that have led to decreased energy consumption, waste recycling and/or reduction and cost savings.

The Random Lake company designated a recycling dumpster for corrugate, paper trim and waste that is emptied and recycled six times annually and totals 252 yards of recycled material.

In the printing area, it launders all printer rags for reuse. Badger’s staff is on track to divert from landfills 3,000 pounds of single-use towels this year alone and almost 34,000 pounds since the launder/reuse began. The company’s flexo and digital printers use water-based inks to reduce the use of harsh solvents. Profiling done last year on a digital press resulted in a 50 percent ink usage reduction.

Badger has also gone 100 percent LED. During construction of its new plant, LED lights were installed throughout and combined with occupancy sensors in the lunchroom, bathrooms and offices. A new heating system complete with programmable thermostats and sensors throughout the production area was also added.

New North companies honored with safety awards

Six Northeast Wisconsin companies were among 13 companies in the state to receive Corporate Safety Awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council. Companies received the honor in recognition of their superior safety records and commitment to creating a world-class safety culture.

Those in the New North receiving awards were Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh; Agropur, Little Chute; NextEra Energy, Two Rivers; Tweet/Garot Mechanical, De Pere; RGL Specialty Inc., Green Bay; and Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna. In addition, Kim Bassett, president and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, was inducted into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame.

The Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards are presented in partnership with the Department of Workforce Development and M3 Insurance. This year’s winners will be recognized at the 78th Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.

Waupaca Foundry receives Department of Energy award

Waupaca Foundry received the 2020 Better Project award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program for innovations at its Tell City, Ind., plant. The federal program recognizes manufacturers for creating and implementing industrial energy and water efficiency projects, as well as renewable energy and energy resiliency projects.

The plant designed and installed a system to remove humidity from the air around the facility’s cupola, the furnace used to melt metal. Plant engineers installed a desiccant cupola blast air drying system that removes water vapor from ambient air prior to preheating in the foundry’s melt tower. Removing humidity from the air stabilizes operations throughout the year and reduces energy consumption.

The project reduces foundry coke use, which is the fuel used in the melt furnace, and improves melting efficiency, in turn offsetting rising material costs. Furnaces melt the iron and maintain temperatures ranging from 2,600 to 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Computerized systems constantly monitor temperature.

“Our commitment to environmental responsibility moves beyond regulatory compliance to ensure our long-term sustainability. Initiatives like these create value that benefits our customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and the public,” Waupaca Foundry President, COO and CEO Mike Nikolai said.