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TTI-FSS Enters Large Fabricated Vessel Market with Expanded Facilities

With broadened capabilities at its newly opened facility at Port Tampa Bay in Gibsonton, Florida, Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) has entered the large shop-fabricated vessel market.

The company expanded its operations at Port Tampa Bay to pursue unique projects in the oil and gas and power industries for shop-fabricated modular spheres up to 80 feet in diameter, large liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) bullet vessels, large butane bullet vessels, large LPG butane bullet vessels and large heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) stacks up to 280 feet long and 18 feet in diameter. The expansion occupies over 100,000 square feet for fabrication in two buildings on 25 acres and has direct access to a 37-foot deep-water shipping berth.

These capabilities, along with the company’s recently acquired American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Division 2 certification, which allows it to design, fabricate, inspect, test and certify pressure vessels with high stress intensity values, make TTI-FSS one of the few U.S.-based vessel companies equipped to meet the global demands for modular fabrication.

According to CEO David Hale, “This facility allows us to capture new opportunities in modular construction and large pressure vessel construction, all of which can weigh into the millions of pounds. It also allows safer, more efficient operations on these large assemblies, while giving us direct access to a deep water berth for more efficient barge shipping for our customers.”

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

July 2015 Sparks & Remarks

Well, we did it! We achieved a major milestone in the growth of our company and it is attributable to all our employees, clients and team partners, suppliers, subcontractors and, yes, even the third party inspectors. Thanks to all of you, TTIFSS continues down the Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) path and now we are moved into our deep-water (37’) port facility. We are settled into our new office and shop facility, equipment has been added and fabrication/assembly is ongoing. Remember, this is strictly an expansion and our other two shops continue to run near capacity. Thanks to all who helped in this effort.

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TTI-FSS Representatives Accept Key Industry Association Committee Roles

Director of Advanced Technical Services Heather Gilmer, P.E., and Field Engineer Gerardo Argueta at Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) have accepted committee posts at three key industry associations.

Heather Gilmer, Director of Advanced Technical Services

Heather Gilmer, Director of Advanced Technical Services

Heather Gilmer

Ms. Gilmer has been named chair of the Fabrication and Erection Subcommittee for the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Steel Structures Committee. This committee is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices and information relating to the fabrication and erection of steel railway bridges. The committee also recommends procedures for inspection, maintenance and rating of existing steel bridges.

In addition, Ms. Gilmer chairs the Fabrication task group for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and National Steel Bridge Alliance (AASHTO/NSBA) Steel Bridge Collaboration. The mission of the Collaboration is to provide a forum where professionals can work together to improve and achieve the quality and value of steel bridges through standardization of design, fabrication and erection. She also chairs the fabrication task group for the Steel Structures subcommittee of the American Welding Society (AWS) Committee on Structural Welding.

P.E., and Field Engineer

Gerardo Argueta

Mr. Argueta is a new member of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Refrigerated Tank Task Group and participates on its subcommittee on Aboveground Storage Tanks (SCAST) Subgroup Design. Both groups are committed to keeping industry design and erection standards updated as a result of technical, technological and material changes. It also incorporates new pieces of information from studies performed or experience gained in the sector. All information is gathered, reviewed and published to share with the industry at large.
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About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Indies West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

Five TTI-FSS Staff Members Secure Industry Accreditations

As part of Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel’s (TTI-FSS) continuous quality improvement program, five of the company’s staff members have secured widely recognized professional accreditations.

Erick Angulo

Erick Angulo, paint foreman, has acquired a Coating Inspection Program (CIP) Level 1 certification from NACE, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, which allows him to conduct basic coating inspections for structural steel projects for many state departments of transportation. The certification requires successful completion of 60 hours of instruction and written and hands-on examinations.

David Eutermark

David Eutermark, quality control manager at the TTI-FSS Ybor City facility, has earned an MT (Magnetic Particle Testing Method) Level 2 certification in accordance with the guidelines of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT), the world’s largest technical society for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals. By completing 20 hours of training, 280 hours of hands-on experience and passing four exams required for the certification, Mr. Eutermark is authorized to set up and calibrate testing equipment; conduct tests; and interpret, evaluate and document MT results on all work products at the TTI-FSS shops, including pressure vessels and bridges.

Joe Eutermark

Joe Eutermark, quality control inspector at the TTI-FSS Ybor City plant, has earned his ASNT Level II Ultrasonic Testing (UT) certification by completing 80 hours of training and 1,050 hours of hands-on experience and passing the required exams. This gives him broader scope in overseeing UT equipment, testing, evaluation and documentation of the UT work at the production facility.

Casey Morey

Project Manager Casey Morey was awarded a Florida Certified Contractor license by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Johnny Morris

Field Superintendent Johnny Morris has qualified for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector certification based on a rigorous combination of training, education and field experience. For more than 85 years, API has developed equipment and operating standards for the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

According to Director of Advanced Technical Services Heather Gilmer, P.E., “Our product quality and the quality of our fabrication processes continue to improve as more of our personnel attain professional qualification in these areas. TTI-FSS supports every effort by its employees to gain these accreditations, as demonstrated by the numerous certifications currently held among our ranks, and which meet stringent requirements established by our clients.”

TTI-FSS Awarded Steel Fabrication Contract for SR 23 Bridge Project in Duval County, Florida

An estimated 370 tons of steel to be used in 16 steel plate girders Leware Construction Company has awarded Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) the fabrication contract for its State Route 23 new bridge construction project in Duval County, Florida. TTI-FSS will fabricate the 16 weathering steel plate girders with cross frames, sole plates and all weathering hardware at its Adamo and Port of Tampa, Florida, facilities. Approximately 370 tons of steel will be used to make the girders.

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified.

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Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel Adds Two Advisory Board Members

Tampa Tank Incorporated-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS), globally recognized specialists in steel fabrication and erection, has appointed Third Lake Capital CEO Ken Jones and former Florida House of Representatives Speaker Will Weatherford to its Board of Advisors. They join current board members TTI-FSS CEO David Hale and Field Division Manager Calvin Reed; David Reed, founder and principal of Shepard Capital Partners; and Al Schiff, president of Schiff & Associates.

The new advisors replace Richard Wainio, former Port Tampa Bay CEO, who completed his two-year tenure in January, and expand the board membership by one.

“Each member of our Board of Advisors brings his own sphere of extensive business and government experience, as well as diverse insights into every aspect of our business to help guide and shape our growth strategy,” said Mr. Hale in announcing the appointments. “TTI-FSS is experiencing unprecedented opportunities around the world and we welcome the objective perspectives Ken and Will bring to this expansion process.”

Mr. Jones and Mr. Weatherford will serve two-year terms on the board.

Ken Jones, CEO of Third Lake Capital

Ken Jones

Mr. Jones is CEO and founder of private investment firm Third Lake Capital. Earlier he was executive vice president and general counsel of Communications Equity Associates, a global investment and merchant banking firm. From 1998 – 2006, he held various roles in legal, government and management positions in Washington, DC, including stints as chief legal counsel and deputy chief of staff to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and as a legal professional at the law firm Patton Boggs. Mr. Jones also served as president and CEO of the 2012 Republican National Convention hosted in Tampa, Florida. He earned a degree in communications with honors from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida.

 

Will Weatherford, Managing Partner of Weatherford Partners

Will Weatherford

Mr. Weatherford is managing partner of Weatherford Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to providing capital and strategic business advisory services to Florida businesses and individuals. He was the 84th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, serving from 2012 – 2014, during which time he was the youngest speaker in America. He advocated social upward mobility through free enterprise and education reform and was a thought leader on such pro-growth solutions as lower taxes, pension reform and free market health care. Mr. Weatherford spent six years as board director at Florida Traditions Bank and now serves on the board of Sunshine Bankcorp, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and Jobs for America’s Graduates. He is a graduate of Jacksonville University.

 

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and waste water industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

Tampa Tank-Florida Structural Steel Tops Industry Safety Standards

gI_89880_TRIR GraphTampa Tank Inc. – Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) field teams posted an unprecedented record in 2014 for setting outstanding safety standards. While the group logged some half-a-million man-hours throughout its operations in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States, it logged only one recordable incident. This team’s Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) was 0.41 for the year. They experienced zero lost-time injuries during the same time period.

This is the fifth consecutive year the TTI-FSS field safety statistics have improved.

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit http://www.tti-fss.com.

OTC FD-V6L Long Reach Arc Welding Robot

Tampa Tank and Florida Structural Steel in their effort to provide our customers with solutions for a wide range of parts, has recently installed a second 6-axis robotic arm that has a 340 degree work zone with a 79″ vertical reach and a 140″ horizontal reach.
 
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All work done with the Long Reach Arc Welding robots will always be in compliance with ISO 9283 because of the high quality welds that are assured with positional repeatability.

Safety

At Tampa Tank we understand that our people are our greatest asset. We don’t work safe because we have to; we do it because we want to. Tampa Tank is committed to setting the highest standards in Safety and Environmental excellence. Under our Continuous Improvement Program (CIP), the Culture of Safety has grown stronger each year. Our people own the safety record, and we are very proud of it. Some of our more recent awards are

  • 2009 – 2013: Safety Merit Award from the FMA for having a injury incident rate at least 10% better than the Published Bureau of Labor Statistics for our NAICS Code.
  • 2013 we were recognized by Buckeye for our safety efforts and dedication on the 2 year BORCO expansion project on Grand Bahama
  • 2013 The Nation Safety Council awarded Tampa Tank the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award
  • 2013 Florida Transportation Builders honored Tampa Tank with the Award of Superior Achievement

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