Friday, April 3, 2015

Planting the Seed of Galvanizing

By: Diane Mulvihill

April 3, 2015

Frank Gerace, marketing extraordinaire at Hubbell Galvanizing, is a force to be reckoned with.
Gerace helps Hubbell Galvanizing, and the entire galvanizing industry, by using his expertise in market development of galvanized products to encourage more customers to galvanize their steel projects as well as using powder coating and metalizing, which are all options offered through our company. A lot of Gerace’s time spent marketing is actually through education classes he presents on behalf of the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) called ‘Galvanize It!’ seminars.

Using his knowledge of galvanizing, Gerace leads the ‘Galvanize It!’ seminars that educate engineers, architects, students, manufacturers and many other people that want to learn about what galvanizing is and what it does. He has presented more seminars than any other member of the AGA, and his total number of presentations is still climbing.

Over the last weekend of March, Gerace drove to Kingston, Ontario to present to 80-85 students from Queen’s University. This presentation was out of the ordinary for him because he had the pleasure of presenting with another galvanizer, Godfroy St. Pierre, from Corbec, which is a galvanizing company based in Quebec, Canada. Gerace had asked him to present with him on account of the fact that St. Pierre is bilingual and a powerful presenter.

The students they were presenting to were juniors studying in the Civil Engineering Department and had never been exposed to what galvanizing was; Gerace feels that this was a positive because he and St. Pierre were able to “plant the seed early” about how galvanizing is a great option for engineers who are concerned with corrosion protection. The two of them presented on the core principles of hot dip galvanizing as well as how galvanizing is helpful when it comes to sustainable development.

“Overall, I think that the presentations went well. The two presenter technique worked well…I think the change of voice kept the program interesting. We both had different stories to tell and I think this was well received,” Gerace stated regarding how he thought the presentation was received as a whole. He said that he always enjoys presenting with other galvanizers, and co-presenting in this circumstance with St. Pierre was great, especially since he is Canadian and he could accommodate the French speaking students who were there for the lecture.

Gerace is a powerhouse of a presenter for the AGA because of his history as well as his knowledge. He gives presentations like the one in this article to hundreds of people per year, and he certainly is amazing at it. His knowledge of galvanizing, his honesty, and the aura he creates when presenting is catching when you listen to him speak about the process…it makes you want to learn more and to really listen to what he has to say.

If you’re interested in having Frank Gerace give a GalvanizeIt! presentation to your firm, company or class, contact him at geracefp@whyrust.com or call 315-796-2221 today.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hubbell Galvanizing Goes to ThinkZinc! 2015

“Why is it shiny in some areas and dull gray in others?” Every year the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) hosts ThinkZinc--a three day seminar comprised of four specific classes in beautiful Denver, Colorado to help us answer questions like these.

The main objective of ThinkZinc is to increase our knowledge as galvanizers in order to help us effectively market the hot dip galvanizing process to architects, engineers and specifiers. The seminar this year had 41 participants from galvanizing companies all over the United States and Canada.

 

This year Hubbell Galvanizing elected Diane Mulvihill and Ali Semeraro to attend this year’s event as they are both relatively new to the company and had the most to gain from the experience. Primarily in the accounting department, Semeraro does not play a role in the galvanizing process itself. However, it is essential for everyone to have an understanding of production within the company.

“I have been exposed to this information gradually throughout the year and now I have to say that I feel more confident in my knowledge of the galvanizing process. I feel as though I can contribute that much more to my company by taking on new tasks and getting involved in other departments. I learned that I still have a lot to learn!" says, Semeraro.

Mulvihill, who is more familiar with the steel fabrication process, describes her experience as “...Very helpful. The presenters made the information easy to understand and presented that information in an interesting way while incorporating real-world examples and fun team activities to get all of us at the seminar excited about what we were doing and learning.”

Overall, the experience was a success. The information was presented in a comprehensive way by the AGA marketing director and other staff, which both girls understood and easily followed along with. Part of the curriculum included the participants studying three or more slides from the “Galvanizeit!” PowerPoint in order to present the information to the class as if they were giving the actual presentation. As a result of this experience, each participant is certified to give the entire presentation to groups to help spread the word of why galvanizing is the answer. The primary audience for these presentations includes architects and engineers, who in turn can choose galvanizing as corrosion protection for their projects.

Our most daunting task as galvanizers is combating the lack of understanding regarding what galvanizing actually is. What we can do is communicate how hot dip galvanizing can benefit any project as catholic corrosion protection for exposed structural steel, rebar and many other applications of steel. By educating as many individuals as possible about the process, we can effectively market our product and services as well as preserving America’s valuable natural resources.

If this has you "thinking zinc," please visit the AGA’s website to find out more!:

For more information about what Hubbell Galvanizing has to offer, please visit:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Galvagrit in Seattle: We’re Singing in the Rain, Not Slipping!

The Hubbell companies’ products have reached across to the other side of the country! Our Galvagrit can now be seen out in Seattle, Washington along the Seattle Seawall which is a job that ST Fabrication Inc. has been working on with Manson Construction Co. and Mortenson.

Galvagrit is a special product we offer at Hubbell Galvanizing that our customers order if they want an anti-slip surface coating on their product, which is very similar to Slip-NOT. Galvagrit comes in different slip-resistant grades that are available to keep people safe from any liquids that may be on the surface of a walk-way, ladder, staircase, or any other places that someone may be walking. Galvagrit meets or exceeds the OSHA, ADA, and ASTM requirements for slip resistance and coefficient of friction. It is also UL classified. Our Galvagrit can be custom applied to your project or we can supply you with stock sheets.

So, after you enjoy a ride on the Seattle Ferris Wheel, when you’re walking around on the pier you’ll know you’re safe because there will be Galvagrit there under your feet to keep you steady and not slip from all of the Washington rain and drizzle.

You know who to call if you can’t afford to slip—you need Galvagrit!


Photo Credit: John Weber


For more information on Hubbell Galvanizing please visit: www.whyrust.com

For more information on ST Fabrication Inc. please visit: http://www.stfab.com/

For more information on Mason Construction Co. please visit: http://www.mansonconstruction.com/

For more information on Mortenson please visit: http://www.mortenson.com/seattle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

25th Annual Sculpture Space, CHAIRity Art Auction 2014

Featuring Hubbell Galvanizing’s Rick Mulvihill

By: Ali Semeraro

This year’s Sculpture Space Charity Auction was held Saturday, October 25th to benefit the Sculpture Space organization and its “International Artists in Residence Program” of Utica, NY. For several years, donations to Sculpture Space have been an esteemed tradition for Hubbell Galvanizing. It began with Dan Hubbell and his desire to give back to the community and support local artists by bidding on unique and incredible chairs as well as other works of art.

 Sculpture Space was founded in 1976 with the intention of supporting and recognizing contemporary art and artists in our community. (www.sculpturespace.org). These folks have been encouraging creativity since then by holding auctions, demonstrations, lectures, and giving cultural tours throughout the city of Utica.

 Not only does Hubbell continue that tradition today, but also Rick Mulvihill contributes by donating a work of art he crafts himself, utilizing recycled scrap material from our facility here at Hubbell. This year, being so close to Halloween, Rick created a unique and spirited “Web Chair” for the occasion, which was very well received. While I was looking at the completed chair for the first time myself in the gallery, some fellow onlookers were ooing and aweing at its themed whimsy. The chair, as pictured below, was featured in the auction, and went for approx. $500.00.

 The Adirondack style “Web Chair” is made out of repurposed steel scrap and recycled materials welded together and then galvanized, so the hair can weather any environment the new owner decides to display it in. It features a black widow spider perched on a web of steel wire, with a crescent moon and tree branches decorating the base. After galvanizing, the chair was powder coated orange, black and green at Fortress Fusion Coatings, our sister company. The chair is an excellent example of the services we offer not only to steel fabricators, but artisans as well.

 Several other members of the Mulvihill clan were featured in the exhibit and auction including Suzanne Firsching (Serving as this year’s Committee Chair of the auction), Sharon Mulvihill, and Cathleen Mulvihill, making this a wonderful family affair. I have to say I have never seen so much talent in one family! I was lucky enough to experience this year’s auction and got a front row seat while some of the bidding was taking place. It was inspiring to be surrounded by the art and I definitely felt a sense of community and appreciation for our local artists and patrons.












For more information on Hubbell Galvanizing, please visit www.whyrust.com
For more information on Fortress Fusion Powder Coatings Inc., please visit www.whypowder.com
For more information about Sculpture Space, please visit www.sculpturespace.org

Monday, October 20, 2014

We Salute Our Vets

During the first week of October, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi’s office held a presentation for the restored “Veteran’s Memorial Bridge” plaque that the DOT brought to Hubbell Galvanizing to restore using galvanizing and powder coating.

John DelMonte, a Hubbell Galvanizing employee, explains that, “the plaque was commissioned in 1981, after an act of Congress gave the authorization to name the bridge in honor of the local veterans who bravely served our country.”

Unfortunately, in the last few years the plaque came loose and was struck by a passing highway snowplow. Since this happened, the local DOT representatives, in conjunction with Assemblyman Brindisi’s office, began a campaign to restore the plaque and ended up calling Hubbell Galvanizing and DelMonte to aid in the restoration process.

Once the plaque was finished, instead of putting the plaque directly back on the bridge where it originally was, the DOT decided that this time, the plaque should stand in its own frame a few feet away from the bridge on the northern side on Burrstone Road in Utica, New York.

So next time you are driving by, be on the lookout for the newly restored Veteran’s Memorial plaque.


(Above) The old Veteran's Memorial plaque before it was restored

(Above) The newly restored Veteran's Memorial plaque


For more information on galvanizing please go to:
Hubbell Galvanizing (www.whyrust.com)

For more information on powder coating please go to:
Fortress Fusion Coating Inc. (www.whypowder.com)


Photo Credit: John DelMonte

Friday, August 29, 2014

Powder Coating for Future Generations

Hubbell Galvanizing and Fortress Fusion Coatings Inc. normally galvanize and powder coat your standard highway safety materials, but often times, besides artists coming in to galvanize and powder coat their own artwork, sometimes customers come in with special family treasures.

A week ago Jane Mulvihill (Granddaughter of our founder O.W. Hubbell) had us powder coat her Great-grandmother Merritt’s cast iron bench. The bench usually sits outside in her garden up at her family Camp in Old Forge, New York.

The bench is very intricate, and the old white paint was flaking off quite a lot so the Hubbells and Mulvihills decided to powder coat it so that more of their family generations can appreciate the Merritt Family bench. The bench was sand blasted (to remove the old paint) and then powder coated white.

The bench is now sitting on Jane’s mother’s patio where Mrs. Hubbell can enjoy it.


The bench after being sand-blasted

The bench after being sand-blasted
The bench after being sand-blasted

The Merritt bench, after being powder coated, is now in Mrs. Hubbell's backyard

The Merritt bench, after being powder coated, is now in Mrs. Hubbell's backyard

The Merritt bench, after being powder coated, is now in Mrs. Hubbell's backyard

The Merritt bench, after being powder coated, is now in Mrs. Hubbell's backyard

The Merritt bench, after being powder coated, is now in Mrs. Hubbell's backyard


For more information on powder coating please go to:
Fortress Fusion Coating Inc. (www.whypowder.com)

For more information on galvanizing please go to:
Hubbell Galvanizing (www.whyrust.com)

Photo Credit: Emmite White and Diane Mulvihill


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Spotlight on Artwork: Muskie in the Galvanizing Tank


Hubbell Galvanizing and Fortress Fusion Coatings Inc. not only galvanize and powder coat structures, bridge rail and fences, but we also have a lot of artwork that comes through our plant as well. Recently we completed a galvanizing job for the town of Clayton, New York’s fishing competition which features the opportunity to catch the largest muskie (a native fish to upstate New York). Will Salisbury, the artist, created a muskie sculpture out of steel, which we were then asked to galvanize and give it a two-toned powder coat. After our employees took the muskie out of the galvanizing tank, it weighed in at 345 pounds. The fish was then taken over to Fortress Fusion and powder coated with care, and we are proud to say that it came out beautifully. Mr. Salisbury plans on painting on scales, spots/markings, realistic eyeballs and other details on top of the powder coating to fully finish his artwork. We at Hubbell Galvanizing and Fortress Fusion Coatings Inc. are sure the town of Clayton’s residents will enjoy this exquisite piece of art, and we wish to remind our present and future customers that we are always happy to take a look at your steel artwork and give you a quote.


Please feel free to look at our pictures of the process below.


The muskie coming out of the galvanizing tank (See pictures below)


The muskie polished after being galvanized (See pictures below)
  

The muskie after being primed (See pictures below)


The muskie after being powder coated grey (See picture below)
 The muskie after being powder coated with detailing (See picture below)
The muskie prebake (See picture below) 
The finished muskie (See pictures below)






Photos courtesy of Nate Mastro and Emmite White

For more information, please refer to the following websites below:

Hubbell Galvanizing: www.whyrust.com
Fortress Fusion Coatings Inc.: www.whypowder.com
Will Salisbury (the artist): www.willsalisbury.com