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Bluewater Thermal Solutions’ Southwest Heat Treat plant achieves ISO 9001 Certification

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April 15, 2014

Bluewater Thermal Solutions’ Southwest Heat Treat plant achieves ISO 9001 Certification


Houston, TX –Bluewater Thermal Solutions announced the company’s Southwest Heat Treat facility located in Houston, TX has achieved ISO 9001 certification. The Houston plant was acquired by Bluewater in December 2012 to enhance its energy industry service offerings and to expand the company’s geographic footprint to support its customer base.

The facility received its certification in April 2014, with a ceremony which is to be attended by many of the company’s key leadership, as well as distinguished guests from a range of regional oil and gas industry participants.

Bluewater is a leading provider of heat treating services and solutions to a number of North American manufacturing industries. The company provides a range of metallurgical heat-treating processes in which metal parts are exposed to precise temperatures, atmospheres, quenchants, and other conditions to improve their mechanical properties, durability, and wear resistance. Bluewater has locations in Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada. From these locations, Bluewater services over 2,000 unique customers in the automotive, heavy truck, aerospace, construction, agriculture and energy industries.

Jeff Hemmer, Chief Operating Officer of Bluewater, commented: “This has been a critical initiative for our facility and is a testament to the processes and procedures the Southwest Heat Treat team has implemented since Bluewater acquired the facility in 2012.  Obtaining our ISO 9001 certification provides our current and future customers with greater visibility into the capabilities of the plant and demonstrates Bluewater’s ongoing commitment to continuing to provide its customer base with the highest quality thermal processing services and market-leading turnaround times. ”

Ilya Soroka, Regional Operations Manager for Bluewater, added: “The presence of an ISO 9001 accredited facility enables companies in the oil and gas industry to access the highest quality heat treatment services in the region. We look forward to continuing to provide our existing customer base with a compelling value proposition and to establishing new relationships in the Houston market as we further enhance our thermal processing capabilities in the very near future.”

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About Bluewater Thermal Solutions
Bluewater Thermal Solutions owns a multi-state network of commercial heat treatment and brazing plants. With 11 locations in the northern US and Canada, Bluewater provides thermal processing and metal joining to over 2,000 customers. Bluewater processes components to stringent engineering specifications for the auto, truck, aerospace, oil and gas, construction & agriculture equipment end markets. Bluewater’s staff is the most experienced in the heat treating and brazing industry. Providing solutions to our customers is


where Bluewater excels. Technical and economic challenges are welcome and are viewed as opportunities to utilize innovative heat treating and metal joining techniques to provide required component performance at a competitive cost.

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Bluewater Thermal Solutions Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record

Bluewater Thermal Solutions located in Coldwater Michigan, received the CET Bronze Award for an outstanding safety and health record from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“We are honored to present this award to Bluewater Thermal Solutions. Thermal processing can have significant workplace hazards, and we are pleased to recognize Bluewater’s efforts to protect its workers,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “Their dedication sends the message to Michigan employers that focusing on safety up front is a sound business decision.”

The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Bronze Award recognizes companies that reduced the injury rate by 50 percent or more in the last three years.

Bluewater has completed the following criteria to receive the Bronze Award:

  • Reduced injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system
  • Established a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation
  • Developed an employee training system, with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner
  • Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety

The facility has worked with the MIOSHA CET Division for several years. CET Senior Safety Consultant Eric Zaban performed a hazard survey on site, which is a part of the award process. This survey allowed them an opportunity to walk through the facility with a MIOSHA representative and correct any problem areas that were noted.

“Companies that establish an integrated safety and health program reap the benefits of significantly reducing their injury and illness rates,” said Yoder. “Reducing these rates not only protects employees – it has a healthy impact on a company’s bottom line.”

Bluewater Thermal Solutions Acquires Southwest Heat Treat and Texas Energy Labs in Houston, TX.

Bluewater, the largest North American based thermal processing provider, announced today that it has
acquired Southwest Heat Treat and Texas Energy Labs located in Houston, Texas. Bluewater’s
management team partnered with Aterian Investment Partners (“Aterian”) in purchasing the two
businesses. Aterian is a sizeable, experienced private equity firm with a demonstrated track record of
supporting and growing market leading businesses alongside management.
The businesses serve the energy markets in North America, which represent a key strategic growth
market for Bluewater.

Commenting on the acquisition, Michael Wellham, CEO of Bluewater said: “The acquisition of
Southwest Heat Treat and Texas Energy Labs is an important milestone for the company and provides
significant end market diversification and additional geographic reach, both of which are key strategic
drivers for our business. The businesses are customer-focused organizations that provide high levels of
service to their customers and are well positioned in their key end markets. We are very happy with the
addition of our new team members who have shown they are dedicated and driven by customer service.
We are pleased with this recent development and look forward to furthering our core values of customer
service, quality, technical expertise, and providing solutions to our customers”.

Bluewater Thermal Solutions Hires Lee Davis as Director – Continuous Improvement

Greenville, South Carolina – March 7, 2012 – Bluewater Thermal Solutions, a leading supplier of thermal material solutions for metals and composites announced that Lee Davis will join the company as Director – Continuous Improvement effective March 19, 2012.

In her new role, Davis’s responsibilities will include leveraging her Master Black Belt certification and broad experience to lead company-wide initiatives in lean manufacturing, value stream mapping and maximizing efficiencies in production and safety. Based out of the company’s Greenville headquarters, Davis will report to  Bluewater’s Chief Operating Officer where he will work closely with all of Bluewater’s plant locations on a variety of hands on lean projects.  She will manage as well as provide the necessary training in order to advance the company’s objectives.

“Lee has two decades of leadership experience across a broad range of public and private companies, and will be a tremendous value to the Bluewater senior management team and individual plant locations.  With Lee’s background and experience, she will enable Bluewater to continue to enhance our capabilities and build upon our operating metrics. Lee’s appointment will permit me to devote more of my time and energy to expanding Bluewater’s business and strategically growing our top line. Lee, together with the management team, will be focused on enhancing our business and shareholder value.”

Davis’s experience included her serving as Director of Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement as a Master Black Belt with Textron Corporation, an international multi-industry company with 11 billion dollars in annual sales. Previously, Davis served in a variety of leadership roles with General Motors and Delphi Corporation, where she helped drive their logistics, sourcing and manufacturing initiatives. Prior to her tenure at GM, Davis was an Officer with the United States Army holding the rank of Captain in her last position. She supervised two officers and 130 soldiers in a tactical deployment unit. Davis volunteered and deployed to Operation Desert Storm for the Southwest Asian Conflict.

Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a focus in Foreign Languages from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. She is currently completing an EMBA from the University of Texas.

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