Wastren Advantage, Inc. Wins Air Force Contract

PIKETON, OH — The U.S. Air Force has selected Wastren Advantage Inc. (WAI) of Piketon to perform surveys and conduct repairs caused by a 2016 fire to a culturally significant area of Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in California.

WAI is teaming with Applied EarthWorks of Fresno, CA, to perform the 24-month Canyon Fire Damage Repair project.

California’s drought in 2016 prompted an aggressive fire that burned more than 12,000 acres on the air force base. No facilities were damaged, but the fire burned utility poles and other infrastructure, as well as the Honda Ridge Rock Art Site and viewing stand.

The Native American rock art at Honda Ridge is a cultural treasure in the area. The Chumash Indians used the sacred site as a venue for ceremonies. Vandenberg AFB also became famous to the paleontology world in 2008 after the discovery of an almost full imprint of a Miocene
(5 to 23 million years old) dolphin fossil.

WAI’s work will focus on surveying the powerline corridor, access roads, laydown areas and the burn area. It will also stabilize the slope below the Honda Ridge Rock Art Site, protect the site from future damage, construct a new viewing platform, and develop and implement restoration methods for the famous Honda Ridge Rock Art panel.

WAI will manage the project from Piketon, and coordinate all the reporting, while Applied EarthWorks will do the field work. The work will be complete by May 2019.

WAI is a remediation services and facilities management company headquartered in Piketon with project offices throughout the United States. WAI specializes in the disciplined management of complex operations in high-hazard environments, and uses a project management approach to lower risk to its clients and perform work safely. In addition to the Air Force, clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Reclamation, and numerous commercial companies.

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WAI 2017 scholarships awarded

PIKETON – Six local high school seniors recently received college scholarships from two funds sponsored by Wastren Advantage Inc. (WAI).

This was the first year for the Kevin Trivisonno Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Drew Smith of Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth. Kevin, a 2005 Notre Dame graduate, was an accountant at WAI who passed away in March of this year. WAI decided that an annual $1,000 scholarship to a student from his alma mater would be a fitting way to honor his memory

Drew graduated fifth in his class with a GPA of 3.83. He will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

WAI also awarded five Gary Snyder scholarships this year. Gary was a scientist on the WAI team and a professor at Shawnee State University (SSU). Any senior from Pike, Scioto, Jackson or Ross counties who plans to attend SSU can apply for the $1,000 scholarship ($250 a year, renewable for four years). This year’s recipients are:

Victoria Reffitt, a graduate of Minford High School who wants to become a teacher. Victoria graduated 13th in her class with a GPA of 3.9.
Jacob Combs, a graduate of Waverly High School who plans to study business finance. He graduated 13th in his class with a GPA of 3.86.
Tylar Reno of Piketon High School. She graduated 10th in her class with a GPA of 3.95 and plans to study radiologic technology.
Sierra Skaggs, a graduate of Jackson High School who plans to study nursing. She had a GPA of 3.72 and graduated 31st in her class.
Madison Campbell of Jackson High School. She graduated 10th in the class with a GPA of 3.92 and plans to study dental hygiene and health services.

A key component in funding both scholarship programs is the Snyder Trivisonno Memorial Golf Tournament, taking place this year on Friday, July 14, at the Portsmouth Elks Country Club. The tournament, which includes food and prizes for participants, is sponsored by local businesses, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship program. To become a sponsor, contact Brian Ramey at
(740) 443-7134 or brian.ramey@wastrenadvantage.com by June 15.

WAI is a facilities operations and remediation services company headquartered in Piketon, with project offices across the United States.

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CONGRATS To Our Hanford Team! September 2016

WAI’s Hanford Laboratory received the highest award in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) on Aug. 28, the VPP Legacy of Stars, at the 32nd annual National VPPPA Conference in Kissimmee, Fla. This distinction is awarded to those sites with injury/illness rates significantly below industry standards (75 percent below general industry). Other qualifications include mentoring both DOE and Occupational Safety and Health Administration VPP sites, and developing and demonstrating safety and health innovations.

DOE recognizes a contractor for excellence in safety and health systems that go beyond requirements and who demonstrate effective management commitment and employee involvement, while applying the Integrated Safety Management System. (ISMS). The DOE Legacy of Stars is awarded to a site that has previously received three consecutive VPP Star of Excellence awards.

The WAI Hanford Lab employees, while working in a Haz Cat III nuclear facility, continue to demonstrate an “outstanding level of performance” in safety, health and radiological work practices, according to DOE. Qualifying for a fourth consecutive Star of Excellence award, and thus receiving the Legacy of Stars award, is quite an accomplishment and a testament to the excellent safety culture established by WAI employees.

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Gary Snyder 2016 scholarships awarded

Five local high school seniors recently received college scholarships from the Gary W. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund, sponsored by WAI.

The scholarships were presented at the school’s end-of-the-year awards ceremonies.

Snyder was a scientist on the WAI team who passed away in 2012. His career in environmental sciences included time as a professor at Shawnee State University (SSU). His love of nature and the environment impacted his coworkers and inspired the idea for WAI’s scholarship. The scholarship set up in Snyder’s honor is awarded to five high school seniors each year. They must attend school in Pike, Scioto, Jackson or Ross counties and plan to pursue higher education at SSU. The $250 scholarship can be renewed each year of study through the senior year of college.

The 2016 recipients are:

  • Lena Harvey, a graduate of Portsmouth High School, who plans to study radiologic technology
  • Mackenzie Rowe, a graduate of Valley High School who plans to major in pre-medicine
  • Kiana Schackhart, a graduate of Valley High School who will be studying radiologic technology
  • Anna Staker, a graduate of Eastern High School who plans to get a degree in medical laboratory technology
  • Jessica Stockham, a graduate of Eastern High School who plans to major in biomedical sciences, and then attend medical school.

A key component in funding the scholarship program is the Gary Snyder Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year at Big Beaver Creek Golf Course in Piketon. This year’s tournament takes place Saturday, Sept. 10. The tournament, which includes food and prizes for participants, is sponsored by local businesses, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship program.

 

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