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Amerex Announces Z-Series Line Of High-Performance Fire Extinguishers
Amerex Announces Z-Series Line Of High-Performance Fire Extinguishers

Since 1971, Amerex has provided the highest quality fire protection products. Deep relationships with customers give the insight to innovate and provide end users with the solutions they need. Every extinguisher, no matter how well manufactured, is vulnerable to corrosive elements, such as salt air in coastal installations over a long period of time. These environments can cause significant structural damage to a regular fire extinguisher, impairing its functionality and potentially making its use hazardous to the operator. It’s the only unit on the market that’s been UL verified to withstand 12 years of simulated severe salt corrosion Corrosion Resistant Paint Amerex is pleased to introduce an exciting innovation to the High-Performance line — the new Z-Series featuring corrosion resistant paint that employs an advanced zinc rich primer. Z-Series meets the challenge presented by corrosive environments like those found on oil and gas platforms and in refineries, mines or waste management facilities. It’s Amerex’s most resilient unit yet, capable of withstanding harsh industrial environments where traditional extinguisher cylinder integrity could be compromised by corrosion, and it meets the standard set by Amerex’s High-Performance product line over 20 years ago. In fact, it’s the only unit on the market that’s been UL verified to withstand 12 years of simulated severe salt corrosion. Design, Testing And Implementation Our Research and Development team devoted thousands of hours to the design, testing and implementation of the new zinc rich paint process. Thanks to their exemplary work, the Z-Series line boasts: Best-in-class corrosion resistance and improved longevity. Improved environmental impact compared to galvanized units. Shorter lead times. Smoother finish than galvanized units. The highest achievable UL rating, comparable to our other High-Performance extinguishers. Severe corrosion tested in accordance with ISO 21207. The only UL verified extinguisher to withstand 12 years of simulated exposure to severely corrosive chloride ions, which are present in the salt air of marine environments, winter road de-icing salt and corrosive gases commonly produced from industrial or traffic air pollution. Choice of ABC, Regular and Purple K chemicals. Simple operation and maintenance. Compliance Flow or Fast Flow discharge available. A 15% price reduction from comparable High-Performance galvanized units. Harsh Industrial Settings We’re excited to provide this outstanding combination of features and value for our distributor partners to showcase to their customers. As the significant efforts made by our entire company to introduce this new product attest, Amerex is invested in providing the top solution on the market for harsh industrial settings.

Three Members From Amerex To Become Special Government Employees To Work Alongside OSHA
Three Members From Amerex To Become Special Government Employees To Work Alongside OSHA

Amerex team members Robert Fisher, Kaleigh Fleming and Stephani Riley are now Special Government Employees. The Special Government Employee (SGE) Program was established to allow industry employees to work alongside the Occupational Health and Safety administration (OSHA), particularly during Voluntary Protection Program site evaluations. This innovative program benefits OSHA by supplementing its on-site evaluation teams, and gives industry and government an opportunity to work together and share views and ideas. From time to time, SGEs may also have the opportunity to participate in other OSHA outreach and compliance assistance activities. Completing The Required Training Qualified volunteers from VPP sites, like Amerex, are eligible to participate in the SGE program. These volunteers must be approved by OSHA and funded by their companies to participate. After submitting an application and completing the required training, these volunteers are sworn in as SGEs and are approved to assist OSHA. The three Amerex team members recently completed the SGE course and were sworn in at the Region 4 VPPPA Conference in Chattanooga. They will serve a three year term and assist with onsite assessments, application reviews and annual self-evaluation reviews. Amerex became a VPP Star site in 2017. It’s the seventh and most recent VPP site in the McWane family of companies.

Amerex Member Craig Voelkert Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award From National Association Of Fire Equipment Distributors
Amerex Member Craig Voelkert Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award From National Association Of Fire Equipment Distributors

The National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) recently honored longtime Amerex team member and industry icon, Craig Voelkert, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Craig exemplified this significant honor through his dedication to progressing the fire suppression industry. His commitment to innovation and industry engagement led to product advancements that are critical elements of life safety. In the early 1990s, Amerex founder Ned Paine discovered Craig at a Nevada fire school, where he was leading fire-training courses. Ned promptly offered him a position at Amerex. Craig’s responsibilities would include advancing key product innovations, engaging with technical committees and leading interactions with local and federal governments. Since accepting Ned’s offer, he successfully fulfilled these duties and accomplished much more before he retired at the end of 2018. Pre-Engineered Fire Systems Craig utilized his expertise and inventive personality to shepherd Amerex into new markets, such as pre-engineered fire systems for commercial restaurants and vehicles. In addition to his involvement with NAFED, Craig served as the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (FEMA) president and had various roles on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees. Craig and his peers continuously pioneered new code and code improvements, which led to inventions like the K-Class Extinguishers for cooking operations. With his leadership and vision, Craig leaves a lasting legacy on Amerex and the fire suppression industry. Amerex thanks Craig, for his meaningful impact. Amerex and the entire industry appreciates his many contributions over the years.

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