STI/SPFA Hall of Fame

One of the distinctions of STI/SPFA is its strong volunteer support base, which has been critical to the success of the organization, its service and education offerings and work on behalf of steel plate fabricators that has resulted in recognition of STI/SPFA within the industry.

These awards acknowledge individuals whose contributions to the Steel Tank Institute and Steel Plate Fabricators Association are noteworthy.

Hall of Fame Award

The STI/SPFA Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the success of STI/SPFA and dedication to the future of the steel fabrication industry.

Ralph Carpenter

Ralph Carpenter


Wayne Geyer

Wayne Geyer


Patrick W. Kennedy

Patrick W. Kennedy

Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Year Inductee Company
2018 Charles A. Frey, Jr. Highland Tank and Manufacturing
  Rich Horn Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I)
2016 Tim Woofter Stanwade Metal Products
2015 Brian Donovan STICO Mutual Insurance
2009 Joseph Hammoor  
  Bill Carlson Cathodic Protection Management
  George Tupac G.J. Tupac & Associates Inc.
2007 Jeff Hock Enerfab, Inc.
  George Ruchti American SpiralWeld Pipe
  Ron Ecleberry Modern Welding Co., Inc.
  Jim Rhudy CB&I
2005 William R. Herdman Kennedy Tank
2000 Arnold Myers Clemmer Industries
1997 Sonny Underwood Mid-South Steel
1994 Timothy Travis Eaton Metal
  Alfred F. Krumholz, Jr. Chicago Boiler
1991 Earl Greer Service Welding
  Peter H. Murphy Massachusetts Engineering
1990 Charles W. Sonnenberg Kennedy Tank
  Thomas A. Kemp Hamilton Tanks
  Charles A. Frey, Sr. Highland Tank
1989 Vincent J. Jacob Highland Tank
  Charles W. Harding Clawson Tank
  John A. Reisz Modern Welding
  Robert W. Burwell Ace Tank
  William E. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy Tank

The Charles W. Sonnenberg Award

The Charles W. Sonnenberg Award recognizes the wise counsel, prudent leadership, thoughtful guidance, and innovative contributions of individuals to the Steel Tank Institute.

Year Winner Company
2010 Wally Watson Watco Tanks, Inc.
2001 Chuck Travelstead Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1994 William R. Herdman Kennedy Tank
1993 R. Allan Reese Ace Tank & Equipment
1992 Jerry Waller Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1992 Jim Jrolf We-Mac Mfg.
1991 James W. Bushman Corrpro
1990 Arnold G. Meyers Clemmer Industries
1989 Anderson Scott Newberry Tank
1988 Roger Richter Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1987 Charles Frey, Sr. Highland Tank
1986 Charles W. Harding Clawson Tank
1985 John A. Ainlay  
1984 Peter H. Murphy Massachusetts Engineering
1983 Charles W. Sonnenberg Kennedy Tank

Honorary SPFA Life Membership

Honorary SPFA Life Membership is awarded to individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the Steel Plate Fabricators Association.

Individual Company
J. Brown Chattanooga Boiler and Tank Co.
E.J. Clay Hahn & Clay
V.W. Coddington Lakeside Bridge & Steel Co.
P.T. Dowling Nooter Coporation
W.R. Jackson Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
F.A. Lasker Lasker Boiler & Engineering Corp.
M.G. Mitchell Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
J.A. Stever, Jr. National Tank & Manufacturing Co.
T.J. Uhl, Jr. Wyatt Industries, Inc.
R.S. Borst Fisher Tank
J.S. Van Alsburg Prairie Tank & Construction Co.

“STI/SPFA membership has helped shape Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing and sets us up well for the future.”

Bill Kennedy
Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc.

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