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STI/SPFA Hires Tim O’Toole as Executive Vice President

Posted by kbruce on 4/6/2020 11:33:33 AM

LAKE ZURICH, IL, April 6, 2020 – The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is pleased to announce the hire of Tim O’Toole to replace current Executive Vice President Wayne Geyer. Geyer plans to retire late in 2020 and STI/SPFA will use this time as a transition period. Geyer joined the association in 1985 and has sat at the helm for more than 30 years.  Read More..


Posted by reasterling on 3/23/2020 3:09:10 PM

Due to the ‘Stay at Home’ order enacted over the weekend for the State of Illinois, our headquarters staff has moved to working remotely. You may contact us with any questions during this time. We have created the following to help direct your call or email to the appropriate individual... Read More..

Padungsilpa Engineering Co., Ltd. Awarded STI Permatank® Top Producer of the Decade

Posted by kbruce on 2/13/2020 11:50:20 AM

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is pleased to announce Padungsilpa Engineering Co., Ltd. as the Top STI Permatank® Producer of the Decade. STI/SPFA Executive Vice President Wayne Geyer presented the decade award-winning plaque to Padungsilpa Engineering Co., Ltd. Managing Director Supara Sinsamudpadung in Thailand on February 7, 2020. The plaque was presented in a ceremony at the company's facilities with staff present.        

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Safety Awards Program Applications Being Accepted Until March 13

Posted by kbruce on 2/11/2020 2:13:18 PM

Applications for the STI/SPFA Safety Awards are now being accepted. Learn more about the awards and access the application forms today! Deadline to submit an entry is Friday, March 13 by 5 p.m. Central Time.  Read More..

STI/SPFA Annual Meeting Cancelled

Posted by kbruce on 1/16/2020 3:15:34 PM

Unfortunately, the STI/SPFA Annual Meeting planned for April 4-7 has been cancelled. Please contact Cindy Born at for more information. 

The event will be held April 4-7 at the Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort. The room block is open, be sure and reserve your room before it is too late.  


Register today to secure your spot for education, networking, and recognition. 

Visit the event site for more information and updates as they become available. 

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2019 STI/SPFA Product Award Entries Now Being Accepted

Posted by kbruce on 11/14/2019 12:41:10 PM

Entries are now being accepted for the STI/SPFA 2019 Steel Product Awards. Enter your submission today!

Deadlines for Steel Product Awards: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5 pm Central time

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The 5th Edition of AWWA M11 Pipe Design Clarified #4

Posted by kbruce on 8/26/2019 11:21:43 AM

One of STI/SPFA’s goals with our expert’s design tips is to point out important changes in the new edition of AWWA M11 and to provide background of why such revisions were made.  Steel pipe systems have been designed, fabricated, and installed with decades of experience, achieving reliable and long-lasting operational service, while establishing proven safety factors that the engineering community has trusted.  Steel pipe manufactured to AWWA standards are usually considered an engineered product and require a certain amount of engineering input to be functional for a water facility. This article will review Good Engineering Practice and how some design criteria has evolved from Good Engineering Practice. Read More..

2018 Product Award Winners Announced at STI/SPFA Annual Meeting

Posted by kbruce on 8/21/2019 11:00:43 AM

The 2018 STI/SPFA Product Award winners were announced on July 20, 2019 at the Awards Dinner during the STI/SPFA Annual Meeting. Winners were recognized both during the dinner, and through a press release distributed after the event. You can also view the winners, and all entries, on the STI/SPFA website. Read More..

Emerging Leaders Conference Registration Now Open

Posted by kbruce on 8/14/2019 11:54:24 AM

Registration is now open for the Emerging Leader Conference. This event will be held for two - 1/2 days on October 8th and 9th at Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


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Awards Presented at 2019 Quality Control Meeting

Posted by kbruce on 6/19/2019 10:04:12 AM

STI/SPFA presented various awards during the STI/SPFA Quality Control Meeting in April. The presentation included awards for quality and achievement in welding simulation.

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