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The Air Up There
Industry News
Association Corner
EPA News
Wesco's Christmas Celebration
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From the Editor's Desk

Welcome to the January issue of The Halon Herald! January is a month of new beginnings. Maybe your company is looking to grow or make changes. Maybe you are looking to expand into a new market. Either way, hopefully whatever new adventure you are embarking on this new year will be fruitful for you!

This month, our newsletter includes some of the latest industry news, EPA news and a pictorial of Wesco's Christmas celebration.

As always, please feel free to direct to me any questions, comments or suggestions as they are always welcome!

- Kari

The Air Up There:

Why We Hate the Word Sustainable

By John Demeter


Reprinted from the June 2010 issue of the Halon Herald


Google the word "sustainable" and you get 78,200,000 hits.Google the phrase "I hate the word sustainable" and you get 855,000. Good. We are not alone!


We often get into arguments over the word "sustainable," usually because it means different things to different people and it has managed to wedge itself into the public discourse over man's handling of the environment, which is a surefire way to get into a fight. Include guns and tea parties and you can probably ruin a perfectly good evening with friends.


Industry News

FireTrace Introduces Total-Flooding FM200 System

Firetrace International, best known for its Firetrace� fire suppression systems for the protection of "micro-environments" has expanded its fire detection and suppression offering with the launch of its full-room, Firetrace Total Flooding system.  The new system, which is being unveiled at Intersec, is seen as complementing the company's market-leading, tube-based Firetrace solutions, which are now protecting in excess of 150,000 installations around the world, establishing Firetrace International as the pre-eminent global provider of fire protection for core mission-critical, micro-environment assets.

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DuPont Explains FM200 Allocation Program

Throughout 2010, the worldwide Fluorochemical industry has been experiencing strong market demand combined with a very tight raw material situation. Until late into 2010 the supply of Fire Extinguishant (FE) products had been largely unaffected but the continued strong market climate for our DuPont FE products and other external factors have very rapidly put a strain on meeting product demand through year end 2010 and on into 2011.

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Xtralis Introduces Open Area Smoke Imaging Detection system


Xtralis™, the company that revolutionized very early warning aspirating smoke detection (ASD) with VESDA�, has just released its latest innovation - Open-area Smoke Imaging Detection or OSID - designed for open spaces where fire detection presents unique challenges and where very early warning is not always the priority. OSID by Xtralis™ has performed with great reliability in trials over the past few months and achieved UL and ULC listings.

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Amerex establishes full line capability

Amerex Corporation, founded in 1971, has long been a major competitor in hand portable fire extinguisher and kitchen system business. The company was built over the years, account-by-account - product line by product line.For anyone who has ever attended a NAFED meeting, who can forget the sight of founder Ned Paine standing in the aisle by the Amerex booth talking with distributors large and small, working to understand his market and the needs of the fire equipment distributor. Ned Paine is the classic example of the owner/operator/entrepreneur who knew how to build a business and never took his eye off the ball.


Ned Paine sold his interest in Amerex  in 1999, but it seems that his spirit of entrepreneurship lives on. Bill Beyer took over the reigns as President of Amerex in 1999, and continues to serve as Amerex's President. Over the past 5 years, Amerex, along with its parent company McWane Inc., have quietly, but aggressively, moved intonew areas of the fire protection business, including total flooding clean agent systems. In 2008, Janus Fire Systems was established along with former, long time Chemetron executives Steve Dmitrovich (General Manager), Dan Hubert (VP Product Development), Fred Hildebrant (Director of Sales) and Tim Pope (Director of Operations).Janus rolled out its product line of clean agent systems in 2009.


In 2010, Amerex continued building its staff when they were joined by former Ansul executives Tom Kennedy, Dave Pelton and Steve Hanson. As 2010 drew to a close, Mark Pillow, former sales executive at both Mini Max and Ansul, joined the Amerex team. Amerex has not yet announced the role of this new team of executives, but it is rumored that there is a new foam division in the company's near future.

Association Corner

NAFED 2011 Conference line up

NAFED 2011 Sectional Conference

March 3-4, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

To see the complete line up, click here.


FSSA 2011 Annual Meeting

February 25 - March 1, 2011
Gran Melia Golf Resort
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

For more information on this meeting, click here.

EPA News

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EPA Holds Stakeholders Meeting for Future of HFCs


U.S. Stakeholder Meeting on 2011 Activities under the Montreal Protocol


Hosted By: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of State (DOS)

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Room 1153 EPA East (Entrance from 1201 Constitution Avenue), Washington, DC


Background: The U.S. government is hosting a meeting for interested stakeholders to share views on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.


In 2010, the United States, Mexico and Canada submitted a proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to add HFCs as a controlled substance under the Protocol. At the 22nd Meeting of the Parties in November, approximately 90 countries signed a declaration regarding their intent

to pursue further action under the Montreal Protocol aimed at transitioning the world to environmentally sound alternatives.


The U.S. Government is considering and planning for further action on HFCs under the Montreal Protocol in 2011. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear U.S. Government perspectives on how to move forward with this issue, and is an opportunity for stakeholders to share their

views on this issue.


Wesco's Christmas Celebration


Here are some pictures from Wesco's annual Christmas celebration. Enjoy!



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