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In This Issue
UTC Hamilton Sunstrand - Voted Best Place to Work in Aviation
Fike Announces New Clean Agent Calculator
API's Western States Acquires Omlid & Swinney
California's CAR Chief on Cap and Trade
Montreal Protocol Celebrates Silver Jubilee
State Associations Plan Fall Meetings: FEDOT, PAFED, GAFSED, Cal Safe and WFPA
Wesco to Attend AFCOM
Climate Change and HFC's - DuPont Addresses Misunderstandings
EPA Approves Halon Alternatives
Keeping Up With Karen Zukarfein - Wesco Southern Region Sales Manager
Most Popular Stories from August 2012
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From the Editor's Desk

Welcome to the September issue of The Halon Herald!


Our newsletter is jam-packed this month with lots of newsworthy items. Be sure to check out the piece on UTC Hamilton Sunstrand as well as the article on API's acquisition of Omlid & Swinney.

Fike had come out with a new clean agent calculator and that is worth checking out. We also have a piece that is full of upcoming state association conferences.

Also, make sure to read the blurb on our own sales rep, Karen. I bet you learn at least one thing that you didn't know about her!


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


- Kari




UTC Hamilton Sunstrand - Voted Best Place to Work in Aviation 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 4, 2012




UTC Aerospace Systems' legacy Hamilton Sundstrand business was named in Aviation Week's 2012 Workforce Study as a "Company where Aerospace and Defense Professionals Want to work." UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).


Hamilton Sundstrand was selected in two of three categories of the corporate study - "Respect for the Individual" and "Learning/Professional Development." These categories, along with "Technological Challenge," are the three areas employees in the industry said are most important to them as they make career decisions. Hamilton Sundstrand was one of 34 organizations that participated in the corporate study.


You can read the full article here


Blue Springs, MO, September 7, 2012 


Fike Corporation announces the release of its new Clean Agent Calculator Application. Designed to be used predominately through mobile devices, this tool quickly and easily estimates volume of agent, and quantity of containers and nozzles needed for a given fire suppression application. In addition, the app provides a side-by-side comparison of Fike's premier fire suppression products ECARO-25�, DuPont™ FM-200� and ProInert�, in order to determine which agent best suits the situation.


The Clean Agent App has the ability to calculate using UL/FM or LPCB standards and is available in both Imperial/US and Metric units of measurement, making this a global tool. In addition, it supplies room pressures for each gas, produces graphs which visually help to assess peak room pressures and sends these graphs to the user's email for design and bid development.


Fike's Clean Agent Calculator can be accessed and downloaded onto mobile devices, by going to http://www.fikeCAcalc.com.


To read the complete article, click here


Fike is a globally recognized supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion, and over-pressurization. With over 65 years of experience manufacturing safety solutions, Fike offers a complete line of proven, reliable products to customers around the world.  


September 6, 2012

APi Group Inc. and Western States Fire Protection (WSFP) are pleased to welcome Omlid & Swinney Fire Protection and Security to the APi family. The deal closed September 4.

Headquartered in Springfield, Ore., Omlid & Swinney has a business model very similar to WSFP: a full-service fire protection provider offering solutions to customers' needs. The company will operate as a branch of WSFP.

"Omlid & Swinney is the most reputable fire protection company in the Eugene and Springfield markets," said WSFP President Gene Postma. "We are excited to have them join the WSFP team to service all the current and new customers in this market."

Click here to read the full article.

California's CAR Chief on Cap and Trade


Letter from the President of California's Climate Action Reserve


Dear friends and colleagues,


Six years ago, history was made when we witnessed Governor Schwarzenegger sign the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) into state law. Now we are about to be part of another historic event when AB 32's cap-and-trade program launches and creates the first economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the U.S. This fall, the program will officially begin as allowances are distributed and the first market activity - an auction for allowances - takes place. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), along with capped entities, market participants, and policy experts are working hard to ensure the state is ready by conducting training exercises, such as ARB's recent test auction, and by testing the program's infrastructure and systems. 


To read the rest of the letter, click here.

Montreal Protocol Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Paris/Nairobi, 16 September 2012

From OzoNews

Hailed as the most successful treaty in UN history - for achieving universal ratification and meeting its targets ahead of schedule, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 16 September.


The Protocol, which was ratified by 197 countries, has enabled reductions of over 98 percent of all global production and consumption of controlled ozone-depleting substances.


The Protocol also oversaw the global phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) by 2010.


Global observations have verified that atmospheric levels of key ozone depleting substances are going down and it is believed that with implementation of the Protocol's provisions the ozone layer should return to pre-1980 levels by 2050 to 2075; Thanks to controls implemented under the Protocol, the global community will be spared millions of cases of skin cancer and cataract - in addition to trillions of dollars in health care.


To read the rest of the message, click here.


State Associations Plan Fall Meetings: FEDOT, PAFED, GAFSED, Cal Safe and WFPA 

FEDOT - Fire Equipment Distributors of Texas Annual Fall Meeting


Where: Service Lloyds Insurance Co.
6907 Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, Tx 78731 

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012


More details can be found here.



Upcoming PAFED Fall Conference News


The PAFED 2012 Fall Technical Conference will take place in Allentown, PA on October 16-17, 2012 to be held at the Holiday Inn Allentown Center City, Allentown PA.


This year's event continues the traditional "technical" theme of the past Fall Conferences.


More details can be found here.

GAFSED (Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers) Annual Conference

Where: Historic Savannah, GA
October 12-14, 2012

Click here for more info.


Cal Safe Annual Meeting


Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
When: October 5-6, 2012

Click here for more info.

WFPA (Washington Fire Protection Association) 2012 Annual Fall Vendor Fair and Training


When: Saturday October 20th, 2012, 8:00AM- 3:00PM


Agenda Includes:

- Craig Volkert from Amerex will be presenting on; Specialty Fire Extinguishers, including market opportunities, and High Flow Extinguishers

- A presentation on hood systems including common mistakes and deficiencies.

- A discussion about the changes to the international fire code and how these changes will be affecting our state.


Cost: WFPA / ORFED Current Members: $20.00/person, Non Members: $50/person


*6 CEU Hours available to those attending the Vendor Fair and training,

**Breakfast will be available starting at 7:45AM, Lunch will also be Included in the cost of Admission**

**Door Prizes to be given away throughout the Day**

** Many Manufacturers Representatives will be present**


Located at: Embassy Suites, 15920 West Valley Highway - Seattle, WA 98188


SAVE YOUR SPOT!! Confirm early by e-mail - [email protected] - Space is limited.

For Room Reservations call (425) 227-8844.


Wesco to Attend AFCOM

Data Center World Fall 2012 Conference
Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, Nashville, TN
When: September 30-October 3, 2012

Check out the Conference Schedule and the Exhibitor List.

Click here for all of the info.


Climate Change and HFC's - DuPont Addresses Misunderstandings
Dubai Metro - Protected by FM-200

By Mark L. Robin
DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts

This confusion in the clean agent marketplace results from a lack of understanding of three key issues. Each requires reviewing in detail and provides factual information related to the use and environmental impact of HFCs in fire suppression applications. The three issues are:

1. The meaning of global warming potential (GWP) values.
2. The impact of HFCs used in fire suppression on climate change.
3. Regulations related to HFCs in fire suppression applications.

Click here to read the full article.


EPA Approves Halon Alternatives


September 20, 2012  




The following is an EPA direct final rule listing three new halon substitutes as acceptable subject to use restrictions under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program:

  • Powdered Aerosol F (KSA) - Acceptable as a substitute for Halon 1301 in total flooding fire suppression systems in normally unoccupied areas.
  • Powdered Aerosol G (Dry Sprinkler Powdered Aerosol (DSPA) Fixed Generators) - Acceptable as a substitute for Halon 1301 in total flooding fire suppression systems in normally unoccupied areas.
  • C7 Fluoroketone - Acceptable as a substitute for Halon 1211 as a streaming agent in portable fire extinguishers in nonresidential applications.
To read the full direct final listing, click here.


Keeping Up With Karen Zukarfein - Wesco Southern Region Sales Manager
Karen Zukarfein
Karen Zukarfein


Karen Zukarfein is Wesco's Southern Regional Manager, covering from Virginia, down and across Tennessee, to Texas. She's been with Wesco for 5 years come October and started out in our accounting department. She was so personable with dealing with people that Shannon Esopenko, Wesco's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, wanted to snatch her up for a sales position, and she did! Karen is very conscientious, very thorough and does over and beyond to make the customer happy.

On the personal side, she's been enjoying the summer spending time at the beach and going to concerts and it saddens her to see the warm weather come to an end! Now that September is here, she's been busy helping her oldest daughter Marissa set up her classroom for her first year as a Kindergarten teacher. She's enjoying her new position as the Southern Regional Sales Manager - traveling to trade shows and meeting customers has been great! She's looking forward to doing more of that this fall and, when the Christmas season comes about, she's looking forward to spending Christmas in Texas, where her daughter Brianna is stationed at Fort Sam, in San Antonio.


You can contact Karen by email at [email protected] or by phone at 732-590-2219. 


Most Popular Stories from August 2012 


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