Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chambers set schedules

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The staff of Era Aviation's Kenai station was recently recognized with the 2008 Station Safety Award.

* The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday at Froso's Restaurant. The guest speaker will be Rod Pfleiger of the Alaska Cruise Association. For more information, call Michelle Glaves at 262-9814.

* The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Wednesday at the Kenai Merit Inn on Willow Street. The guest speaker will be Marie English of the Alaska Career Institute. For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

Era Kenai station earns safety award

For the second year in a row, the Kenai station has lead all Era Aviation stations and departments in their measured safety performance as well as their positive influence and participation in Era's Safety Program. The Kenai station recently was presented with the 2008 Station Safety Award by Michelle Fabry, Era Aviation director of safety and security.

The Kenai station began getting the attention of stations and company departments three years ago when it received an award for being the Most Improved Station with respect to safety.

Over the course of the last three years the employee group in Kenai has voluntarily created the position of Safety Officer, made positive contributions to the company's station training program, and has routinely reported safety hazards before the hazards turned into incidents or accidents.

The Safety Department monitors the overall safety performance of each station by tracking the number, cause, and type of incidents that occur at each station. The incidents of primary concern are categorized as: on-the-job injuries, aircraft damage, ground support equipment damage, and vehicle/property damage. In 2008, the Kenai Station was staffed at 17 employees, performed more than 4,400 aircraft turns, and had zero on-the-job injuries. In fact, the only significant incident that did occur resulted in minor property damage to a building.

In addition to the near perfect safety performance, the Kenai station has also been proactive in requesting and attending training in an effort to remain a safe and efficient station.

Fishermen invited to marine refrigeration workshops

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, in partnership with Integrated Marine Systems and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, is offering marine refrigeration workshops for commercial fishermen.

The one-day workshops will cover maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs on vessel refrigeration equipment. Additional topics include refrigeration theory, system winterization, controller programming, refrigeration safety and Freon handling and charging, system sizing, and thermal expansion valve adjustment. A refrigerated seawater system will be used for training activities at each location.

Workshops will be held May 7 in Homer and May 9 in Anchorage. The workshop fee is $100 and includes the course manual. Space is limited and pre-registration is advised. To register or for more information, please contact Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Cordova at 907-424-7542 or e-mail

Participants may also register for the workshops online at:

Pollard Wireline celebrates 10 years of safe operation

Pollard Wireline Inc. recently announced a great milestone: April 15 marked its 10-year anniversary of work without a lost time accident. Pollard Wireline operates in a highly dangerous field of work and company officials are very proud of their employees and safety record.

Fred Pollard Jr., the company president and manager, and HSE manager Sheila Best, would like to commend their employees in reaching this achievement.

"Without their consistent participation and dedication to continued improvement in our safety journey, this would not have been possible. We have grown together to improve our safety record which has taken a supportive team. Their effort and willing spirit of cooperation is a tremendous benefit to our company. We plan to continue our safety vigilance and expect our performance to reflect our hard work well into the future," they said in a press release.

Pollard Wireline thanked their host company clients for helping to provide tools, guidance, and support in improving our safety program, including: Chevron (formerly Unocal), Marathon, ConocoPhillips, Pioneer, Aurora, and Pacific Energy, and others.

Fred Pollard Jr. also offered thanks to Ken Burns, Chevron's senior safety specialist, contractor HES management division, for his help and support in the growth of our safety culture over the past 10 years.

What's new in your business?

Have you opened a new business, added a new product, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at, fax it to 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. For more information, call Mike Nesper at 335-1236.

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