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Following our success in 2013, MATCOR is expanding by hiring new talent for cathodic protection, corrosion engineering jobs.

MATCOR is a full service provider of customized cathodic protection systems to the oil & MATCOR_Vertical_webgas, power, water/wastewater and other infrastructures industries.  Cathodic Protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell.  MATCOR has an array of proprietary cathodic protection products and systems combined with high-quality corrosion engineering services, and installation and maintenance services.

In business for over 40 years, MATCOR is considered the technology leader in cathodic protection and corrosion engineering.  MATCOR is headquartered in Chalfont, PA, has a major service operation in Houston, TX, provides turnkey services throughout the United States, and has a growing list of international distributors.  MATCOR has been named to the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Because of strong continued growth, MATCOR is seeking talented new team members to fill cathodic protection and corrosion engineering jobs.

MATCOR employees and culture are driven by three core principles. Whether a technician, engineer or manager, these principles guide us toward positive relationships with our clients and positive outcomes to every project we undertake.  These core values are:  We Respect Others, We Honor our Commitments and We Act in a Safe and Responsible Way.

“Our cathodic protection and corrosion engineering job openings, from technician to management positions, offer you the opportunity to grow with our team of seasoned cathodic protection experts and become part of a unique culture,” said Doug Fastuca, president of MATCOR, “As we are experiencing tremendous growth and request for our products and service offerings, this is an excellent time to join MATCOR.  In addition to competitive benefits, you can become NACE certified and enjoy other advanced educational opportunities.”

Our ideal job candidates will possess these values and hold a positive attitude.  This is a rapidly growing company with many new career opportunities.  Your cathodic protection, corrosion engineering and management job opportunity is here, today!

View the open position here: http://matcor.applicantpro.com/jobs/

MATCOR Offers Take on Natural Gas Liquids Production and NGL Transportation

“There is much discussion about the abundance of natural gas deposits in Marcellus Shale, and there is tremendous focus in extracting this precious resource. However, the industry’s ability to get this product to the end user is impacted by the infrastructure that currently exists.

“While rail is a means to transport natural gas, MATCOR is working with a growing number of midstream companies in expanding transmission and distribution piping networks. The key is to get product to market in a cost-effective and safe manor, and MATCOR’s cathodic protection products and services help ensure any new pipeline, regardless of the product it delivers, is in compliance and protected from corrosion.”

John Rothermel, PE

Vice President of Sales, MATCOR

Pipelines Planned for NGL Transportation Through Central Pennsylvania

At least one company is looking to take advantage of the rapid growth of natural gas liquids production from two of the largest shale regions in the nation.

Sunoco Logistics, a Philadelphia-based company that transports, terminals, and stores crude oil and refined petroleum products, recently announced that it was surveying land for a new pipeline, dubbed Mariner II East, that would connect production of natural gas liquids (NGL) from the Marcellus and Utica  shale regions of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to one of the company’s oil and diesel tank farms outside of Mechanicsburg.

The company also has plans to convert its existing Mariner East I pipeline, which used to carry oil and diesel fuel west, so that it carries propane and ethane east to its facility in Marcus Hook, which had also been idled.

The company bought the refinery from the former Sunoco Co. earlier this year for $60 million and is spending an unspecified amount of money to upgrade it and bring it back online as a natural gas liquids production refinery.

Sunoco Logistics is betting on the continued growth of natural gas production, of which NGLs like propane and ethane are byproducts. Natural gas production has increased in recent years thanks to hydraulic fracking, which has resulted in a larger supply that has driven prices down and has therefore, like a circle, created bigger demand for natural gas.

As a result of this process, NGL production has climbed during the last four years from 50 million to 70 million barrels per month. But, without greater avenues for NGL transportation, the increased production is moot.

Sunoco Logistics says that its plan to build a new NGL transportation pipeline, and convert an old pipeline for NGL transportation, will help create a northeast NGL hub in Marcus Hook that will help meet the demands of NGL producers and local and overseas consumers.

The Mariner East projects are only a few of the pipelines being planned by Sunoco Logistics. The company has roughly a dozen oil and gas projects on the books over the next 12 months at a cost of $1.3 billion, four times what it spent on capital expenditures each of the last four years.

MATCOR offers cathodic protection safety products and services to companies like Sunoco Logistics, which require cathodic protection equipment to maximize safety, efficiency, and capital investment in their pipeline projects.

Further Reading

Sunoco Logistics Plans Marcellus, Utica Pipeline Through Susquehanna Valley,” The Patriot News, Nov. 21, 2013.

MATCOR Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Following a rigorous evaluation process, MATCOR, the leading cathodic protection products manufacturer obtains esteemed certification that reflects the Company’s continued commitment to the highest quality standards.

Doylestown, PA  – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions announced today that the Company has achieved its ISO 9001:2008 certification.

This independent certification validates MATCOR’s commitment to quality and affirms that MATCOR has thoroughly documented its quality processes while meeting the stringent qualifications for the global ISO 9001:2008 standard.

ISO 9001:2008MATCOR’s Quality Management System was assessed by an accredited registrar that performs independent assessments against the requirements of the national and international standards for quality.  On February 5, 2013 MATCOR received formal registration approval and is now officially recognized as an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

“Achieving ISO 9001:2008 Certification is an important milestone for MATCOR. This certification confirms to our global clients our commitment to quality at all levels of our organization,” said Jeff Stello, President and CEO. “Clients want to be confident that they are doing business with an organization that consistently meets or exceeds their needs, and helps to better position their company to achieve overall business goals…”

ISO 9001:2008 is globally regarded as the most comprehensive body of standards on quality management systems and practices. It was established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an organization of national standards institutes of 175 countries and the foremost authority on quality standards and is designed to provide companies with a set of principles that ensure a systematic approach to achieving client satisfaction.

ABOUT MATCOR
MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection products, installation, cathodic protection testing, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. MATCOR specializes in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, electric utility, water/wastewater and other infrastructure industries. 
To learn more about MATCOR, visit our website at matcor.com or call 800 523 6692.

Update on MATCOR’s Operational Status – Doylestown, PA

MATCOROn Monday night, Doylestown PA, home of MATCOR’s Head Office and Manufacturing Plant, along with millions of other businesses and homes in the North East of the United States lost power due to the wind gusts in excess of 80 MPH throughout the region.

Thankfully, the MATCOR facilities did not sustain any physical damage to the infrastructure, however the MATCOR offices were without power until late Thursday evening (November 1). We were able to adopt a back-up communcations plan via our Houston location, and kept everyone informed with status updates on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

We are pleased to announce that the power has been restored to certain areas of the Doylestown, PA area, and the MATCOR Head Office and Manufacturing Plant are back online and running at 100% capacity. Many team members were onsite Thursday evening making sure MATCOR would be fully-operational today.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and the interpution that may have been caused as a result of Superstorm Sandy. We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact and disruption.

Thank you for your business, your understanding, and continued support of MATCOR.

If you have any questions about project orders and delivery dates, please contact +1 215 348 2974.

Hurricane Sandy impacts MATCOR’s Doylestown, PA Head Office

On Monday night, Doylestown PA, home of MATCOR’s Head Office and Manufacturing Plant, along with thousands of other businesses and homes became victims of Hurricane Sandy’s desctructive wind gusts in excess of 80 MPH.

Thankfully, early indications show MATCOR’s Doylestown office has not sustained any infrastructural damage, however due to the strong winds and downed power lines, the entire region is experiencing unprecidented power outages, and is affecting our Doylestown operation. As a result MATCOR’s communication systems (both telephone and email service) are temporarily unavailable.

Our Houston, TX operation is available by phone, and can be reached at: 281 558 2600, however email is connected with our Doylestown server and is therefore unavailable.

Further updates on the status of Doylestown’s operations are being posted to the home page of matcor.com.

In the interim we have setup the following email address to answer any questions you may have: matcor.sandy@gmail.com 

If you need to talk to a member of the MATCOR team please call: 1 800 664 0899 (U.S. & Canada) or +1 281 558 2600 (Worldwide)

We apologize for the inconvenience and distruption this may have caused. We are doing everything within our ability to minimize the distrupton from Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Corbett: Marcellus betters society

PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday placed high hopes on the development of the Marcellus Shale to help him achieve his goals for Pennsylvania.

“I’m convinced that we’re beginning a new industrial revolution for the U.S. and especially for Pennsylvania,” he said at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual Shale Gas Insight Conference in Philadelphia.

By the end of his tenure, which he hopes will be in six years, the governor envisions having accomplished three things.

“I want the state on sound financial footing,” he said. “I want the state to be able to say that every Pennsylvanian who wants a job has a job. And I want every person in this state trained and educated for the jobs of the 21st century.”

The gas industry’s economic contribution to the state is furthering those goals, he said.

“The Marcellus boom isn’t simply about advancing business. It’s about advancing society,” Corbett said.

In fact, during recent travels to Germany and France, the governor touted the region’s cheap energy and strategic location for foreign businesses looking to locate in the U.S.

Corbett said the anti-severance tax crowd was vindicated last week when the state received its first round of impact fee payments that neared $200 million.

“We got that right,” he said. “That’s the difference between throwing together a quick fix and planning for real progress.”

A severance tax would have brought in half of that, he said. Last week, the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Centerdisagreed.

As convention center security kept watch over the planned anti-fracking protests outside of the building, Corbett also fired some shots at those who oppose natural gas extraction.

“We are advancing even in the face or unreasoning opposition,” he said. “Opponents agree that we can land a rover on Mars, but can’t bring themselves to think that we can safely drill a mile into our own soil.”

The governor also credited shale development with saving one of the three Philadelphia refineries that were on the chopping block at this time last year.

On Sept. 19, Philadelphia Energy Solutions announced its plans to process shale gas at the former Sunoco refinery.

Corbett said he can easily see a time when all three refineries will be turning Marcellus gas into liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks.

The governor apologized to the crowd for missing last year’s conference because of flooding in southeastern Pennsylvania and thanked participants for creating jobs in the state. As he walked out to music resembling the theme from Star Wars, Corbett received a partial standing ovation.

SOURCE: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2012/09/corbett-marcellus-betters-society.html?page=all

Corrosion Mentor & Expert Jeff Didas Joins MATCOR

Jeff Didas
Jeff Didas Joins MATCOR

Doylestown, PA (April 24) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions proudly announced on Corrosion Awareness Day that Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Didas joined the MATCOR Engineering team as Senior Corrosion Engineer.

Didas brings to MATCOR more than 38 years of experience in the corrosion industry, having worked for some of the world’s largest pipeline owner/operators and energy companies.

In the role of Senior Corrosion Engineer Jeff will report to Glenn Shreffler, MATCOR’s Executive Vice President and will be responsible for assisting the Engineering team on all aspects of corrosion control, and overseeing the pipeline integrity service offerings provided by MATCOR.

Shreffler said, “Jeff will provide corrosion engineering solutions to the most complex corrosion problems facing our clients around the world.”  He continued, “Jeff brings a wealth of skills and experiences that will benefit our clients and the entire MATCOR team, and that is priceless.”

Didas sits on the Board of Directors for NACE International and is recognized as the current Treasurer. He has been a member of NACE since January 1, 1975, and has an outstanding track record of leadership and volunteerism within the organization.

Didas has delivered many presentations and published several technical papers at NACE conferences as well as the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course. In appreciation for his many years of commitment to NACE, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

Jeff Stello, MATCOR’s President and CEO said “We are thrilled to add someone like Jeff Didas to our Engineering team.  His skills, experiences and reputation are unmatched in our industry.  We are confident that Jeff will improve our ability to better serve our clients and to add value in many other ways such as helping to develop younger engineers and technicians on the MATCOR staff.”

Didas attended Thomas A. Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, where he received his BSET in electrical engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Mass.  In addition, Didas is certified as a NACE Corrosion Specialist, Cathodic Protection Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Chemical Treatment Specialist and a Level 3 certified Corrosion Inspector and is an SSPC certified Protective Coatings Specialist.  Along with his full-time role at MATCOR and responsibilities at the NACE Board of Directors, Didas is also a NACE Cathodic Protection instructor.

Corrosion leader MATCOR hires Senior Director of Business Development

Knut Fenner
Knut Fenner Joins MATCOR

MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions announced that Knut T. Fenner has joined MATCOR as Senior Director of Business Development, bringing a wealth of experience in product development, industrial design, business management and international operations.

In this capacity Fenner will be reporting directly to MATCOR’s President & CEO Jeff Stello.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Knut’s experience and versatility on the team” said Stello.   He continued “Knut brings a unique set of skills and experiences that will allow him to have a positive impact on our business development and product development initiatives”

Fenner adds “The corrosion and cathodic protection industry needs innovative leadership. MATCOR has successfully taken over that role and does a great job of demonstrating this with its ongoing R&D, proprietary products, service, and client focused cloud technology.  I am looking forward to implementing the breadth of my global experiences which will have an impact on these programs resulting in raising the standards within the corrosion industry and ultimately provide the best solutions to our clients.”

About MATCOR

MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 40 years. An expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection products, installation, cathodic protection testing, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. MATCOR specializes in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, electric utility, transportation and construction industries. 
To learn more about MATCOR, visit matcor.com or call 800 523 6692.

SOURCE: http://www.matcor.com/index.php?id=254

MATCOR hires experienced Houston based Account Manager Matthew Giardina

Doylestown, PA, November 9:  MATCOR, Inc. a full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions announced today that  they have made another valuable addition to its sales team by bringing on board Houston based, Matthew Giardina.

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MATCOR hires Matthew Giardina

Giardina joins the MATCOR team as one of the Regional Account Managers located in the Gulf Coast area.  Giardina’s responsibilities include providing account management leadership, and expanding MATCOR’s presence throughout the Gulf Coast, while focusing on the oil and gas markets.

“We are pleased that Matthew has become part of the MATCOR team.  His industry experience and desire to ensure our clients benefit from MATCOR products and services will allow him to be an asset in executing our sales strategies,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing John Rothermel.

Giadina said, “I am excited and fortunate to work with MATCOR, and believe there is tremendous opportunity to grow MATCOR’s innovative product and services solutions.  MATCOR’s proprietary products are manufactured in-house and are unrivaled in the industry.  This gives me the opportunity to further develop the Gulf Coast market, and to help our clients achieve their corrosion prevention goals.”

Giardina brings almost seven years of experience working in the corrosion industry.  Most recently, he was responsible for growing national accounts with a leading coatings manufacturer.

About MATCOR
MATCOR, Inc. is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global clients for nearly 35 years. An expert in the field of cathodic protection, MATCOR offers proprietary corrosion protection products, installation, cathodic protection testing, maintenance and complete corrosion protection project management. MATCOR specializes in protecting the infrastructure of the oil and gas, electric utility, transportation and construction industries.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission responds to rare East Coast earthquake

When an earthquake hit Virginia Tuesday afternoon, nuclear power plants up and down the East Coast — including Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station — began assessing if damage had occurred.

Part of the problem, however, may be that the place an earthquake is most likely to cause damage is also the place the hardest to inspect — underground.

Making that scenario more worrisome is a June investigative report by the Associated Press which found that as the nation’s nuclear fleet ages, much of its underground infrastructure, exposed to corrosion – and is constantly exposed to moist conditions, may be deteriorating even faster.

Assessing earthquake damage is not a simple operation given that “each plant has unique design specifications for seismic resistance,” according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan.

Called its “design basis,” each plant is “built to withstand the largest historical earthquake in the area, with additional margin on top of that,” Sheehan wrote in an email answering questions from Journal Register News Service.

Sheehan noted that in the wake of the Mineral, Va. tremblor, “walk down” or visual inspections “of key infrastructure at each facility” at all nuclear plants were conducted both by plant personnel and independently by the resident NRC inspectors at each plant.

“No structural damage has been identified at any of the affected plants,” he wrote.

But while visual inspections may have found no damage, any underground damage not evident to the naked eye could only be identified by a change in readings for pipes, gauges or underground valves, according to Sheehan.

“Any significant impacts on buried piping would be readily noticeable via changes in flows. Also, plant owners are required to perform flow tests on safety- and non-safety-related piping at regular intervals,” Sheehan wrote in his email.

“Whether those checks would need to be accelerated in light of yesterday’s earthquake will have to be determined,” he added.

Perhaps that determination will be influenced by the AP report which found underground leaks “sometimes go undiscovered for years, the AP found.”

The AP found that leaks of water laced with traces of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, have been found at 48 of 65 nuclear sites “repeatedly at many of them.”

Although some of those leaks occurred at plants owned by Exelon, no such leak has ever been reported at the Limerick Generating Station.

However, “slightly elevated levels of tritium” were found in six water samples taken from on-site wells at Limerick as well as in one surface water sample according to a study released in 2006. However, the company statement issued at the time said those higher levels are the result of “historic releases.”

In other words: surface spills, not underground leaks.

The “historic releases” were described by a company spokesperson as four “unplanned liquid releases” of tritium that took place “over the past 20 years.”

The tritium was the result of spills, not underground leaks, that had all occurred “in isolated areas on the plant property where you don’t normally find tritium” and had all been reported to the NRC and to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

All the spills were “within our permitted discharge levels” and there were no fines or violations associated with them and the spokesperson said the tests showed none of Limerick’s underground systems were leaking in 2006.

But there were leaks at three Illinois nuclear plants owned by Exelon, one of them from an underground source that went on for four years.

The AP reported that “nuclear operators have failed to stop an epidemic of leaks in pipes and other underground equipment in damp settings. The country’s nuclear sites have suffered more than 400 accidental radioactive leaks during their history, the activist Union of Concerned Scientists reported in September.

“Plant operators have been drilling monitoring wells and patching hidden or buried piping and other equipment for several years to control an escalating outbreak.

“Here, too, they have failed. Between 2000 and 2009, the annual number of leaks from underground piping shot up fivefold, according to an internal industry document obtained and analyzed by the AP.”

The AP investigation also reported “many of the pipes or tanks have been patched, and contaminated soil and water have been removed in some places. But leaks are often discovered later from other nearby piping, tanks or vaults. Mistakes and defective material have contributed to some leaks. However, corrosion — from decades of use and deterioration — is the main cause. And, safety engineers say, the rash of leaks suggest nuclear operators are hard put to maintain the decades-old systems.”

All of which occurred, presumably, without the added stress of an earthquake on aging materials exposed to corrosion.

In addition to publishing an assessment of NRC investigation and enforcement following incidents at plants in 2010, The Union of Concerned Scientists recently issued a set of recommendations for ways NRC could improve safety at the nations 104 nuclear reactors.

Among those recommendations:

• “The NRC should require plant owners to use multiple inspection techniques to ensure detection of any degradation in aging, high-risk equipment.

• “The NRC should require plant owners to periodically inspect equipment outside the scope of normal inspections, both to determine whether that scope is appropriate and to detect problems before safety margins are compromised.”

SOURCE: http://timesherald.com/articles/2011/08/24/news/doc4e55b13c42b0c638332971.txt?viewmode=fullstory