Third Quarter Staff Update – 2019
August 13, 2019
Summer is on its way out and we will soon transition into the fall season. At this time we have the following announcements on employees who have transitioned into our office:
Pete Nixon, PE – Joins the civil team at LeanTrak.
Kyle Simmons – Started as a co-op in August 2017, worked part-time until graduating in May 2019 from The University of Toledo with an Electrical Engineering degree. We are glad to welcome him as a full-time employee.
Tanner Drees – Mechanical Co-op from The University of Toledo. Tanner will be doing his second co-op rotation at LeanTrak this fall.
Hussien “Sam” El-Rez – Electrical Co-op from The University of Toledo.
Bryant Andres – Electrical Co-op from Bowling Green State University.
Sameet Raj – Mechanical Co-op from The University of Toledo.
We appreciate their commitment and dedication in helping us grow as a company as we continue to serve our clients.
July 19, 2018
On April 1, 2018 LeanTrak celebrated its 15 year anniversary. We thank all of our clients that have supported us over the years. We continue to be awarded work from each of the major clients that we served when we started business in 2003. We are proud of both our staff retention and client rates. We look forward to serving the energy and manufacturing industries for many more years, with a continuing focus on constructability and operability.
LeanTrak completed more than 100 piping design packages for a recent major refinery maintenance turnaround. Larry Marckel, lead piping designer, provided the refinery with on-site pre-turnaround and turnaround services over most of a 2 year period. LeanTrak engineers and designers also prepared civil, structural, electrical, and instrument packages for the turnaround.
LeanTrak “Raises the Bar” in Electrical Safety
September 7, 2017
LeanTrak has been performing electrical power studies and completing arc flash assessments since its inception in 2003.
In 2011, LeanTrak completed its first power study/arc flash assessment for one of its Fortune 500 clients, Enterprise Products (ranked #122). By 2015, LeanTrak had performed three additional power studies and has since completed nine additional power studies/arc flash assessments in five states. LeanTrak has three power studies/arc flash assessments currently in progress.
Through continuous improvement practices, recent client review comments have been extremely minor and have been initiated with “Another really good job on this one” statement from Enterprise Products’ subject matter expert.
LeanTrak is currently performing these electrical studies with two of its clients and has proposals pending with a third.
September 7, 2017
Joining the LeanTrak team is Connor Hoffmann, a recent University of Toledo civil engineering graduate. Connor interned with PBF Energy at their Toledo refinery, and post-graduation supported PBF Energy’s 6-month maintenance turnaround at their Torrance, California refinery. Connor is a Perrysburg native and we are pleased that he selected LeanTrak as he begins his engineering career.
Bryan Hickey, an electrical engineering student at the University of Toledo, completed his first electrical co-op this summer and continues to work a few hours a week during the fall semester.
Kyle Simmons, also an electrical engineering student at the University of Toledo, started his first co-op this fall at LeanTrak.
Welcome UT Interns!
April 7, 2017
LeanTrak welcomes three new University of Toledo engineer students as interns in the electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines. Each intern will have opportunities assisting LeanTrak engineers with projects in the petroleum pipeline and refining industries.
January 25, 2017
LeanTrak congratulates Steven Bigelow, on passing the Ohio Professional Engineer exam. Steve is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Toledo and has been a LeanTrak employee since 2010. Steve has responsibility for mechanical engineering and multi-discipline refinery and pipeline projects. He also leads the LeanTrak pipeline integrity assistance work that we perform for DOT regulated pipelines.
$4.5MM Electrical Upgrade Project Construction Underway
October 1, 2016
LeanTrak completed the engineering and design phase of a $4.5MM electrical upgrade project the end of August, 2016. The project included a complete change-out of the electrical power and control systems, as well as upgrading the 3500HP motor control to a variable frequency drive. The new medium voltage switchgear and MCC are arc resistant 2B rated, the first of its kind for our client. Civil construction is finishing this week and the electrical construction is commencing. LeanTrak is providing logistics coordination for receipt and setting of the 64’ long, 15’ wide electrical building planned for mid-October. The delivery vehicle is 154’ long by 18’ wide, transversing three states with police escorts. The crane is a Liebherr LTM 1500 with a 155’ guyed boom and 364,000 pound counterweight. Construction is scheduled through mid-November with final commissioning planned for late November. LeanTrak will continue to provide on-site technical services through the construction, commissioning, and start-up phases of the project.
Refinery Pump Seal Upgrade Project
September 14, 2016
LeanTrak has completed engineering and design on a $1.5MM pump seal upgrade project for a Midwest oil refinery. Several different API seal plans were incorporated into the project based on each pump’s process duty. Seal fail instrumentation was designed with alarm indication back to each unit’s control building. Construction is nearing completion with all schedule milestones successfully met. LeanTrak engineers and designers were an integral part of the refinery team which included capital and maintenance engineering, reliability and rotating equipment engineers, operations, and construction stakeholders.
Support for the 180th Ohio Air National Guard 9/11 Memorial
April 26, 2016
LeanTrak, through our TRACE membership, supports the design and construction of a 9/11 Memorial at the Ohio 180th Fighter Wing Squadron’s base at Toledo Express Airport. The memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2016, the 15th Anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the downed plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
We invite you to check out information on this memorial at:
January 4, 2016
LeanTrak is proud to announce that Christopher Sneider received his Electrical Engineering degree from The University of Toledo in December 2015. Chris started at LeanTrak as an intern during his senior year at Sylvania Northview High School and continued as an intern working for us during his college years. Chris was hired full-time upon graduating.
We are glad to have Chris on our team as he continues to develop, learn, and contribute to our electrical engineering group and LeanTrak’s overall success.
Chris was active at UT with the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and worked many RockeTHONs. During his spare time Chris likes to work on cars.
December 17, 2015
LeanTrak congratulates Brian J. Tobias, on passing the Ohio Professional Engineer exam. Brian is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Toledo, a Navy veteran, past iron worker and the father of twin three year-old boys. Brian joined LeanTrak in 2009 and he performs structural and civil engineering for our petroleum and industrial clients.
September 11, 2015
LeanTrak provides cost-effective, industry compliant written safety programs for contractors. Contractors serving the oil and gas industries need to be pre-certified by one or more national contractor certification companies. The oil and gas industry uses ISNetworld, PEC Safety, and PICS as their safety requirement auditors. LeanTrak belongs to all three organizations and has provided safety manual assistance for contractors whose clients require compliance with any of the three. We have written or modified plans for more than 100 contractors over the past several years. Contractors have a 100% success rate in attaining approval of their safety programs when using LeanTrak for support and guidance. Contact Gloria Messner for additional information on our services.
Fashion With Function
May 20, 2015
LeanTrak would like to recognize Allison Clausius, daughter of Jeff Clausius, IT Engineer for her recent science project. Allison is a talented, creative and innovative senior at Sylvania Southview High School.
Allison has combined her creativity with electronics and has created a flexible photovoltaic dress fabrication to power electronic devices. A smart phone can be fully charged in one hour.
Below is a timeline showing the different places of competition:
March 18 – 20, 2015 – Bowling Green State University
Ohio Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
Research Paper Awards – 2nd Alternate
April 4, 2015 – Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair
Chosen as 1 of 4 students representing Buckeye Science & Engineering, which allows her to
present at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
May 10 – 15, 2015 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
Presenter and competitor
Competed with over 1,700 students from all over the world
May 16, 2015 – Columbus, Ohio
State Science Day
Scored 40 out of 40
Allison will be attending Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City this Fall. We wish Allison the best as she enters college and pursues her dream.
TRACE Elects Bob Wadas to Board for 2015/2016
January 7, 2015
LeanTrak, a charter member of the Toledo Region Architects, Contractors and Engineers (TRACE), announces Bob Wadas has been elected to a two-year term as Vice President of the architectural, construction and engineering trade organization. TRACE was founded in 2009 with the concept of bringing all three disciplines together to support collaboration in the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region. Check out this unique organization at www.TRACENWO.com.
LeanTrak successfully completes back-up power system in Southern Illinois
December 8, 2014
LeanTrak successfully completes back-up power system for the Appalachia to Texas gas pipeline in Southern Illinois. The new demand system pipeline cannot safely afford extended power outages common in the region. The project was initiated in 2014 and was successfully commissioned in November, 2014. Project was executed on budget. The generator and dual transfer switches provide continuous low voltage power to all station loads and safety shutdown systems.
LeanTrak expands work with key client in New York
January 7th, 2014
One of LeanTrak’s Fortune 100 clients has hired LeanTrak to perform engineering, design, and project management services to upgrade their Brine Pond and Brine Pumping System in New York (State). New York becomes the eighth state in which LeanTrak performs work for this client.
LeanTrak reorganizes to focus on core strengths
May 8th, 2014
Diminishing profits and diverging interests created an opportunity for LeanTrak to shed portions of its business to re-focus on its core strengths in engineering, project and program management, and field services in the Energy, Chemical, and Industrial business sectors.
LeanTrak successfully completes major electrical upgrade in Southern Missouri
May 8th, 2014
LeanTrak began preliminary work on the project in 2010 with the development of concept scope of work and screening estimate. The project was approved for final engineering and design in 2011. Construction of the project began in 2013 and was commissioned in May of 2014. LeanTrak managed the project through commissioning, including full-time field technical services. The project finished approximately 10% under budget. All aspects of the project were successful for the client and for LeanTrak.