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Industrial Steel Drum Institute Presents David Sovol with Award of Appreciation

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) recently honored long-time member David Sovol with an award recognizing his extraordinary dedication and leadership to the steel industry.

“Dave is a trailblazer in the world of steel, and I am honored to recognize his exceedingly superb accomplishments,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC, Container Management Services LLC, and North Coast Container LLC. “For decades, Dave has been a leading force for progress and innovation. This award allows us to show our appreciation for the countless hours of dedication and excellence he’s put towards driving our industry forward.”

Sovol, chairman of the ANSI MH2 Accredited Standards Committee, has worked in the steel industry for nearly 48 years. Upon completing a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University in engineering with a minor in physics, Sovol took the position of technical director at Republic Steel in 1971. He traveled the world during his time there to study new steel manufacturing technologies and learn new training techniques.

Sovol transitioned to be an active member of the Steel Shipping Container Institute for 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the organization’s Technical Committee for a decade. He joined North Coast Container (NCC) in 1991 as Technical Director. He held the title of chairman of the ANSI Standards Writing Committee in 2004 and wrote the existing ANSI regulations on steel drums and pails.


ISDI and TRANSCAER® Announce Webinars for First Responders

(Washington, DC) – The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) and TRANSCAER® will host free webinars aimed at educating first responders in communities near transportation routes about the basics of steel drums and fusible plugs. The webinars will livestream on October 4, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, as well as on December 13, 2018 at the same time. “Since steel drums are one of the most widely used types of industrial packaging for hazardous materials, it is essential that first responders understand their basic components and how to manage them during an event,” said Kyle R. Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC and CEO of North Coast Container LLC. “We’re excited to once again support TRANSCAER’s efforts to inform these brave men and women on a subject that could one day save lives.”

The webinar presentation will be led by Chris Lind, former director of technology and regulatory affairs at Mauser USA LLC. During the webinar, Lind will teach participants about the performance standards of steel drums, their capabilities when being stored or shipped, and how to identify their contents.

“Understanding the basics of an industrial container – such as steel drums – when dealing with potentially hazardous or flammable materials, allows first responders to safely, quickly and effectively manage a situation,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group and vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland. “This webinar is another tool this community can use to stay prepared.”

Though targeted to first responders, participation in the webinar is open to everyone. For more information, or to register for the December event, click here.


ISDI and TRANSCAER® Debut New Seconds Count Video on Steel Drums

(Washington, DC) – The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) and TRANSCAER® announced, as part of TRANSCAER’s Seconds Count video series, a new 90-second animation aimed at educating first responders in communities near transportation routes on the basics of steel drums and fusible plugs.

The Basics of Steel Drums and Fusible Plugs from American Chemistry Council on Vimeo.

“Businesses that use a fusible plug when shipping and warehousing flammable and combustible materials dramatically increase the safety and security of a steel drum – one of the industrial packaging industry’s safest containers,” said Kyle R. Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC and CEO of North Coast Container LLC. “We hope this information will help our nation’s first responders better understand the nature of these drums and how to handle them during an event.”

Fusible plugs are drum closures, similar to standard steel plugs, but made of impact‐resistant nylon, polyethylene or propylene resin. When equipped with fusible plugs and paired with the proper suppression designed in accordance with NFPA Code 30, Chapter 16, steel drums can be the safest containers available in today’s market for flammable and combustible materials.

“This new training is what TRANSCAER is all about – using the knowledge and expertise of our sponsors to better train and prepare our emergency responders,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group and vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland.

The Basics of Steel Drums and Fusible Plugs is the 29th Seconds Count video. The series, distributed by TRANSCAER and hosted on its website, includes interviews with transportation and manufacturing industry leaders, as well as short animations educating first responders on how to deal with products or situations they may come across when responding to a situation.


ICDM Launches New Website Design

Today, the International Confederation of Drum Manufacturers (ICDM) launched its newly designed website at www.icdm.org. ICDM is an international association of nonprofit organizations representing the world’s premier manufacturers of steel drums.

“Collaboration across the steel drum industry is crucial to its sustainability and success,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “This online forum brings the information manufacturers, suppliers and customers around the world need most to one accessible, user-friendly location.”

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In addition to maintaining the website, ICDM members gather annually to share and discuss drum production and safety statistics, as well as information on technical papers and new regulations.

Visit www.icdm.org to see the new ICDM website.

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