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COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Valued Customers/Vendors,

We want to thank you for your patience during this very challenging situation and provide you with an update on our response to the COVID-19 health emergency. The Superior Tank Company, Inc. Team is closely monitoring the status of the outbreak and its potential adverse impact on.

As the number of cases continues to escalate globally, STCI is taking additional preventive measures such as site visit and entry restrictions along with many employees working remotely from home and staggered staffing schedules to stop the potential spread of the disease within our locations. We are also taking preventative measures with our onsite field crews.

The health and safety of our employees remains a top priority and we are complying with all local, state and government requirements for social distancing. STCI’s locations California and Texas are fully operational receiving incoming shipments from suppliers and making outgoing shipments to customers. However, continued government restrictions and limited availability of transportation may continue to cause some delays in the supply chain.

STCI communicates regularly with our suppliers to capture updated status information and to keep our customers informed of any changes in potential severity of impact to delivery of components manufactured in regions of the world affected by the virus.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our Corporate Office below

Our Corporate Headquarters

9500 Lucas Ranch Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

P: 1 (800) 221-TANK (8265)
F: (909) 912-0585

SERVICING THE GLOBE

As a multinational organization, we place a heavy importance on the trust and relationships built with each of our national and international customers. Unlike many storage tank manufacturers in the industry, Superior Tank does more than just sell you a tank or place you in the hands of a dealer; we stay with you throughout the entire duration of the project. Each customer is offered a variety of resources and services which provides assistance through the installation process, ensuring a safe and timely erection of your new storage tank. Focusing on our international clients, we offer export & shipping services, purchasing of containers and tool kits, as well as the hiring of an installation supervisor.

Furnishing a non-working Supervisor to oversee the installation of your new bolted steel storage tank has countless benefits. You receive both a knowledgeable and seasoned foreman to lead your installation team, as well as the support of the Superior Tank team. There are many instances where the customer has the labor to install the tank(s), but is lacking the knowledge and/or experience of a seasoned foreman to oversee the assembly – this is where we come in. In providing each of our international customers the option to hire an experienced Supervisor, we begin to build a partnership based on trust and mutual respect, allowing your labor crew to feel confident in their ability to complete the tank project successfully.

One of the most prevalent benefits to our international customers in owning a Superior Tank factory powder coated bolted steel tank, is the ease of installation. Once our bolted tank leaves the manufacturing facility, all that is required on the job site is to bolt the prefabricated and precoated tank parts together. No welding. No onsite rework. No grinding. No specialized equipment. No sandblasting. No painting. With the assistance of an unskilled labor force and the recommended tools and hardware list, which is also available for purchase, we make the installation process as simple as possible for wherever you are in the world.

With decades of experience working alongside our international customers, we possess the necessary tools and experience to make the shipping and installation process as easy as possible. Some of our latest achievements include providing supervisory services for bolted tank projects in Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Japan, Qatar and Chile. Our presence in these countries only serves to showcase how far our capabilities expand and the global impact the Superior Tank brand has on the potable water, fire protection, wastewater and crude oil industries. Whether it be providing potable water for a small village or servicing a 38MW Hydrocarbon Power Plant, there truly is no limit to where our Factory Powder Coated or Hot Dipped Galvanized bolted steel tanks can be of service. The quality and operating life of a storage tank is only as good as the Company who stands behind their product.

Superior Tank Website now available in Spanish!

To better accommodate all of our Spanish-speaking customers, Superior Tank has officially launched the Spanish text version of our recently remodeled website.

As a Hispanic-owned company, with many employees who speak Spanish, we understand the importance of making all information and resources readily available in Spanish so they may be easily consumed by all. We want to make sure that each of our clients and partners fully understand our processes and feel confident in communicating with us, so that we can begin to build the trust necessary to make your next bolted tank project a success.

Thank you to all of our customers worldwide for your continued support and we look forward to working with you on your next project.

National Fire Prevention Week 2019

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Agency, also known as NFPA, has sponsored the national public observance of Fire Prevention Week during the week of October 9th, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. As the longest-running public health observance in the United States, Fire Prevention Week aims to educate people of all ages on how to stay safe in the case of a fire, in an effort to drastically decrease the number of casualties caused by fires.

For Fire Prevention Week 2019, the campaign chosen by the NFPA is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” This campaign works to educate everyone about the small yet important actions each of us can take to keep both ourselves and those around us safe during a fire. Split second decisions can make all the difference on whether or not a safe escape is possible. In recent years, we’ve seen the possible devastation caused by fires to our wildland areas, our communities, and neighbors. This is why educational resources and related teachings during Fire Prevention Week are so critical to the safety of our communities, because not only do they prepare us for the incident but they give us the insight needed to make the right decision and react promptly under these dire circumstances.

For us at Superior Tank, the fire protection industry serves as one of our largest and most important markets. Every year, we ship hundreds of bolted and welded fire protection steel storage tanks from our manufacturing facilities to customers around the world, as part of both small- and large-scale projects designed to suppress fires. Our fire protection storage tanks are designed to meet the specifications of any fire suppression, fire sprinkler, building, or wildland fire protection project. Backed with decades of knowledge and experience, Superior Tank has the ability to provide both NFPA compliant and FM Approved certified storage tanks, giving you the peace of mind needed when dealing with stringent specifications and agency inspections.

We are committed to providing each customer with a quality storage fire protection tank prepared to operate consistently at a high performing level to ensure the safety of their facility and employees. As described by the NFPA, A hero can also be…someone who takes small, but important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.” We only hope that our storage tanks can act as that important action designed keep each and every one our customers fully prepared and safe from any and all fire threats.

Visit our Fire Protection page to learn more about our bolted and welded steel storage tanks, our certifications and updates regarding our product line. Also, be sure to follow us on social media throughout Fire Prevention Week as we showcase some of our fire protection storage tanks, tips on how stay safe during a fire, and showcase our newest product, the Heli-Hydrant!

#TankedTuesday – Sherwood Forest Campground

Location: Lesterville, MO
Tank Finish: Powder Coated
Application: Fire Protection

Industry: Fire Protection
Tank Standard: AWWA D-103
Capacity: 43,300 Gallons

Superior Tank Co., Inc. partnered with the Murray Company to install a new 43,000 gallon fire protection storage tank for the Sherwood Forest Campground in Lesterville, MO. Recently, Sherwood Forest Campground engaged in an aggressive building campaign to provide additional staff and camper cabins, an education center, new dining hall and kitchen, and a new health lodge to the campgrounds.

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#TankedTuesday – Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 709 Training Center

Location: Whittier, CA
Year Completed: 2019
Industry: Fire Protection

Tank Finish: Factory Powder Coated
Tank Standard: AWWA D-103
Application: Fire Sprinkler Training Center

Capacity: 13,400 Gallons

Fire sprinkler systems silently protect millions of Americans on a daily basis. When fire sprinklers are installed, the causality rate during a fire decreases by a whopping 81%. These essential yet complex fire sprinkler systems are designed and installed by highly qualified technicians with thousands of hours of certified training.

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Protecting a Precious Resource

water week 2019

Drinking Water is the essence of life and Superior Tank is proud to support the 2019 AWWA Drinking Water Week! Drinking Water Week was conceived over 40 years ago by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to promote the vital role drinking water has in our lives. Only 1% of the water on earth is suitable to drink and without water a human can only survive 4-7 days. Drinking Water Week highlights the need to reduce water consumption and protect the various sources of drinking water including lakes, underground aquifers and rivers. Here are some basic ways you can make an impact!

  • Turning off the water when brushing your teeth saves up to 4 gallons of water.
  • Taking shorter showers as 10-minute shower can use 20 gallons of water!
  • 30% of total water consumption is outdoor use and only watering landscape when needed can reduce this percentage 0% of total water consumption is outdoor use and only watering landscape
  • Fixing running / leaking toilets can save 200 gallons per day
  • Use a hose with automatic shut off nozzle when washing your car or take to automatic car wash which recycles water
  • Upgrade to water efficient dishwashers and clothes washers: ask your local water agency if rebates are available!
  • Soak up any outdoor oil spills with absorbent then discard into trash
  • Repair cars with fluid leaks to avoid storm water contamination
Superior Tank is privileged to play a role in storing the precious resource of drinking water. Our bolted and welded steel water tanks are a key element in the drinking water distribution infrastructure, ensuring millions of people around the world can store drinking water in a secure and sanitary manner. Our storage tanks are second to none in quality and meet or exceed the worldwide accepted standards for potable water storage set by the AWWA such as the D100 and D103. In addition, we can provide bolted steel tanks with NSF 61/372 Certification for drinking water storage. Our powder coating system is one of the most environmentally friendly coatings available! We utilize an NSF Certified epoxy powder coating on the interior of our bolted tanks for potable water storage. Additionally, our application process reduces water consumption as it does not use water as the powder coating is applied dry in our production facility. Connect with us via social media for other ways you can help Protect the Source!

Changes to ladder safety requirements have arrived!

The Federal OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Standards requirements for fall protection on fixed ladders were revised in October of 2016 with some new requirements becoming effective after November 19, 2018. This revision relates to all ladders including those installed on bolted and welded steel ground storage tanks. All new ladders installed after November 19, 2018 extending over 24’ above a lower level must include a ladder safety or personal fall arrest system. Existing ladders, defined as ladders installed before November 19, 2018 must be equipped with one of the following items: ladder cage, ladder safety system or personal fall arrest system. All new ladders installed after November 19, 2018 will not be able to use a ladder cage as the exclusive fall protection method. Ladder cages will still be able to be used provided they are combined with a primary fall protection method such as a ladder safety or fall arrest system and the cage does not interfere with the primary system. After November, 19, 2036 all existing ladders not in compliance with the requirements for new ladders will need to be retrofitted to have either a ladder safety or personal fall arrest system.

A ladder safety system is designed to eliminate the possibility of your employees falling from the ladder. Similarly, a fall arrest system stops the fall before the worker impacts the surface below.

Ladder Safety Systems Commonly Includes

  • Lanyard
  • Connectors
  • Body harness
  • Carrier
  • Safety sleeve

Fall Arrest Systems Commonly Includes

  • Lanyard
  • Connectors
  • Body harness
  • Positioning system
  • Travel restraint system/deacceleration device

Ladder Cages Commonly Includes

  • Enclosure surrounding climbing space of ladder
For all new and existing fixed ladders with heights less than 24’ above a lower level, no fall protection is required by OSHA but ladder cages, ladder safety systems, or fall arrest systems can be used if desired.
Ladder Height and Installation DateHeight above Lower LevelFall Protection RequiredLadder CageLadder Safety SystemFall Arrest System
Existing Ladders (installed before 11/19/18)>24′YesMMM
New Ladders (installed after 11/19/18)>24′YesO ²MM
All Ladders after 11/19/36>24′YesO ²MM
All Ladders≤ 24′NoOOO
O = Optional, Not Required M = Meets OSHA Requirement ¹ Only 1 of the acceptable fall protection methods is needed to satisfy OSHA requirements ² Cannot be used exclusively, Must be combined with Ladder Safety System or Fall Arrest System

Another change in the regulation is the requirement of resting platforms. After November 19, resting platforms are required at maximum 50’ intervals when a cage is used and 150’ maximum intervals when a personal fall arrest or ladder safety system is used. Under the old regulation the maximum distance was only 30’ for each segment and if a safety device was used on a ladder for tower, water tank or chimney, a platform was not required at all.

In addition to ladder systems, Superior Tank offers other equipment to keep your workers safe while working with ground storage tanks. For example, tie-points at various locations on the tank such as around the roof hatch provide a suitable anchor for fall protection systems. Also, extending roof railing and installing OSHA required self-closing gates at openings can also prevent worker falls.

Please note, your local regulations may differ as select areas have regulations independent of Federal OSHA Requirements.  Our safety experts can recommend the right equipment to prevent injuries to your workers and comply with OSHA requirements to avoid fines and penalties. Contact us today to see how we can help!

Update to NFPA Standards for Water Storage

The NFPA 22 2018 edition was recently released with some changes that will impact the design of bolted steel tanks for fire protection. These revisions will reduce the costs of bolted steel tanks without compromising quality or performance. Below is a comparison of the latest changes to the NFPA 22:  
Criteria2013 NFPA 222018 NFPA 22
In tank electric immersion heaters allowedNoYes
Bolted tank floor sheets placed directly on 4 mill polyethylene baseYesNo
Minimum tank ringwall foundation embedment2’-6” or below frost depth1’-0” or below frost depth
Minimum discharge pipe size< 25,000 gallons = 6” dia. <100,000 gallons = 10” dia. >100,000 gallons = 10” dia.6” dia. and based on hydraulic demand
Minimum bottom ring thickness3/16” or use reduced tensile capacity equationStandard AWWA D103 requirements
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Fire Season is coming soon!

Fire season is approaching fast and taking a few steps will ensure your bolted and welded storage tanks are ready:

  • Inspection of liquid level indicator to ensure accuracy
  • Confirm controls and valves are operating properly
  • Install seismic flex couplings on connections to prevent rupture
  • Fit tank with Storz fire department connections
  • Clean/inspect roof vents for sufficient airflow during high draw
  • Remove excess sediment from tank bottom to prevent sediment from being drawn into firefighting equipment

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