A pair of toxic anhydrous ammonia leaks caused Interstate 90 between Dexter and Elkton to be shut down for hours while a cloud of the chemical moved through. There were no injuries, the fire department reports.
This morning we had the privilege of unloading our two new Vilter Single Screws for the new engine room. These are the first single screws at GCAP and are excited to showcase these machines. It has been a pleasure working with Vilter and especially want to thank Sam Gladis.
The Vilter Single Screw compressor is a rotary, positive displacement compressor which incorporates a main screw and two gaterotors. Compression of the gas is accomplished by the engagement of the two gaterotors with the helical grooves in the main screw. The drive shaft imparts rotary motion to the main screw which in turn drives the intermeshed gaterotors.
Look what just arrived at GCAP! We are proud to showcase this great compressor package at our school. Two compressor packages sitting on one package with common oil separator and thermosyphon oil cooling. Very impressive and look forward to firing these up. We call this twins within twins.
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Three area women have been named the first recipients of the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship funded by the Garden City Ammonia Program (GCAP) and presented by the Western Kansas Community Foundation.
The scholarship fund, named in memory of 16-year Garden City Fire Department veteran Ronnie Peek who died during training exercises in January 2015, was established by Randy and Rachel Williams and their son Jeremy Williams to honor Finney County first responders who provide for public safety. The fund provides three $1,000 scholarships for the children and stepchildren of Garden City Fire Department, Garden City Police Department and Finney County EMS employees.
Maria Klarissa Calvillo, Garden City, Abbygail Hogan, Cimarron, and Brianna Pauley, Holcomb, were each awarded $1,000 scholarships on August 14 and have the distinction of being the first recipients of the newly created scholarships.
Calvillo, a Garden City freshman at Kansas State University majoring in psychology and women’s studies, is the daughter of Garden City Senior Master Patrol Officer Gabe Calvillo. She is involved in Friends of Four Paws, K-State Dance Marathon, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, National Society of Collegiate Scholars- K-State Chapter and is a UNITY event coordinator. She maintains a 3.52 GPA.
Additionally, Calvillo is a first-generation college student and plans to complete her undergraduate degree in psychology at KSU and pursue a mater’s degree at the University of Kansas in clinical psychology. She plans to work with victims of sexual abuse.
Abbygail Hogan, daughter of Tom and Lisa Hogan, Cimarron, earned the EMS scholarship. Her father is a Finney County paramedic and her mother is a realtor with Regan & Co. with an EMT certification. She is a junior at Kansas State University, and throughout high school she was involved in 4-H and was elected to the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council where she served for two years. As a high school senior, she received the Key Award which is only given to the top 10 percent of 4-Hers and is based on leadership involvement along with community service.
While a student at Garden City Community College, Hogan was a student athletic trainer and tutor who later achieved Master Tutor status. She was also an active volunteer with her church playing piano and hand bells for services, teaching Sunday school and confirmation classes, visiting nursing homes, helping with election campaigns and in the local public library.
Hogan plans to major in athletic training and said she would like to work in a military setting upon completion of her certification. She plans to add EMT or paramedic training to her repertoire of skills and to eventually pursue a master’s degree.
Brianna Pauley, daughter of Katy and GCPD Sergeant Paul Pauley, Holcomb, is the third recipient of the Peek Scholarship. She plans to become a homicide detective and is beginning her studies this fall at Garden City Community College.
Pauley is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America, vocal and instrumental music, student senate, and sports including basketball, cross country, and track. During her high school studies she maintained a 3.78 GPA.
No stranger to volunteerism, Pauley has spent time on her church’s mission trips building houses for families in Mexico, helping with vacation Bible school, helping with her church’s Fixin’ and a Paintin’ work days, serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer, and served at the ABC Pregnancy Banquet for the past two years. She has been a partner with the children in Families Together and was a representative to the Lutheran Youth Fellowship of Kansas. She also works part-time at Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
Pauley’s plans after completing a criminal justice degree at GCCC are to enroll in a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree in sociology before completing her training in homicide case work.
Funding to continue the yearly awards will be provided from the proceeds gleaned from GCAP’s annual Region 7 Ammonia Safety Day held each May at Kansas City Community College. The Williamses, along with several other staff members and instructors, present refresher courses and training throughout the entire day to 350-400 participants. They provide recertification and OSHA training to groups of technicians with varied skill levels and skill sets.
The scholarships have been set up and will be managed by Western Kansas Community Foundation.
These two new machines came in today and will be part of GCAP’s new engine room for Technician 1. We are very excited to see this equipment and look forward to setting them. One is thermosyphon oil cooled, VFD and the other is liquid injection slide valve(s). Six more compressors arrive in the next 20 days. The freezers are almost done as well and starting to run piping to the engine room. Look for pictures soon.
Look at what arrived this week. These are the first 2 of 12 new compressors that will be in GCAP’s new engine room. Getting very excitided around here and would like to thank Mayekawa for their support. One of the screws is liquid injection with automatic control the other is thermosiphon.
GCAP is proud to have the first ever running NewTon 3000 manufactured by Mayekawa installed in the US. The voyage to get it here started in 2009 when GCAP traveled to Japan. The system was operational in August of 2012. Here is a link to this story.
GCAP offers CO2 Technician training about every 3 months and has trained over 100 professionals in the new adventure with CO2 applications for both industrial and commercial refrigeration. For class dates see this link.
CIMCO Refrigeration partners with Mayekawa to bring the NH3/CO2 Newton 3000 to the U.S. In order to offer a new industrial solution to our market and trying to avoid some of the pitfalls of large-scale NH3 processes, including large charges and inventories throughout the plant. This package is pre-fabricated and low-charge for the ammonia side, with automatic controls, single or two stage design, with option ecomonization. It will include a semi-hermeitc IPM motor for the screws. GCAP is very proud to say they have the first running semi-hermetic ammonia screw compressor running the the United States for ammonia design.
To date, around 500 NewTons have been successfully installed, and GCAP was at the celebration in Japan last year when they reached 300. In the U.S, CIMCO recently completed its second installation in California. CIMCO says they have another 10 projects with the NewTon in the workings.
NH3/ CO2 cascade refrigeration system for a grocery store remodel proves energy savings.
We look forward to this growth and look forward to be in the best position to offer training on this design and system.
In support of President Obama’s Climate Action, under this final rule, various hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and HFC-containing blends that were previously listed as acceptable alternatives under the SNAP program are now listed as unacceptable for specific uses. This rule is part of the SNAP program’s continuous review of alternatives to find those that pose less overall risk to human health and the environment. Specifically, this action changes the listing status for certain HFCs in various end-uses in the aerosols, refrigeration and air conditioning, and foam blowing sectors. This action also changes the status from acceptable to unacceptable for certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) being phased out of production under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and section 605(a) of the Clean Air Act, where substitutes are available that pose overall lower risk to human health and/or the environment.
GCAP remembers Ronnie Peek with annual scholarships for public safety employees’ children
To honor the Finney County men and women who provide for its citizens public safety, Garden City Ammonia Program, also known as G.C.A.P., has established the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship Fund that will provide three $1,000 scholarships for the children and stepchildren of the Garden City Police department, Garden City Fire Department, and Finney County EMS.
The scholarship fund was named in memory of 16-year Garden City fire department veteran Ronnie Peek who died during training exercises in January 2015. “We have done safety training with the GCFD for a lot of years and Ron had gone through many of our classes,” said Randy Williams, president of the Garden City Ammonia Program (GCAP). “We know these men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so we made the decision to offer scholarships for their children and stepchildren as a way of recognizing their efforts and saying thanks.”
The scholarships, which have been set up and will be managed by Western Kansas Community Foundation, will offer three $1,000 awards each year—one each for police, fire, and EMS. Only children and stepchildren of those departments’ employees are eligible for award consideration. These students must have graduated or be graduating from a Kansas high school, have attained a 2.5 or better GPA, and must complete a scholarship application form.
“The scholarships will be utilized toward the student’s tuition and/or books,” said Shea Sinclair, Western Kansas Community Foundation executive director. “The post-secondary school must be accredited and may be a four- or two-year college, a vocational-technical program, or other state-recognized certification program. We are so pleased and honored to be part of helping make this scholarship available to the children of those who serve and protect in Finney County.”
Funding to continue the yearly awards will be provided from the proceeds gleaned from the Region 7 Ammonia Safety Day held each May at the Kansas City Community College. Williams, along with his son Jeremy and several other staff members and instructors, present refresher courses and training throughout an entire day to 350-400 participants. Vendors are also on hand to display and demonstrate the latest equipment and technology being used in ammonia and carbon dioxide refrigeration, boiler operations, and process safety management.
“We provide recertification and OSHA training to groups of technicians with varied skill levels and sets,” said Williams. “We understand the importance of education and the challenges that can arise when trying to pay for that education. From Ron’s tragedy came the opportunity for us to offer some help as well as to show our appreciation for these unsung heroes. It’s a start.”