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SRS Crisafulli Congratulates Miss Montana 2012 Contestants

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

SRS Crisafulli is a fan of the Miss Montana Scholarship Program.  Glendive Montana is the home of the SRS Crisafulli factory as well as the Miss Montana and Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Programs.  The Town of Glendive hosts a parade followed by three nights of competition ending with the crowning ceremony.

Wikipedia hosts some interesting and entertaining historical Miss Montana facts.  The first competition took place in 1939.  Ten years later, in 1949, after Miss Montana Carol Fraser's
"horse nearly fell into the orchestra pit, the use of live animals was banned from Miss America talent presentations."  In 1970, Miss Montana Jane Opp "took over title after original winner Kathy Huppe resigned due to pageant officials asking her to stop speaking out against the Vietnam War."

Today MissMontana.com describes the program as "the Miss Montana Scholarship Program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities to young women to promote their voices in culture, politics, and the community." 

Meet this year's Miss Montana and Miss Montana's Oustanding Teen winners:

Miss Montana

Miss Montana Alexis Wineman from Cut Bank is an art major at the University of Montana.  Her platform is autism awareness.  Read more in the Billings Gazette.  Photo Credit:  missmontana.com

 

Miss Montana Outstanding Teen 
Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Moira Flynn Shea From Helena.  Miss Shea's platform is skin cancer prevention and education.  Photo Credit:  missmontana.com

Once again, the contestants made our day last Monday by stopping by the SRS Crisafulli factory for a photo shoot.  There were 7 Miss Montana and 11 Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen Contestants.  The day was a little windy and a bit chilly but these hardy Montana gals made the annual event a fun success! 

Here are some parade day photos:


Watch amateur staff video excerpts of the photo shoot.

Topics: srs crisafulli, Montana, Articles, Glendive

SRS Crisafulli Takes Notice of New Technology in Floating Wetlands

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

SRS Crisafulli spotlights an article from the magazine WaterWorld titled "Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons" by Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D.  Dr. Reinsel is a Professional Engineer who focuses on treating mining and other industrial wastewaters through biological, chemical and physical processes.

The article introduces us to research on floating treatment wetlands (FTW) and discusses FTW's ability to reduce nutrient levels in lagoons, including small municipal systems with average flows between 12 - 16 gallons per minute.

These studies review and compare the effectiveness of applications in wastewater treatment lagoons, raw wastewater, ponds and lakes, and agricultural runoff into waterways.  The earliest study conducted was for a Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) grant.  The Rehberg Ranch, a planned community near Billings Montana, is one of the sites for this FTW study.

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Rehberg Ranch Residential Subdivision, Billings, Montana.  Photo Credit:  Midwest Floating Island, LLC

Midwest Floating Island, LLC has published case studies summarizing FTW technology. Case studies include the Rehberg Ranch lagoon, McLean's Pit Landfill in New Zealand and an alternative nesting habitat in California. 

The Midwest Floating Island FTWs are constructed of post-consumer polymer fibers, vegetated with native plants.  FTWs mimic the ability of natural wetlands to clean water by bringing a "concentrated wetland effect" to any water body - in this case, an aerated wastewater lagoon.

Read the WaterWorld article Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons.

About the author:  Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D., P.E., is President of Apex Engineering. Dr. Reinsel has 27 years of experience in consulting, industry and academia.

Learn about the colorful history of Rehberg Ranch.

Submit your own Crisafulli product experience case history.

Watch Crisafulli product videos.

Shop the Crisafulli product catalog.

 

 

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, lagoon, Montana, Articles, habitat remediation

SRS Crisafulli Survey: Silty Rivers of the World

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

In Steven Solomon's book Water, The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilizationhe lists some of the world's siltiest rivers.  Which river do you think is the most silty?  Let's take a closer look at 5 silty rivers.

A quick search on Wikipedia revealed the following data.

The Colorado River

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 Photo Source:  Planetware.com; Horseshoe bend on the Colorado River in Arizona

The Colorado River is the principal river of the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. The 1,450-mile (2,330 km) river is a vital source of water for agricultural and urban areas in the southwestern desert lands of North America. The river and its tributaries are controlled by an extensive system of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts, which furnish water for irrigation and municipal supplies of almost 40 million people both inside and outside the watershed.

The Colorado's steep drop through its gorges is also utilized for the generation of significant hydroelectric power, and its major dams regulate peaking power demands in much of the Intermountain West. Since the mid-20th century, intensive water consumption has dewatered the lower course of the river such that it no longer reaches the sea except in years of heavy runoff.

The Nile

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 Photo Source:  ancient-egypt.info; Ancient Egypt Nile River

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. It is 6,650 km (4,130 miles) long. It runs through the ten countries of Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.

The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile. The Blue Nile is the source of most of the water and fertile soil.  The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times.

The Yellow River

The Yellow River
 The Yellow River at the Hukou Falls

The Yellow River or Huang He, formerly spelled Hwang Ho, is the second-longest river in China after the Yangtze and the sixth-longest in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 kilometers (3,395 mi).  Originating in the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai Province in western China, it flows through nine provinces of China and empties into the Bohai Sea.

Frequent devastating floods and course changes produced by the continual elevation of the river bed, sometimes above the level of its surrounding fields, has also earned it the name "China's Sorrow." 

 
The Yangtze

The Yangtze River
The first turn of the Yangtze at Shigu (石鼓) in Yunnan Province,
where the river turns 180 degrees from south- to north-bound

The Yangtze, Yangzi or Cháng Jiāng is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the PRC's population.

The prosperous Yangtze River Delta generates as much as 20% of the PRC's GDP.  For thousands of years, man has used the river for water, irrigation, sanitation, transportation, industry, boundary-marking and war. The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the largest hydro-electric power station in the world.  In recent years, the river has suffered from industrial pollution, agricultural run-off, siltation, and loss of wetland and lakes, which exacerbates seasonal flooding.


The Yellowstone River

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 The Yellowstone River At (SRS Crisafulli Factory Location) Glendive, Montana

The Yellowstone River  is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 692 miles (1,114 km) long, in the western United States. Considered the principal tributary of the upper Missouri, the river and its tributaries drain a wide area stretching from the Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of the Yellowstone National Park across the mountains and high plains of southern Montana and northern Wyoming.

In Montana the river has been used extensively for irrigation since the 1860s. In its upper reaches, within Yellowstone Park and the mountains of Montana, it is a popular destination for fly fishing. 

 

Which of our 5 rivers do you think is the world's siltiest river? (Choose one below.)

The Colorado
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 The NileAncient Egypt Nile River resized 600

The Yellow
The Yellow River

 The YangtzeThe Yangtze River

The Yellowstone
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Topics: Montana, habitat remediation, river dredging, Glendive

Direct to Montana

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

Our friend, Governor Schweitzer, is in New York City this week promoting Montana tourism:  “go to Montana to see how it was.” 

His friend, David Letterman, hosted him on the Late Show last night.

Of great interest to me was Governor Schweitzer’s announcement of the direct from New York to somewhere in Montana flight, which I had heard rumored.  I am a frequent commuter from our home near New York City to SRS Crisafulli’s manufacturing plant in Eastern Montana.  The idea of a direct flight is appealing.

So, the answer is...

Starting on June 9, and running on Saturdays through September 1, for $600 on United Airlines, you can catch a flight from Newark, New Jersey (airport code EWR) at 8:30 in the morning Eastern Time, and be in Bozeman, Montana (airport code BZN) at 10:15 am Mountain Time, a four hour forty-two minutes elapsed time direct flight.  The following Saturday, if you get to the Bozeman airport by noon, you will be back in Newark by 6:00, a four hour elapsed time flight, with good tail winds.

Bozeman Airport
 Photo Credit:  bozemannet.com

So why Bozeman?  You’ve landed west of Billings, south of Helena, and 90 minutes to the north gate of the Yellowstone National Park.  Bozeman is the 4th largest city in the state - population 37,000. 

The city was founded in 1883. Bozeman is a college town at 4,820 feet, in the Bridger Mountains, the Tobacco Root Mountains, and the Big Belt Mountains, east of the Continental divide. 

Bozeman is a great launching place for a summer holiday, and only five and a half hours west of our town, Glendive, by road.

Well done, Governor!

Topics: srs crisafulli, Montana, Articles, Glendive, Governor Schweitzer

What is "Fishing?" SRS Crisafulli Studies Oil and Gas

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

Residents of Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota are fortunate to have access to many natural resources. 

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Paddlefishing on the Yellowstone River with SRS Crisafulli employees

Outdoor recreation is a popular past time here, with fishing at the top of the list.   Ask many residents here what kind of fish have they caught or what tool(s) they used to catch their trophy and their answers will become enthusiastic tales of "Well, there was that time when..."

There is another natural resource here that is quickly forming the base of a booming industry - oil, and if you pose the same fishing questions to members of that industry you will receive completely different answers.  'Fishing' in the oil and gas industry is a necessary activity, requiring specialized fishing tools and trained tool operators.

What does 'fishing' mean in the oil and gas industry?  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines fishing as:  the procedure of recovering lost or stuck equipment in the wellbore.  Lost or stuck equipment can be anything from a piece of scrap metal to a part of the drill stem, and must be recovered before work can proceed.

Because the type of 'fish' varies so much likewise the fishing-tool varies greatly as well.  For example cutters (tools used to separate portions of the 'fish') might be knives, chemicals or explosives.  The many types of fishing tools also include:

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Download National Oilwell Varco
Fishing
Tool brochure

 

  • overshot with junk basket
  • magnets
  • spear
  • taper tap

To see more fishing tools, National Oilwell Varco has published an extensive list of their various fishing tools.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about oil and gas regulation in North Dakota, North Dakota Oil and Gas Division, and in Montana, DNRC Montana Board of Oil and Gas .

Learn more about Crisafulli's FLUMP dredge for industrial applications.

Topics: srs crisafulli, Montana, Oil Production, Industrial Mining

One Thing Leads to Another, by SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

The Billings Gazette article by Jan Falstad about SRS Crisafulli, Inc. “Pumping Up Profits” ran last Sunday.  Promptly, I received an email from Russ Fletcher of MATR – Montana Associated Technology Roundtables.  By end of day, after a series a questions, Russ invited me to attend the Montana Ambassadors program in Billings at end of week.

Montana Ambassadors

The Montana Ambassadors program was delightful.  Fun.  Real.  They honored an Educator, an Entreprenuer, and a Business:  MSU President Waded Cruzado, Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants, and Stillwater Mining’s Frank McAllister.  Waded spoke about the constructive impact of the Land Grant University legislatation - the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890;  Sarah told very funny stories about her product development and launch;  and Frank handed out palladium jewelry to all the ladies in the room.

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Harold G Hamm,
Chairman and CEO
Continental Resources

We were also asked to Imagine the Possible by Governor Brian Schweitzer and Keynote Speaker Harold Hamm, founder of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, and CEO of Continental Resources, the largest leaseholder and driller in the Bakken Shale – which sits northeast of our rural community of Glendive.  Governor Schweitzer remarked that as governor, he has attended 30 funerals of Montana service men and women lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.   Domestic energy production will enable us to conserve and protect our treasures.  Governor Schweitzer also called out, “its engineers that will change the world.”

As part of the Ambassadors program, there was an energy panel, which included Scott Farris of TransCanada.  I was able to ask Scott a question regarding the proposed Baker onramp and the Bakken Oilfield production, which is currently going to market by road and rail.  The Keystone pipeline will have a total capacity of 850,000 barrels/day.  The onramp in Baker – which is 72 miles south of Glendive - will support 100,000 barrels/day from the Bakken fields, delivering the product at half the cost of rail.  Further, the Keystone Pipeline will sequester the Bakken production in batches, a detail which I was curious about.

Energy efficiency, getting resources to the right places at the lowest cost, optimizing flows, as pump people, these are the kinds of issues we at SRS Crisafulli think about.

More...

MSU President Waded Cruzado Honored by Montana Ambassadors as Educator of the Year   

SRS Crisafulli set sights on international markets - Billings Gazette

Montana Ambassadors 

Continental Resources

Domestic Energy Producers Alliance 

Governor’s Office press release about Baker onramp

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, Montana, mining, Glendive, Oil Production, Bakken Oilfield, pump people

SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming on "The Coming Jobs War", Part 2

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

More on The Coming Jobs War  - Polling about the Future

Jim Clifton is singing a very important song about the future.  He sings well.  His notes are clear.  His facts are as straight as a Gallup minute.  His priorities are our priorities – after all, he defined the priorities through his art, polling. 

 

CNBC Interview with Gallup's Jim Clifton

 

The Jobs War of 1970-2000

Our family lived through the Jobs War of 1970-2000, a tri-front war among the United States, Japan and Germany.  Jim Clifton claims it was a war nobody covered nor recorded.  In my parents’ house, we did not talk about the Korean War – although my father had served in the US Navy – but, we did talk about the Jobs War.  We were aware of the competition from Japan and Germany and their growing manufacturing superiority. 

My father, investment banker Richard Memhard, (my boss today), was a co-owner of a New Jersey based pile driver manufacturer called MKT Corporation.  I have many of the corporate records in our basement file cabinets.  MKT liquidated its business activity in 1980 in the face of steep competition from manufacturers in Germany and Japan.  The stockholders were able to liquidate their assets.  In fact, that liquidity event created the capital that became the down-payment to acquire the agricultural and oil field reserve pit pump manufacturer, the Crisafulli Pump Company, in 1982.

Mr. Clifton remembers that in 1970 it was strongly predicted that the United States’ growth would slow and Japan’s and Germany’s would soar, dropping America to third in the global GDP ranking, thereby losing its global authority.

Mr. Clifton would like all Americans to know that U.S. GDP today is nearly $15 trillion.  China’s GDP is only $5.745 trillion.  The U.S. GDP is 2.5 times that of China.  Japan’s GDP is third, and Germany is fourth.  

American citizens won the Job War of 1970-2000.  Go Team USA.

The problems that Clifton identifies for the future are growth, tending to global customers, and the American state of mind.   There is also the little problem of health care.

Chapter Eleven:  Fix Healthcare or Destroy Job Creation

According to Clifton, Americans grossly overuse doctors, pills, and all medical services and actually die younger than do the British, French, Canadians, and Germans.  Mr. Clifton does not provide any comparisons to the Chinese health care system, which was recently called The Sick Man of Asia.  Nonetheless, until the currently unaffordable US costs are reversed, and until Americans greatly improve their health behaviors, the country is at too much of a competitive disadvantage to win the global war for good jobs in the current thirty year war.

According to Mr. Clifton, there is no single act of leadership that has bigger money implications than simply doubling the number of fit Americans.  Fit American Manufacturers need to go on parade.

We are working out, Jim, and we love parades. 

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Topics: Montana, International Exports, Jim Clifton, Jobs