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									All in the Family
N.J. company Crafts Specialty Equipment for Nuclear Power Plants
                                                                                                                                                  the demanding and exacting work of designing
                                                                                                                                                  and fabricating pressure vessels, heat exchangers
                                                                                                                                                  and other specialty items for the nuclear energy,
                                                                                                                                                  oil, chemical and petrochemical industries.
                                                                                                                                                      Started as Joseph Oat and Sons, the business
                                                                                                                                                  remained in the Oat family until the late 1800s,
                                                                                                                                                  when the company’s accountant purchased it and
                                                                                                                                                  Joseph Oat Corp. was born. In 1966, the privately
                                                                                                                                                  held firm was sold to Maurice Holtz and Martin




                                                                                                             PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSEPH OAT CORP.
                                                                                                                                                  Kaplan, who continues as chief executive officer.
                                                                                                                                                  Kaplan’s son, Ron, is president of operations and
                                                                                                                                                  runs day-to-day operations. Holtz’s son, Michael,
                                                                                                                                                  is president of engineering.
                                                                                                                                                      “This is an independently run, family business,
                                                                                                                                                  and there aren’t many of those left anymore,” said
                                                                                                                                                  Ron Kaplan, whose son Justin began working at
A Joseph Oat worker aligns the lid to the top of a multi-canister overpack destined for the Department                                            the company this summer, making Joseph Oat
of Energy’s Hanford, Wash., complex.                                                                                                              Corp. a three-generation endeavor. “I hope there
                                                                                                                                                  is a future in this business for people like him.”
       hen Jesse Oat began selling copper kettles           When Oat designed copper plates and lamps                                                 Four years ago, Joseph Oat Corp. was awarded
W      and utensils on the streets of Philadelphia in
1788, he could not have imagined that his compa-
                                                        more than 200 years ago, his chief competitor was
                                                        Paul Revere. Today, the company he founded with
                                                                                                                                                  a contract to fabricate 400 containers for used
                                                                                                                                                  nuclear fuel at the Department of Energy’s
ny would be alive and well in the 21st century.         his son, Joseph, competes with other U.S. firms in                                        Hanford, Wash., complex. The robust, highly



  Training Center Sharpens Skills of Sheet Metal Workers
      xtensive training helps welders like those at     for a computer mouse.
  E   Joseph Oat Corp. keep their skills sharp. In
  Philadelphia, Local 19 of the Sheet Metal Workers
                                                        It is one of 168 such
                                                        centers across the U.S.
  International Association and the Sheet Metal         funded by the union
  Contractors Association of Philadelphia have built    and the Sheet Metal
  a training center that develops skilled sheet metal   and Air Conditioning
  apprentices and journeypersons.                       Contractors’ National
      “This training center represents our philoso-     Association.
  phy that together we do it better,” said Vince             The center’s four-year
  Panvini of the Sheet Metal Workers International      apprentice program
  Association. “This is a joint labor-management        requires 864 hours of
  program that puts resources back into the             classroom instruction        PHOTO COURTESY OF LOCAL 19, SHEET METAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOC.


  ndustry.”                                             and on-the-job training. Through Drexel                      James Cook uses a Shotridge electronic
      The center, completed in 1986, features weld-     University in Philadelphia, apprenticeship gradu-            micromanometer to take face velocity
  ing training stations, a fabrication shop, clean      ates can earn 42 credits that can be applied to              readings on a chemical fume cabinet at
  rooms and classrooms with computer worksta-           a college degree. The two-year journeyperson                 Local 19’s training center.
  tions where students put aside welding torches        curriculum includes 300 hours of training.




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engineered multi-canister overpacks, or MCOs, are
built to strict standards established by the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers for the manufacture
                                                        Security Report Card Awards Top
of nuclear plant components. About 380 canisters
will have been shipped by the end of September.
                                                        Marks to U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
    The 14-foot stainless steel MCOs are approximate-         merica’s nuclear power plants are at the head    one “B” was awarded for airline passenger
ly two feet in diameter. Empty, each canister weighs
about 3,500 pounds. That weight will increase to
                                                        A     of the class, according to a homeland security
                                                        report card issued this summer by a Washington,
                                                                                                               security.
                                                                                                                   Since September 2001, security forces at
about 10 tons when the MCOs are filled with used        D.C., policy organization.                             nuclear plants have been increased by 33 percent
fuel and lifted from Hanford’s basins.                      The Progressive Policy Institute, the policy arm   to more than 7,000 officers at 67 sites. In 2001,
    Joseph Oat’s reach goes beyond the United States.   of the Democratic Leadership Council, awarded          the industry averaged $5 million per site on secu-
The company recently furnished a significant amount     an “A” grade to the nation’s nuclear power plants      rity-related expenditures. Those expenditures are
of equipment for the Lungmen nuclear project in         in its “America at Risk: A Homeland Security           expected to grow to $7.3 million per site this year.
Taiwan, and is now quoting similar equipment for a      Report Card.” The study covered seven major                The industry has instituted additional security
Finnish nuclear power plant.                            categories, ranging from intelligence and cyber-       measures since Sept. 11, such as:
    Kaplan appreciates the solid engineering of         security to national borders and airports.
nuclear power plants. “They are the safest plant you        “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in reac-       ■ extending and fortifying security perimeters
can build,” he said. “And they are the cleanest, most   tion to the Sept. 11 attacks, quickly issued height-   ■ increasing patrols within security zones
energy-efficient power plants.”                         ened security regulations for all nuclear power        ■ installing new barriers to protect against
    Although founded in the City                        plants,” the report said. “Overall, the nuclear        vehicle bombs
of Brotherly Love, the company                          power industry has spent nearly $400 million           ■ installing additional high-tech surveillance
moved more than 30 years ago                            on additional security since the attacks.              equipment
across the Delaware River to                                “If anything, the NRC could be faulted for         ■ strengthening coordination of security efforts
Camden, N.J., and its new home at the South Jersey      overkill, as nuclear power plants have always been     with local, state and federal agencies to integrate
Port Corp., a government-owned industrial park.         extremely secure and additional security measures      approaches among the entities.
This was the former location of the New York            may not be the best use of resources,” the study
Shipbuilding Corp., which constructed more than         noted.                                                     “Nuclear power plants were already very
500 ships at its Camden site between 1900 and 1967.         The institute analyzed data and solicited input    secure before Sept. 11 and are even more so
    In rooms where ceilings soar more than 40 feet,     from outside experts and government employees.         now,” said Shane Ham, senior policy analyst at
Joseph Oat workers use various welding techniques—      No other “A’s” were given in the report and only       the Progressive Policy Institute.
robotic, semiautomatic and manual—to seal the
seams of vessels up to 20 feet in diameter and 200
feet long. Employees are building the Hanford canis-
ters in a completely enclosed 20,000-square-foot          Now Hear This
clean room. Air in the clean room is filtered six to
eight times an hour, keeping the equipment clean        “Surveys indicate that
and free of contaminants.                               most people aren’t leery
    The MCOs, like all nuclear power equipment, are
                                                        of nuclear power, but most
thoroughly examined and tested before leaving the
Joseph Oat facility. Recent quality assurance audits    people think other people
have affirmed the high standards to which Joseph Oat    are. ... Water, lead and
operates.                                               concrete keep radiation
    “These canisters are inspected through radiogra-
                                                        contained. ... Myths need
phy, helium leak, liquid-penetrant and hydrostatic
pressure testing,” said Edward Marinock, vice presi-    to be contained, too.”
dent of sales and marketing at Joseph Oat. “Every                —Dave Rasdal, columnist
one of these canisters is tested, and tested, and                 The Gazette,
tested again.”                                                    Cedar Rapids, Iowa




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