• It’s that time of the year when the caps will be flying high with graduation ceremonies. UPM would like to celebrate these achievements.

    Wyatt Gantenbein, son of Sharon Gantenbein in our Hartford office, graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with his master's degree in Secondary Education. Wyatt has accepted a teaching position at Greenland Central School. He will begin instructing 7th and 8th grade students in mathematics classes this fall. Congratulations Wyatt! Alyssa Bragg graduated from Cary-Grove High School with a GPA of 4.695 out of 4. Daughter of Genana Bragg in our Chicago office, Alyssa’s academic achievements include being named a National Merit Scholarship commended (top 3% of students...
  • United Performance Metals Honors Our Veterans

    Towns and cities across our nation celebrated Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. One such celebration included a parade in South Windsor, Connecticut where UPM’s own Jeff Adams participated as a very special chauffer. Driving his 1923 Ford Model T Runabout, Jeff had the privilege of transporting James H. Throwe, an 89-year-old veteran of the U.S. armed forces, through the parade route. Mr. Throwe, a local South Windsor resident, retired attorney and former mayor of South Windsor, dedicated more than 60 years of his life in service to our...
  • Cincy Magazine Named UPM One of the Best Places to Work!

    United Performance Metals (UPM) received a MANNY Award and was recognized as a Best Place to Work by Cincy Magazine. Manufacturers from across greater Cincinnati were honored at the 13 th annual MANNY Awards, presented by Cincy Magazine , for achievements in five categories: Best Place to Work, New Product Development/Innovation, Job Creation, Biggest Breakthrough and Top Growth. The MANNY Awards are committed to recognizing the manufacturing industry’s greatest accomplishments. In doing so, they honor local companies, like United Performance Metals, for their innovation and best practices....
  • UPM Wears Blue for Kids

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. Across the country, organizations such as the Children’s’ Bureau and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging communities to wear blue in recognition of child abuse awareness and prevention. UPM staff members embraced the opportunity to show their support. It was a small step that provided an opportunity to discuss the very real cycle of child abuse that exists today. Through education and action, we can work together to support local organizations dedicated to supporting those in crisis. Want to lend...
  • UPM Chicago Supports TLS Veterans in Northern Illinois

    It’s super-chilly in many parts of the country, with frigid temperatures and below-zero wind chill. None of that stopped members of UPM’s Chicago branch from bundling up and heading outside for an ice fishing tournament. You read it correctly…an ice fishing tournament…in winter…in the Northern Illinois! Saturday, March 2 marked the 10 th annual ice fishing derby presented by the Lake View Villa Association in, Wauconda, Illinois. The catch and release tournament took place on Bangs Lake. With 353 adults and 43 children participating in 2019, it has become the largest and most successful ice...
  • Seven Common Accident Causes

    Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident. Unsafe acts cause four times as many accidents and injuries as unsafe conditions. Accidents occur for many reasons. In most industries people tend to look for "things" to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes," such as those listed below. Remember...Safety First! Taking shortcuts Being overconfident Starting a task with Incomplete instructions Poor housekeeping Ignoring procedures Mental distractions from work Failure to pre-plan work
  • Four Seconds to Safety

    Perhaps the best tool to come along is the Field Level Risk Assessment or Job Hazard Analysis. This is a tool that makes everyone stop and think about the different risks associated with the task. This exercise greatly reduced the number and severity of injuries where this was done. Simply take a four-second “reset”. Take four seconds before starting a new or familiar task. This act of refocusing has been shown to reduce the probability of an injury incident by more than 90% versus not taking the four seconds. You may have done the task you are about to perform thousands of times before. In...
  • 2019 UPM Pinnacle Award Recipients

    The Pinnacle is known as the highest point of achievement. United Performance Metals created the new Pinnacle Award to recognize our employees who have contributed exceptional service to the company, and to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Nominations for the award are based upon peer recognition, through UPM’s Be the Difference - High Five Awards , Senior Management Team recommendation and exceeding individual and team metrics and objectives while epitomizing the core values of the organization. We’re proud to announce the first Pinnacle Awards were granted to the following top...
  • Safety is Common Sense

    According to safety professionals, four of five serious injuries are the result of workers not being sensible on the job and taking unnecessary chances. Common sense on the job is irreplaceable. Common Sense “Smarts” include: Always wear the proper personal protective equipment. Don’t over exert yourself – get help with heavy tasks. Don’t over extend yourself when on ladders – and risk losing your balance. Always use the proper tool for the job. Concentrate on your work. Look for unsafe acts or unsafe working conditions – and then report them. Watch out for others – remember you are part of a...
  • Photo Gallery from Aerospace Alley®

    United Performance Metals was proud to participate in the Aerospace Components Manufacturers Show on November 7 th . The ACM tradeshow has become the premier opportunity for customers to see, first hand, the broad capabilities of the suppliers in Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts' aerospace supply chain. Equally important is the opportunity for ACM's members to meet and establish networked business opportunities with each other. As part of this tradeshow, ACM holds a "Future WorkForce Opportunities" Fair. Students and teachers visited from 33 schools across Connecticut and...