• Controlling Stress

    Many of us are faced with stress every day, but we might not know how to deal with it. It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships in our work and home. At work, stress can lead to distraction and cause an unfortunate accident. At home, stress can put a strain on family relationships. Stress usually occurs when there are changes in our lives and we feel that we don't have enough resources to deal with those changes and demands. People react and deal with stress differently, but common stress symptoms include upset stomach, fatigue,...
  • Dicken’s Village Brightens Up Our Connecticut Branch

    During the Christmas season, we often find ourselves reflecting on holidays from the past, sharing special memories, favorite recipes and tried and true family traditions. Many of us take what in the big scheme of things is a rather unusual amount of time transforming our homes into mini Christmas villages. We decorate our mailbox and our front porch, transform our mantel, our staircase, and our tabletops with candles, figurines, photographs and maybe even an elf. Some traditions include taking time to light a special candle each night. Others involve reading a story together as a family. Then...
  • Ursuline Academy Alum Pays It Forward and Wins State Championship

    It was a dream come true for UPM’s own Danielle Reinert as the varsity volleyball team from Ursuline Academy trudged their way from Division 1 state championship. Reinert, an inside sales representative, played for the school team from 2006-2009 under the guidance of beloved coach Jeni Case. After college, she wanted to give back her time and encouragement to other students at her alma matter. After working at the JV level, Reinert moved up to assistant coach of the varsity team, a position that was particularly special, as her younger sister, Lexi Reinert was also a part of the team and a...
  • Turkey + 30 Drive Gives More This Holiday Season

    Foodshare, a Connecticut organization working to end hunger, launched it’s annual “Turkey + 30” campaign this month. The donation and fundraising drive provides families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner. Local residents, organizations and businesses are asked to donate frozen turkeys and $30 or more to provide a holiday meal plus additional assistance for thousands of residents in the Greater Hartford area. United Performance Metals’ South Windsor, Connecticut office joyfully participated in the event. A donation was brought to the WFSB television station Wednesday morning. Foodshare has a...
  • The Compton Inititative

    TW Metals and United Performance Metals, both ONI companies partnered together this past Saturday, October 21 as part of the Compton Initiative who bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton. TW Metals has long supported this program and this year extended the opportunity to its sister company UPM. Work sites completed to date, according to Compton Initiative data includes 1,200+ sites, including 658 houses, 160 Murals, 35 schools, 406 School Buildings, 35 Church Buildings, 32 Public Spaces, 2 Medical Clinics, and 1 Community Garden. We were honored to be a part of this important...
  • Safety Topic: Protect Yourself from Burns

    All workplaces have safeguards in place to help protect you from burns. Best Bet? Use them every time you’re in danger of getting burned. Here are a few examples: Smoke Detectors - Designed to alert you and your co-workers about fires; pay attention to smoke detectors when they go off. Lockout/Tagout - Follow these procedures to de-energize equipment and tools before repairing them. This will reduce the chance you could suffer from an electrical shock or burn. SDS – Read the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemicals before you use them, and know where they are stored in case someone suffers a...
  • Taking Safety with You

    What does Take Safety with You mean? It means driving defensively, using seat belts in our vehicles, using firearms safely when hunting and applying safety practices at home, including wearing safety shoes when mowing the lawn; wearing safety eyewear while hammering nails; using lighter fluid to start charcoal grills, not gasoline; turning off a circuit breaker before replacing a light fixture. Everyone should develop the habit of thinking about safety during a work shift, on the way home, at home or on vacation. Think about safety before you start any job, when you go to do something that's...
  • Golfing to Support our Community

    The Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Golf Classic was held at the Hartford Golf Club on August 14 th . 200 golfers took to the fairways during what has become a favorite event among the Connecticut team members of United Performance Metals, one of the event sponsors. The golf classic is a day of camaraderie and sportsmanship. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs. The organization’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the...
  • UPM's Garden Grows!

    In true LIVESMART fashion, our Hartford, Connecticut team maintains a seasonal vegetable garden in a plot of land adjacent to the office. During their breaks, staff members tend the garden and enjoy a bit of exercise and fresh air. The harvested vegetables are shared with anyone who wants to partake. Gordon Anderson and Don Pizzoferrato started the first planting in 2013. The gardening tradition has been going on four years now, and the number of participants and crops has grown along with it. Plants include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, eggplant, onions, zucchini, Bok Choi,...
  • Safety Topic: Blocking

    Have you seen a crucial block lately? We're not talking about football; we're talking about blocking as it relates to safety and your work area; blocking important elements of the workplace from access. One of the most common things seen during a safety inspection are blocking violations. Look around your work area today. See if there is clear access to the electrical panels and fire extinguishers. Inform your supervisor if you feel something is blocking access. Look to see if any items have been "permanently" blocked by design. What types of things should not be blocked? Below is a partial...