• The Dangers of Fatigued Workers

    Feeling fatigued on the job might not seem like that big of a deal. But working when you’re drowsy can lead to safety incidents and injuries. For fatigued workers, the risks are a lot more significant than feeling a little tired on the job. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) only getting five hours of sleep each night can triple a worker’s risk for depression, slips, trips and falls, muscle strains, and dehydration. And if you’re in the transportation industry, fatigued driving can lead to devastating accidents. Watch for these signs in yourself and...
  • A Round of Golf for the Greater Good

    United Performance Metals enjoyed participating in a recent golf tournament at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. UPM was honored to be a platinum sponsor for this charity event that was hosted by Senior Flexonics Pathway. Donations of more than $125,000 were collected to support several charitable organizations including the Comal County Habitat for Humanity , a non-profit housing organization which provides decent and affordable homes for individuals and families in need, Bras for a Cause which provides educational resources, mammograms and cervical screenings to low income or...
  • Flu Prevention

    Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious and is often confused with the common cold. Flu symptoms tend to develop quickly and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with a cold. While the flu is common, it is still something you should take seriously. It can land you in the hospital and even lead to death. Older people and young children are more likely to experience severe cases, but it's not unheard of for a generally healthy twenty something to die from the flu. This is because the flu can lead to deadly complications, including pneumonia and...
  • Forklifts and Blind Spots

    When pedestrians and forklifts meet unexpectedly, it can have deadly consequences. Blind spots are one of the major causes for this unexpected meeting to take place. They include corners, doorways that open out to an aisle, and other areas with limited visibility for both pedestrians and forklift operators. It is imperative that forklift operators utilize their horn and take it slow when driving in these areas. It is also important that pedestrians are aware of the traffic in these areas and look before they leap. Each year there are fatalities caused by pedestrian forklift collisions. It is...
  • UPM Service Project Fights World Hunger

    “815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life.” – 2017 Food and Agriculture Organization Stats Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. Their mission is to create a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources to end world hunger by 2030. As part of our annual sales conference this January, 44 volunteers from United Performance Metals, TW Metals and O’Neal Industries came together to support the organization by packaging an inspiring total of 10...
  • 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...