• Safety Topic: Four Elements of Combustion

    Any program on fire prevention and safety is based on a clear understanding of how materials ignite. In order for a fire to occur, four elements are required; Oxygen, Heat, Fuel and Chain Reaction. The elements of combustion are very similar to the construction of a tetrahedron: All triangular components must come together before a fire can occur. Therefore, the goal of a fire safety program is to keep these elements apart. Since oxygen is present in nearly all-industrial work situations we must separate or control the heat and fuel sources to reduce the chances of a chain reaction. Take a...
  • Supporting Wigs for Kids

    For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. UPM Supply Chain Associate, Ben Randall, recently supported Wigs for Kids by donating a very long portion of his hair to the organization. Ben shared his inspiration for getting involved with Wigs for Kids. “When my aunt was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment, I was inspired to do something to help.” “I...
  • A Shout Out to Our Big Sister!

    Today’s all access, hyper-paced world brings upon us a barrage of work, emails, social obligations and time commitments each and every day. With so much information coming at us, along with personal and family responsibilities, it’s easy to overlook a message, a daily chore or even an appointment. Families are juggling so much at one time, the “ball” will inevitably be dropped every now and then. But what happens when we are so overwhelmed, that we overlook a child? In tough times like these, when it becomes challenging to meet our children’s needs on a consistent basis, many families look for...
  • Congratulations to the Scholarship Recipients of 2016!

    We’re pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients: Joseph Bunton, Son of Steve Bunton who holds an operations position for United Performance Metals and Chris Ivers, son of Marjorie Ivers, who holds a sales position for Vulcanium, a specialty division of United Performance Metals. Joseph is pictured with his parents, Steve and Michelle Bunton and Tom Kennard, President of United Performance Metals. Joseph plans to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and major in Anthropology this fall. Chris is pictured with Jerry St. Clair, President of Vulcanium. Chris is a rising...
  • UPM Putting the "Tough" in Tough Mudder

    Here at UPM, we challenge our employees to jump out of their comfort zones, even if that means diving into a big pile of mud! On June 11 th 2016, 17 of our UPM employees and 16 families/friends of UPM, making a total of 33 participants (Wow!), completed the 2016 Tough Mudder Kentucky challenge consisting of an 11-mile race and 20 different obstacle courses. Some of the courses included huge mud pits, climbing over 12 foot wooden walls, and even running (and screaming) through an electric shock therapy pit! Now that’s tough! Waist Deep in Teamwork...and Mud The Tough Mudder “emphasizes teamwork...
  • Bring Your Work Home…And Eat On It Every Night

    Ben Stansel, our Business Analyst here at United Performance Metals, recently moved from the suburbs of Loveland, Ohio to Northside, a Cincinnati neighborhood near the beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery. With this move, some construction and remodeling in his new residence was part of the plan. Ben had one project in mind that would end up utilizing his employment at a metals company to his advantage. Ben and his wife, Anne, purchased a cabinet with the detail and shape that would lend itself perfectly as a kitchen island in their new home. With that decision made, they were still in need of...
  • UPM Steps in for Santa

    During this magical season season, United Performance Metals employees are stepping in for Santa to brighten the holidays for 8 children currently under the the caring arms of Butler County Children's Services. Each year our own Tracy Graff coordinates this special project, and extends a huge THANK YOU to everyone on staff for bringing gifts. Tracy also has a blast wrapping all the presents! She plays out the scene in her head of each child openning a gift meant just for them on Christmas Day! We are so pleased to be a part of the holidays for these children each year.
  • UPM Celebrates Service of Two Long-Term Employees

    We would like to announce that Ralph J Zimmerman and Tony Barger will be retiring from UPM Hamilton on October 16th. United Performance Metals Thanks Long-Term Employees Ralph started his employment with us in 1994 and now has 21 years of service. He has worked in several areas throughout the plant, most recently in Receiving. Ralph is planning to spend more time with his wife, Donna, and family. He is also hoping to spend more time fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Tony has been with UPM for 14 years, during which time he has been a great asset to our Shipping area. Tony and his wife Patsy...
  • O'Neal Industries and McKesson Corporation Receive C. Everett Koop National Health Awards for Efforts to Improve Employee Health and Reduce Costs

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About half of companies with 50 or more employees report that they have at least one health promotion program in place. For large companies, this jumps to over 90 percent. However, not all wellness programs can document health improvements for their employees and cost savings. To make sure that workplace health promotion programs apply evidence-based practices and significantly reduce expenditures, companies must adopt high-impact programs and periodically evaluate their results. To recognize organizations with outstanding health promotion...
  • Congratulations to the Scholarship Recipients of 2015!

    A few very talented young adults were selected to receive a scholarship on behalf of United Performance Metals to further their education. UPM is pleased to congratulate the following recipients: United Performance Metals' Scholarship Recipients Chris Ivers is a rising sophomore and business major at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Chris will also represent the Blue Jays on the football field this fall. Chris is pictured with his mother Marjorie Ivers of Vulcanium, Northbrook, IL. Chloe Paulsen will be an incoming freshman studying Sociology at Ohlone College in Freemont, CA. Chloe is...