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August, 2014


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  1. ENCORE FEATURE - DEEPAK SHRESTHA – IRON MAN
  2. We here at Encore would like you to get to know some of the interesting folks who work so hard to provide you with the efficient, expert, and helpful service you receive from PFS.  To that end, we will, from time-to-time, offer stories or interviews that will interest and/or amaze you.  The following is from the “amaze” category:

  3. PFS Welcomes Wayne Terpstra
  4. Wayne will be wearing several hats at PFS. He will be responsible, along with Dan Shoman, for expanding PFS's gas and solid fuel appliance business. He'll be responsible for growing PFS's wood pellet auditing business as this new industry begins to bring its product under certification via the Pellet Fuel Institute's (PFI) pellet certification program. Wayne will also take on the responsibility of managing the PFS Quality System.

  5. The PFS Corporation Northeast Regional Vice President Announces New Responsibility
  6. Rick Wenner, PE, Vice President of the Northeast Region of PFS Corporation, said, “I’m pleased to announce that Kirby Smith has accepted the responsibility of Area Supervisor duties for our manufactured homes clients in the Northeast Region.”

  7. PFS Corporation Expands Staffing for the Manufactured Structures Division and the Testing Laboratory
  8. Justin M. Tibbits joined the Manufactured Structures Division (MSD) on May 27, 2014 as a HUD-Code plans examiner; he also works part-time for the PFS Corporation Testing Laboratory as a laboratory technician. 

  9. Patrick Kenealy Joins PFS Team
  10. Minnesota University graduate, Architect Patrick Kenealy, joins the PFS Lab as a Lab Technician.

  11. Ryan Seffinga Joins PFS Team
  12. Ryan will be assisting the Lab with data analysis and a wide spectrum of testing projects.

  13. PFS Attends Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Annual Conference
  14. Jim Husom, PFS President & CEO, attended the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 28th and 29th. 

  15. PFS Corporation Presents Training on Canadian Codes for Factory Built Structures
  16. On June 25, 2014, in conjunction with Steenhof Building Services Group (SBSG) and T.R. Arnold and Associates (TRA), PFS Corporation presented a webinar training seminar on the Canadian codes for Factory Built Structures (CSA A277), Manufactured Homes (CSA Z240) and Park Trailers (CSA Z241).

     



 

 


DEEPAK SHRESTHA - IRON MAN

Deepak crosses the Boston Marathon finish line in 2011.

Deepak is the General Manager of the PFS Laboratory.  He grew up in Nepal, got his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering Structures from the National Institute of Technology in Durgapur, West Bengal, India, and his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering Structures from Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  A desire to get a PhD landed him at the University of Wisconsin (go Badgers!) in Madison, WI, and he fell in love with the area.  After earning his PhD in Civil Engineering Structures and after positions with industrial companies and Washington State University, Deepak accepted the PFS Lab GM position which he has held for 11 years.  Deepak is married and has two children in college.  Recently your intrepid editor “sat down” with Deepak by land-line (how quaint!) to find out more about his “hobby.”  I think you’ll find it very interesting.

What is a triathlon? 
A triathlon is three events: swimming, cycling, and running.  There are several levels of triathlon, but the most well known is the Iron Man Triathlon.  In that event the competitors swim 2.4 miles, cycle 100 miles, and run a marathon (26.2 miles) in succession.  I am competing in Half Iron Man events (half of each Full Iron Man event) right now, but my goal is to compete in Full Iron Man events.

What possessed you to get interested in this?
I have always liked running and mountain hiking, so at the suggestion of a relative, I entered the 2007 “Crazy Legs” 8k run at UW.  There were 25000 runners!  It was really fun, so a month later I entered the Madison Marathon.  During that race, I realized that I needed special shoes and some more training, but I finished in under 5 hours!

How did Iron Man enter the picture?
I started training for marathons, and I did some swimming, too; it just seemed natural to do it all.  I did my first Half Iron Man in 2011.

Tell me more about your competition
I do about one a year. The events have been in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.  My favorite event is cycling.  It’s the most comfortable!  Swimming is the most uncomfortable for me because you can drown!  During the last event I entered, a competitor actually did drown.  There are observation boats stationed around the course, but when you have 400 people all swimming together in a lake, it’s easy to lose sight of someone!  It takes me about seven hours to complete all three events.  That time is slightly under the average for my age group, but slightly over the average for all ages.  I don’t necessarily compete against the field; I compete against myself.  I have trimmed about 30 minutes off my time in the four competitions I’ve entered so far.

And finally, why do you do it???
It’s the satisfaction of finishing something that seems so difficult!  Whatever adrenalin I have left after finishing is a real rush!!  Editor’s note:  I’m exhausted just reading about it!

Good luck, Deepak; make us proud (no pressure)!

 



2. PFS Welcomes Wayne Terpstra


Wayne will be wearing several hats at PFS. He will be responsible, along with Dan Shoman, for expanding PFS's gas and solid fuel appliance business. He'll be responsible for growing PFS's wood pellet auditing business as this new industry begins to bring its product under certification via the Pellet Fuel Institute's (PFI) pellet certification program. Wayne will also take on the responsibility of managing the PFS Quality System where PFS is accredited as a testing laboratory under ISO 17025, an inspection agency under ISO 17020, and as a certification body under ISO 17065.

Wayne comes to PFS after having worked for several appliance manufacturers in technical and sales capacities. Wayne began his career at Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) where he was a Project Engineer and then an Engineering Group Leader.

"We feel very fortunate to have Wayne join PFS," said Jim Husom, President and CEO of PFS Corporation. "Wayne has worked in both sides of the business -testing/certification and manufacturing. His expertise and experience will benefit both PFS and our customers".

 

 

"I am excited to be working with the PFS staff as well as our customers and being part of this growing company,” commented Wayne. He and his wife Miriam have been married for 44 years. They have a son and daughter, and six (6) grandchildren.


We welcome Wayne to the PFS staff!



3. The PFS Corporation Northeast Regional Vice President Announces New Responsibility


Kirby Smith – Area Supervisor

Rick Wenner, PE, Vice President of the Northeast Region of PFS Corporation, said, “I’m pleased to announce that Kirby Smith has accepted the responsibility of Area Supervisor duties for our manufactured homes clients in the Northeast Region.”  He also stated, “Area Supervisor duties including both modular and manufactured home clients had been handled by Daryl Weaver.  With the separation of the Area Supervisor duties, Daryl can concentrate on the modular home clients and Kirby on the manufactured home clients. The separation of duties provides more time for responses to audits by regulatory agencies, and it provides better training and oversight to our auditors in the field.”

Kirby returned to PFS Northeast Regional office in June, 2013, as a PFS Field Service Representative for modular and manufactured homes clients in the Northeast Region. He has over 25 years experience in site-built construction, modular and manufactured homes plan review, and inspection. He gained valuable experience as a Quality and Service Manager for one of the largest steel and concrete modular manufacturers in the northeast, and he uses that experience auditing a PFS modular client erecting a 32-story steel and concrete structure in New York City.

In addition to his work experience, Kirby is certified as an Industrialized Buildings Commission (IBC) inspector, IBC Industrialized Buildings Level 1 Plans Examiner, North Carolina 1 & 2 Family Dwellings Inspector and Plans Examiner, and he has attained Green Commercial Building certification.

He resides in Bloomsburg, PA with his wife Julie, and he enjoys hunting, golfing, fishing and carpentry in his spare time. He and his wife have a son Aaron who attended the Pennsylvania State University.  With family and friends, he also coordinates the annual MPW Memorial Golf Tournament, created as a tribute to the late Mark P. Wagner – a PFS Northeast Region plans examiner and co-worker who passed in 2009.

PFS Corporation and the Northeast Region staff are proud to have Kirby back!

To contact Kirby, please call him at 570-784-8396 or via email at ksmith@pfscorporation.com.

 


4. PFS Corporation Expands Staffing for the Manufactured Structures Division and the Testing Laboratory


Justin Tibbits – MSD Plans Examiner

Justin M. Tibbits joined the Manufactured Structures Division (MSD) on May 27, 2014 as a HUD-Code plans examiner; he also works part-time for the PFS Corporation Testing Laboratory as a laboratory technician.

Deepak Shrestha and Bob Gorleski, General Managers of the PFS Laboratory and Manufactured Structures Division, respectively, stated, “Justin’s hiring strengthens both our plan review and laboratory capabilities to provide clients the best services possible.”

Justin is a graduate of Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wisconsin, and he comes from a construction background. He is knowledgeable in most computer programs which is an asset for both the laboratory and the MSD.

In his free time, Justin enjoys fishing, playing golf, and reading history.



5. Patrick Kenealy Joins PFS Team


Minnesota University graduate, Architect Patrick Kenealy, joins the PFS Lab as a Lab Technician. Patrick was born in Delaware and was raised in Madison, WI. He graduated from West High School where he enjoyed art, music, sports, and was always intrigued by Frank Lloyd Wright’s design.

He decided to pursue architecture in college after an internship at Taliesin Spring Green, Wright’s home near Madison, during his junior year. Patrick has also completed a technical diploma in Construction and Remodeling from Madison College.

Patrick says, “I am excited to be a part of PFS and look forward to working with a bunch of great guys. I will be looking to complete a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structures.”

Outside of work he enjoys designing and creating things of all sorts - a garden bed, a hydroponics system, furniture, a tree house, a playground. He also enjoys drawing, playing piano, composing piano music, playing games of any kind, designing board games and card games, writing, and playing frisbee, soccer and basketball. Editor’s note: When do you sleep?

 

 



6. Ryan Seffinga Joins PFS Team



Ryan is from Durand, WI, a picturesque town 30 minutes southwest of Eau Claire. He is currently pursuing a degree in Machinery Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ryan will be assisting the Lab with data analysis and a wide spectrum of testing projects.

Ryan says, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to work as a lab technician here at PFS, and I believe that my engineering training will help with many of the projects I undertake in the lab. I am looking forward to hands-on learning from my coworkers.”

Ryan is an athlete and played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. Whenever he can escape from work or school, he enjoys playing intramural sports, golfing, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, listening to country music and ultimately just spending a lot of time outdoors with family and friends. He especially enjoys a cold beer on the Terrace in the evening. Editor’s note: The Terrace is a popular spot on Lake Mendota adjacent to the Memorial Union building on UW’s campus (below). Nice moon rise, too!

 

 

Ryan with UW basketball coach Bo Ryan


7. PFS Attends Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Annual Conference


Jim Husom, PFS President & CEO, attended the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 28th and 29th. Jim reported that the PFI Pellet Certification Program is beginning to move forward with five companies representing 10 plants presently signed up and qualified for the program. PFI expects the number of companies signed up to double by the end of the year.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presently reviewing public comments regarding their New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). The draft regulation will regulate emissions from residential pellet burning stoves. The regulation will also specify that the residential pellet burning stoves burn only those wood pellets that have been certified under the PFI program. The final draft of the regulation is expected to be published on February 3, 2015.

PFS is accredited by the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) to audit and qualify mills that produce wood pellets under the PFI program.

 



8. PFS Corporation Presents Training on Canadian Codes for Factory Built Structures


Pictured from left to right: Rick Wenner, Jeremy Hopland, Robert Tanger, Mark Severson,
Meagan Hawkins, Ron Reindl, Larry Beineke, Jim Husom, and Robert Nelson

On June 25, 2014, in conjunction with Steenhof Building Services Group (SBSG) and T.R. Arnold and Associates (TRA), PFS Corporation presented a webinar training seminar on the Canadian codes for Factory Built Structures (CSA A277), Manufactured Homes (CSA Z240) and Park Trailers (CSA Z241). For the PFS and TRA plans examiners and inspectors, the webinar provided the knowledge to review plans and inspect plants for clients in the United States producing modular buildings, manufactured homes, and park trailers for the Canadian market.

Twenty-five PFS and TRA plans examiners, inspectors, and staff participated in the training at the PFS corporate office in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, and in PFS regional offices and TRA’s corporate office in Elkhart, Indiana, via our first webinar.  The attendees had many positive comments on the webinar training, and PFS anticipates presenting additional webinars in the future.

For a recording of the Canadian webinar training, please click on: http://www.pfscorporation.com/events.php

PFS Corporation expresses gratitude to Robert Tanger, TRA President and Meagan Hawkins, SBSG Consultant for their professional presentations that enhanced the quality of the webinar.

 


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