MHF Services was Key Player in Phase 1 of Kingston, TN Ash Recovery Project

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Use of MHF products positively impacted local economy during peak of recession

The team for Phase 1 Loading, Lining and Shipping on the Kingston Ash Recovery Project celebrates the completion of this key project milestone 2010.

We are extremely pleased that the efforts of the team of TVA, MHF Services and MACTEC resulted in a very successful project as well as several other significant accomplishments including the positive impact realized by the local economy.

MHF Services (MHF), a leading provider of packaging, transportation, logistics and technical services, assisted the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and TVA’s prime contractor, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. in completing Phase 1 of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project in East Tennessee.

Fly ash was accidentally released to the surrounding area in December 2008. Phase 1 included dredging operations to remove ash from the navigation channel of the Emory and Clinch Rivers and; lining, loading and shipping of the ash to an off-site disposal facility. Completion of Phase 1 was a key milestone in TVA’s recovery project. A total of 414 trains of ash were shipped to an approved disposal facility to complete Phase 1 work several months ahead of schedule.

MHF manufactured a total of 40,000 custom railcar liners during 2009 and 2010 to supply railcar loading and shipping operations averaging over 100 railcars per day on a seven day per week basis. The liners were fabricated at MHF’s packaging plant in Sweetwater, Tennessee. They were specially designed to meet TVA requirements and DOT regulations for the fly ash material.

To support the project requirements, MHF hired 55 additional workers at its Sweetwater, TN plant—a significant number in a high-unemployment area. Robert Shawver, MHF President and CEO, said, “When we commenced production for this project in September 2009, unemployment in Monroe County was at 18.5%. Our staffing additions at the Sweetwater plant ‘moved the needle’ to reduce the unemployment rate by 1.5%.”

Ann Massey, MACTEC CEO, recently commented, “We are extremely pleased that the efforts of the team of TVA, MHF Services and MACTEC resulted in a very successful project as well as several other significant accomplishments including the positive impact realized by the local economy.”

In addition, MHF outsourced the production of bungee cords to secure the liners to the Michael Dunn Center in Kingston, TN, which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. The Michael Dunn Center produced approximately 10,000 bungee cords a week for the project.

“We wanted to work with the Michael Dunn Center because of its fine reputation in the community and its mission to gainfully employ individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Scott Dempsey, MHF Vice President and Director of Sales & Marketing.

About MHF Services
MHF Services (http://www.mhfservices.com) is an integrated packaging, transportation and logistics provider offering seamless solutions for generators and shippers of radioactive, hazardous, and non-hazardous waste, materials, and byproducts. MHF provides transportation and logistics solutions to U.S. Department of Energy contractors, and companies in the nuclear utilities, environmental services, energy, mining, metals, chemical, and petrochemical industries.

MHF is based in Wexford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, with other offices in the U.S. The company’s headquarters may be reached at 724-772-9800 or at info(at)mhfservices(dot)com.

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For more information:
MHF Corporate Communications
724.772.9800, ext 5562

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