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Safety Tips: Holiday Travel

Did You Know? More than 63.9 million Americans will travel during the holidays.  82% of those travelers (roughly 82%) will travel by automobile.

The best part of the holidays is spending extended time with your friends and family, but this always means having to travel to see them.  We want to help make your drive as smooth as possible so you can arrive at your holiday travel destination without any accidents.

Follow these important travel tips to ensure your family is safe this holiday season!

Happy Holidays from United Services Group to all our co-workers, friends, family, and customers!  We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Holiday Travel Safety Practices and Tips:
  • Make sure that your car is equipped for travel.  Check your tire tread, tire pressure, battery, antifreeze, windows, and brakes.
  • Ensure you have your spare tire properly inflated, you have a jack, lug wrench, and jumper cables.
  • Allow extra time in your travel schedule.  The holidays is one of the busiest times to travel and patience and flexibility are needed.
  • Keep a safety kit in your vehicle.  The kit should include items you might need in case of an emergency: flashlight, first aid kit, water, non-perishable food items, matches, blankets, flares (or other warning devices).
  • Driving while drowsy can be as dangerous as driving after drinking alcohol.  Schedule your trip to avoid driving during normal sleep hours.  Plan for at least a 15-minute rest stop every two hours.  Limit driving to 350 miles per day or no more than eight hours on the road to avoid drowsy driving.
  • Even if the weather and roads look okay in your area of the country, that may not be the case where you are traveling.  You should check weather conditions of the interstates and roads you will be traveling on.
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads.  If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid the heavy traffic periods.
  • If you are traveling with children, remind them to not talk to strangers.  Accompany them on bathroom breaks so your family doesn’t get separated.
  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • Avoid distractions on the road, don’t text and drive.
  • Most importantly, make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seat belts properly.

Sources of Tips and Information in this Post:

Safety Toolbox Topics: Christmas Travel Safety

AAA: Holiday Road Trip Survival Tips

American Red Cross: Top Ten Holiday Travel Tips

United Services Group closes 2017 with Two Business Awards

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (December 18, 2017) – United Services Group has been awarded two well-respected industry awards for a second consecutive year to conclude a successful 2017 calendar year.

United Services Group was awarded the 2017 award as the Best Full-Service Specialty Energy Contractor award as well as the Award for Excellence in Rapid Response Welding Solutions from the Wealth and Finance International’s fourth annual Business Awards. This is United Services Group’s second consecutive win in both categories, winning both awards previously in 2016.

“We are extremely honored and blessed to have been nominated for two consecutive years, but to be awarded both honors for consecutive years, especially with the competition in these categories, has been the biggest honor”, Chief Executive Officer, Josh Armstrong stated. “These awards are displayed proudly in our headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina and show the dedication and commitment of each member of our team. Without every individual who we employ making that initial commitment to safety and quality when they walk through our door, to upholding it on every job-site we deploy to, none of these types of awards would be possible.”

2017 has been the most successful year for United Services Group, to date. They have performed more projects and worked more man-hours than any other of their previous four years in business. Additionally, they have committed to growing their Charlotte, North Carolina based business. They have invested in a new company headquarters, which they are scheduled to move into this upcoming May, as well as investing in people throughout the Carolinas to help continue to grow their business.

Armstrong continued, “Ultimately, from all of us here at United Services Group, this is a tremendous honor. Anytime you are awarded as one of the best in your industry, it’s rewarding. We are always thankful and it’s a great way to end our most successful year. Additionally, it helps refocus everyone on 2018, knowing we can’t rest on past success and sets the framework for our commitment to our customers and partners. We continue to strive daily to be the best specialty contractor in this industry.”

Wealth and Finance International’s business awards program recognizes talented organizations throughout various industries. They provide a platform to the brightest, best performing, and most deserving companies. Their winners are chosen through a combination of votes gathered through a network of well-respected industry partners and through demanding in-house research.

They scrutinize everything from the nominee’s region, their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods and even their competition to ensure that only the most deserving names walk away with one of our prestigious trophies.

The full list of 2017 Business Awards can be found on the Wealth and Finance International website by clicking here.

About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications. We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets. For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

United Services Group celebrates 4th Anniversary

To all our customers, employees, and vendors:

First and foremost, Thank you. Why there are too many individuals to name here who took a chance on us as either a customer, employee or vendor, know that we are extremely honored that you provided us an opportunity to build this company. Without every one of you, we wouldn’t be here today celebrating our fourth anniversary.

When we came together in 2013 to form United Services Group, we envisioned a specialty services company based on service excellence. This philosophy was driven by three things: being the safest company in the industry, providing the best quality in the industry, and most importantly, the individuals we employ.  Today, we are a power industry leader because of this commitment.

To our clients and customers:  Even though the both of us had built relationships as well as achieved industry successes at different organizations, we thank you for believing in us. We appreciate your willingness to take a chance on us during our infancy years. From day one, we didn’t want to be just a contractor, but as your partner, who would help find ways to make your projects successful.  To this day, we continue to make this commitment by providing accurate cost assessments as well as confident scheduling for your project needs. These assessments along with our field experience have enabled us to complete our job scope and deliver our projects on time, ahead of schedule, and under budget.

To our employees: We are humbled by your commitment to our team and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. From our first day in business, we built a company culture, both on-site and in our home office, to encourage each of you to take a hands-on approach in all aspects of our company for continual company improvement and advancement. I can say your willingness to challenge different aspects of our organization has allowed us to grow exponentially during these first four years and for that, we are extremely thankful. As we continue to grow, we will continue to challenge each of you to provide the safest, quality-driven services to every customer daily. As we move forward, we will continue to recognize and honor each of you.

To our vendors: Thank you for seeing our vision and working with us from the very beginning. We relied on you to provide us with various services, equipment, and products with stringent deadlines and you have delivered. We are thankful to have built such successful relationships with you to allow our business to grow. We will continue to rely on you.

During these last four years, we have been thankful for our growth, but we will not rest on our laurels.  We are committed to our vision of being a company built on service excellence.  We will continue to push all aspects of our business to be better, more successful, and we’re driven to be the industry name for project success.

In these four years, all of us have contributed to over 450+ projects, employing over 500 individuals, working over 700,000 man hours without a lost time injury or accident, maintaining a welding reject rate of less than two percent, we have formed and started five United Services Group subsidiaries, built an equipment fleet, and purchased a company headquarters.  None of this would have been successful without the people we employ or do business with.  We are extremely thankful for your support and dedication to United Services Group.

Here is to continued success for years to come,

 

Josh Armstrong & Stephen Gillman
Co-Owners, United Services Group

United Services Group welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (September 12, 2017) – Josh Armstrong, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer, and Stephen Gillman, Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, of United Services Group, are pleased to welcome and announce Michael Holt as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.

In his new role with United Services Group, Michael will oversee the financial and accounting operations of United Services Group and its subsidiaries. He brings more than 40 years of finance, accounting, leadership, and executive management experience to his role within the company. He has built a career reputation as a financial leader in the manufacturing industry.

Josh Armstrong had high praise for Michael, “As sharp as he is a financial expert, he is an even better person. He fits seamlessly with our team and his business expertise will help to take us to new heights. We are happy to have him a part of the future growth of United Services Group.”

Michael joins United Services Group after successful stints building Kaplan CFO Solutions and Cha Technologies, Inc. (CTI) While as an Engagement Partner with Kaplan, Michael helped build a network of Chief Financial Officers who work side-by-side with small- to mid-sized business owners along the eastern United States.

Prior to his success with Kaplan, Michael spent 17 years as the Chief Financial Officer at CTI, a textile conglomerate involved in manufacturing, research, and international trade consisting of eight companies throughout various countries. He oversaw all accounting, financial, tax and human resources tasks for the entire company and its subsidiaries. During his career, Michael negotiated the purchase and sale of numerous subsidiaries for the company.  Additionally, he took the financial role in the formation and start-up of subsidiaries in China, Canada, Brazil, and Australia.

“Michael has had built his career on financial successes in every position he has held”, Stephen Gillman said. “Michael’s addition to our management team will strengthen everything we do from a financial standpoint. He is a tremendous addition to our team and we are pleased to have him aboard.”

A native of Tennessee, Michael is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He holds accreditations as a Certified Public Account from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as a Certified Valuation Analyst from the National Associations of Certified Valuation Analysts.

About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications. We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets. For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

Valve Project in California

Here are a few photos from a current valve project in California:


About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

Valve Prep to Completion on a recent project in California.

On-Site Machining: Valve Prep to Completion on a recent project in California.


About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

From the desk of COO Stephen Gillman to all current Employees: Thank you!

To All Employees,

Thank you for your commitment to United Services Group.  Our business is driven by work performance. Our clients turn to us to help keep their projects on schedule and under budget because of the quality of work we provide.  This is in large part to each and every one of you.  I could not be more honored to work with each of you.  Thank you for your commitment to United Services Group.  I am thankful for every employee, the past, present or future, who continue to drive the core values of United Services Group.

At the beginning stage of our company, we emphasized the desire to be the safest company in our industry.  As of today, we have been in business for over 1,300 days, with each of them being a safe work day.  We continue to encourage by each of your commitment to completing your work in the safest way possible.  I thank you for this.  Over our first year years in business, we have accumulated more than 600,000 consecutive safe work hours because of your commitment to safety.  Again, thank you.

Our industry is driven by work performance. Our clients turn to us to help keep their projects safe, on schedule, and under budget.  I continually challenge you to drive our safety culture and take a daily commitment to providing the safest work possibly.  Continue to challenge yourself and co-workers to take a safety-minded approach to each task they perform

Last year, I released a video, letting you know our clients and customers have the ultimate confidence in our organization to take care of their specialty welding and machining needs for their projects.  A year later, because of each of you, I think their confidence level in our organization has only grown exponentially.

We continue to have the opportunity to provide our welding and machining expertise to our clients because of each of you.  Your safety and quality performance has driven the growth in our organization.  Josh and I are tremendously thankful for our commitment to our team. 

We appreciate each one of you every day of the year.  We thank you for helping grow United Services Group into the industry’s best specialty services contractor.  Our employees have been the backbone of our business from the start and will continue to be.  Thank you for encouraging all of us to strive to be the best.

Continue to be the answer,

Stephen Gillman
Chief Operating Officer
Co-Owner and Founder of United Services Group


About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

From the desk of CEO Josh Armstrong to all current Employees: Thank you!

To All Employees:

First and foremost, thank you for being a part of our team.  On this Employee Appreciation Day, I wanted to reach out and personally thank you every person who has worked for United Services Group for your commitment to our team.  We are grateful for each and every one of you!  You have the ability to work for any company you choose, and we are glad you have chosen to work with us!

When Steve and I came together in 2013 to form United Services Group, we envisioned a specialty services company based on service excellence.  This philosophy was driven by three things: being the safest company in the industry, providing the best quality in the industry, and most importantly, the individuals who we employed.

We knew the foundation of this idea and company needed to be and start with its employees.  We knew we wanted hard-working, safety and quality focused individuals who would be an extension of ourselves in our home office and our job-sites.  With each of you, we have been able to provide the best service within our industry from day one.

As we continue to make an impact on our industry, growth is inevitable.  As we move forward in our fourth full year of business, we cannot rest on our laurels.  As we continue to expand our business and further grow in our industry, I look to each of you to help teach the values of United Services Group.  We will continue to challenge each one of you to provide the safest, quality-driven services to each of our customers.

As a company, we have always empowered each of you to have a voice, to make recommendations, and help steer this company to the top of the industry.  This ideology will not change. Your ambitions and ideas have helped us grow to be the best services contractor within the Power industry. 

I am humbled by each of your commitment to Team United and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.  Thank you for committing to our vision of being the best in the industry in all we do.  We will continue to recognize and honor you moving forward.

Continue to achieve success,

Josh Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner and Founder of United Services Group


About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.

United Services Group wins two esteemed Business Awards

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (January 31, 2017) – United Services Group has been awarded two prestigious awards to conclude a successful 2016 calendar year. 

Stephen Gillman, Co-Owner of United Services Group

Stephen Gillman, Co-Owner
accepting both of our 2016 Awards

United Services Group was awarded the 2016 Award for Excellence in Rapid Response Welding Solutions and the Best Full-Service Specialty Energy Contractor award for 2016 from the Wealth and Finance International’s third annual Business Awards.

Wealth and Finance International’s business awards program recognizes talented organizations throughout various industries.  They are dedicated to providing a platform to the brightest, best performing, and most deserving companies. 

From the Wealth & Finance International Website: their winners are chosen through a combination of votes gathered through a network of well-respected industry partners and through rigorous in-house research.  They scrutinizing everything from the nominee’s region, to their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods and even their competition to ensure that only the most deserving names walk away with one of our prestigious trophies.

“We are extremely honored to win both of these awards” Stephen Gillman, Co-Owner of United Services Group said after hearing the news.  “2016 was our best year as a company, we have grown our strengths and improved in all aspects of our business.”

He continued, “Both Josh (Armstrong) and I have been humbled by the people we employ in our organization. The effort and commitment they bring daily to being the industries best drive us forward.  To win an award recognizing us for our rapid response welding solutions and to be labeled the best specialty energy contractor for 2016 drives home our mission of providing our customers with safe and quality services.  We could not be happier for our organization.  The future is bright here at United Services Group.”

When questioned about how they would celebrate their accomplishment, the answer was simple for Stephen Gillman, “we have an enormous 2017 upcoming, our biggest year yet as a company, and our customers are expecting the best and that is exactly what we are going to deliver.  We were rewarded by delivering on our commitment to service excellence, and will continue to do so for years to come.”

To see the complete list of winners, visit the 2016 Business Awards website by clicking here.

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About United Services Group
United Services Group offers union and non-union field welding and field machining services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  We have expertise in multiple industries including both nuclear and fuel power generation, pipeline, petrochemical, refineries and other industrial markets.  For more information, visit our website at www.united-services.com.