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3rd Annual Gulf Coast Welding and Heating Technology Conference

Join Us September 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas for the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Welding and Heating Technology Conference presented by Miller.

United Services Group owner’s Stephen Gillman and Josh Armstrong will be a part of the Keynote Presentation on “New Risks and New Rewards in Welding Along the Gulf Coast”.  They will be speaking along with Mike Lang, Fluor, Chris Goocher, Fluor, and Scott Witkowski, Maverick Testing Laboratories.


When:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Where:
ITW Welding Miller Hobart Technology Center
15331 Vantage Parkway East
Houston, Texas 77032


Event Times:
Daytime Session: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Free)
Networking/Demonstrations: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Free)
Evening Session: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ($25 in support of AWS Houston, Texas) AWS Chapter Guest Speaker: Marcus Luttrell


How To Register:
Register through Miller Weld by Clicking Here

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News: United Services Group awarded 2nd straight Gold Safety Award

Charlotte, North Carolina – United Services Group was named a recipient of the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Gold Safety Award for the second straight year.  This is the highest safety award issued by the Department of Labor in North Carolina. 

The North Carolina Department of Labor recognizes companies throughout the state that achieves and maintain good safety records for a complete calendar year.  United Services Group has been honored by the North Carolina Department of Labor in each of their first two calendar years in business. 

The Department of Labor designed this program to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.  The awards program was founded in 1946.

Stephen Gillman, Co-Owner of United Services Group said: “This award is really driven by our craft: the men and women, whom day in and day out make it their priority to provide a safety first obligation to the services we provide the power industry.”  The gold award is awarded to organizations who maintain a D.A.R.T. case rate at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry.  

Stephen continues, “being able to receive the gold award in each of our first two full years in business really shows the power of the individuals that we employ here.  Our company motto is ‘Achieving Service Excellence’ and that excellence begins with safety.  We could not be prouder of the team we have around us.”

As a company, we are committed to providing our workforce the necessary resources to be safe and successful daily.  Every employee plays an integral part in our safety culture and we encourage them to take a hands-on approach while in our home office, on a field assignment and through the development of safety processes for continual company improvement.  The buy-in by each member of our staff allows us to provide safety in all we do.

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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.

News: USG Gear is Here!

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USGGear.com is Live!

We are excited to announce the launch of USG Gear and http://www.usggear.com! To celebrate the launch, use the coupon code ‘teamunited’ at checkout to receive 20% off your order.

USG Gear allows us an opportunity to release many more hats, t-shirts, and other products that normally would not have been released otherwise. We look forward in the near future to bring you new hats, t-shirts, and accessories designs. Thank you all for being members of ‪#‎TeamUnited‬!

Please Like the USG Gear Facebook page at USG Gear (http://www.facebook.com/usggear/) for news, exclusive deals, and previews of upcoming releases. In the next few weeks, we will unveil the pre-order launch of our new military inspired line of shirts with a portion of the sales going to military charities.

News: United Energy Services partners with Powerhouse Mechanical Repair on Repair Project

Charlotte, North Carolina – United Energy Services Group recently partnered with Powerhouse Mechanical Repair, Inc. to complete a multidimensional project press bed repair for an industry leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles at their Fletcher, North Carolina facility.  The project had to be completed within seven days over the Christmas holiday to not interfere with the company’s production cycle.  Powerhouse Mechanical Repair provided all machining processes while United Energy Services provided the welding effort for the project.  The project repair was completed in a short seven-day turnaround.

The bed repair project required United Energy Services to provide 3/8” thick weld overlay on the existing worn 122” long by 78” wide press bed.  United Energy Services performed this project using an automated GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) process over the course of two days working two shifts with four specialty welders.  Our team was able to complete our portion of the project ahead of the predetermined schedule and without any safety concerns.

United Services Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Gillman, was extremely pleased with the overall team execution of the project.  “We assembled a great team that traveled through a holiday to perform this project in such a tight window of time.  Our team stepped up and provided solid groundwork and provided the necessary time for the Powerhouse Mechanical’s team to complete the machining on this project.”  He continued his praise towards the growing partnership with Powerhouse Mechanical, “the teamwork displayed during this partnership was top-notch and our hat goes off to the team at PMR for their professionalism for the duration of this project.”

Following the completion of the weld overlay, Powerhouse Mechanical Repair machined the new press bed surface.  The machining process was completed to the client’s strict prescribed tolerance of +/- 0.005”.  Powerhouse Mechanical Repair used their FARO Laser Tracker to precisely dial in their Climax LM 6200 gantry mill.  Using custom built fixture rails, from their Charlotte, North Carolina facility, they were able to adapt the gantry mill directly to the client’s project press bed without modification to complete the machining process timely.

Upon the completion of the project, Process Engineer, Randy Holland, was very pleased with the overall result of this multifaceted repair.  “(I want to) thank your team for their professionalism demonstrated to myself and the entire team here at our facility during this project.  It is always great to have contract personnel who are cooperative and able to understand your expectations.”  He was able to conclude that the project was completed to the client’s stringent expectation.

Project Highlights:

Location: Fletcher, North Carolina
Project: Field Repair on a Large Press Bed
Press Bed Size: 122” x 78”
Welding Services performed by United Energy Services
Machining Services performed by Powerhouse Mechanical Repair, Inc.

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.

About Powerhouse Mechanical Repair, Inc.
Powerhouse Mechanical Repair, Inc. is an experienced group of engineers, steam turbine and valve specialists, rotating equipment repair technicians, machinists and fabricators. We will work tirelessly to exceed your expectations and provide you with around-the-clock emergency rush service when necessary to get your facility up and running better than ever.  For more information, visit their website at www.powerhousemechanical.com.

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News: United receives 2014 Gold Award

United Services Group receives the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Health and Safety Gold Award.

CHARLOTTE, NC (APRIL 27, 2015) – United Services Group, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded the Health and Safety Gold Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor for the 2014 calendar year.  The year 2014 marks United Services Group first full calendar year in business.  The gold award is awarded to organizations who maintain a D.A.R.T. case rate at least 50 percent below the statewide rate for its industry.  United Services Group finished the year with a D.A.R.T. score of 0.0 with over 180,000 man hours worked.

Our safety culture is driven by our employees’ safety first approach to their job tasks and their work performance is driven by this responsibility.  Josh Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, stated “this award was received because of great employees coming together for a bigger cause.”  He continued “safety is our most important company value and our employees buy into this vision their first day on the job.  We could not be more proud of the team we have built here at United, and this award shows we are moving in a great direction.”

The North Carolina Department of Labor’s Safety Awards Program recognizes private and public firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain good safety records. The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.  The awards program was founded in 1946.

United Services Group offers both union and non-union field welding, machining and heat treatment services with expertise in maintenance, life extension, specialty engineering and new construction applications.  United Services Group provides our customers with a partner with over 200 years of combined experience in the power generation market.  For more information, visit www.united-services.com.

News: United Services Group Celebrates Successful 1st Anniversary

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce posted the following news release (below) about our first year in business and our goal to hire experienced craftsmen:

Link to Chamber article here.

Charlotte, NC – United Services Group, a full-service specialty contractor serving general contractors and utilities in the nuclear, fossil, natural gas, solar and petrochemical industries, is looking to hire new workers. Specifically, the company is seeking welders, pipefitters, fitters, boilermakers, machinists, field engineers and riggers.

A member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, E-4 Carolinas and the Carolina Nuclear Cluster, United Services Group opened its doors in September of 2013.  Since then, the company has hired more than 300 employees and completed over 35 projects within the United States, Mexico and Canada.

United Services Group holds both the ASME S-Stamp and National Board R-Stamp Certificates of Authorization. Its quality assurance program meets ASME NQA-1 and 10 CFR 50 Appendix B requirements.

“Our craftsmen are specialized in their skill sets and our supporting staff is cross-trained to provide each client with safety, quality, effectiveness and affordability,” said Josh Armstrong, United Services Group co-owner and CEO.  “As evidence of that, we successfully completed our first year in business without an OSHA recordable and with zero lost-time incidents.  That is a big accomplishment within our industry due to the amount of risk in each of the projects we perform.”

“The Charlotte Chamber applauds United Services Group for their exciting success in a relatively short amount of time,” said Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president and CEO. “They play an important part in our region’s rapidly growing energy sector. We look forward to working together more closely in the years to come.”

For more information on jobs available at United Services Group, go to http://united-services.com/careers/ or contact Derek Ward at dward@united-services.com.

News: United Services Group announces Heat Treating Services

Company Announcement

United Services Group is excited to announce a new service offering to our growing collection of specialty contracted services, Pre- and Post-Weld Heat Treating Services. United Services Group started our company with a vision of being an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art specialty contractor with a focus on safety, quality, affordability and effectiveness. By making a company investment in trained and qualified Heat Treating technicians as well as state-of-the-art heat treating equipment we are further able to aid our customers on their job-sites. Being able to unite with our customers to provide heat treating services along with our other field services will provide them a cost-savings and help their projects be on-time and under budget.

To obtain rates or further information about our heat treating services, please fill an online quote form detailing your project scope or reach us at our corporate home office Monday-Friday at 980-237-1335.

News: 365 Days of Safety Excellence!

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First and foremost, Safety is our most important company value. From the inception of our company, we have made a commitment to safety and our employees work performance is driven by this responsibility. Our staff is an integral part of our safety culture and because of this commitment we have successfully completed our first 365 days in business without a lost time incident and without an OSHA recordable. We applaud and thank every individual who has been apart of this accomplishment over the past year. This commitment doesn’t end here, as a company we will continue to take a hands-on safety approach for continued service excellence.

Blog: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On August 19, 2014, our Chief Executive Officer, Josh Armstrong, was challenged by the United Services Group employees to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  He gladly accepted the challenge and as a company we made a donation to the ALS Association.  As part of the challenge, we called our four individuals to accept the challenge on behalf of United Services Group.  Direct Link to Video can be found here.

Josh issued the Challenge to Nathan Sipp with Federated Insurance, John Hondros with SunTrust Bank, Kevyn Terry with HTI, and Josh Armstrong’s wife Candace Armstrong. We hope they will accept this challenge on behalf of United Services Group to continuing raising awareness for the ALS Association.

If you would like to make a donation to ALS, to learn how to volunteer in your area, or to find out more information about their organization and the Ice Bucket Challenge, please visit their website at http://www.alsa.org.

About ALS (from ALSA.org):
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.  More information about the ALS Association can be found on their website at http://www.alsa.org.

About the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
The Ice Bucket Challenge is an event to raise awareness about ALS.  Participants make a donation to ALS and have 24 hours from being challenged to record a video dumping a bucket of ice water on their head and in return challenging three or more individuals  to take the challenge.  The challenge has so far raised over $20 million dollars for ALS research.  More information about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge can be found at http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html.

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Get to Know: Kerrie Holden

Get to know the employees behind United Services Group through a game of ten questions.  Each featured employee exemplifies the United Services core company values and is committed to achieving service excellence for our clients and partners.  Each featured individual will answer a few unique questions to help you get to know a little more about them.  We will be featuring employees from both our home office as well as our on-site craft personnel throughout the year.

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Kerrie Holden has been the Office Manager with United Services Group since August 2013.  She was the very first employee of United Services Group.  She handles all of our office matters and is in charge of all of our company’s business and contractor’s licenses.  Also, She is usually one of the two people who you speak with when you call into the home office.

The 10 Questions:

1.  If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, what three items would have with you?

A hairbrush so I could brush my nappy hair, my squishy pillow because I can’t sleep without it and soda because I have to have some kind of caffeine.

2.  You just won $20 million dollars in the lottery, what is the first thing you are buying/doing?

Buying lots of land for all my family and building each of them houses on it.  Lots of land so we are far enough away from each other but still close enough for comfort.

3.  What is your favorite meal of all time?

My mom’s meatloaf, I don’t like any others, with mashed potatoes and corn.  It’s my birthday meal every year.

4.  One piece of business advice that someone has given you that helped you succeed?

Smile on the phone – the person on the other end can hear it in your voice.

5.  If we pulled up next to you at a red light, what song would we catch you belting at the top of your lungs?

One of the following two songs: Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time or Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon – Yeah!

6.  What is your favorite gulity pleasure television show or movie?

I am in school full-time now, so I don’t get to watch TV as much anymore, but I always seem to find myself watching Lock Up on MSNBC or The First 48 on A&E while I’m doing homework.  I love watching mystery/murder shows.

7.  If you could be a superhero, what would your  one super power be?

To be invisible.  I want to be the so called “fly on the wall”.

8.  If you had the opportunity to go on any TV game show, which one would go on and why?

Let’s Make a Deal – It looks really fun.

9.  What is your favorite thing to do to kill time while at work?

One of two things either chit chat with people in the office or catch up on the tabloids.

10.  If you could be any Television or Movie Character, who would you be?

I don’t think I would like to be any of them, so I choose to be myself.  Although most of their lives seem glamorous, I like my privacy and I love my family – as dysfunctional as we are.  Choosing to be in my your own skin wins any day over someone else’s.  The grass isn’t always greener.

11.  Bonus Question: What is the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the name United Services Group?

Team