January 23, 2018

ReNuke Spin-off

December 20, 2012

Press Release
By Fred Gardner

DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc. and ReNuke Services, Inc. jointly announce the spin-off of its ReNuke subsidiary and purchase of ReNuke stock by Ian S. Howard, ReNuke’s Vice President and General Manager.

With the unanimous approval of its board of directors and shareholders, DeNuke spun-off its ReNuke subsidiary yesterday. In a set of coordinated transactions, Ian S. Howard ReNuke’s Vice President and General Manager purchased 50% of ReNuke common stock from Frederick W. Gardner, DeNuke’s Senior Vice President and Founder. The purchase becomes effective December 31, 2012. With the sale, John H. Coffman, President and CEO of DeNuke and Howard will each own 50% of the new company’s stock. Coffman will also serve as ReNuke’s President and CEO. ReNuke’s board of directors will include Coffman, Gardner, and Howard.

“This is a huge day for ReNuke,” said Howard. “A small group of dedicated ReNuke employees have worked hard over the past six years to make this a reality. Without their dedication, skill, and perseverance this would not have been possible. I’m personally thankful to them, for the support and patience that John and Fred showed throughout the early years with ReNuke, and to the customers without whom there would be no company.”

Gardner added, “When we conceived and launched ReNuke to build our commercial nuclear business we had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, it has exceeded those early expectations and is perfectly positioned for continued growth with several blue chip customers.”

“Each of these companies has different strengths, which make them formidable competitors in their respective markets,” concluded Coffman, “I’m proud to be an owner, director, and officer in each. This spin-off sets the stage for DeNuke and ReNuke to be hugely successful now and in the future.”

Winter Safety Tips for Walking on Snow and Ice

Recent winter weather has brought the typical snow and cold problems. Most facilities’ services will continue to remove snow, sand sidewalks and roads, and use chemical melters to reduce slip and fall hazards as much as possible. Remember they will salt and melt it today but it will freeze again overnight. It is important for individuals to recognize the hazards of slippery walks and roadways. There are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of falling when slippery conditions exist. Here are some helpful hints. 

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles such as rubber and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping. 

2. When getting out of your vehicle, look down at the surface. If it’s coated with ice you might want to park in a different place. 

3. Use special care when entering or exiting Vehicles, use the vehicle for support. Before standing brace yourself with the vehicle door and seat back, this will give you some stability. 

4. Step – Don’t jump from vehicles and equipment. 

5. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use your arms for balance if you do slip. 

6. Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas. 

7. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes, cases or purses that may cause you to lose your balance when you are walking. 

8. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible. 

9. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them. 

10. Place your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack while walking on ice is dangerous. 

11. Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.

12. Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice and slippery materials. 

When these helpful hints don’t work, and you know you are going to slip, try to reduce your potential injury when falling by: 

1. Roll with the fall. Try to twist and roll backwards, rather than falling forward. 

2. Relax as much as possible when you begin to fall.

3. Toss the load you are carrying. Protect yourself instead of the objects being carried.

If the sidewalks and walkways are impassable and you have to walk in the street, walk against traffic and as close to the curb as you can.

Proper gear is a must, but wearing dark “winter” colors can make it hard for motorists to see you, especially if they aren’t expecting you. Consider wearing a brightly-colored scarf or hat, or reflective gear, especially if you have to walk in the street. And don’t forget gloves, and shoes or boots with nonslip soles.

Snow that has accumulated into drifts can muffle the sounds of approaching motor vehicles. Wearing hats and scarves that cover your ears can also distort or even eliminate these sounds. Keep warm, but make sure you can hear what’s going on around you.

If you can, shop before the storm hits! If you have to shop, don’t buy more than you can easily carry. Remember – the streets may be slippery and carrying heavy packages can impair your balance.

When traveling with babies or small children, make sure they are dressed in brightly colored or reflective clothing. If you have to push a stroller or walk in the street, the child should be in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.

Because of road conditions, motorists may not be able to stop at traffic signals or slow down for pedestrians. Before you step off of the curb into the street, make sure that any approaching vehicles have come to a complete stop.

Bending your knees a little and taking slower steps can greatly reduce your chances of falling.

 Be Safe this winter and all year!

 National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart

Christmas Tree Fire Safety


In 1998, Christmas trees were the first item ignited in 300 home fires, resulting in 11 injuries and $8 million in direct property damage.

 The leading cause of Christmas tree fires and property damage was short circuit or ground fault (21%). In this category, electrical failure other than short circuit ranked second in number of fires, injuries and property damage with the exception of the “other known” category.

 According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cords and plugs were the leading type of equipment involved in the ignition of Christmas trees.

 Tree Fire Video Clip 

 Safety points to remember: 

  • Any string of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used.
  • Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and place them well away from tree branches.
  • Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily. Do not purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles.
  • Choose a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over.
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet (one meter) away from any heat source and try to position it near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances.
  • Do not place the tree where it may block exits.
  • Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.

Holiday Fire Safety  

The winter holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire due to heating equipment.  

  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.
  • Provide plenty of large, deep ashtrays for guests who smoke and check them frequently. Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a fire, so completely douse cigarette butts with water before discarding.
  • After a party, always check on, between and under upholstery and cushions and inside trashcans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of sight and reach of children (preferably in a locked cabinet). When smokers visit your home, ask that they keep smoking materials with them.

Candle Fire Safety

  • December is the peak month for candle fires, with nearly twice the average number of incidents.
  • 44% of reported candle fires in the home started in the bedroom.

Safety points to remember:  

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire.
  • Use candleholders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made from a material that can’t burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Don’t place lit candles in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them.
  • Place candleholders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
  • Keep candlewicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material. Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
  • Avoid candles with combustible items embedded in them.

Please have a safe Holiday Season!

Mike Shields and Tyler Lucas Promotions

by Chris Vigil, San Diego PM
I would like to congratulate Mike and Tyler on their recent promotion to Lead Senior HP technician(s) with DeNuke.  Their promotions are both well deserved and hard earned. They have both provided leadership and set examples during their time with us in San Diego.

Mike’s performance was outstanding as the job supervisor aboard the USNS Bridge in Everett, Washington.  His logistic skills were a key factor in DeNuke’s completion of that job ahead of schedule and under budget. The USACE representative commented on how DeNuke’s outstanding performance, under Mike’s tutelage, was consistent with DeNuke’s performance in San Diego aboard two other Navy ships.

Tyler’s performance has been outstanding in handling the huge survey challenges aboard the USS Essex.  His lessons-learned aboard other naval vessels were applied here to efficiently implement surveys and job coverage plans.  Tyler’s leadership has been a key factor in pushing DeNuke’s scope a month and a half ahead of schedule, which delighted the U.S. Navy because it allowed them extra time to develop future radiological control work plans and schedules.

Mike and Tyler are both ex-Navy nukes.  Their past experience aboard naval vessels has been vital in the communication, planning, and implementation of DeNuke’s radiological control program aboard these ships.  Examples of their safe work practices have contributed significantly to the fact that DeNuke Services has not had a single safety infraction from any of the three shipyards, nor the U.S. Navy, since DeNuke started this project more than a year ago.

I would like to thank Mike and Tyler personally for a job well done.  Their time and effort into this project have had an extremely positive impact.  Their dedication and hard work are a credit to both of them and to DeNuke Services.

 Bravo-Zulu Mike and Tyler!

Streamlined Procurement Allows Celeritex to Take Over WIPP MLU Operations in Record Time

By Fred Gardner  Celeritex completed transition and assumed full management of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mobile Loading Unit (MLU) prime contract in only five months after the company was conceived — a very short period of time for a SBA 8(a) Joint Venture certification and a win on a DOE prime contract procurement. Celeritex is a new company formed in April 2012, to bid the Mobile Loading Unit project and other DOE jobs.  

 The Atlanta SBA Office oversaw the formation and certification of the 8(a) JV. The contract was procured by the DOE Carlsbad Area Office and Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center procurement groups working together collaboratively.

 Shortly before the RFP was released Greg White, Project Services Group (PSG) President and John Coffman, DeNuke President agreed to form Celeritex. The MLU RFP was released April 10th. After execution of the LLC agreement on April 25th and submission of the proposal on May 17th, Celeritex underwent a financial audit and a thorough SBA review, receiving SBA 8(a) certification on August 15th. DOE notified Celeritex of the MLU award on August 27th. Full contract operations were achieved nationwide on November 1st.

 Celeritex, LLC, an SBA-approved 8(a) SDB Joint Venture (JV) Company, dba Celeritex Services, is a joint venture between PSG, an experienced 8(a) project management company and DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc. (DeNuke), a small business specializing in technical services and staffing for nuclear projects. “We formed this JV to capitalize on the strengths and experience of both firms in our two respective core skills, prime contract management and project staffing,” said Greg White CEO, Celeritex.

“We have the first contract, based on a very timely idea and great follow through by the team. Now safe and reliable execution is our responsibility. We’re ready to focus on the needs of our first customer, the WIPP program,” said John Coffman, President.

401k Status – Notice of Discretionary Matching Contribution

Continuation of the DeNuke Services 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan Employer Contribution for the 1st Quarter of the 2013 Plan Year

Effective January 1, 2011 all DeNuke employees will be eligible for participation in the 401K plan. You will be eligible to participate 30 days following your hire date but only during enrollment periods which are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

DeNuke Services 401K Plan has a discretionary matching contribution provision which is to be determined prior to the start of each quarter. DeNuke Services has made the decision of not matching any 401k contributions for the 1th quarter of 2013. The first quarter of 2013 is January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013.
DeNuke encourages each of you to continue your
contributions to your funds as much as possible. If you are not already enrolled in the DeNuke Services 401k Profit Sharing Plan, we ask you to carefully consider investing in your retirement since all employee contributions are on a pre-tax basis.
We will announce the next matching contribution formula prior to the beginning of the next quarter.
If you would like to make any changes to your deferral for the upcoming quarter or enroll in the plan, please contact Tina Davis at 865-813-1418 or tdavis@denuke.com for a 401k Change Form or the 401k Enrollment Form and Beneficiary Designation Form.
This request must be received prior to December 19, 2012 in order to be processed by January 1, 2013 .

Shaw/Areva MOX Services, LLC Awards Subcontract to DeNuke for Project Support

PRESS RELEASE: Aiken, SC – March 10th, 2011

The Shaw/Areva MOX Services, LLC has awarded DeNuke Services a subcontract for provision of qualified/certified Quality Assurance Lead Auditor(s) and Auditor(s) to implement MOX Services Quality Assurance (QA) Program for suppliers and ensure compliance with NQA-1 and NRC 10CFR51 and 10CFR 52 requirements.  “This MOX QA contract is a keystone contract for the growth of our commercial nuclear construction support business, which we have been cultivating since 2005.  Our commercial nuclear construction support business is a key element of our growth strategy.  This confidence DCS MOX has in DeNuke is a great testament to our expanding nuclear construction capabilities.” Said Fred Gardner, Chairman, DeNuke/ReNuke. “Paul Adams, will be in charge of our Aiken operations for this project from our new offices in Aiken, SC.”

DeNuke, incorporated in 2002, is a small Oak Ridge, Tennessee business with over 250 employees servicing DOE and commercial nuclear clients throughout North America and Asia. 

Further Information: jcoffman@denuke.com

SRNS Awards Radiological Control Support Subcontract to DeNuke for TRU Project Support

Aiken, SC – January 20, 2011

The Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC (SRNS) has awarded DeNuke Services a subcontract for provision of Radiological Control Technician support to the Transuranic Waste Program at the Savannah River Site. The two-year contract provides for radiologicl control technicians at three SRS project sites with peak manpower up to 28 technicians.

“We were evaluated as the apparent low cost bidder on this procurement, as we had planned. Our operating cost structure has been designed to efficiently manage contracts of this type. We are excited about SRNS as a new client and plan to develop a long lasting relationship.” said Fred Gardner, CHP Chairman. DeNuke also provides QA services to the MOX project in Aiken.

DeNuke, incorporated in 2002, is a small business with over 250 employees servicing DOE and commercial nuclear clients throughout North America and Asia. The ReNuke division of DeNuke is a bidder on nuclear reactor construction project support work at the Vogtle Unit 3&4 and Summer Unit 2&3 projects at Waynesboro, GA and Jenkinsville, SC respectively.

Paul Adams, Manager, DeNuke’s Aiken Area Office said, “ We have made a large commitment to develop our business and community involvement in the Savannah River area and the Carolinas Nuclear Cluster over the next few years, so this is a big step along our path to this goal. We will make our marks through the manner in which we treat SRNS, our employees and our contributions to the local community.”

Further Information:



DeNuke Awarded MDA B Excavation Support Contract

Los Alamos, NM – June 21st, 2010

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), has awarded a Task Order to the MTOA team of Portage, Inc., Energy Solutions, Inc. and DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc., for staffing support to the MDA B Waste Excavation project at TA‐21 in Los Alamos, NM. The scope of work is to support LANS while performing the excavation of the first 10 mixed waste disposal trenches used from 1943 to 1948 during the fabrication of the Trinity plutonium test device and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki devices. DeNuke will provide Radiological Control Technicians and radiological instrumentation to the project.

“This is a world class project that has assembled a world class team of nuclear waste specialists to safely remove the waste and collect significant historical information,” said Rich Krett, VP Los Alamos Operations. ‘We have over three years of experience working on this project with Portage and Energy Solutions together, which gives LANS the benefits of a lot of careful planning. We look forward to “going hot” and reducing the risk to the community and the environment.’

DeNuke is a small, Oak Ridge based nuclear staffing and project services company, focused on nuclear energy projects across North America.

Contact Information Rich Krett; rkrett@denuke.com, 190 Central Park Square, Suite 207, Los Alamos, NM 87544, 1‐(505) 715‐7139

Further Information: jcoffman@denuke.com

Safe Collapse of ANL Reactor Building Shell

May 2010 – Argonne Illinois – The DeNuke crew supporting the Clauss Construction’s D&D of the CP-5 Reactor Building,  Building 330 at Argonne National Laboratory(ANL), are shown after the reactor building shell was safely collapsed.  DeNuke is providing Radiological Controls and Industrial Safety support to Clauss for the project, involving the shipment of hundreds  of truckloads of low level and demolition waste.   DeNuke also supports the characterization of wastes for disposition at the NTS Disposal Site.  There have been zero accidents on this project.

Members of this crew are shown here–Front Row-Sharon McChesney, Amanda Norwick, Ruby Razvi. Back Row-Sean McChesney, Steve Engle.

The project has been going since November 2009 under the leadership of Larry Erwin, DeNuke’s Supervisor and the Clauss Project Manager , Joe Nowak, shown with Fred Gardner, Founder, DeNuke .  DeNuke is also supporting Clauss on bids for additional work at ANL.