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 .

DOE Awards Contract for WIPP Mobile Loading Unit Services

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a competitive small business contract to Celeritex, LLC, (a Joint Venture between Project Services Group, LLC and DeNuke Contracting Services Inc.) of Suwanee, Georgia. The contract is to provide Mobile Loading Unit services in support of the National TRU Program and the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. The contract has a value of up to $17.8 million, with a three-year performance period and two-one year extension options. This contract was limited to Small Businesses.

The Mobile Loading Unit contractor will load Contact Handled (CH) and Remote Handled (RH) Transuranic (TRU) waste containers into Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved packaging at various DOE and defense-related waste generator sites around the country for transportation and disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

There will be a 15-day transition period with Celeritex, LLC assuming responsibility for mobile loading services on November 1, 2012.

The DOE WIPP facility is designed to safely isolate defense-generated TRU waste from people and the environment. Waste temporarily stored at sites around the country is shipped to WIPP and permanently disposed in rooms mined out of an ancient salt formation 2,150 feet below the surface. WIPP began waste disposal operations in 1999. The facility is located 26 miles outside of Carlsbad, N.M.

DeNuke and Project Services Group form CELERITEX Joint Venture

July 10, 2012 – Knoxville, TN – DOE Small Business Conference

Project Services Group (PSG) and DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc. (DeNuke) have formed a joint venture (JV), Celeritex, to bid and perform small disadvantaged business (SDB) set-aside government contracts. 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, 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,” according to Greg White, Managing Director of Celeritex, and President of PSG. Celeritex offers enterprise-wide DOE program support covering environmental management, defense programs, and energy management. “To date, Celeritex has submitted one proposal to DOE. We look forward to competing for new prime government small disadvantaged business set-aside contract opportunities in the near future,” said John Coffman, President of DeNuke.

Contacts: Greg White, PSG (678) 361-7390; John Coffman, DeNuke (865) 387-2468

DeNuke Awarded Radiation Protection Subcontract for Moab Remediation Project

Oak Ridge, TN, March 15TH, 2012

DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc. has been awarded a five year subcontract from Portage Inc. for radiation protection services during the remediation of the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Project. The Moab project is a part of the Department of Energy’s legacy of the cold war and is the largest uranium mill tailings impoundment in the US.

The Department has awarded a five year competitive small business contract worth $121.2 million to support their ongoing mission to remove uranium tailings at the former Atlas uranium-ore processing facility in Moab, Utah. Portage, Inc., a small business based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be leading the new contract with team members DeNuke, AMEC, and Nielson Construction.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to get back to uranium mill tailings remediation,” said John Coffman, President of DeNuke. “I have spent a significant part of my career as the head of radiation protection for the Remedial Action Contractor on the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project and I am very aware of the challenges this project can present. I am very proud to be part of this important effort to clean up the environment.”

DeNuke will be responsible for the Radiological Protection Plan implementation throughout the five year subcontract to Portage, including RP staff and radiological engineering support.

The Moab site is located approximately three miles northwest of Moab, Utah, and covers an area of 435 acres with approximately 130 acres containing uranium mill tailings. The Department’s excavation operations began in February 2009, and more than 5 million tons of tailings have been moved to the Crescent Junction disposal cell to date.

DeNuke is an Oak Ridge based small business incorporated in 2002 providing nuclear project and staffing services. DeNuke has $30M in revenue, employing up to 295 people providing nuclear services focused on the DOE/NNSA cleanup and commercial nuclear power services. In the last year DeNuke has helped Portage complete the cleanup of the first 10 disposal trenches from the Los Alamos Manhattan project, completed the D&D of the CP-5 reactor building at ANL for Clauss Construction, and provided radiation safety consulting and remediation planning services to companies in Japan.

Justin von Mizener Joins DeNuke/ReNuke

Oak Ridge, TN February 22, 2012

Justin von Mizener has joined DeNuke/ReNuke Services in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as Recruiting Project Manager, responsible for expansion of professional staffing services to government and commercial clients, globally. DeNuke Contracting Services, Inc. provides nuclear staffing and project services to the federal government and their prime contractors with the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense including nuclear safety and health physics programs, environmental and remedial services, decommissioning and waste management. ReNuke Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of DeNuke, provides commercial nuclear power staffing and project management services for mining, oil and gas, nuclear engineering, waste management, licensing, and reactor maintenance, worldwide.

Mr. Mizener has a BS from Florida Atlantic University and graduate studies at the University of Tennessee and over seven years’ experience in technical recruiting spanning experience in Engineering, Nuclear, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Chemical, Petroleum/Oil & Gas, Mining, Science, and Contracts and Labor Law.

Paul Adams, Recruiting Manager said, “ Mr. Mizener’ s wide range of experience across many diverse industries as well as in our current client base will help us grow and reach new projects throughout the industries we serve. He will support both DeNuke and ReNuke by recruiting key and technical staff, managing projects, and supporting the development of new commercial and federal agency clients. He will develop vertical, extended term staffing arrangements with corporations and government agencies, and will support the existing senior-level DeNuke/ReNuke recruiting staff from Oak Ridge. We’re pleased to have attracted Mr. von Mizener to our company.”

Founded in 2002, DeNuke/ReNuke Services has grown to 200 people in North America, Asia and the Middle East. See www.denuke.com and www.renuke.com. DeNuke is a founding member and sustaining supporter of the Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation(MKMF), providing annual funding for nuclear and science education of underprivileged middle school students though in classroom reactor operations science labs and summer engineering camps. Go to http://mkmfeducationfund.org/ for information.