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July Employee of the Month: Brandon and Tyler

July 30, 2020

Brandon Gray and Tyler Jacobs understand the importance of not letting the team down. They see the big picture of what we are trying to accomplish at Schad and understand how important it is to focus on solutions, rather than problems. They both understand that they have room to grow and they are good at…

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Schad June Employee of the Month: Brad Shoff

July 8, 2020

Brad’s relationship with Schad started back in 2013 when he was working full time in its Detroit warehouse. He was a full-time warehouseman and CDL driver. He has taken the valuable knowledge that he gained in the warehouse and has parlayed that into a successful field career. He always picks up the phone and answers…

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Different Applications of Refractory Materials

July 2, 2020

In order to find the perfect refractory for every application, refractory manufacturers use a variety of different materials. By using special blends and compositions, companies like Schad are able to find custom solutions for every project and installation. Common Refractory Materials Aluminum Oxide Silicon Oxide Magnesium Oxide Calcium Oxide Fireclay Zirconia (good very hot temperatures)…

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Schad May Employee of the Month: Fab Shop Crew

June 8, 2020

Throughout the CoVid 19 pandemic a lot of Schad employees have stepped up to meet the demands of Schad’s clients involved in essential businesses such as power generation, water treatment, petroleum refining, and more. One group of Schad employees that has not missed a beat is Schad’s “fab shop crew.” Throughout the past months, Charles,…

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Crash Course on Refractory Products

April 30, 2020

In order to find the perfect refractory for every application, refractory manufacturers use a variety of different materials. By using special blends and compositions, companies like Schad are able to find custom solutions for every project and installation.

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Schad April Employee of the Month: Charles “Chaz” Patton

April 22, 2020

Charles is April’s employee of the month because he is willing to do anything to make sure the work is completed safely for our customers. Charles has a great attitude and can deal with stressful people and situations. He is always one step ahead of the bricklayers he works with to make sure they are…

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Aluminum Melting Furnace Maintenance

March 3, 2020

Keeping aluminum melting furnaces at peak operating efficiency is vital. It extends the life of the furnace and minimizes any downtime that comes with minor or major repairs.  Moreover, it lets you catch small problems before they become major (expensive) disasters. No matter the type of metal processing, unplanned downtime can be devastating to a…

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Case Study: Great Lakes Region Steel Producer

February 28, 2020

In September 2019, Schad completed a project for a Great Lakes Region steel producer. The project called for the complete reline of a combustion chamber for an electric arc furnace (EAF). Schad had previously completed some “hot-gun” repairs on the combustion chamber, but it was great to have an opportunity to perform a complete relining….

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Case Study: Eastern Ohio Steel Mill

February 14, 2020

In October, Schad took on a challenging project at an Eastern Ohio steel mill. The project involved working on four different furnaces during a two-week period. The furnaces included austenitizing, rotary, shell, and tempering furnaces. Schad was involved in every aspect of the project including inspection/scope development, material procurement, installation, and safety coordination. The various…

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Mineral Processor Feed-End Assembly

January 30, 2020

Every so often, we get introduced to a project where we have to rethink our approach. Schad recently just finished one of those projects for a mineral processor in the Great Lakes region. Schad was tasked with the installation of refractory materials in a “feed-end assembly” for a 10’6” rotary kiln. Due to the specs…

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