Anvil Celebrates an All-Time Safety Record of 9 Million Hours

​​​​​​​Anvil achieved yet another safety milestone on April 8, 2022, by reaching 9 million hours without a lost time injury since 2011 – with over 1 million of those hours worked by Anvil employees inside client refineries, plants, and industrial facilities.

​​​​​​​Anvil achieved yet another safety milestone on April 8, 2022, by reaching 9 million hours without a lost time injury since 2011 – with over 1 million of those hours worked by Anvil employees inside client refineries, plants, and industrial facilities.

​​​​​​​“The dedication to safety that Anvil employees demonstrate every day in the workplace and at client locations is a benchmark of excellence in our industry,” said Dena Lund, Anvil President. “I am proud of what we have achieved and want to congratulate all of our employees for reaching this significant milestone.”

​​​​​​​As a result of an embedded safety culture and mindset, Anvil employees continue to remain alert in spotting possible hazards or near misses, both in the office and at client sites.

​​​​​​​“This impressive achievement is built on a foundation of people genuinely caring for each other,” noted Cody Steinmetz, Anvil Chief Operating Officer. “We share a cultural fabric with our clients that allows us to learn from each other, watch out for one another, and ultimately return home safely to our loved ones.”

​​​​​​​The company’s Anvil Target Zero program acknowledges employees who demonstrate exceptional dedication and leadership in advancing Anvil safety in the workplace. Since the launch of the program in 2014, 105 employees have been recipients of the Anvil Target Zero award.

​​​​​​​“Employee commitment to heightened situational awareness, safety training, and following safety protocols prevent incidents from happening and escalating into major events,” noted Eric Peterson, Anvil Safety Manager. “This not only reduces risk to daily business operations, but it also ensures employee and client safety and security and compliance with OSHA standards.”

​​​​​​​Whether preventing a slip hazard in the office, detecting a chemical leak in a refinery, noticing incorrect equipment installations in a gas plant, or identifying process safety issues in an industrial facility, Anvil employees watch out for each other and provide their clients with another level of safety oversight.

​​​​​​​Congratulations to all Anvil’s employees for achieving yet another major safety milestone in the company’s 51-year history.

Anvil Announces the Appointment of Emily Zanto to Board of Directors

Effective as of December 2, 2021, Emily Zanto joined the Anvil Board of Directors where she will serve a two-to-three-year term as a rotating Board member. Appointed by the Board, Emily will fill the vacancy left by Rhonda Laughman when she participates in her last meeting in March. Emily will serve as Board Secretary and as a member of the Governance Committee.

Effective as of December 2, 2021, Emily Zanto joined the Anvil Board of Directors where she will serve a two-to-three-year term as a rotating Board member. Appointed by the Board, Emily will fill the vacancy left by Rhonda Laughman when she participates in her last meeting in March. Emily will serve as Board Secretary and as a member of the Governance Committee.

She joins the Board with over a decade of process engineering experience in the oil and gas industry. As Process Work Group Lead in Anvil’s Billings office, she leads the Mountain Process Program for the Billings and Denver locations. Emily holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University. Her affiliations include the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Women Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

“Emily brings a different perspective from years of experience working at multiple Anvil branches and for Phillips 66 at their Billings refinery,” noted Gordy Lindell, Anvil Chairman of the Board. “Her unique insight will infuse the Board with a deeper understanding of client needs and requirements, both short and long term, and future industry trends.”

“On behalf of the Board, I want to express our gratitude to Rhonda Laughman who served for three years as a valued Board member,” Lindell said. “As Anvil’s first internal director chosen from the staff, she is well-respected, intelligent, connected to our people, and knows how our business functions successfully. We wish her the very best in future endeavors.”

Emily brings in-depth industry knowledge and expertise in all phases of refining projects—from design conception and definition to detailed design. Her experience spans optimizing and running refinery process units, participating in plant-wide turnarounds, scope development, hydraulic analysis, refinery unit process hazards review, and PSV sizing and evaluation.

“As a Board member, I can bring a different voice to the conversation with my past experience as a client and now an Anvil employee,” said Emily. “I especially want to engage the younger demographic employees in the company who have an interest in new technologies and a fresh perspective.”

“We look forward to Emily’s leadership and counsel going forward,” said Lindell. “She is a valuable part of the Board’s conversation when discussing the direction Anvil should be going. She shares one more perspective that the Board would not have otherwise as Anvil continues to expand its portfolio and forge into new markets.”

Membership diversity is essential to the Board’s business and governance in a rapidly changing oil and gas industry. Anvil’s Board of Directors remains committed to bringing in new members with the unique expertise, insights, and perspectives needed to enhance the Board’s leadership and vision of continued growth and success.

Anvil Continues to Build Reputation as Wireless Infrastructure Experts at Multiple Client Refineries  

Anvil was recently awarded new contracts to design wireless system infrastructure at four additional client refineries throughout the United States.

A four-member Anvil team will kick off the project by conducting field evaluations of their field mounted access point, power sources, and fiber network infrastructure.

Anvil was recently awarded new contracts to design wireless system infrastructure at four additional client refineries throughout the United States.

A four-member Anvil team will kick off the project by conducting field evaluations of their field mounted access point, power sources, and fiber network infrastructure.

The path to the new contract began at the client’s WA refinery, where the Bellingham team successfully executed to plan, despite an aggressive schedule and slim budget. The client recognized the team’s creative and agile approach to accomplishing the project and subsequently awarded Anvil another of their refinery’s wireless infrastructure contracts, representing a larger scope of work and additional challenges.

Anvil’s team showcased their knowledge, expertise, and outstanding work to the point that the client awarded the team the contract to begin work at an additional site. Their high-quality performance led to the current multi-site award.

Anvil teams will be working in parallel at the four client sites, in addition to the two current sites they are already working at. Working simultaneously at six Client sites continues to elevate Anvil’s expertise and reputation in engineering digital infrastructure systems.

“These four client sites are brand new to us,” said Ben Taylor, Anvil Control Systems Manager. “Our “One Anvil” work speaks for itself. The team must be willing to drive solutions and adjust to real-time client changes and additional work. The client trusts us, relies on our expertise, looks for our guidance in the project’s early stages, and even asks for our team members by name.”

“This opportunity doesn’t happen very often,” Taylor noted. “We don’t usually get a shot at several jobs in different facilities all at once. Our long-term goal is to build our reputation and brand around our ability to do wireless infrastructure projects and market that capability throughout multiple industries.”

Anvil Promotes Jim Holien to Bellingham Branch Manager

Anvil is pleased to announce that Jim Holien will serve as Anvil’s Bellingham Branch Manager. Jim joined Anvil in 2000 and has over 20 years of program management, project management, project controls, engineering, and operations management experience in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as Anvil’s Cascadia Program Manager and has held diverse roles, including Project Controls Work Group Lead, Project Leader, and Assist Program Manager for various clients.

Anvil is pleased to announce that Jim Holien will serve as Anvil’s Bellingham Branch Manager.

Jim joined Anvil in 2000 and has over 20 years of program management, project management, project controls, engineering, and operations management experience in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as Anvil’s Cascadia Program Manager and has held diverse roles, including Project Controls Work Group Lead, Project Leader, and Assist Program Manager for various clients. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University Hayward and a B.S. in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

As the Bellingham Branch Manager, he will work closely with Anvil’s senior management to set branch strategies, goals and targets, and collaborate with Business Development, Program, Project, and Resource Managers to successfully execute project plans.

Please join us in congratulating Jim in his new role! We appreciate his willingness to accept these responsibilities and look forward to the continued growth and success he’ll bring Anvil.

ANVIL CORPORATION PARTNERS WITH THE NCyTE CENTER AT WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO DEVELOP CYBER RANGE ON ANVIL’S BELLINGHAM CAMPUS.

On August 31, Anvil signed an agreement with Whatcom Community College (WCC) and The National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE), funded by the National Science Foundation, to build a Cyber Range on Anvil’s Bellingham campus, to serve WCC students and faculty, the NCyTE team, and Anvil employees. A Cyber Range is a virtual computer network that simulates the real-world Industrial Control Systems (ICS) environments found in process facilities and municipal utilities.

Bellingham, WA – On August 31, Anvil signed an agreement with Whatcom Community College (WCC) and The National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE), funded by the National Science Foundation, to build a Cyber Range on Anvil’s Bellingham campus, to serve WCC students and faculty, the NCyTE team, and Anvil employees. A Cyber Range is a virtual computer network that simulates the real-world Industrial Control Systems (ICS) environments found in process facilities and municipal utilities.

The Cyber Range, which will combine the design and operations expertise of Anvil engineers and the cutting-edge cybersecurity technical knowledge of WCC and NCyTE, will provide valuable real-world experiences for WCC students and all involved.

The Cyber Range will also support cybersecurity skills training and certification for Anvil engineers and access to equipment for Anvil’s own internal training and project development. We will have the capability to develop, test, and simulate industrial control networks and test them against potential threats.

“Cybersecurity is an important topic for our clients and our community, especially in the industrial space, so we are very excited to be part of this program to help further WCC and the NCyTE’s regional and national cybersecurity initiatives. This is also a great opportunity to help bring internship and job opportunities to Whatcom County,” said Anvil President Dena Lund.

The partnership will serve WCC and Anvil by providing internship and job opportunities for qualified cybersecurity students and graduates. Located on Anvil’s campus, the cyber range will be an environment for WCC students and Anvil engineers to work together in a simulated environment to test ideas and solve complex cyber problems. It will provide performance-based learning and assessment, real-time feedback, and job experience.

“Anvil’s large client base all utilize industrial networks where a breach could threaten safety, the environment, or energy supply.  Having a cyber range on our Anvil campus and the ability to test the security of control system networks is a resource we expect will benefit our clients regionally and nationally,” added Lund.

Construction of the Cyber Range has begun and is expected to be completed and operational by January 2022.

About Anvil: Anvil is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm that provides full-multidiscipline engineering, design, project management, and procurement solutions for critical infrastructure. Our 400+ skilled employee-owners deliver safe, quality, efficient projects to clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. They work together to help our clients Engineer the Future of Energy.  Our 50-year history illustrates our long-term dedication to clients. Anvil is headquartered in Bellingham, WA and has branches in Anchorage, AK (Doyon Anvil), Billings, MT, Concord, CA, and Denver, CO. For more information on our services and solutions, please visit www.anvilcorp.com.

About NCyTE: The National Cybersecurity Training & Education (NCyTE) Center is funded by the National Science Foundation. NCyTE’s mission is to increase the quantity and quality of the cybersecurity workforce throughout the nation. NCyTE Center is based in Bellingham, WA at Whatcom Community College. For more information visit www.ncyte.net.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top community colleges in the nation for student outcomes. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers two bachelor of applied science degrees, transfer degrees, career and workforce preparation, online courses, and community education classes. New high school graduates, laid-off workers, seasoned employees, future university students — all students count on WCC to support their academic and career goals. For more information, visit www.whatcom.edu.

 

Anvil Names Dena Lund as New President

Anvil is pleased to announce Dena Lund as Anvil’s new President effective July 15, 2021.

Dena Lund joined Anvil in 2019 as an Independent Board Director. She brings decades of field operations/engineering experience and a proven record of successful leadership roles, including Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer at Sterling Energy Investments and various leadership and commercial development roles at Encana Corporation. Dena holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Anvil is pleased to announce Dena Lund as Anvil’s new President effective July 15, 2021.

Dena Lund joined Anvil in 2019 as an Independent Board Director. She brings decades of field operations/engineering experience and a proven record of successful leadership roles, including Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer at Sterling Energy Investments and various leadership and commercial development roles at Encana Corporation. Dena holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

“I am honored and thrilled with the opportunity to serve as President of an engineering company built on a portfolio that spans 50 years of excellence. I look forward to working with Anvil’s incredibly talented team as we advance our services to support clients in an evolving energy landscape. The opportunities in front of us are substantial, and I am committed to driving our strategy as we continue to engineer the future of energy,” said Lund.

Dena will succeed Gordy Lindell, Anvil’s current President, who will serve as Managing Director through the end of 2021 and then return as Chairman of Anvil’s Board of Directors in January 2022. He’ll continue to work closely with Dena and the senior management team.

Gordy and Anvil’s Board believe that Dena’s extensive industry experience, coupled with her leadership skills and fresh ideas, will ensure Anvil’s continued success in the industries we currently serve and expansion into new markets.

Please join us in welcoming Dena to her new role!

Anvil President Dena Lund
Anvil President, Dena Lund

Anvil Celebrates 50 Years

This year Anvil is proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary. Over the past 50 years, much has changed but we’ve remained committed to forging long-term relationships with clients and providing quality engineering, design, and project management services to help engineer the future of energy.

This year Anvil is proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary with a dedicated webpage. Over the past 50 years, much has changed but we’ve remained committed to forging long-term relationships with clients and providing quality engineering, design, and project management services to help engineer the future of energy.

Larry Levorsen founded Anvil Corporation on February 2, 1971 to provide engineering services to the Pacific Northwest refineries. Throughout the years, we’ve grown and established our reputation as a multi-discipline engineering, design, procurement, and project management consulting firm. With over 300 employees and 5 branch offices throughout the United States, Anvil remains committed to providing clients with innovative solutions, experienced teams, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

“Over five decades we’ve stayed true to our belief that if service providers meet or exceed client expectations, they will be rewarded with more work – and we have. We could not have achieved this milestone without the dedication of our talented Anvil team who always puts the client first. And thank you to our clients, some who have been with us all 50 years, for continuing to support and trust us,” said Anvil President Gordy Lindell.

As the world and energy industry continues to change, so does Anvil. We look forward to continuing to expand and grow with the energy industry and into others. We’re excited to see what the next 50 years brings.

Anvil Promotes Cody Steinmetz to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Ken Swalley to Billings and Redi Anvil Branch Manager

Anvil is pleased to announce that Cody Steinmetz has accepted the role as Anvil’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Ken Swalley has agreed to serve as the Billings and Redi Anvil Branch Manager.

Anvil is pleased to announce that Cody Steinmetz has accepted the role as Anvil’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Ken Swalley has agreed to serve as the Billings and Redi Anvil Branch Manager.

Cody joined Anvil in 2014 as a Project Manager, most recently serving as our Billings Branch Manager. He brings over 20 years of engineering and management experience working in the Oil & Gas, Industrial, and Manufacturing industries. Before joining Anvil, Cody spent 14 years working for Cargill Incorporated where he held various roles, including Refinery Supervisor, Plant Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance & Engineering Manager, and Business Unit Reliability Leader. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

As COO, Cody will supervise the Manager of Resources, Engineering Manager, and the Technology Department Manager. He will also work closely with all of our Branch and Program Managers.

Ken joined Anvil in 2008 and has over 20 years of engineering and management experience in the Oil and Gas industry. Most recently, he served as the Redi Anvil Branch Manager and before that he managed Anvil’s Control Systems Department. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Washington and holds an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho.

As the Billings and Redi Anvil Branch Manager, Ken is responsible for overseeing all office activities, project execution, and managing our Mountain and Redi Anvil Programs. He’ll work closely with Anvil’s senior management to identify company strategies, goals, and targets and then monitors progress towards meeting those goals.

Please join us in congratulating Cody and Ken in their new roles! We appreciate their willingness to accept these responsibilities and look forward to the continued growth and success they’ll bring Anvil.

Cody Steinmetz, Chief Operating Officer
Ken Swalley, Billings & Redi Anvil Branch Manager

8 Million Hours Safety Milestone

We’re proud to announce that Anvil has reached a significant milestone: 8 MILLION HOURS WITHOUT A LOST TIME INJURY.

This achievement demonstrates Anvil’s safety culture and our commitment to ensuring we all go home safely to our loved ones at night. At Anvil, Safety is a culture – not just a commitment. It is first, last, always, and in all ways.

We’re proud to announce that Anvil has reached a significant milestone: 8 million hours without a lost time injury.

This achievement demonstrates Anvil’s safety culture and our commitment to ensuring we all go home safely to our loved ones at night. At Anvil, Safety is a culture – not just a commitment. It is first, last, always, and in all ways. We put safety first in all we do, including continuous employee safety training, encouraging and rewarding employees for identifying possible safety hazards at the office and client sites, and getting everyone involved with safety initiatives to ensure we all act safely.

“Working 8MM hours with no lost time incidents is no small achievement. Safety is the foundation in all we do, and this achievement is a testament to that.  All of us at Anvil are very proud of our safety record and reaching this milestone. I want to personally thank our employees for their hard work to keep us safe and our clients for their ongoing commitment.” Gordy Lindell, Anvil’s President.

Thank you to all our clients and employees for taking responsibility for a safe workplace and doing the right thing every time to ensure we stay safe. We are committed to continually investing in our safety culture, maintaining our high level of awareness, and empowering employees to recognize and prevent hazards in the workplace.

Congratulations to our Anvil, Doyon Anvil, and Redi Anvil teams for reaching 8MM hours without a lost time incident!

Anvil Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

Happy International Women in Engineering Day! In celebration of #INWED2020, some of Anvil’s amazing women engineers share their stories, advice, and ways we can help #shapetheworld.

Happy International Women in Engineering Day!

In celebration of #INWED2020, some of Anvil’s amazing women engineers share their stories, advice, and ways we can help #shapetheworld.