Congratulations to the recipients of WJTA’s distinguished awards. On November 2, 2022, a large crowd gathered for the presentation of WJTA’s 2021 and 2022 awards honoring a stellar group of individuals for outstanding achievements.
With the cancellation of the 2021 WJTA Conference & Expo, the association’s awards presentation was postponed to the 2022 event.
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The 2021 Pioneer Award was presented to Hans Borgt of The Dow Chemical Company in recognition of his far-reaching impact on the adoption of safe practices and progressive cleaning techniques for hydroblasting across industrial facilities worldwide.
The 2021 Service Award was presented to Mikaela Larkin of StoneAge, Inc., in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the development of the WJTA Hydroblaster Training and Certification program.
The 2021 Technology Award was presented to Paul L. Miller of Gradient Technology in recognition of his work on fluid jet applications, particularly the technology to apply abrasive waterjet cutting to ordnance disposal and international weapons demilitarization
The 2021 Safety Award was presented to Doug McGee of StoneAge, Inc., in recognition of his contributions to WJTA best practices and hydroblast training curricula.
The 2022 Pioneer Award was presented to Monte Black of MPW Industrial Services in recognition of his entrepreneurship, philanthropy and contributions towards industrial cleaning safety and technology.
The 2022 Service Award was presented to Lawrence Bay of Klenco (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in recognition of his contributions to the development of waterjet and industrial cleaning application and safety in Southeast and East Asia.
The 2022 Technology Award was presented to Doug Wright of StoneAge, Inc. (retired) in recognition of his contributions to waterjet nozzle and tooling design, as well as his contributions to WJTA technical and safety material.
The 2022 Safety Award was presented to Rick Pitman of Evergreen North America in recognition of his contributions to hydroblasting safety, in particular hose safety and WJTA best practices and hydroblast training curricula.