Welcome to Industrial Theory with Kerry Siggins. Hosted by Kerry Siggins, CEO of StoneAge, Industrial Theory is a podcast created specifically for the industrial cleaning industry. Kerry will speak with the industry’s most interesting and impactful leaders and doers about wide range of topics including leadership, safety, technology, and training.
Sam Smolik’s Journey through 50 Years of Facility Ownership to Author and Speaker
In this episode of Industrial Theory, host Kerry Siggins sits down with Sam Smolik to discuss his 50+ years of experience managing energy and petrochem facilities, as well as his new book, “The Daily Pursuit of Excellence.” Reflecting on the evolution of industrial cleaning practices, Kerry and Sam discuss the value of facility owners supporting and engaging with advancing standardized safety training. They dive into the importance of having a strong company culture that also extends to contractors, and the influence Sam’s leadership experience has had in his recent work as an author. Sam also details the message he plans to share at the upcoming Safety Council Summit, that “every job can be done safely.”
Guest: Sam Smolik spent his career in a series of global executive leadership roles at The Dow Chemical Company, Shell, and LyondellBasell Industries. His focus during his 50+ year career was on leadership, people development, operational excellence, management systems, sustainable development, and achieving superior performance. Sam has recently authored a new book, “The Daily Pursuit of Excellence,” to share his experiences and leadership techniques for improving personal effectiveness, influencing others, and enhancing organizational performance.
Smolik graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the board of directors for Axalta Coating Systems, Evergreen Industrial Services, and Ducks Unlimited.
Gearing Up for the WJTA Conference & Expo with Jimmy Peck, GM of MPW Industrial Services
In this episode of Industrial Theory, host Kerry Siggins welcomes back Jimmy Peck, General Manager of MPW Industrial Services and the podcast’s first-ever guest over three years ago. Kerry and Jimmy discuss what they’re looking forward to at the upcoming WJTA Conference & Expo in New Orleans, LA, including the new asset owner track and operator training opportunities. Expanding on the topic, Jimmy details the value of formalized training and certifications within the industrial cleaning industry— especially for new hires. From networking to education sessions, hear what’s in store for asset owners, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and more at the tradeshow this November 1st – 3rd.
How an Unexpected Partnership will Revolutionize Waterblasting in Industrial Cleaning
In this episode of Industrial Theory, host Kerry Siggins is joined by Terry Gromes Jr., Product Strategy Manager at Terydon. Terydon is an Ohio-based waterblasting equipment and technology manufacturer that was recently acquired by StoneAge. Learn what this powerful joint venture means for the industrial cleaning industry, specifically for the continued innovation of accessories that optimize water delivery on the job. Kerry and Terry discuss the horizon for computerized, sensor-based cleaning equipment that can help mitigate human error and reduce water and fuel consumption. They also talk about the importance of collaborating with asset owners to plan the facility’s cleaning solution and maintenance schedule concurrent with initial construction. Lastly, Terry details his excitement about the Terydon team joining StoneAge’s employee ownership program.
Talking Hydrodemolition, Business, and Leadership with Roger Simonsson, CEO of AquaJet Systems
In this episode of Industrial Theory, host Kerry Siggins interviews Roger Simonsson, CEO of Aquajet Systems. As a leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition equipment, Aquajet Systems is known for providing user-friendly, environmentally conscious equipment for concrete resurfacing and renovation. Roger details this process and how Aquajet leverages customer feedback to drive their innovation of new hydrodemolition products and techniques. Kerry and Roger dive into team leadership, goal setting, as well as his dedicated focus on developing Aquajet’s team members. They also discuss what it’s like to navigate industry challenges such as labor shortages, globalized supply chains, and the growing pressure to deliver maximum efficiency. Plus, Roger shares his thoughts on the importance of preventative maintenance and conservation versus new (and likely excessive) construction endeavors.
Roger Simonsson is the CEO of Aquajet Systems, a Sweden-based manufacturer of hydrodemolition equipment. Founded in 1988, Aquajet Systems serves customers across Europe, Scandinavia, and the U.S.
For most of his professional life, Roger has worked with business organization, development, and generation. He has been the market manager or CEO for several companies such as Trivselhus (housing), Asko Cylinda (household appliances), Moelven Töreboda (bearing wood structures), and Aneta belysning (lighting fixtures).
Surviving a Waterjet Cut and Highlighting the Importance of Hydroblasting Safety
In this episode of Industrial Theory, host Kerry Siggins is joined by Erik Sanderson, Project Manager at OCL Group Inc. in Alberta, CA. Erik discusses how he got started in the industrial cleaning industry after his time in construction. In 2015, Erik suffered a nearly fatal waterjet cut that severed the bottom of his calf up to his stomach. Erik shares his story from beginning to end, including his recovery process following the injury. As a waterjet cut survivor and long-time member of the industrial cleaning industry, Erik elaborates on how his accident inspired him to promote safety to those new to the industry. Erik and Kerry also address novel equipment, such as automated cleaning tools, and the positive impacts they have on enhancing safety and efficiency on the job. In the end, Erik relays his two cents on the growth of access to safety training and the importance of hands-on training to prevent accidents in industrial cleaning.
Erik Sanderson relocated from Ontario to Fort McMurray (Fort Mac), an oil town in Alberta, CA, around the age of eighteen. Here, Erik began his career in industrial and chemical cleaning. Today, Erik is the Project Manager for OCL Group Inc., a company focused on pipeline, construction, and maintenance contracting. OCL Group Inc. also acts as an umbrella company for technical services including industrial high pressure and chemical cleaning.
Resource for Industrial Contractors and Assets Owners: WJTA Hydroblasting Training and Certification
Resource for Industrial Contractors and Assets Owners: WJTA Hydroblasting Training and Certification by Industrial Theory