Top Innovators: Novinium

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Glen BertiniAs consumers, we don’t tend to pay much attention to our power lines—especially our buried power lines. Yet we should, because over 3 billion feet of the world’s underground power cables were installed before 1985. Which means that they’re way out of date and are in danger of failing, mostly due to water damage.

Thankfully, Glen Bertini has been preparing for this eventuality. Bertini is the founder of Novinium, a Federal Way-based firm that offers a variety of so-called “cable-rejuvenation fluids” —compounds that, when injected into aging subterranean power lines, reseal damaged cable insulation and prevent further water damage, without having to entirely dig up the cable.

To date, Bertini’s products have rejuvenated over 100 million feet of cables on four continents. The newest generation of cable rejuvenation technology, which was released in 2006, will extend cable life by 40 years, more than double that of Novinium’s first-generation product. In all, Bertini’s inventions have saved power utilities over $1 billion during the past 15 years. And the savings don’t end with dollars: cable rejuvenation has saved an estimated 30 million kilograms of aluminum, 7 million kilograms of copper and 11 million kilograms of polyethylene, all of which would have been consumed in the manufacture of new replacement cables.

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The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.