Apache Promotes Welding Programs at Home and Abroad



While Apache continuously promotes welding as a career in Beaver Dam schools, colleges and the community, we also promote welding education in the World Orphan Fund programs located in Honduras, Mexico.

Bob Dolan, who is part of Apache’s service team, is a volunteer for the World Orphan Fund. He has worked with Apache to donate welding supplies and safety gear for a special vocational training welding program at Casa Bernabe.

Located in Guatemala City, Case Bernabe is an orphanage that has the infrastructure for vocational training for the 150 children living there. In 2014, the Orphan Fund began funding three teachers for welding, cosmetology and culinary arts.

“Apache is the largest donor for the cost of the welding instructor”, says Bob Dolan. “Many of Apache’s employees also give generously to the fund.”

A Pancake Breakfast fundraiser is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 19 from 8 – noon at the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin High School. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kinds under 12 years old.

Visit World Orphan Fund for more information.

Before and After: Refurbishing Adds to Life of Equipment


A customer came to Apache for refurbishing a 1990 tank used to culture products. While the customer is considering new tanks for new processes, they wanted the option of keeping the old tanks for certain applications if they could be brought up to standard.

As shown in the “after” photo, the customer opted to refurbish the tanks to keep them in production. The tank was spray-passivated, electropolished on the interior, bead blasted on the exterior and the carbon steel footing and flanges was primed.

The cost to refurbish the tanks was acceptable to the customer because the treatments added up to 15 more years of service for each tank.

Apache’s Contract Manufacturing Group can refurbish any type of stainless equipment. Depending on the equipment, there may be some disassembly required before treating the material, and reassembly once the parts and components have been finished.

Contact Cory Buchholz in Contract Manufacturing for more information:



Apache Employees Want to Know How We’re Doing

SurveySocialEveryone’s time is valuable, especially when it is our customer, but it is extremely important that our customers participate in our new survey program. As an employee-owned company, every single employee wants to know how we are doing. Our goal is to make a customer’s experience with our company and employees a good one and that time with us in the future is very effective and efficient.

The surveys are very short, but relevant to areas we want to measure. We ask that when customers receive the emails or post cards to take time to give us feedback.

We deeply appreciate all input and comments from our customers.

Thank you,


Apache Awarded Excellence in 2015 Safety Performance by the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development


Apache was recently formally recognized by the Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for the 2015 safety performance. The award was earned through Apache’s outstanding efforts of safe job performance at work and in the community.

The 2015 safety performance at Apache was record setting with only three OSHA reportable injuries. Also impressive is an excellent start to 2016 with no OSHA reportable injuries through six months.

Chad Prieve, Safety Director at Apache, congratulates all employees especially those who work on the manufacturing floor in a high risk environment. “The safety performance is commendable for each employee who performs their daily tasks without injury.”

Apache’s employees have created a strong safety culture with a proactive safety environment where employees truly value safety and are vigilant in looking out for one another.

Safety is communicated regularly and employees consistently help manage risk at Apache where the safety motto is L.I.F.E. – Live Injury Free Everyday!

Pickle Passivation and Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between pickle passivating and electropolishing?

Pickle passivating is the immersion of metal in a pickling bath or coating the metal with a picking solution, such as nitric-hydroflouric acid. The process removes both metallic contamination and heat-treating scales. Pickle passivated stainless steel has a matte appearance.  Apache’s in-house tests show up to 25% improvement, in RA smoothness after pickle passivation.

In the photo, a stainless bin is in the process of being dipped into the pickling acid bath.  On the right is a duplicate bin that was already passivated showing the matte finish with all scale and weld oxides removed.

Electropolishing is an electro-chemical process that removes surface material from stainless steel. The process includes an immersion of the stainless steel component into a temperature controlled bath of electrolyte that is charged with a DC power supply. Electrolytes used in the process are concentrated sulfuric and phosphoric acid solutions. The finish has a mirror appearance. Apache’s tests have shown up to 50% improvement in RA smoothness after electropolishing.

If you have a contract manufacturing need for passivating or electropolishing, check out our flyer below or contact Cory Buchholz at 920.344-6077.

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New White Paper: Heat Transfer Surfaces for ASME Tanks and Vessels


The Apache Large Tank and Small Vessel team has developed a new white paper to serve as a general guide to ASME vessel heat transfer surfaces.

The white paper highlights three basic types of external jacketed heat transfer surfaces: conventional jacket, half pipe and dimple jacket, which are welded to the outside of the vessel. The paper also includes general information on internal coils which can be utilized for heat transfer as a stand alone option or in combination with other types of external jackets.

For blog followers, there is no registration required to download the white paper, discover:

  • Types of heat exchange surfaces
  • General application information and comparisons
  • Optional surface treatments
  • Manufacturing terms and definitions
  • Regulatory code review

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Visit Apache at FEW – June 20-23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Booth 228


The International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and expo (FEW) is being held this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Center.   Industry professionals will visit the workshop on June 20 – June 23 to network, discuss industry happenings and learn about new technology.

The FEW will be addressing broader biofuels markets in their main speaker sessions as well as innovation and process control related stages.

Mike Peterson will be at network events and at the expo, booth #228. Contact Mike at mike.peterson@apachestainless.com or call 920-344-7401.

Apache at Interphex 2016 – April 26 – 28 at the Javits Center, New York City!


Our large tank and small vessel team will exhibit at Interphex 2016 at booth 3942. Interphex is a large pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device development and manufacturing event. The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) sponsors this long running expo. The show focuses on technology, innovation and education to include all product development cycles. It is held in New York City with 10,000 professionals and more than 600 suppliers in attendance.

Mike Peterson and Nick Buchda will be at the show representing the large tank group. Mike has served the pharmaceutical and bio-pharma industry for nearly 20 years selling and services ASME vessels and tanks in a technical sales capacity at Apache. Nick also has a technical background having lead tank construction projects for several years at Apache before being promoted to service and sales.

David Foulkes will also be at Apache’s booth representing the small portable vessel group. David has supported the sales of both standard and custom sanitary design vessels for 30 years. The core of vessels manufactured in the small vessel group is for biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

From precise quality control to documentation requirements, Apache is committed to the bio-pharma processors to help with their processing and manufacturing goals. We manufacture our own components including dimple sheet or half pipe exchange surfaces, man ways, flanged and dished heads, ladders, platforms, support structures and custom vessel internals. Apache offers in-house polishing, passivation, electropolishing, riboflavin and saline testing.

If you are planning to attend Interphex, stop by Apache’s booth at #3972, Javits Center, New York City – April 26 – 28.

Youth Apprenticeship Program Reenergized at Apache Stainless Equipment


Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation works to grow the Youth Apprenticeship program in partnership with Beaver Dam High School and the Dept. of Workforce Development.

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills. Local programs provide training based on statewide curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Qualified technical education teachers instruct students and skilled worksite mentors train students on specialized tasks.

A paid internship, Apache focuses the YA program around manufacturing processes. Participating students spend two to three weeks in every manufacturing area throughout the yearlong program. If a student shows an aptitude in a particular area, students have some flexibility to explore those skills in more detail.

“We are excited to have two participants this year, Max Smith and Devon Prien. Both individuals are learning important on-the-job skills and exposure to workplace expectations,” says Pam Korth, Human Resources Manager at Apache. “This is a proven program. Ben Greenleaf was one of our early participants in 1996 and he is still with us today.   We are definitely planning on the YA partnership next year in 2017.”

Junior or senior students who are interested in the YA program should inquire with their Industrial Technical Education Teacher at their high school. Typically programs start in June and run an entire year with work flexibility around the student’s class schedule.

Above: Devon Prien is preparing for basic welding skills during Industrial Ed at Beaver Dam High School.

Meet with David Foulkes and Nick Buchda at ISPE, Booth 212


Apache is exhibiting at the ISPE show in Raleigh, NC at the Raleigh Convention Center, Booth 212. The ISPE is the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, a not-for-profit association serving the pharmaceutical and bio-technology industry. In addition to the expo, attendees will be taking seminars and seeing product demonstrations.

Since 1975, Apache has provided the industry with small process vessels to large field storage tanks, including: distillation columns, portable pressure vessels, evaporators, CIP (clean-in-place) vessels and mix tanks. Apache manufactures components, including dimple sheet exchange surfaces, man ways, flanged and dished heads, platforms and support structures. Apache has on-staff compliance administrators to assure extreme compliance to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

David Foulkes with Apache’s small vessel group will be available to answer any questions.  Call David at 920-356-7345 or email him at david.foulkes@apachestainless.com.

Nick Buchda with Apache’s large tank group will also be at the show. Give Nick a call at 920-344-1702 or email him at nick.buchda@apachestainless.com.

If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by in between educational session to see David and Nick.

ISPE, March 31st, Raleigh Convention Center, Booth 212.