As I drive around the southeast, (NC, SC, GA, TN, VA & Washington, DC), I can tell those who are traveling with me that Lord and Company, Inc. installed that antenna on that tower or water tank you see in the distance. Or this is the place where we installed PLCs and wrote programs and created graphics to let the operators know the status is of their systems. Or it might be that we are gathering data via radio to know when to turn on pumps to fill the water tanks we are passing by on the road. It makes me feel good to know that I have friends in these places. These are people who I feel I could call on if I needed assistance in that area. There is some comfort in knowing wherever you go, you could be near someone you know.
I will never forget the experience on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. I was in Lockhart, SC. This was one of my first TLI projects – a small control panel with a large led display that could be turned on remotely to show the customer the amount of water in their tank. Saves the customer time now that they no longer have to unlock the gate, go in to read a value from inside the location. I was here when the World Trade Center Towers were destroyed. My daughter called to ask if I was alright, and I told her that where I was, no one would waste time bombing here because I’m in the middle of a large field. I am okay. How about you?
The historic city of New Bern, NC has memories for me as well. This project had several PLCs, SCADA and fiber optics. My first time traveling to New Bern was with Tim, one of our programmers. Tim and I were able to discuss the project and I knew he had a good grasp on what was to be done. We met the folks at New Bern, discussed our plans and they worked with us during the installation. We hired someone nearby to install the fiber optics and test the installation for us. I learned valuable information about fiber optic installations.
I pass near Lumberton, NC on my way to the beach. I did PLC work there before I worked for Lord and Company and when I was given the opportunity to replace the Square D PLCs with Modicon PLCs, I was delighted. Upon my first trip there, I was taken aback when they said this ODS panel does not work. I said if it is not working and we are going to replace it, let’s be sure we get it working like you want it to before I write the new program. On my next trip I asked what did not work. I found the outputs quickly and noted the logic when called to run the pumps was not turning on the output. There was a timer in the program that had no entry for the amount of time delay. I entered a value into the reserved location and voila. The logic showed the output was energized. But, wait, the pump still was not coming on. Let’s check the output fuse. Sure enough, it was blown. A replacement fuse was installed and this time, the ODS pumps worked. Now the fun part – reprogram what was done many years previously. Any time I am passing nearby, I call and ask, “How are you? Is there anything I can do for you?” I know the folks there really don’t need me anymore because they have very capable people running the plant. However, I still like to keep in touch.
Upon my traveling home, about half way, I pass through the small town of Salisbury, NC. Years prior, I called on these folks in a sales role for an electrical manufacturer. I was delighted when appointed to handle their account with Lord and Company. Salisbury was adding a new filtration system furnished by another integrator. The new system must run simultaneously with their existing system. They needed to be able to switch from the old system to the new system without losing data in their SCADA system. When the day of the changeover occurred, there was no clue that anything had ever changed. It was a successful merger of the two systems. I had some really smart programmers working on the SCADA portion. All I had to do was figure out what the previous systems integrator had programmed and understand their logic so I could advise our people what to expect, where to look for important data and they were well on their way to making all items appear as desired.
My family had a small trailer across the Intercoastal Waterway from Oak Island, NC. When I was assigned a project in Supply, NC within seven miles of that trailer, I felt like I was home. Previously I did some PLC work for Brunswick County. On this project Lord and Company supplied nine control panels networked via fiber optics all around their water plant. My New Bern experience helped. Our service technicians were now able to make the fiber optic terminations. Lord and Company has grown into a successful systems integrator. I have close friends in Brunswick County and when I travel to the beach, they are remembered. When hurricanes cause them problems, I call and ask how they came through. God has blessed them as so far no damage has been done to their homes or lives as a result of hurricanes.
One last place is Washington. Did I say, NC or DC? I could mention both because I have been to each with Lord and Company. I am into my 8th year doing something with the AOC. These folks are quietly demanding and understanding about the construction process. They are constantly meeting to be sure all parties are on the same page. They handle questions and provide specific answers to the questions. From the control room operators to the board room, the folks are really good to work with. The operators are willing to learn what the new controls will be doing. They know they have to run the system after we are gone and they get involved to make things work right. They don’t get in the way, mind you, they just help when asked. From coal fired boiler additions to boiler feedwater pumps to 5,000 ton air conditioning chillers all networked via fiber optics and coming to a central DCS system, Lord and Company has been there since 2007 to provide them the controls to run the pumps and equipment.
Also, in the Washington, DC area is the DC Blue Plains Enhanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. Lord and Company is working with Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC to provide/modify control panels, add flow meters and various other instruments to provide a distributive control system at one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the United States.
When I travel, I see places where I have had an opportunity to make a difference. It is a treat to ride down the highway knowing that you were somewhat responsible for the way that equipment operates. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that I was able to help someone have a better life. I have friends in these towns and there is not enough space to write about what took place at each location but it brings back memories to me – these places you will see.
Photo by James Clear
On Friday October 9th Team L&C had the opportunity to attend the Live2Lead conference. The speakers presented and shared key leadership tools to the participants. This event was broadcast to more than 40,000 people in USA and around the world.
John Maxwell and others, delivered passionate messages on how to improve our lives and the lives of people we work with. The main theme was developing a positive attitude in all circumstances as leaders.
The presentation emphasized that consistency and passion for our work produces positive working environments. Implementing new action plans to lead a team to succeed was also an emphasis.
I have been a recreational tennis players for many years. I had the opportunity to hear the word consistency in a coach program I attended this year. The key to win a match is not only to hit the tennis ball hard but being able to hit it inside the court and over net every time. This is as many people refer, “to be consistent”. In our work environment we need to develop a similar attitude to be the best in our trade and to set an example for our team members.
I also found interesting the concept of differences in “Front end thinking” and “Back end thinking”. In front end thinking we plan, set goals and priorities for good outcomes instead of looking at the back end results of unplanned activities.
L&C team leaders were impressed with the quality and content of the message of the speakers. As a team leader I look forward to using the concepts within the Lord & Company. This will lead us to have continual growth and we can become a better organization to our society.
We want to thank Keith Harris of Fellowship Management and Lord & Company for coordinating and promoting this event in Rock hill, SC.
Lord & Company would like to announce some Big News. Tom Carico has served as the Engineering Manager for Lord & Company for the past 20 years. Tom has decided to step down as the Engineering Manager September 1st, 2016 and has announced that Rafael Balderrama will be taking the position. Tom will be working with Rafael over the next year to ensure that the transition goes smooth.
Tom explained that “Rafael has worked very hard and done whatever has been requested of him without the first complaint over his tenure with Lord & Company. Rafael is well qualified and I look forward to see him fulfill his vision for the L&C Engineering Team. Rafael has been a Big part of the Lord & Company Engineering Team for the past 10 years. I congratulate him and I look forward to working with him.”
Tom will continue to serve his role as the Project Manager Team Leader and Manage Projects. We appreciate the leadership that Tom has brought to Lord & Company and the growth that we have experienced in his tenure. Tom gave credit to God and the talented and gifted staff that he has been privileged to work with at Lord & Company. Tom was eager to remind everyone that he is leaving the LC Engineering Team in good hands with Rafael.
Lord & Company has a long history of creativity, so to no one’s surprise we continue to improve upon the standards created in 1982.
Lord & Company was one of the first System Integrators in our market to use electronic documents; if not the first. We were able to see the advantages of electronic documents and leverage them in our market. At first championing electronic documentation appeared to be an uphill battle. Over the course of time L&C continued to educate and show the advantages of electronic documentation. This is now recognized by end users, contractors, and engineers. The tide has turned and we see our market not only accepting electronic documents but preferring them.
So Lord & Company announces our new Electronic Document Holder. The new document holder highlights Lord & Company’s strengths in the market. The New Electronic Document Holder has received high reviews from our clients. Some of the comments; “Very Professional”, “Looks Great”, “The best looking that I have seen..” just to mention a few.
Lord & Company continues to improve upon established standards, so that we are able to adjust, change, and improve. Our adaptability allows Lord & Company to do custom work across many new markets.
Lord & Company sends a special thanks to Ben Huffstickler – Design Team Member; Carrie Missaggia – Graphic Artist. They are the key personnel who worked on the New Electronic Document Holder.
Lord & Company has always taken pride in our documentation and we believe that it has been a key to our success in the market place. Change seems to be a way of life in our market. We must always seek to be in front of the change by planning, preparing and listening to our clients and those around us.
I appreciate you taking the time to read about another Lord & Company success story. I need to leave for now and head to a Brain Storming Meeting that could just be the next LC success story.
Tom Carico – PMP
Lord & Company, Inc.
18 years ago Lord & Company did one of its first projects in the Carolinas for the City Havelock, NC. I doubt anyone with the City knows of the impact this project had on the company financially. The City had no fault in the losses. In short it was a resounding financial disaster. The profit from the project was close to (-100%). That’s right we lost as much money on the project as the original project value. You may be able to find some folks with the City who remember that we still did our best work on their project. Through the years L&C consistently strives to deliver our best work. Fast forward 18 years and another project for the City of Havelock, here is what they are saying today.
“Lord & Company and staff have done an excellent job on the water treatment plant upgrades. They worked right through any problems that arose and the system works better than it ever has. I congratulate Lord & Company on an outstanding job performed for the City of Havelock.” David Hemingway
I have been in this business for 25 years and have never seen a perfect project, but when you persevere and repeat they come out win-win. We are appreciative to our clients like the City of Havelock who have given us the chance to repeat. Thank you to Team L&C who day in and day out put in the work and persevere. You make the journey of excellence possible.
NHRA Carolina Nationals – Friday
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
Fri, Sep. 12, 2014 08:00 AM
Lord & Company plans to attend the upcoming NHRA Finals in Charlotte, NC on September 12th. It provides our staff with an opportunity to spend some time together outside of work. The Lord & Company Team has been working hard over the past 18 months and it is time to blow off some steam. We plan to do it Carolina Style – Lets Go Racing . . .
The best drag racers in the world will compete head-to-head in the first event of the series
Countdown to the Championship.
A special thanks goes out to Corey Barnes for coordinating the trip.
Bring your hat, sunglasses, and earplugs and join us.
Tom Carico – PMP
Lord & Company, Inc.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
Lord & Company is happy to announce the recent additions of Matthew Simmons and Paul Wilson to our Field Service Team. L&C is constantly searching for talented Engineers to add to our staff as we grow and expand the L&C Team.
Quote from Tom Carico regarding the recent additions to the Field Service Team – “ God continues to bless our business to grow and expand further than I could have imagined over the past years. Matthew and Paul bring experience and are valuable assets to the company’s future. Our Field Service Team does a great job of taking care of each client from start-up to training.”
Quote from Keith Harris regarding the recent additions to the Field Service Team. “ We are pleased that Matthew & Paul have agreed to join the L&C Team. This will allow L&C to better serve our clients and expand into new territories.”
Lord & Company continues to recruit talented Engineers that will help us better serve our clients. Expanding and growing can sometimes cause pain but it lets us know that we are not stagnant.
Tom Carico – PMP
Lord & Company, Inc.
Tom Carico – PMP
The Lord & Company Project Management Team recently made a visit to Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte, NC for some Team Building. The Team Building Event was fueled with fun and lots of competition. The first race was won by Tom Carico in the number 19 Kart but that victory was overshadowed by Gary Mintz driving. Gary dominated the competition by winning 3 straight victories and placing 2nd in the first race.
Hitesh was driving smooth and finishing a solid 4th place in most races. He did have to contend with Tom and Tyler’s rough aggressive driving in most races. He picked up speed as he found his groove in each race.
Tyler consistently finished each race in 2nd or 3rd place. He was racing hot and heavy with Hitesh and Tom in most of the races. He was smooth and consistent in each race even when he got hit from behind by Tom. Tyler could not figure out what Gary was doing and why he was so much faster each race.
Tom drove his Kart like a “bull in a china shop” and hit the wall several times each race. There was nothing smooth about his racing line. He started off with the 1st win but was not able to catch up with Gary’s fast laps again.
Fred was not feeling very well and he brought up 5th place for most of the races but warned that he would be looking for revenge next year when he was feeling better. No more burritos for Fred on race day.
Everyone enjoyed spending time together and having fun while in the middle of some fierce Team Building competition. Gary dominated and showed everyone what race kart driving was all about.