Nik Wallenda, World-Renowned High Wire Walker, Will Sign Autographs in The Ulven Companies Booth at OTC

Apr 16, 2015

Nik Wallenda, one of the most famous high wire walkers in the world, will be available in the Ulven Companies booth 1909 on Tuesday May 5th from 9:00am-1:00pm to sign autographs during the Offshore Technology Conference. The conference is designed to get energy professionals together to exchange ideas and opinions with the purpose of enhancing overall technical knowledge in the industry. The conference will be held May 4-7th in Houston, Texas.

Nik Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author best known for his high wire performances over such places as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and several skyscrapers–most without a safety net. Wallenda was initially drawn to The Ulven Companies because of their high quality, high strength, USA-made products needed for his stunts, and the relationship grew from that point.

Celena Moses, Government and Rigging Sales Manager at The Ulven Companies, said, “We are looking to gain insight into what the industry is in need of that is not available at this time. We see this year’s OTC conference as an opportunity to not only celebrate our friend Nik, but also to expand our reach into the industry.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Ulven Companies Participate In Hood To Coast

Sep 18, 2015

Each year more than 10,000 runners (and walkers) converge in Oregon for “the mother of all relays” — the Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races.

The race begins on Mt. Hood, the 11,000 foot tall volcanic peak outside of Portland, Oregon, and runs for nearly 200 miles down to the Pacific coast. The relay is divided into 36 legs with each team’s 12 runners covering three legs apiece. The first runner of each team descends more than 2,000 feet. Even though it’s all downhill, that much elevation change is seriously hard on the knees. Other portions of the relay are less challenging, but all our Hood To Coast runners maintain rigorous training regimens in the months leading up to the race.

Hood To Coast participants have raised more than $2 million to support cancer research

This year The Ulven Companies name was drawn to participate. The twelve person team, eight of which are employees finished in 31 hours, 51 minutes, and 16 seconds.

This was a great team event! Congratulations to all who participated.

The Ulven Companies Awarded Prestigious Virtue First “Business of the Year 2013” Award

May 21, 2013

The Ulven Companies were awarded Virtue First’s “Business of the year 2013” award at the 3rd annual event for the Foundation. Hosted by the Virtue First Foundation, the awards evening honored teachers, coaches, youth ministers, schools, businesses and health-care providers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to serving youth and promoting virtue throughout the past year. A member of the community selects each nominee, with top awards given in several categories.

The Virtue First Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to “exercising virtue to reconstruct the character of America’s youth.” Virtue First was founded by Coach Randy Traeger who began coaching football in 1979. Having worked side-by-side with young people for so many years, Coach Traeger noticed the steady decline of their moral foundation. This is where the concept of putting virtue first had its beginning. Organizations who have used Coach Traeger’s program, have realized 60% to 80% reductions in behavior and discipline problems, increased student/employee involvement within the community, and higher staff retention rates.

Dan Ulven, President of The Ulven Companies said, “This is a great reflection on our company and every employee’s contributions, not only in making this a great place to work but also in everyone’s efforts in the community.”

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the founding of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

The Ulven Companies Successfully Provides Emergency Support to Navy Minesweeper in the Philippines – Rewarded with Plaque Containing Pieces of Dismantled USS Guardian

May 14, 2013

After a Navy Minesweeper ran aground on a reef off the coast of the Philippines in mid- January, The Ulven Companies rapidly and successfully provided the Navy with the necessary riggings to remove the ship safely and quickly over the next month.

Port Engineer of the USNS SAFEGUARD, Terry Johnson, was so impressed with the timely response and cooperation of the Ulven group that he decided to formally recognizing the Ulven employees with a one-of-a-kind commemorative plaque trimmed with actual pieces of the USS Guardian.

Johnson was overwhelmed with gratitude to Ulven when he said, “My sincerest thanks to all the individuals that were a part of getting this done. USNS SAFEGUARD will now be able to carry out her next mission. The professionalism and dedication of your employees truly gives us hope for our nation as a whole. I am honored and humbled at the response we received for this need!”

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the founding of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

The Ulven Companies Provides Emergency Support to Navy Minesweeper Run Aground Near the Philippines

Apr 29, 2013

After a Navy Minesweeper ran aground on a reef off the coast of the Philippines mid- January, The Ulven Companies provided rapid support in the way of large rigging shackles necessary to remove the grounded mine sweeper. The 224-foot USS Guardian got stuck in the Tubbataha Reef, requiring the evacuation of all 79 of its crew as well as the dismantling and removal of the ship over the next month.

During the initial phase of the removal operation, some of the massive rigging shackles from the USNS SAFEGUARD needed to be replaced. Ulven Forging was immediately called in to provide the replacements. Ulven’s crack Engineering and production crew, led by Gary Renner, immediately swung into action, forming the necessary shackles while determining the fastest shipping method to get the heavy riggings to the Philippines port location. Employees at Ulven worked around the clock to get the job completed and shipped to the Navy to meet their critical mission. Because of the streamlined design and production facilities at Ulven, the shackles arrived at the port four days ahead of schedule. Reducing the days the salvage ships remained in port was critical because it minimized damage to the endangered reef, which is a United Nations World Heritage Site.

Mike Parnell of Industrial Training International said, “It just reinforces what I tell folks all the time about the professionalism and desire to serve that is always at the forefront of Ulven and the highly qualified team that upholds such a sterling reputation.”

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

Austin Family Business Program Selects The Ulven Companies as finalist in Annual Contest.

Oct 30, 2012

As a family-owned business, The Ulven Companies, was recognized as a finalist in the annual Excellence in Family Business Contest conducted by the Austin Family Business Program. The Austin Family Business Program was started at Oregon State University in 1985 to serve the business community and was the second of its kind established. The program is not aimed towards start-up companies, but rather towards established family business looking for practical business tools in an affordable and easily accessible format. They provide many workshops and seminars throughout the year with an emphasis on day-to-day operations and planning for future generations.

The contest received 31 applications for 2012. Scores are totaled from written applications and the finalists advanced onto the second round. After round two, oral presentations, a winner is chosen along with three finalists in each category.

AE Coleman Chair in Family Business Director, Sherri Noxel told The Ulven Companies, “This year, the judges had an especially difficult time selecting only one winner per category…You are a special family with an exemplary business. We are pleased to have this opportunity to honor you and your contributions to the economy and to the world of family business.” A formal ceremony was held on Thursday, November 15, at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

Major PGE Power Expansion Underway at The Ulven Companies to Meet Production Demands

Oct 18, 2012

The Ulven Companies have announced expansion plans for electrical power for their primary manufacturing plants in Hubbard, Oregon. The project has been a collaborative effort between The Ulven Companies, PGE, and local contractors requiring extensive excavation, directional drilling, capital equipment and electrical work. The expansion will directly provide power requirements for manufacturing facilities for Ulven Forging, Inc., and Wolf Steel Foundry.

The Ulven Companies have grown significantly in recent years and this continued growth and expansion of the company has driven the need for expansion of the power capacity available on The Ulven Companies campus.

Jordan Reed, Industrial Engineer at The Ulven Companies said, “The expansion enables our continual growth, our ability to meet the needs of our customers, and positions Ulven to have a positive impact in new markets and industries.” In addition, the new power capacity will allow the company to incorporate more energy efficient equipment and manufacturing processes, which help the company be more competitive in the market.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

Lean Manufacturing Summit Between The Ulven Companies and Samson Leads to Increased Production

Oct 11, 2012

During one of the routine vendor visits that Samson, a synthetic rope manufacturer, paid to The Ulven Companies this year, they heard and saw the progress TUC had made in the first year of implementing Lean Manufacturing. Samson became eager to have TUC visit their company to share and compare experiences along the journey towards Lean Manufacturing excellence.

Lean Manufacturing is a business philosophy with a goal of maximizing customer value by minimizing waste. Lean Manufacturing focuses on creating more value for customers with the concept of eliminating 9 main types of waste – transport, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing, defects, environmental/energy, and underutilized people. Ulven Forging has been consulting with Tom Wright-Hay of OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership) to implement Lean company-wide.

The Ulven delegation sent four equipment operators and four managers for a 2-day trip to Samson headquarters in Ferndale, Washington. Tom Arnold, Lean Champion at Ulven said, “It has become clear that when a company embraces and embarks on a Lean Manufacturing transformation, it joins a fraternity of companies that are on the same path. One of the core beliefs in Lean is that information hoarding is of no benefit to anyone.” This was clear over the course of the meeting between these two companies. The purpose of the meeting was to share each company’s journey with Lean Manufacturing and share tools and ideas that may be useful to support each other in the shared mission of domestic manufacturing success.

Samson was originally founded in 1878 by J.P. Tolman, in Massachusetts. The company’s association with the strength of the biblical character is apt, since its ropes have long been the best in strength and durability. By the time the company relocated to Washington State, the company was a conglomerate of several well-known cordage companies. Today Samson engineers continue to lead the exploration of new fiber and rope construction technologies to meet the demands of the industries as diverse as commercial and recreational marine, arborists, logging utility, and more.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

The Ulven Companies Participation in MECOP produces Full Time Employees

Oct 08, 2012

The Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP), a cooperative effort among Oregon State University, Oregon Tech, and Portland State University, is available to students in disciplines related to the engineering field. The program was conceived in 1978 to close the growing gap between what was being taught in the classrooms and the skill and expertise needed for actual application in the work place. The program has now grown to include nearly 100 companies and over 400 students.

Jordan Reed was hired by the Ulven Companies last year after completing a semester in the MECOP Program. Jordan began working full time last year as an Engineering Intern for Ulven where he led an energy study to quantify energy use and identify cost saving opportunities. While working on this project, it became apparent that a re-design of the natural gas system could significantly cut costs for the company.

The study resulted in a proposal advising a consolidation of multiple gas meters (previously spread across the Ulven campus), to a single meter, which would ultimately result in a $25,000 annual savings. Of this change, Jordan said, “This project has been a shining example of how adding resources in key departments and taking a fresh look at old problems can result in very positive changes. This project has been beneficial to both NW Natural and Ulven because it simplified the natural gas system on our campus, reduced the amount of equipment that must be maintained and resulted in our gas meter being located in a safer place.”

As a MECOP intern turned employee, Jordan has been an immediate asset to the company as they drive Lean methodologies, manufacturing process optimization and implement other physical plant improvements.

Continuing to be active within the MECOP program, The Ulven Companies recently bid farewell to their second MECOP intern as he returned to school. This year, Joel Duhn, a Senior in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, worked as an Engineering Intern at Ulven Forging, Inc. Joel had a significant positive impact on work-cell layout and facilities planning during his time at Ulven. Looking forward, Ulven plans to stay involved with MECOP and has an eye towards increasing the number of interns employed in coming years.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779

Forging Industry Association elects Mike Ulven to its Board of Directors

Apr 12, 2012

During the 2012 Annual Meeting for The Forging Industry Association, Mike Ulven of the Ulven Companies was elected as the newest member of the FIA Board of Directors. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, The Forging Industry Association is comprised of 116 North American producers of forged metal components. There are also roughly 86 additional members that supply equipment, materials, services or supplies to the industry. The Association has been functioning since 1913 and has as their mission to “improve members global competitiveness.”

As a recognized leader in the industry, Mike will be providing the association with his unique perspective on the forging industry needs and will represent his peer companies in this regard.

Mike Ulven is the Chief Operating Officer of The Ulven Companies and has been with the company for over 20 years. Mike’s role currently includes Operations Management, M&A, business relocations and integration, contract negotiations, strategic planning and leadership of Lean Manufacturing programs. In addition to this new role with the Forging Industry Association, he is also a member of the Association of Wire Rope Fabricators, the American Foundry Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Association for Operations Management.

The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years, starting with the creation of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of five American companies and are privately held. Each company has their unique set of capabilities in different areas of the industry and together bring high quality, cost-effective products to their customers with reliability and integrity.

Contact: Dan Ulven, President TUC
888-558-9779
ulven@ulvencompanies.com