Congratulations! Staff, 10/16/2016
Congratulations go out to Polestar employee's Carlos Ramirez, Lee Morton and Allison Diggs for being recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration for their support in the Stockpile Stewardship Program. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) presented the 2014 Defense Programs Awards of Excellence on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at the Nevada Support Facility in North Las Vegas.
Welcome! Ian Martin
Staff, September 2015
We have another new member of the Polestar team. Polestar extends a big welcome to Ian Martin! Ian is supporting the 618-10 Remediation Project for WCH, which involves conducting analyses for the various equipment operator tasks, specifically the Drill Rig and Equipment Operators.
Welcome! Toni Faust
Staff, August 2015
We are pleased to announce that Toni Faust has joined our team. Toni has twenty three (23) years of combined; radiological laboratory, quality assurance, waste management, environmental compliance, and project management experience. Experience integrating federal and state environmental regulations with project goals for complete compliance. Toni has performed risk analysis under Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), written and negotiated air and waste permitting documents with clients and regulators. Knowledgeable in quality assurance requirements for inorganic and radiochemical waste and environmental samples analytical laboratory methods. Toni holds a MS in Physical Chemistry and has 13 years Hanford experience.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Staff, May, 20 2015
Polestar thanks all the U.S. Veterans for their selfless acts in serving our country. Memorial Day honors our military vets and is the unofficial launch of summer. The extended weekend lends itself to connecting with loved ones and salutes our military and their families.
As we approach the Holiday fesitivities we wish all of you a very safe and happy celebration!
Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary ! Kathy Miller, April 28, 2015
One year ago today, Polestar Technical Services, Inc., began operation. I am so proud of what we have all accomplished this past year and feel so fortunate to work with such a talented and great team of people.
We’ve accomplished a lot in the past twelve months. Starting and building a company is no easy feat but we successfully implemented many systems, from financial to health benefits and insurance to name a few things. We support people and work in 10 different states. In addition to building the infrastructure, we hosted our first annual all employee meeting bringing nearly everyone together for the first time, submitted and received our Facility Clearance, and began developing our marketing and branding image with the launch of our website, Facebook and LinkedIn.
We appreciate everyone's commitment and support and look forward to the next year!
April 22, 2015
In Appreciation of Administrative Professionals Day..
Polestar thanks to you for all the big and little behind-the-scene things you do that make our lives a lot easier.
Samee Nihill & Jessica Fuller
We congratulate Mark Morton Jr. for receiving a Project Excellence Award for his outstanding contributions on The James Fitzpatrick Condenser re-tube project at Entergy. Mark received a letter of commendation with a medal from Entergy's VP of Capital Project Management, for significantly improving the operation of the plant, delivering on the project's vision and mission, and creating value for all key stakeholders, where the project serves as a benchmark for project excellence and delivery.
Congratulations! Mark Morton, Jr.
Staff, March 2015
Welcome! Liz Leonard
Kathy Miller, February 2015
We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Leonard (Liz) joined Polestar this week and is expanding the services we provide to our client at NSTec in Las Vegas. Liz will be providing technical support to maintain, update and implement improvements to the integrated sharepoint site for the Device Assembly Facility at NSTec. She is in the process of relocating to Arizona to be closer to family and will be providing this support remotely. Liz will report to Carlos Ramirez in the Las Vegas office.
Our Latest Project
Mark Morton, February 2015
The Hanford Long Term Stewardship project within Mission Support Alliance (MSA) is responsible for the Safe Storage Enclosures (SSE) at Hanford’s former Pu production reactors. Due to significant staff experience with the SSE’s, MSA has engaged Polestar to perform the periodic inspection for five of the SSE’s for evidence of deterioration caused by corrosion, aging of materials, water intrusion, wind damage, and animal and insect intrusion. Polestars actions will meet the requirements for the 5 year inspection of each SSE as required by the US Department of Energy’s Surveillance and Maintenance Plans (S&M Plan).
Between 1998 and 2011 the Interim Safe Storage (ISS) Project performed work at the 6 of the 9 former Pu production reactors performed significant demolition and placed the SSE’s around the graphite block at each facility. A number of Polestar employees were part of these projects in leadership roles from the inception. The SSE’s were designed to prevent unauthorized access and weather-related damage within the normally anticipated range of conditions. In accordance with S&M Plans, the buildings and roofing structure are periodically evaluated for evidence of damage or degradation.
Congratulations! Gary MacFarlan, PMP
Staff - November 2014
Polestar is happy to announce that Gary MacFarlan earned his Project Management Certification last November. This badge of success merely scratches the surface of Gary's skills and accomplishments. Gary is currently a Demolition project manager with a 20+ year history as a successful supervisor / manager in lifecycle activities of radioactive and high complexity contaminated facilities from start up to demolition. Complex projects include: Emergency Dump Basin and Tank remove, hot cells removal and demolition; reactor dome removal; and the completion of $35M soil remediation project. Gary is proficient in earned value management system and P6 systems and he's provided project management for Waste Characterization in Afghanistan and Kuwait and demolition / risk management and work at the Bradwell Site in the UK.
The Ribbon Cutting Celebration!
Staff - September 2014
On September 10, 2014 Polestar celebrated its launch by hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House followed by an All Employee kick off meeting the next day. Invited participants included the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce with a meet and greet of local businesses as well as most of our staff. Polestar used the Ribbon cutting opportunity to host a food drive in support of the Tri-City Food Bank. A great time was had by all.