Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Steaming Hot Workplace This Summer? Specials on Industrial and Commercial Steam Cleaners Turn Up the Heat

steam cleanerSteam: this is not really a topic most would like to think about as the temperature climbs. However, it is a topic you may want to take note of though for the next few moments, as it could affect your bottom line this summer and beyond. Steam cleaning is a powerful method used to combat germs and to sanitize surfaces in domestic, commercial, and industrial spaces. This summer, Nelson-Jameson is offering some one-time-only deals on steam cleaners.

For food operations, there are several key aspects of steam cleaning that are ideal for industrial settings. First, steam cleaning is effective; it kills germs and bacteria. It also attacks grease and cleans surfaces thoroughly. Second, it is cost-effective. Using steam means less chemicals in your plant and it means merely adding water to your steam cleaner to effectively get the job done. Third, the right steam cleaner can reduce your manual labor costs.

If you would like to know more about steam cleaners for your operation and for information on the potential uses and efficacy of steam cleaners, contact our Processing & Flow Control Department at 800-826-8302.

Click here to view HOT Steam Cleaner Specials and more!

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A Labor of Love


Source: ABC News

One of my favorite parts of my job is when I get to either talk to customers face to face or on the phone. I like to find out who they are and what they do. Farmers, for example, are just a rare bunch of people that amaze me.

Do you all remember one of the most memorable commercials of the 2013 Super Bowl? The Dodge Ram Truck commercial with the voice of Paul Harvey, a speech that was delivered to the National Future Farmers of America Convention in 1978, he says:

“And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So God made a Farmer. God said, ‘I need somebody will to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight to a meeting of the school board.’ So God made a farmer.”

Farmers and traditions, they go hand in hand. Many farms are handed down from generation to generation. I’m sure Nelson-Jameson, Inc. has seen that throughout the years. Farmers…..dairy, nut, sheep, goat farmers, take your pick. It’s possible that we here at Nelson-Jameson, Inc. have done business with just about all the different types of farmers you can think of. We’d probably starve without our beloved farmers.

Farming is seven days a week with little time to rest. They work hard, harder than most people in the world. In fact, they feed the world. They work harder to make our lives easier. Farmers help to create jobs for our world. Without farmers, there wouldn’t be processing plants to take what the farmers have produced and to package them. There wouldn’t be truck drivers to deliver the food to the supermarkets. No checkers or bag boys to sell or help carry your food to your car. So why do they do it? Why work so hard for people they don’t know? I think Paul Harvey said it best:

“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.’” So God made a farmer. “To the Farmer in all of us.”

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Food Safety for Kids

MH900422789With a great deal of attention coming from the media, governmental agencies, and others, it is safe to say that we live in a different world of food safety when compared to previous decades. The coverage and attention paid to outbreaks connected to sprouts, spinach, cantaloupe, peanuts, and other goods/products have created a new breed of consumer, at the very least aware of the risks that are out there. In an increasingly interconnected world, numerous audiences may be aware of these events/discussions, including children. Keep in mind that kids are very much the product of their surroundings, so it should be no shock that some children ask questions or are concerned about food safety.

In 2008, Christine Taylor-Butler published a text aimed at kids called Food Safety. For the curious child, the book explores practical ways to keep healthy and safe. For instance, kids learn that you should dump foods like hot dogs and coleslaw at your family barbecue if they have been sitting out for more than two hours. Discussions on hand-washing, governmental regulatory agencies, and even introductions to bacteria like E.coli are all included.

Though a great resource for kids, adults may also find it interesting and enlightening to check out the text. You might even pick up some good insights that you may not have had before. For instance, did you know you should not defrost meat in the sink or on the counter, but should instead do it in the fridge? Were you aware that you should put cooked foods in the refrigerator as soon as you are done with them, even if they are still hot? (Both of these tactics help prevent food from going into the “danger zone” where bacteria can grow and multiply.) Interesting, huh? Kids of all ages can protect themselves and loved-ones by knowing a bit about food safety. To learn more about the book and food safety, you can click here.

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Warehouse Addition Update

At the beginning of the year we announced our plans for a warehouse expansion at our company headquarters in Marshfield, Wisconsin. We can report that the construction process has been on schedule and our warehouse staff has started occupying the new warehouse with a variety of products. Here are some features we can look forward to with the expansion:

  • During construction, plastic curtain barrier between existing warehouse and addition
  • Previous exterior wall, now an interior part of the addition, has been cleaned and sanitized
  • New floors to be cleaned and sanitized before storage began
  • Additional ventilation & HEPA filtration
  • More efficient storage utilizing a new layout and gravity-flow racks
  • More secure – no outdoors access
  • Sealed sprinkler line
  • Added rainwater containment
  • Additional pest deterrent methods
  • Continuing occupancy sensor lighting

We hope our efforts will ultimately help us better serve our customers with enhanced efficiency. To see more photos, “Like Us” on Facebook at



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Tech Tip: Pump Maintenance

Time is critical when equipment goes down. When a pump seal breaks, the pump is frequently opened on the floor and the parts are replaced. Although this practice can work when combined with thorough, regularly scheduled full maintenance programs, the workload can get so large that regular maintenance can slide. And then there are always fires to put out to add to the distractions.

When maintaining a pump, it is critical to remove it from the line and fully disassemble. Check parts for excessive wear and replace all of the parts in the kits. Not only on the wet end, but inspect the motor shaft and motor as well. If the bearings and shaft are not checked, the runout could be out of spec and the hundreds of dollars of new parts that are put in the wet end can be ruined within minutes – not to mention that those parts could end up in the product!

Also be sure to remove all rust from cast iron or carbon steel backplates and pump adapters. The rusting/oxidation process creates swelling that can impact the runout and create the same issues.

We recommend stainless steel pump adapters, as they are available for many pumps and motors, and will not rust.

Call our technical sales department for more information on pump maintenance at 800-826-8302.

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