Value Added? Tell us at NEI Used Fuels Conference

Team Mates, Potentials and Employees:


Recently, at a pre-bid meeting for a Dry Cask project, there was a request to add a section called “VALUE ADDED”. As always, we already spent a considerable amount of time going through BT Utility Specialists’ qualities that we believed were important to express to our Client. The qualities which may assist them in choosing us as a “Team Player” and qualities which would be “Value Added“.


But, we learned the true meaning of “Value Added” when our Director of Used Fuel Services, and I were traveling to visiting two clients that were utilizing our Staff Augmentation for all sectors of their nuclear services. Our trip, which was to visit the BT Utility Specialists employees, brought us to one particular employee that was supervising the client’s oversight to the fabrication vendor “Pool to Pad” services that had just finished the first canister.


The client’s project manager for the dry cask campaign stated to us that after he allowed us to supervise the construction of the concrete overpacks for the canisters they were able to convey to the site V.P. that BT Utility Specialists was a company with a “Passion for the Industry” that only brings the “Best of the Best” to the project. Hence, the “Value Added” being our passion and our people!


So, if you could use some “Value Added” qualities to your site or campaign, let one of our representatives know at the NEI Used Fuels Conference in May or if you would consider calling one of our client references that have already used us to demonstrate “Value Added“, we know that they will speak to the subject better than we do!!!


We would like to “Demonstrate” the meaning of a “Value Added Team” with a few more select clients!!!


Bernie L. Preisz

Dallas Heart Walk 2013

Bernie’s Team (Bernie and Lisa) participated in this years American Heart Association Heart Walk winding through downtown Dallas ending at the Victory Park. While our leader has many strengths photo ops may not be one of them. However he did get out there and to the best of my knowledge there was no other participation from the rest of the team. Including myself.

July 2013

July 23rd and July 24th -Bernie will be in Birmingham for a meeting, along with Paul Gillespie and John Dunning.


July 29th through August 2nd – Bernie will be visiting Cooper Nuclear Station and Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station. While there he will be meet with Kathleen Britt, the newest member of Bernie’s Team.



April, 2013

Used Fuel Management Conference, May 7, 8 & 9, 2013 St Petersburg, FL. Bernie’s Team will be there and we hope to see you there as well!

We will be in Atlanta to review some equipment prior to our purchase. Stay tuned for more information regarding that.

If you are around the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas the morning of April 8th, you may get your last look at Bernie hobbling in for his hip replacement. Yep, after many years of stress, pain and aggravation, for both he Lisa and his team, the replacement of his hip will occur.

We are at Limerick assisting in the preparation for the upcoming Corporate Challenge Readiness meeting on April 29th.

March, 2013

This is time of year for the NRC’s Regulatory Information Conference” and BT will be there. Look for Bernie and say hello, it is probably the last time you will see him limping along with the bad hip. It would also be a good time to find out where the team is with Used Fuel Management and the Equipment Inventory we are building!!! Can you spell Doerfer Wheelift ?

Our home away from home! Cooper Nuclear Station

Get off Interstate 29 at the Rockport Exit and travel West on Highway 139. When you cross the wide Missouri River the first road on your left is County Road 648A take the turn and follow the road around until you reach the end of the stand of trees. (If you arrive in the spring you will no doubt understand the meaning of the “wide Missouri”.) There you will see a driveway and a sign saying Brownville RV Park and River Inn Resort. Try it you will love it. It is the best place to stay in the area and you can walk to Cooper Station from there. Be sure to allow your self enough time to enjoy the gourmet breakfast.  They are beyond good and included in the price of the room, even better!!! Maybe we will see you there one of these days!!!

Hitachi Zosen buys NAC International

Hitachi Zosen is to buy used fuel management specialist NAC International from its current owner, USEC, in a $45 million deal that will provide the Japanese company with a platform to expand its operations in used fuel transportation and storage.

Osaka-headquartered engineering company Hitachi Zosen, often referred to as Hitz, has

Hitachi Zosen buys NAC International

Magnastor casks in use at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant (Image: NAC International)

over 30 years of experience in manufacturing nuclear fuel transport and storage casks and has fabricated dry cask storage and transportation systems for NAC since the 1980s. The company holds American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) N-stamp accreditation.

Hitachi Zosen president Minoru Furukawa expressed the company’s “strong aspiration” to further develop its used fuel business in partnership with NAC. A company press release noted that the acquisition would enable Hitachi Zosen to offer a ‘one stop’ solution for used nuclear fuel storage and transportation and to develop this business globally.

“In the aftermath of events at Fukushima, there is a greater focus on spent fuel storage. Hitachi Zosen has been actively involved in NAC activities through fabrication work and is well positioned to further develop market opportunities for NAC’s innovative systems,” USEC president and CEO John Welch explained.

USEC bought NAC International in 2004 for $16 million. Welch said that the decision to sell NAC formed part of the company’s strategy to focus on its core uranium business and the deployment of its American Centrifuge Technology over the next several years. The centrifuge project has been dogged by problems with both technology and finance. The $45 million sale, which has been achieved through a competitive process, will benefit the company’s balance sheet.

NAC president Ken Cole said the acquisition held great promise for his company’s customers and employees. “We have a long-standing relationship with Hitachi Zosen and have a deep respect for its excellent operations,” he said, adding that he expected the NAC organisation, which includes international nuclear fuel cycle consulting and information services as well as its storage and transport operations, to remain intact. The company’s Magnastor dry-cask technology was the first high capacity multipurpose used fuel storage technology to receive certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The transaction is expected to close in March. As part of the deal, USEC will agree not to engage in competition with NAC for three years thereafter.

Researched and written
by World Nuclear News

Bernie’s Team UFMS 2012 Limerick Project Summary

On December 14, 2012, Bernie’s Team (Dave Kern) successfully completed its Exelon Dry Cask Storage (DCS) contract, managing Limerick’s 2012 Spent Fuel Loading Campaign (SFLC) and HSM-H Installation project.

Acting as the site DCS we, with the assistance of other site support groups, prepared and executed a three (3) cask loading campaign consisting of TN 61BT dry shielded canisters (DSCs). The entire team completed this task safely, on schedule, error free, on budget, and under dose stretch goals, despite weather delays and emergent site issues. The team received numerous site and corporate accolades for Limerick’s best DCS performance to date.

Immediately following the SFLC, Dave Kern initiated the HSM-H Installation project consisting of nineteen (19) HSM-H storage modules with the assistance of HAKE Rigging Company. Accolades to the following Team members:

HAKE for their excellent and professional performance in all aspects of the project. Jim Radomicki, John Picking and Pat Moore provided excellent leadership and their team executed their duties with the highest standards.

Dave Kern provided HSM field subject matter expertise and oversight during the installation process that attributed to our success. Dave’s questioning atittude assisted in more than one occasion.

Tom Salerno (Project Coordinator) and Gene Grace (Work Planner), retired site employees, provided invaluable site expertise instrumental in the team’s success.

Doug Suddeth provided timely QC field support second to none!
Like the SFLC, this effort also received numerous site and corporate accolades for excellent performance.

In summary, although challenging, Bernie’s Team enjoyed the opportunity in assisting Exelon meet their Limerick 2012 DCS goals. Bernie’s Team will continue to provide consulting services to assist Limerick prepare for their upcoming 2013 SFLC.

Where in the world is the team?

Left to right; Gene Grace-Exelon, Dave Kern-Bernie's team, Bernie, Tom Salerno-Exelon, Alex Hay, Doug Suddeth-Exelon
The Limerick team & Bernie

Left to right; Gene Grace-Exelon, Dave Kern-Bernie’s team, Bernie, Tom Salerno-Exelon, Alex Hay-Bernie’s Team, Doug Suddeth-Exelon

Bernie’s visit to Limerick included among other things a tour of the ISFSI and a picture session with ISFSI Pool to Pad Team.

Congratualtions to Exelon and the team for a job well done.












December is the month The team will visit the Exelon Limerick Nuclear Station and the ISFSI support Team, December 5th, 6th and 7th. Look for an overview of this visit from Bernie in a few days and some long awaited photograhs!


In November you will find The team in Nebraska discussing 2013 with NPPD folks and at Fort Calhoun greeting our new employees Jodie Risner and Matthew Miner. Later in the month, November 28th and 29th The team will be at the US Nuclear Used Fuel Strategy Conference in Charlotte, NC. We hope to see you there as well!


Bernie’s Team will be attending the Energizing Powerful Connections Supplier Diversity Conference on  Nov. 7 and 8, in Birmingham, Alabama.


During October The team was in Atlanta to discuss Dry Cask closure welding with BHI Energy’s WeldTech Services. We also met with Southern Nuclear Company to discuss our recent addition to their approved supplier list as a  Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, the approval also covered the entire Southern Company.


The team will be visiting two new clients in September in the Northeast!


The team including Scott Atwater, Shawn Miller and John Dunning attended a meeting at a new clients request in the South to show them our capabilities in Dry Cask Storage.

August 1 through August 3, 2012.


The team travelled to Ft Calhoun and Cooper to have lunch and dinner with our employees at these two sites. This was a new employee at Cooper trip. BT visits every site at least Quarterly and within thirty days of a new arrival.

June 25 through June 29, 2012.


The team attended the USA Conference in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado the week of June 12th through June 15th, 2012. The USA conference as always was a complete success at the venue it presented. We arrived before the fires were present and the beautiful state of Colorado was defiled with the Shootings. BT did not have a booth this year but was able to roam the floor and meet and greet several of the upper management staff of our Clients and friends. It was, as usual, an outstanding opportunity to renew friendships and create new ones.


Remember next years USA Conference is at The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia, June 4th through June 7th, 2013.



The team was represented by Bernie Preisz at the NEI Dry Cask Forum in St. Petersburg, FL the week of May 7th through May 10th, 2012.