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E M I T R I S TAT E TA N K SUMMER 2012 Building Tanks to Last Supplying tank trucks for a variety of industries requires extensive customization and regional variation, especially of vacuum trucks. The trucks that Tri State Tank supplies are used in many industries to transport fuel, gas and agricultural chemicals. • Kansas City, Mo. “A propane cargo tank is half-inch-thick steel, so it may last 40 years, whereas trucks wear out in 10 to 15 years.” // JASON SOULON, sales manager [ BY RUSS GAGER ] Because tanks frequently outlast their trucks, it is not unusual for a fuel or propane tank to be removed from one truck chassis and remounted onto a new one. Sales Manager Jason Soulon of Tri State Tank, a leading manufacturer and refurbisher of cargo tank motor vehicles and a Walker Group Holdings company, points out that nearly half of the tank PROFILE trucks that the company supplies are sporting refurbished tanks. “A propane cargo tank is half-inchthick steel, so it may last 40 years, whereas trucks wear out in 10 to 15 years,” Soulon explains. “Diesel and gasoline tanks can be refurbished and last one or two lifecycles on a truck, but they are a thinner material.” Reinstalling a used propane tank onto a new chassis requires several additional stages of production compared to a new tank. “We remove it from the old chassis, strip the tank, and if necessary, perform weld repairs,” Soulon says. “Many times the tank rails are corroded beyond repair, so we install new tank rails. We sandblast the tank back to bare metal, and then the tank can be primed and painted. We install new piping, fenders, a body and pumping system, and when we’re done, you have a likenew propane tank for a $10,000 to $15,000 savings over buying a new one.” Tri State Tank keeps the most common styles of fuel and propane trucks in its inventory. “Beyond that, we’re building to customer order,” Soulon says. He attributes much of this demand to the oil fields. “The demand for the support equipment for the drilling and fracking activities started in the summer of 2010,” Soulon recalls. REGIONAL VARIATION In addition to oil fields, the trucks that Tri State Tank supplies are used in many commercial industries to transport fuel, gas and agricultural chemicals. The company also manufactures vacuum Tri State Tank . | Headquarters: Kansas City, Mo. | Employees: 200 Specialty: Tank trucks for propane, refined fuel and vacuuming 242

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Energy & Mining International - Summer 2012
Wind Financing
Latin American Energy
Mining Developments
Wabash Mfg. Inc.
Mega Precious Metals
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Rainy River Resources Ltd.
Canada Energy
Gear Energy
Manitok Energy Inc.
Chieftain Metals
IC Potash
Nyrstar Langlois Mine
Phoenix Technology Services Inc.
Waycon Manufacturing Ltd.
Tuscany International Drilling
Latin America Focus
Canacol Energy
Orosur Mining
Lithium One Inc.
Cabo Drilling (Panama) Corp.
Continental Gold Ltd.
Guyana Oil Co. Ltd.
Batero Gold Corp.
The Williston Basin
Primary Petroleum
Sanjel Corp.
Summit Energy Services
Kengor Metals LLC
Stone Energy
Holloway Pipe
McFarren Group – Appalachian Transload Services
Trumbull Corp.
De-Cal Mechanical
Buck’s Fabricating
ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies
Hamilton Machine/ ValTek Industries
Rodenberg Diversified LLC
Mazzella Lifting Technologies
Independence Excavating
Magna-Solutions LLC
Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC
MinExpo 2012
Rail-Veyor Technologies
STW Technic
RAM Enterprise
Miner Elastomer Products Corp.
McElroy Manufacturing
REICHdrill Inc.
Gunnebo Johnson Corp.
The Timken Co.
K/M Specialty Pumps & Systems Inc.
Schroeder Industries
The Reinforced Earth Co.
Geoprobe Systems®
Sumitomo Pogo Mine LLC – Pogo Mine
Power Service Inc.
National Pump Co.
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
TonaTec Exploration
Xtreme Oil & Gas Inc.
White Tiger Gold
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Lydford Mining Co.
MFM Industries Inc.
Crescent Companies
Tri State Tank
Aquila Resources
Armstrong Coal
EnerJex Resources Inc.
Sanchez Energy Corp.
Chatham Steel Corp.
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