Tuck Routes: “Meters Are Us”
By Al Tucker
Late last year, there was heightened-interest here in Ontario with respect to Fuel Tanker safety as a result of a couple of high profile fatality collisions on the 400 series highways. Under the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), we have the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDG Act) and the provincially adopted equivalent. Rigorous inspection, testing and repair criteria have been established across Canada for all Tank Trucks and Tank Trailers carrying dangerous goods. To that end, I had the opportunity to connect with a major Highway Tank and TC Portable Tank diagnostic and repair facility.
Keltic Tank and Meter Limited is owned and operated by General Manager, James Nothof and his wife Ayesha in partnership with Kevin and Ellen Peck. The company is in Ayr, Ontario, ideally located near the intersection of Hwy 401 and Hwy 97, just off Industrial Road, at 500 Waydom Dr., in the former DyTerra Ontario branch property. James worked for DyTerra for a number of years prior to buying the business outright in March 2017. The facility sits on 3 acres with 10,000 sq. feet of shop, storage and office space. Keltic employs nine, including three certified Meter Technicians, along with a Licenced Mechanic and a current opening for a motivated Apprentice.
Propane Tank Inspection and Repair is the main focus these days representing at least half of their business, followed by Petroleum Tanker, Lube/Oil and DEF Tank services along with rebuilding and repair of all types of Tankers. One recent project, to restore and refurbish a Propane Tanker Trailer, took ten weeks from start to finish. In terms of unit numbers, 300 annual inspections of Propane Tank Trucks & Trailers along with a mixture of around 200 other tank type units keeps Keltic’s mechanical and diagnostic staff quite busy on a daily basis. With around 80% of the business in Ontario, their major Ontario client is Superior Propane. The balance of their Inspection and Calibration business comes from the Western Provinces with occasional trips to the Maritimes. In other words, as James explained, Keltic covers virtually all of Canada!
Requests for Fabrication services have been picking up lately. While touring their shop, they were just finishing up with the installation of a 3.000 gal. DEF Tank installation in a Doerr Van body designed for a portable service operation. Most often, a suitable cab & chassis is provided by the customer for such fab projects. In terms of Propane and Fuel tanks projects, they offer a variety of tank sizes. Currently their shop rolls out around two Altered or Final Stage Tank Truck units monthly.
The most substantial part of Keltic services involves the installation of metering equipment and electronic registration including TOTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS™ products and their TCS 3000 Electronic registers along with other components to mechanically and electrically connect liquid handling systems together. Mid:Com Computer Registers are another big part of the electronic registration Keltic installs. The emergency shutdown devices used on LPG units are from Base Engineering which includes shutting down the unit in an emergency situation and also has a query option to make sure the driver is aware of the delivery. Base also has come out with the Base Station Electronic Computer system that links the Electronic Register in the Tanker to the office for better communication and also has a GPS system built in to help the driver to get to the customer easier. Keltic has invested in the specialized electronics training of their technicians provided in week long courses offered at BASE Engineering Inc. in Saint John, New Brunswick and TCS in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Keltic Tank is a Measurement Canada Authorized Service Provider, offers Mobile services, is ASME Certified (M1, M5, TC331/F1, F5, TC406), Transport Canada B620 Certified, carries a Certification of Authorization from the National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors, is an authorized Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Licence, a CTEA Member and is authorized by Transport Canada Road Safety to affix a National Safety Mark.
As the name ‘Keltic’ implies, James, Ayesha and their Team are well connected with key people in the commercial highway tank industry. In order to keep in shape physically and mentally to meet the daily demands of their busy work regimen, both James and youngest son do Mauy Thai while Ayesha and their son Ty are practitioners of the Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
For more information, visit www.keltictank.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.740.7188.☚