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Celebrates Record Award-Winning Year

Over the past handful of years, Hydro-Thermal experienced a profound boom in business, prompting significant growth in employees, office and manufacturing space, technology, and revenue. During this bustling time, the organization was also recognized with a variety of prestigious awards. In 2016 the organization received six honors, spanning the state to international, doubling the amount of recognition received in the best of previous years.

In 2016 Hydro-Thermal won five awards including the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year-Grand Award, Fastest Growing Firms, and the Governor's Export Achievement Award. These three are examples of awards that Hydro-Thermal submitted an application for and won. The other two 2016 honors were, the Corporate Partner Award, given by the Waukesha Education Foundation and the APICS Company of the Year. These awards are significant since they were not applied for, but given to Hydro-Thermal based off interaction and observation of the organization. Hydro-Thermal was also named as a finalist for the Platt Global Metals Award.

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year-Grand Award is the highest state award recognizing excellence in manufacturing. Criteria for this award focuses on financial growth and stability, effective research and development, commitment to quality, employees, and community. In 2016 Hydro-Thermal won the medium sized business category (100-299 employees), which was the most contested group, with 10 finalist companies.

The 2016 win of the Governor's Export Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary results in international markets and elevating Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global economy. Hydro-Thermal also received this award in 2011, further evidence of stability and ongoing commitment to innovation and global expansion.

Earning the designation of Fastest Growing Firms Award winner is another demonstration of Hydro-Thermal’s exceptional growth and financial stability. Recipients of this award are Wisconsin-based companies with the highest percentage of growth from 2013 to 2015, with annual revenue between $3 million and $500 million.

“Hydro-Thermal invests heavily in young people and community, and is involved with many programs that mentor and inspire. I believe this is why we received the 2016 Corporate Partner Award from the Waukesha Education Foundation,” said Hydro-Thermal CEO and President Jim Zaiser. This unsolicited third-party honor is voted on by committee and recognizes outstanding effort to foster quality and innovative learning and ensure a strong community foundation. Hydro-Thermal has a robust scope of volunteerism and mentoring young people through multiple programs in Waukesha County as well as Greater Milwaukee.

Being voted APICS Company of the Year speaks directly to the efficiency and productivity of Hydro-Thermal. This unsolicited third-party honor is voted on by a committee comprised of APICS members. APICS is an international association for professionals in all areas of resource management, including inventory, materials, supply chain, and all other areas that contribute to the overall efficiency and productivity of an organization.

Zaiser remarked, “This additional attention has created more opportunities to join expert panels, industry discussions and other activities that add further value to Hydro-Thermal, our employees and our brand.” After such an amazing 2016, Hydro-Thermal is focused on select, very high profile international award opportunities. “The commitment to the strong Hydro-Thermal values like innovation and community will continue,” said Zaiser.

Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the manufacturing and design of industrial and sanitary steam heating solutions. Our patented heating system mixes steam and process liquids completely while delivering precise and consistent temperature, instantaneous heating, and no scaling or fouling of the product. Eighty years of steam heating expertise and innovation have led to our product’s presence in facilities in more than 85 countries around the world.

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Developing the Next Generation of Food Scientists

Hydro-Thermal recently started a partnership with Mount Mary University’s new Food Science Chemistry Department. In September, three students and professor Dr. Anne Vravick will conduct starch research tests that will continue throughout the semester in Hydro-Thermal’s R&D Lab. The students will also gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside Hydro-Thermal’s food scientist and engineers. The Mount Mary starch research testing will culminate with a full student presentation to Hydro-Thermal’s Food Team on Friday, December 1.

The students will also observe Hydro-Thermal’s award-winning SilverLine food and beverage processing system, cooking starch and taking preliminary samples. The tests will yield important recommendations for SilverLine system’s fine tuning for the future. The system has been in field testing since 2010 (initially introduced as the Smart Cooking System) and has already garnered three impressive awards.

The relationship with Mount Mary is part of Hydro-Thermal’s Partners in Technology program, which fuels innovation via research partnerships with leading Midwestern universities, research associations, independent R&D engineering firms and customers. The program facilitates improvements and enhancements to current products and inspires new product development.

Milwaukee is one of the leading cities in the nation when it comes to careers in food science, with food and beverage production accounting for 9% of southeastern Wisconsin’s overall manufacturing. The Mount Mary Food Science Chemistry major was established in Fall 2016 to meet demand for jobs in the field. The curriculum is built with the help of local food industry professionals -- ensuring students get the right training and connect with potential employers. From food safety to sustainability, courses involve a lot of chemistry and analytics. Previously Mount Mary’s other food-related major was Dietetics, which focuses on food and behavior.

"It is exciting that Hydro-Thermal is in on the ground level with Mount Mary’s new Food Science Chemistry major," said Adam Small, Business Development Food Scientist for Hydro-Thermal. “With the industry booming on a local, national and international level, we are in an excellent position to have strong ties to exceptional students on the cutting edge of learning.” Hydro-Thermal has pioneered many new products and applications through its Partners in Technology program and looks forward to the results of working with the bright, enthusiastic students from Mount Mary University. MtMaryStrip

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Hydro-Thermal Named to Future 50 List

Waukesha, WI - Hydro-Thermal Corporation has been named a 2015 Future 50 company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE).

The Future 50 program, now in its 28th year, recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

“It is always encouraging to see such a strong group of applicants and winners in this program each year. These companies truly represent the future of our region,” said Mary Steinbrecher, executive director of COSBE.

When asked what entrepreneurial traits helped him lead the organization to where it is today, Hydro-Thermal President, Jim Zaiser, credits his self-motivation, inner drive, optimism, trust in himself, courage, passion, discipline and strong communication. He also acknowledges that he still practices and evolves these traits every day. Jim notes, “They are a key element in determining the sustainability of our team and our future.”

The Future 50 companies will be honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 10, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at The Pfister Hotel. The luncheon will be hosted by the MMAC, COSBE and BizTimes Media. To register to attend, visit www.mmac.org/events.

“We look forward to honoring these fast-growing companies and learning more about the best practices that are driving their growth,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee.

Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the manufacturing and design of industrial and sanitary steam heating solutions. Our patented heating system mixes steam and process liquids completely while delivering precise and consistent temperature, instantaneous heating, and no scaling or fouling of the product. Eighty years of steam heating expertise and innovation have led to our product’s presence in facilities in more than 85 countries around the world.

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2016 Fastest Growing Firm

Waukesha, WI – Hydro-Thermal Corporation has been selected as a 2016 Fastest Growing Firm by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

For a company to be selected, it must have annual revenue between $3 million and $500 million, and have recorded a profit for the past three years. Companies with the highest percentages of growth from 2013 to 2015 were selected as winners. In all, 28 Wisconsin firms received the honor for 2016.

“We have another group of highly successful winners that have pushed hard and smartly gone about their business to sustain growth over the past few years. It’s another good sign of the strength of our economy,” said Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief, for the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Hydro-Thermal President, Jim Zaiser, credits this award to “thinking long term, and investing in the future with a dedicated team of individuals who share the same goals, for Hydro-Thermal and the future of business in southeastern Wisconsin.”

The 2016 winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Friday, August 12 at the Pfister Hotel from 11:30am–1:45pm, as well as in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Aug. 12 weekly edition.

Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the manufacturing and design of industrial and sanitary steam heating solutions. Our patented heating system mixes steam and process liquids completely while delivering precise and consistent temperature, instantaneous heating, and no scaling or fouling of the product. Eighty years of steam heating expertise and innovation have led to our product’s presence in facilities in more than 85 countries around the world.

 

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The Intellective by Hydro-Thermal

Hydro-Thermal recently signed a lease for an office space in downtown Waukesha, located at 330 W. Broadway. This innovative, collaborative workspace, nicknamed the Intellective by Hydro-Thermal staff, will be utilized in developing new Hydro-Thermal products and processes. The goal for this space is to foster growth, develop new opportunities, and compete in today’s manufacturing space through innovation.

The 1,400-square foot building will be operational in September and features an open concept approach to encourage collaboration. The urban setting, nestled in with many restaurants and professional offices, offers a striking change to the company’s current, more traditional headquarters located near the Waukesha County Airport. The soaring 16-foot ceilings and lack of any type of cubicle structure encourages the flow of energy throughout. The space will accommodate 10 staff and/or contractors and also features a spacious, modern, conference room designated for group interaction.

The craft beer system product development team is ready to move in and get to work as the first group to utilize the new space. “It’s exciting to know I will be part of the first of many projects housed here, but most of the excitement comes from knowing our company is truly investing in and becoming more innovative” remarked James Ober, Project Manager for the Beer Team. This is one of the many interesting and high-profile opportunities Hydro-Thermal has in the works. The thought is that work done in this space will pay large dividends for the future of the company.

This is the fourth expansion for Hydro-Thermal since the 1995 move to the current headquarters at 400 Pilot Court in Waukesha. Their original location was on 70th and State Street in Wauwatosa. With each expansion, the company further transitioned toward a more innovative workspace, bringing down walls, and making design decisions that facilitate creative flow.

Hydro-Thermal’s initial expansion in 2012 increased its headquarters by 10,000 square feet, for a total of 36,000 square feet. In 2015 Hydro-Thermal added a second facility down the street from its headquarters. The 16,000-square foot space, located at 407 Pilot Court, houses 12,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 15 offices. In 2016 a second expansion to the 407 building occurred, adding 5,000 square feet with 20 work spaces, two conference rooms, and three small “focus” rooms.

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Hydro-Thermal recently received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (WIMOTY) Grand Award. This is the 29th year of the WIMOTY annual award program, which recognizes outstanding achievement in manufacturing. Hydro-Thermal won this award the first time in 2010, and was a finalist in 2015.

Hydro-Thermal competed in the medium sized business category (100-299 employees), which was also the most competitive category with a total of 10 finalist companies. Award criteria covers commitment to employees, effective research and development, commitment to quality, financial growth and stability, and commitment to community.

Here are a few highlights from Hydro-Thermal’s award application:

Commitment to Employees

  • National job tenure average is 4.6 yrs. More than 50% of Hydro-Thermal staff have been here longer than that, with 1 of every 8 here for more than 15 years, and 5 here more than 25 years

Effective Research and Development

  • In 2016 Hydro-Thermal filed three new patents, in addition to four patents pending, more than a dozen active patents registered in foreign countries, 40 process patents, and 60 offshoot patents

Commitment to Quality

  • Hydro-Thermal recruits expert staff, and mutually shares information with more than two dozen external resources via our strategic research partnerships

Financial Growth and Stability

  • More than doubled sales in the last 10 years, tripled manufacturing and office space within the last three years

Commitment to Community

  • Numerous collaborations with the Waukesha County Business Alliance (WCBA), more than 10-year commitment to intern and apprentice programs

WIMOTY applications are categorized by number of employees and are judged by a panel of leaders in manufacturing, who are independent of the award program sponsors. This is Hydro-Thermal’s first year of competing in the medium-sized business (100+ employees) category. In 2010 Hydro-Thermal won this award in the small business category (less than 100 employees), and was a finalist in 2015.

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Fuel Ethanol Conference 2017

This week Hydro-Thermal presented and exhibited at the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world. The Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) now in its 33rd year, hosts 2,000+ attendees and 300 exhibitors.

Hydro-Thermal Channel Partner, Dr. Loren Chen, spoke to conference attendees about the Effects of Jet Cooking on the Enzymatic Degradation of Starch. Technical presentations are hand-picked by an abstract rating committee of nearly 40 industry experts. Dr. Chen is looked to as the preeminent expert of ethanol and starch markets in Asia. He is also the President of East Tide Science & Technology and has more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Chen earned his PhD from The Ohio State University in Inorganic Chemistry and earned his BA in the same field from Cal State-Fullerton.

The FEW delivers timely presentations with a strong focus on commercial-scale ethanol production – from quality control and yield maximization to regulatory compliance and fiscal management. The FEW is also the ethanol industry’s premier forum for unveiling new technologies and research findings. The FEW also offers superb networking forums alongside the largest, most widely attended expo in the business. The program extensively covers cellulosic ethanol while remaining committed to optimizing existing grain ethanol operations.

The 2017 FEW is in Minneapolis, MN, with upwards of 500 plant personnel from ethanol facilities in more than 30 countries in attendance.FEW2017booth

 

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Hydro-Thermal recently received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (WIMOTY) Grand Award. This is the 29th year of the WIMOTY annual award program, which recognizes outstanding achievement in manufacturing.

Hydro-Thermal competed in the medium sized business category (100-299 employees), which was also the most competitive category with a total of 10 finalist companies. Award criteria covers commitment to employees, effective research and development, commitment to quality, financial growth and stability, and commitment to community.

Here are a few highlights from Hydro-Thermal’s award application:

Commitment to Employees

• National job tenure average is 4.6 yrs. More than 50% of Hydro-Thermal staff have been here longer than that, with 1 of every 8 here for more than 15 years, and 5 here more than 25 years

Effective Research and Development

• In 2016 Hydro-Thermal filed three new patents, in addition to four patents pending, more than a dozen active patents registered in foreign countries, 40 process patents, and 60 offshoot patents

Commitment to Quality

• Hydro-Thermal recruits expert staff, and mutually shares information with more than two dozen external resources via our strategic research partnerships

Financial Growth and Stability

• More than doubled sales in the last 10 years, tripled manufacturing and office space within the last three years

Commitment to Community

• Numerous collaborations with the Waukesha County Business Alliance (WCBA), more than 10-year commitment to intern and apprentice programs

WIMOTY applications are categorized by number of employees and are judged by a panel of leaders in manufacturing, who are independent of the award program sponsors. This is Hydro-Thermal’s first year of competing in the medium-sized business (100+ employees) category. In 2010 Hydro-Thermal won this award in the small business category (less than 100 employees), and was a finalist in 2015.

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Hydro-Thermal employees give back

Hydro-Thermal is entering its sixth year of volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). In that time we have served more than 2,000 people delicious, home-cooked meals!

RMHC is a national non-profit that provides a home away from home for millions of families caring for a sick child, who need a place where the whole family can be together. Their mission is to offer as much support as possible during their trials. Access to a hot meal is one of the many ways that RMHC provides normalcy in chaotic times for these families.

Hydro-Thermal has been volunteering at RMHC since 2012. Each time we volunteer, Hydro-Thermal staff serve anywhere from 50 to more than 100 parents and children at a typical meal. These meals are a welcome reprieve from hospital food and parents and children are extremely grateful for the time and care that goes into the meals. Meal types include a wide variety-from grilled fare to fajitas to breakfast casseroles!

Usually meals are prepared from scratch. Hydro-Thermal sponsors some of the ingredients while staff choose to purchase some of them on their own. All meals are prepared on site and the homemade smell permeates the entire place! Grateful families claim, “This is the best food I’ve eaten in a long time!”

Hydro-Thermal also donates pop tabs to support RMHC. In 2016 they collected 8,561 pounds of aluminum. In 2016, this program raised more than $18,000 – an all-time record!

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Steam in the Blood

Long before there was the Indy 500 or Daytona, there was Wisconsin’s Great Race of 1878. Recognized as the first documented car race, it was highly anticipated and featured cars powered by steam traction engine. The winner stood to gain $10,000.

In 1875 Wisconsin was looking to stimulate automotive development. The state legislature offered a $10,000 bounty to the creator of a machine “propelled by steam or other motive agent which shall be cheap and practical substitute for the horse and other animals on the highway and farm.” The state was a buzz with engineers, inventors, and others in pursuit of the big prize.

By the time race day came, six registrants signed on for the historic race. Each of the six cars were named after the city where they were built. When the start flag waved only two registrants actually made it to race day, the Oshkosh and the Green Bay. The 200-mile race wound its way through Wisconsin, at an average speed of six miles per hour.

The Oshkosh’s winning time was 33 hours and 27 minutes. Although it was the simpler of the two competitors, and it weighed more than 10,000 pounds. It also featured a large vertical boiler and cylinders of 6” bore and 8” stroke made all of 12 horsepower.

Oshkosh’s winning vehicle was built by six of the town residents: Alexander Gallinger, Anson Farrand, Frank Schomer, John F. Morse, John Owens, Martin T. Battis. All the men were involved in businesses that would benefit from the successful invention of a vehicle beyond horse and buggy.

Gallinger, the driver of the Oshkosh, has been credited with being the mastermind behind the inspiration for the Oshkosh as well as the invention of the mechanical differential.

Alexander Gallinger is the great, great grandfather of Hydro-Thermal employee, Grant Gallinger. This story, along with many others were handed down through the generations, along with a love of racing, steam, and engineering.

Prior to the Great Race of 1878, Grant’s great, great Grandfather and the Gallinger family were mostly involved in agricultural business. Since Alexander’s success, many of the Gallingers have pursued careers that align with some form of racing, steam or engineering.

His great, great grandfather’s celebrity was influential in moving Grant himself into a career that involved steam and engineering. Today Grant is the Industry Sales Manager for Hydro-Thermal’s Industrial team. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Small Business from Illinois State University.

Since then Grant has been working with industrial steam and condensate return systems for more than 10 years. He has achieved a rare level of certification as a Steam System Specialist level I, II, and III and has won numerous awards for his expertise. Grant was also voted Salesperson of the Year by his previous employer, Swagelok Energy Advisors, an international firm specializing in steam system performance.

Grant also shares a love of racing with his great, great Grandfather, although his machines go much faster than six miles per hour. At age 16 he started autocross, went on to graduate from Skip Barber Racing school, earn a competition license, and compete in a wide variety of races across the US.

Grant is also the proud owner of a wide variety of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, including a 1965 Norton 650SS, 1985 Porsche Carrera 911, 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 and more. Sharing his grandfather’s mechanical adeptness and ingenuity, Grant has also rebuilt a number of Norton Commando motorcycles.

When asked about the Oshkosh, knowing his love of history and restoration, Grant said “Unfortunately, it no longer exists. It was converted into a farm implement and then used up. Nobody was nostalgic in those days.”

Grant and his wife have proven sentimental though. Their son is named after Grant’s great, great Grandfather, Alexander.

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Leadership Lessons

At a small business symposium held in earlier this month, Hydro-Thermal Corporation’s President and CEO, Jim Zaiser, inspired local business owners with his leadership lessons. His keynote presentation for the What to Consider when Growing Your Business event, shared his views on the critical components to making big strides in a small business. Hydro-Thermal experienced greater than 30% growth in 2015, so attendees were eager to learn his secrets.

A balance of innovation, diversification, risk and hiring the best possible talent were a few of the critical key drivers for success. Zaiser also spoke of the benefits of partnering with entities outside your organization. This greatly increases intellectual capital and accelerates R&D, while also expanding knowledge of new technologies.

Investing in where you want to be as an organization was another theme that resonated with attendees. After chatting with participants informally after his presentation Zaiser remarked, “What I shared today are lessons that can truly benefit any business owner, regardless of their company size or industry type. They are foundational elements for success.” Symposium attendees were from a wide range of industries – from food and beverage to service providers, municipal to manufacturing, and more.

Hydro-Thermal is a global manufacturing company that designs Hydroheaters for applications in a vast array of industries. Eighty-one years of steam heating expertise and innovation have led to our product’s presence in facilities in more than 80 countries around the world.

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2015 Finalist Manufacturer of the Year

WIMOTYpresentationFINALHydro-Thermal is proud to be named as a finalist for the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (WIMOTY) Award. Our CEO and President, Jim Zaiser, was recently presented with the nomination certificate by representatives from two of the award sponsor companies, Corey Tremaine of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause and Richard L Kaiser of Michael Best & Friedrich. Hydro-Thermal is one of 28 finalists to receive this distinction.

The WIMOTY annual award program celebrates the successes of manufacturers in the state: their innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction, and quality jobs. This is the WIMOTY Awards 28th year of existence.

Hydro-Thermal won this award in 2010. This year’s winners will be named at the WIMOTY awards banquet on Thursday, February 25.

For more on the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award go to wimoty.com

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CIP in Ethanol

Badger State Ethanol is a dry mill ethanol production facility producing 58 million gallons of ethanol per year. The company, located in Monroe, Wisconsin, also produces co-products such as distiller grains, corn oil, and carbon dioxide.

100 0040In ethanol facilities, clean-in-place (CIP) is an important application that it is often overlooked. If ethanol producers do not have enough hot water through their CIP process, the batch could become contaminated and result in wasted product. In order to counteract this problem, ethanol producers heat the water hotter or add more chemicals, both of which are expensive and inefficient.

Badger State previously used an inefficient sparging system for their CIP applications. Sparging causes uncondensed steam bubbles to evaporate in the atmosphere, wasting large amounts of energy. This lost heat/condensate can corrode piping and ceilings. In addition, steam bubbles form and cavitate on tank walls, causing hammering and damage to the tank and surrounding piping. Badger State experienced a variety of these problems and more – sparging nozzles completely breaking off during operation, rust on the high beams of their ceiling, and damage to the tank due to violent shaking.

Badger State decided to replace their inefficient sparging system with a Hydro-Thermal EZ Heater skid (EZH skid). The EZH skid reduced their maintenance needs, by requiring minimal service only once a year, and eliminated the cavitation and hammer issues faced with the sparging.

Badger State also noticed a reduction in their boiler makeup water. Doug Friedrich, Badger State Ethanol’s Operations Manager, elaborated, “When we first put the EZ Heater on line, our boiler makeup water dropped by a gallon and a half. It is normally 35 gallons a minute and it dropped to about 33 and a half.”

The reduced steam usage was verified by the reduced boiler makeup water. Due to the reduction in their boiler water, Badger State experienced a total savings of $32,045 per year. With sparging, Badger State was heating the tank to its maximum temperature. Due to higher efficiency steam mixing, Badger State is able to heat the water hotter while using less steam. Although heating the water to a higher temperature results in a less drastic amount of steam savings, it does ensure a more consistent CIP, which was the goal for Badger State.

Badger State is improving their product quality and ethanol production process thanks to their strong business relationship with Hydro-Thermal. Would you like to achieve precise temperature control for CIP at your plant? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a Hydro-Thermal representative to learn more about the EZ Heater.

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Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the development and manufacturing of Hydroheaters. Through our vast global channel partners, we support hydro heating in six continents and all industrialized areas. We create heating systems for a variety of industries including: pulp, paper, chemical, ethanol, food & beverage, metal, & more!

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