STI/SPFA Hall of Fame

One of the distinctions of STI/SPFA is its strong volunteer support base, which has been critical to the success of the organization, its service and education offerings and work on behalf of steel plate fabricators that has resulted in recognition of STI/SPFA within the industry.

These awards acknowledge individuals whose contributions to the Steel Tank Institute and Steel Plate Fabricators Association are noteworthy.

Hall of Fame Award

The STI/SPFA Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the success of STI/SPFA and dedication to the future of the steel fabrication industry.

Steve Hammoor

Brighton Tru-Edge

Ralph Carpenter


Wayne Geyer


Patrick W. Kennedy

Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Year Inductee Company
2018 Charles A. Frey, Jr. Highland Tank and Manufacturing
Rich Horn Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I)
2016 Tim Woofter Stanwade Metal Products
2015 Brian Donovan STICO Mutual Insurance
2009 Joseph Hammoor
Bill Carlson Cathodic Protection Management
George Tupac G.J. Tupac & Associates Inc.
2007 Jeff Hock Enerfab, Inc.
George Ruchti American SpiralWeld Pipe
Ron Ecleberry Modern Welding Co., Inc.
Jim Rhudy CB&I
2005 William R. Herdman Kennedy Tank
2000 Arnold Myers Clemmer Industries
1997 Sonny Underwood Mid-South Steel
1994 Timothy Travis Eaton Metal
Alfred F. Krumholz, Jr. Chicago Boiler
1991 Earl Greer Service Welding
Peter H. Murphy Massachusetts Engineering
1990 Charles W. Sonnenberg Kennedy Tank
Thomas A. Kemp Hamilton Tanks
Charles A. Frey, Sr. Highland Tank
1989 Vincent J. Jacob Highland Tank
Charles W. Harding Clawson Tank
John A. Reisz Modern Welding
Robert W. Burwell Ace Tank
William E. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy Tank

The Charles W. Sonnenberg Award

The Charles W. Sonnenberg Award recognizes the wise counsel, prudent leadership, thoughtful guidance, and innovative contributions of individuals to the Steel Tank Institute.

Year Winner Company
2010 Wally Watson Watco Tanks, Inc.
2001 Chuck Travelstead Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1994 William R. Herdman Kennedy Tank
1993 R. Allan Reese Ace Tank & Equipment
1992 Jerry Waller Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1992 Jim Jrolf We-Mac Mfg.
1991 James W. Bushman Corrpro
1990 Arnold G. Meyers Clemmer Industries
1989 Anderson Scott Newberry Tank
1988 Roger Richter Brown-Minneapolis Tank
1987 Charles Frey, Sr. Highland Tank
1986 Charles W. Harding Clawson Tank
1985 John A. Ainlay
1984 Peter H. Murphy Massachusetts Engineering
1983 Charles W. Sonnenberg Kennedy Tank

Honorary SPFA Life Membership

Honorary SPFA Life Membership is awarded to individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the Steel Plate Fabricators Association.

Individual Company
J. Brown Chattanooga Boiler and Tank Co.
E.J. Clay Hahn & Clay
V.W. Coddington Lakeside Bridge & Steel Co.
P.T. Dowling Nooter Coporation
W.R. Jackson Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
F.A. Lasker Lasker Boiler & Engineering Corp.
M.G. Mitchell Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
J.A. Stever, Jr. National Tank & Manufacturing Co.
T.J. Uhl, Jr. Wyatt Industries, Inc.
R.S. Borst Fisher Tank
J.S. Van Alsburg Prairie Tank & Construction Co.

Featured Affiliate

STICO Mutual Insurance Co., RRG

Formed by STI/SPFA in 1988, STICO Mutual is a national, member-owned insurance company, providing protection from General Liability, Pollution and Warranty exposures to tank, vessel and equipment manufacturers and contractors.

“The magic of STI/SPFA comes from the powerful unified voice created when all stakeholders involved in steel fabrication work together.”

Randy Moore
Tnemec Company, Inc.