Top 5 OSHA Safety Violations in the Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”  For OSHA to succeed in this mission, companies must be in compliance of its safety standards. Therefore, employers must have a comprehensive safety and health program that adheres to OSHA’s safety standards.  When OSHA’s standards are not followed then violations occur in the workplace.  Unfortunately, these violations often result in serious harm or even death to workers.

Each year OSHA records the top violations in chronological order.  It is very interesting to see that each year the top ten violations reoccur relatively close to the same order they occurred in prior years.  Below is a list of the top five top OSHA violations with tips on how to avoid them.

1. Lockout/Tagout – LOTO Safety Procedure

Lockout/Tagout refers to specific procedures to prevent injuries due to unexpected startup of machinery or release of hazardous energy during maintenance activities.  Compliance with LOTO standard (29 CFR 1910.147:  control of hazardous energy) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Make sure your practices conform to the site lockout/tagout procedure to safeguard against injuries.  All employees who work on machinery/equipment must be trained in lockout/tagout procedures.  Perform internal safety audits to verify the LOTO procedures are properly followed.

Violations often lead to gruesome results. BLR’s computer-based training program, Interactive CD: Lockout Tagout, tells of a 17-year old student working a summer job managing a conveyor dropping waste cardboard into a baler. When the belt jammed, he sought to dislodge the jam by climbing down into the baler. The belt suddenly restarted and the youngster was drawn inside, losing both legs in the process.

If someone had simply turned off and locked out the power before the repair was attempted, the accident would never have happened.

Safety Lockout Station Miltec


2. Machine Guarding – Safety Practices

Machine guarding are the practices that preclude moving machine parts from causing severe workplace injuries (crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, blindness, or even death).  Never bypass a moving equipment guard and always report damaged or missing guards.  Damaged or missing guards need to be replaced immediately for everyone’s safety.

According to OSHA, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions and more than 800 deaths per year.

Miltec Safety Machine Guarding

3. Hazard Communication

Chemicals pose both health and physical hazards.  OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) ensures the availability and dissemination of information about these hazards and associated protective measures.  Employers should familiarize themselves with the SDS information of all chemicals that are in their workplace and make sure proper protective programs and training are in place.

Chemical manufacturers and importers must evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they use and prepare safety data sheets (SDSs) for employees and downstream customers.


4. Powered Industrial Trucks

Thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks or forklifts occur each year in the U.S,. and most also involve property damage.  Unfortunately, most injuries and damages are due to a lack of safe operating procedures, deficient safety rule enforcement, and inadequate training.  Employers must verify employees that operate PITs or forklifts are properly trained and follow correct operating procedures.

Forklifts cause roughly 100 fatalities and nearly 95,000 injuries each year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates. One in six workplace deaths in the U.S. involve a forklift, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Safety Forklift Authorization


5. Flexible (extension) cord use

Before an extension cord is used, instruct all workers to inspect for external defects (loose parts, missing pins, damaged insulation) and evidence of internal damage (pinched or crushed outer jacket).  Replace cords that power “fixed” equipment with appropriate permanent wiring.  Also, practice running extension cords overhead or taping them down to prevent tripping.

Fact: About 4,000 extension cord-related injuries are treated in hospitals each year, about 50 of which result in death.


Damaged Extension cord safety


Now that we’ve discussed OSHA, the top 5 OSHA violations and how to prevent those violations, what else can employers do to ensure OSHA compliance?   Having a comprehensive safety and health program are key to a safe and healthful work environment.  These programs can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses, while reducing costs to employers.  Most successful safety and health programs are based on a common set of key elements.  These include management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and  program evaluation and improvement.  If assistance is needed, OSHA provides the web page. Please click here for the    “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”.

Another means for employers to improve their health and safety program is to utilize OSHA’s on-site consultation program.  This program offers free and confidential advice to small- and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard work sites.  The on-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.  Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health management programs.  More information can be found on the web at

Employers can also contact OSHA’s compliance assistance specialists for information about OSHA standards, short educational programs on specific hazards or OSHA rights and responsibilities.

Stay Safe.

Written by Randy Plunkett, Miltec UV contact:

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The Popularity of Metal Cans

Whoever thought that reading a magazine called CanTech International could be so interesting?  The magazine includes articles about manufacturing metal cans and the metal decorating industry, which utilizes UV.  UV systems, such as our HPI, cure the ink on flat sheets of metal that are then formed into metal cans.

Maybe I found this specific article interesting because I know more about the markets we sell into now that I have worked here for a while, or maybe it is because I know more about why our customers use UV.  I suppose it doesn’t matter, but we can all relate to this article. “Has the bubble burst in soft drinks and can cans save the day?”  This one article talks about something we all (well, most of us) drink — carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) in metal cans.

Industry experts report that there are predictions that CSD sales volume will fall by 1% between 2013 and 2017. That may not seem like a lot, but it also means sales are not rising. Beverage can manufacturers are coming up with innovative ideas to bring the market back! (Did I mention that our HPI system is used by several metal decorating companies?) The article states that “the soft drink industry needs to drive value to consumers by staying relevant to them and to find new ways of delivering value to keep costs down”.

Brand Attraction

Specialty Metal Can Designs

The article proposes that innovations and new products may halt the decline the industry has experienced.  Caroline Archer, the Crown Bevcan Europe Marketing and Key Account Director, has a positive outlook.  She says attractive metal cans are an opportunity to add value and offer brands the ability to stay relevant in the market.  They distinguish your product.  The growing middle class makes decisions based on brands and their attraction to packaging designs.  There is a promising future for premium beverage cans such as Starbucks. They offer premium beverage products, which is the fastest growing segment of the $140 billion dollar global carbonation industry. If you know the brand and you trust that they make a good product, why not try something else they offer? Everyone has heard of Starbucks and everyone likes to splurge on a designer drink occasionally.

Healthy Alternative Cans

Another new product, which I have never heard of (probably because it is not readily available, although you can get it on Amazon) is 2B Sparkling, a naturally sweetened sparkling drink.  The beverage is sweetened by Purefruit, which originates from the monk fruit.  The monk fruit is said to have naturally occurring antioxidants and is sweet without the calories.  This healthier alternative to sugary sodas, nicknamed “Healthy Bubbles”, only has 8 grams of sugar, 30 calories per can and no artificial sweeteners. The beverage has been approved by the New York Department of Education and is currently being sold in 2,500 school vending machines in the state.  Additionally, Rexam, the 12 oz. can manufacturer, believes that 2B also benefits from the inherent advantages of aluminum cans, which includes portability, durability, and sustainability.  Did you know that aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in the world? It boasts a recycling rate of 67 percent in the U.S., more than double the rate of other beverage packages.

Interestingly, one online article I read on 2B Sparkling gave them a “boo” for can design — going back to the idea that many of us make decisions based on our attraction to the packaging design.  She stated that the can looks generic and boring.  The colors are drab and there is not much creativity in the design. I agree that this is not a can I would pick from the shelf and consider buying because it looks like a cheap, root beer knock off. However, I am attracted to the idea of a healthy alternative to soda, especially for children who seem to be pre-programmed to crave soft drinks.  (Unfortunately, I still haven’t tried 2B Sparkling and I am not sure of the success of this soft drink, although it is available at Whole Foods Market online).

Innovative Solution

Brands are also looking to providers for innovative solutions to help adapt to market conditions. One new innovation is the XO Reclosable end – a solution to reclosing the can tab.  I have never used one of these reclosable ends, so I am not confident that it will preserve my soda’s freshness and carbonation for future drinking pleasure. Still, it is a great idea and much better than stuffing crumpled up aluminum foil in the can top. The good news is that the beverage fillers are able to incorporate the reclosable end technology on their production lines without a significant investment.

Can these new products and innovative ideas save the CSD industry? John Hayes, CEO of Ball Packaging thinks not. He blames CSDs for softness in their liquid consumption business and questions whether new products and innovations can really arrest the declines in the industry.

Alternative Uses for Cans

I recently read an article on canned wine. That’s new to me! The success of wine in metal cans (which has grown over 50% in a year) is based on cost, portability, and recyclability.  The idea is to make wine approachable.  It doesn’t have to be as expensive if you are efficient in your processes and manufacturing.  Canned wine costs 40% less to package than bottled wine, and the savings can be passed on to the consumer.  Millennials are looking for high quality at an affordable price, and are willing to settle for alternative packaging.  Why not buy decent wine in a can that is portable and recyclable?

Just today, I read about Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors supplying those impacted by Hurricane Florence with canned water. Metal cans are not as fragile as glass and not susceptible to heat like plastic. Even if Carbonated Soft Drinks are losing popularity, metal cans are always going to be popular because they are recyclable and durable.

If can manufacColorful Metal Cansturers are skeptical, and don’t have faith in alternative uses or innovations in the can industry, maybe they should consider purchasing one of our UV systems to reduce their costs. Buying our system is a great solution to their problem! To find out more about our HPI system designed for the metal can industry, please visit our website.

Written by Beth Mosner, Miltec UV contact:

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Food for People in Need

Wafer Food Pantry is the largest pantry in Western Wisconsin, providing food for people in need.  With a simple mission statement — “Responding to God’s love, WAFER provides food and works to eliminate hunger” — WAFER has helped to address food insecurity in the La Crosse, WI area for over 30 years.  WAFER’s meager beginnings started near the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus.  WAFER then moved to a local church basement and then on to its current location in the heart of La Crosse, and continues to be challenged for additional warehouse space to serve our clients.  The current 13,000 square foot building is often bursting at the seams due to limited warehouse space.

WAFER food pantry LaCrosse, WI

WAFER volunteers

Since 1986, WAFER has been fighting to eliminate hunger by providing food for people in need.  Hunger does not discriminate.  It affects people regardless of age, gender, race, family upbringing, or social status.  WAFER clients come from all walks of life: single-parent households, the chronically disabled, homeless people, veterans, seniors, and two-parent, low-income families.  WAFER is committed to providing food for people in need and addressing hunger-related issues in La Crosse County, while treating each person with personalized service and dignity.  WAFER procures food, develops community resources, and collaborates with organizations and businesses to alleviate hunger and  insecurity.  Organizations like Walmart, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, and Channel One Food Bank (part of the national Feeding America Food Bank) donate and provide resources to WAFER.

WAFER served 40,000 people in 2017, and one in three was under the age of 18.  This number included 1,500 families that received packages to support their needs for four to five days for each person.  WAFER was utilized by 626 families last year, and distributes 1.6 million pounds of food each year.  Local businesses and community donations account for over 1 million pounds of donations, and Channel One Food Bank and Government commodity programs contribute an additional 400,000 pounds.  Through monetary donations and fundraising efforts, WAFER purchases over $100,000 in foodstuffs at reduced prices each year to distribute to our clients.

WAFER food donationa

WAFER – Food for people in need – has many different programs to serve various at-risk groups.

Food Package Distribution

Food packages are the core of WAFER’s distribution.  Clients receive four to five days of food one time per month.  The packages consists of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, beans, tuna, cereal, peanut butter, soup, tomato products, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, lettuce, onions, apples, bananas, melons, carrots, meat, and personal hygiene items.

Senior Share

This program provides WAFER’s normal food package to low-income senior citizens.  Meals are pre-packaged according to dietary requirements and delivered to 16 senior meal sites, apartments complexes, and community sites.

Food Fair

In partnership with Channel One Food Bank, a local partner of Feeding America Food Bank, we offer one additional giveaway each month.  Twenty-five to 35 pallets arrive and are lined up in the street for distribution to clients.  Participants bring their own bags and collect about 50 pounds of goods.  The options include meat, bakery items, canned goods, cereal, produce and crackers.  In 2017, Channel One provided an extra 225,000 pounds of food to 5,000 households through this monthly fair.

Nutrition Education and Tools Program (NET Program)

Approximately three years ago, WAFER volunteers noticed that many of our clients did not know how to prepare what was available or did not have the appliances and cooking utensils needed for the preparation.  WAFER reached out to the dietetics programs at local universities and medical facilities to create a cooking preparedness program.  At least one time per month, cooking classes are conducted to educate our clients in cooking techniques.  Each attendee learns how to prepare and cook specific meals.  They also receive cooking equipment (crock pots, pans, utensils, etc.) to aid in their efforts to prepare healthy meals at home.

Student BackPack Program

Students in rural communities receive a backpack filled with food to bridge their needs over the weekend.  Each Friday, these children receive the backpack to take home to their families to ensure they have meals to eat over the weekend.  Parents and students alike are very grateful for this supplement.

WAFER’s latest accomplishment includes the purchase of a vehicle to create a “Mobile Food Pantry” to extend our service area to more distant and rural communities.  The retrofitted mini-bus has been making two-hour stops on a regular schedule throughout the county to reach residents who struggle to get to WAFER.  The handicapped accessible mobile pantry is stocked with healthy choices like pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, bakery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some personal hygiene items.  Suzi, one of our mobile pantry clients states, “I have not been able to get to WAFER for the past four years because my vehicle broke down, and taking the bus was so difficult due to my physical challenges.  Thank you WAFER for helping me secure the food I need.”  Many other clients have commented that they are thankful for the mobile pantry, as they cannot afford transportation to WAFER.  The $120,000 investment in the WAFER mobile pantry is paying big dividends for the entire community, says Samantha, the Mobile Pantry manager.  People are just so grateful and appreciative.  Clients get to choose foods for their particular tastes, which makes it seem like regular grocery shopping, adding dignity to the entire procurement process.

Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry WAFER

Refrigerated Food Pantry

WAFER is a United Way, non-profit organization, serving the La Crosse area.  WAFER is holding an Open House in October to recognize and show appreciation for our local donors, benefactors, and volunteers.  Music, food trucks, beverages and tours of the WAFER facility are planned.

WAFER volunteers donate over 12,000 hours per month to ensure that WAFER meets the needs of our community.  They help sort, stock, clean and provide compassionate service to all of our clients.  WAFER could not survive in its mission without these unselfish volunteers.

Miltec UV is preparing to provide food for people in need within our community by participating in a volunteer program called Feed A Family.

WAFER Volunteers


For more information about WAFER please email Mike Voss at

Choosing Miltec UV

Manufacturing companies that invest in UV have many decisions to make along the way, whether they are changing a process from conventional drying to UV, or if they are simply upgrading an old UV finishing line with new and more powerful UV equipment.  The decision of selecting UV equipment and which UV equipment manufacturer to work with, cannot be taken lightly.  There are many UV equipment manufacturers available to choose from, with a wide variety of UV system designs, configurations, and options.  Choosing Miltec UV is one of the best decisions you can make. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that all UV equipment is virtually the same and decide to purchase the least expensive one.  Not all UV systems are created equal, therefore by choosing Miltec UV, manufacturers get what they pay for: a world-class UV system.  A cheaply built UV system will cost you more money down the road in higher maintenance and upkeep costs, more downtime, and lost production.  To maximize your profits, it is critical to choose the UV equipment manufacturer that will offer you the best opportunity for success.  It should be a manufacturer that will guide you in the right direction in terms of specifying the correct UV system configuration for your production and process needs, and then building you a user-friendly, high powered UV system tailored to your exact specifications.  More companies are choosing Miltec UV for their UV equipment because Miltec has become widely recognized as a company that builds relationships with their clients, provides high quality UV solutions. Additionally, Miltec continues to provide the before-and-after sales support necessary to ensure the customer is pleased with their return on investment and remains satisfied for years to come.  Miltec UV has focused its attention in four areas to achieve this level of notoriety:

  1. Providing personal attention to its customers
  2. Manufacturing the highest output UV system in the industry
  3. Manufacturing a user friendly and maintenance friendly UV system
  4. Providing prompt and efficient technical support

Choosing Miltec UV_Our Team

 Personal Attention

It all starts when you make that first phone call to Miltec.  Choosing Miltec UV means you will always be greeted by a person.  Miltec does not believe in a “voicemail system.”  When you call, you will be directed to the appropriate person who can assess your UV needs.  Miltec UV is a company that has developed a reputation for having UV experts guide customers through the entire process of selecting the proper UV system for their production facility. From the initial idea or concept of adding UV, to the specification of UV system configuration, and throughout the engineering/manufacturing/installation.  One crucial step in the process is determining the UV system configuration and lamp orientation required for a customer’s specific application.  Miltec has a well-equipped UV lab along with a team of experts (including chemists, engineers, and application specialists) to perform UV cure testing with customer participation.  The test results will then allow us to process a quotation for a customized UV system designed especially for that production process.

One of several UV conveyors in the Miltec UV lab


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Proposed concept drawing of an 18-lamp UV system


Our quotations are comprehensive with photos, graphics, and specifications so that the customer has an accurate concept of the UV solution. Once the order is placed, our engineering team kicks off the project with direct involvement from the customer.  Customer-site meetings and Webex meetings are held with the customer on Day 1 and throughout the engineering and manufacturing phases to ensure the customer is kept informed of:  the design of the customized UV system, our project milestone dates, and tasks that the customer can perform to prepare for an efficient and proper installation.  At the completion of the manufacturing phase, customers have the option to visit Miltec UV to see the system in operation prior to shipping.  On-site start-up assistance and training is provided at every installation by Miltec’s team of service technicians.  Follow up by sales and service is always provided periodically for years following the installation to ensure the equipment is performing well.  The personal attention that Miltec provides its customers sets us apart from our competition and is another reason why more customers are choosing Miltec UV.

Highest Performing UV System in the Industry

When choosing Miltec UV, manufactures are offered two types of UV systems:  arc lamps and microwave powered UV lamps.  Miltec is the only UV equipment manufacturer in the world to manufacture both types of UV systems, each having its advantages.  Miltec has the benefit of determining which type of UV system is best suited for the application.  Regardless of the type of UV system, Miltec has designed both UV systems to produce the highest UV peak irradiance output in the UV industry.  High peak irradiance is critical when curing optically thick coatings/inks (such as dark pigmented inks), or when curing heavy lay-downs of coatings.  High peak irradiance can also be required to achieve specific surface cure properties, such as: surface hardness, scratch resistance, stain resistance, chemical resistance, and more.  On several occasions when comparing the UV output of a Miltec UV system to a competitor’s UV system, we have seen peak irradiance ranges 3 to 10 times higher with a Miltec UV lamp system.  A UV system that produces higher peak irradiance will cure more efficiently and typically result in fewer lamps required on the production line.  Less number of lamps equals lower energy consumption costs, lower maintenance costs, and less down time, which ultimately equals higher profits.

Choosing Miltec UV-HPI UV Curing

           Miltec’s HPI XR arc lamp UV system                      

Choosing Miltec UV_Microwave UV Curing

Miltec’s Xtrema and Xtrema Plus microwave powered UV system


Choosing Miltec UV_Peak IrradiancePeak Irradiance of Miltec’s HPI XR UV system vs. a competitor’s conventional arc lamp UV system running at same power level.  Graph shows two different bulb types (Hg Lamp and V lamp)


User-Friendly and Maintenance-Friendly UV System

One of the key ingredients to making a customer happy with the UV equipment is designing the UV system to be easy and intuitive to operate and maintain.  Miltec prides itself on doing an excellent job at this.  For example, Miltec’s arc lamp UV systems are controlled by a PLC and touchscreen control system.  Miltec’s engineering team pre-programs a series of different screens to allow the operators to navigate their way from operating the system to making system parameter adjustments, as well as easy-to-use, image-guided troubleshooting assistance.  The operator screen displays all important operating parameters of the system.  The lamp setup screen allows for quick and easy adjustments to lamp power, lamp height, conveyor speed, and more.  The troubleshooting screens enable personnel (even those with limited technical experience) to resolve virtually any fault.  This results in maximizing the run time and minimizing unplanned down-time for equipment repairs.  We frequently receive positive feedback from our customers.  Here is a testimonial from an Operations Manager, “I have been working with Miltec since 2001. Time and time again they have proved to have the knowledge, technical support, replacement parts, and UV systems we need to be successful. The purchase of our Miltec UV System has never been questioned. Changing lamps or cartridge components can be done in a snap with their quick-lock connectors. It’s reliable, low maintenance, and produces unparalleled peak irradiance. We trust Miltec!”

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               Troubleshooting assistance screens on Miltec’s touchscreen controller


Prompt and Efficient Technical Support

Miltec’s technical support team is the best in the industry.  Miltec provides 24/7 technical support by phone or VPN for our customers.  We can use the VPN connection interface from a remote location to access the PLC and touchscreen of a Miltec UV system at the customer site to assist with troubleshooting or repairs, download changes or upgrades to the software.  We not only provide technical support and troubleshooting assistance for Miltec manufactured UV systems, but we also assist our customers who use competitive UV systems.  We are here to help in any way we can, plain and simple.  The manager of our customer service team has 35 years of experience designing, building, troubleshooting, and repairing UV systems, which provides him a wealth of knowledge and the ability to help Miltec customers in a fast and efficient manner.  Most troubleshooting can be done over the phone or VPN, but we also send our expert technicians in the field to help resolve more advanced UV equipment problems.

Choosing Miltec UV_Troubleshooting

Here is a recent comment from a customer about our technical service team, “Thanks Bob.  Appreciate your team helping me get our unit back up and running so fast today! Fantastic support!”

 Call Miltec UV Today

As the word spreads about why businesses are choosing Miltec UV for their equipment needs and customer support, we are proud to say that our business is growing fast, and we look forward to continuing on this path of success. To reach Miltec UV and receive a quotation on your custom UV system, call us at 410-604-2900 and ask for a member of the Sales team.

Written by Miltec SE Regional Sales Rep, John Phillips. Contact:

Kent Island – The Third Oldest English Settlement

Third Oldest Settlement

The signs of history are visible throughout the great state of Maryland. But, one of the lesser known signs appears right as you cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and onto the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kent Island, the third oldest English settlement and the first in the state of Maryland, is the home of Miltec UV’s headquarters in Stevensville, Maryland.

The Third Oldest Settlement_Map of first three colonies

Jamestown, Virginia was settled in 1607, followed by Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 and then Kent Island in 1631. It’s amazing that more emphasis is not placed on the fact that this tranquil and beautiful island is the third oldest English settlement in the history of the new colonies. Neglecting to promote the historical significance of Kent Island is seen as a failure by many historians. So, let’s delve into some of the interesting facts and dates regarding the settlement on Kent Island.

Early Settlement Dates

Kent Island is said to have been inhabited for 12,000 years prior to English Colonization.

1627 – William Claiborne, the Secretary of State for Virginia, is given permission by the governor to explore the Chesapeake.

1631 – Claiborne claims a large Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and builds a trading post on the southern tip known as Fort Kent. Claiborne settles this land as part of Virginia.

The Third Oldest Settlement_William Claiborne sign

1632 – King Charles I grants the Calvert family a charter to establish a colony in Maryland.

1633 – First formal complaint by Virginia against the Maryland Charter. The Maryland Charter said that Maryland was unsettled, when in fact it was settled by Claiborne of Virginia.

1634 – Claiborne builds a community on Kent island and a private residence, named Fort Crayford.

1635 – Series of Naval battles between Claiborne and Calvert take place. These were the first known naval battles on the Chesapeake.

1638 – Calvert apprehends the Island after years of legal battles, and it is settled it as part of Maryland

1642 – The only town on the Island is called Broad Creek. The town exists until the mid-1800s.

1649 – Annapolis settled at Greenbury Point; Cecil Calvert offers the Virginia Puritans land grants, trading privileges and — most importantly — freedom to worship, if they agree to move to the Western shore of Maryland.

1650 – Christ Church at Broad Creek, Kent Island built.

Third Oldest Settlement_Christ Church Sign

1658 – William Claiborne officially leaves Kent Island.

1706 – Kent Island becomes part of Queen Anne’s County as it is today.

1919 –  First Ferry runs from Claiborne-Annapolis connecting the Eastern and Western shores.

1930 – Four, separate Matapeake to Annapolis ferries begin operating.

1952 – Original span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens, officially named: Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge.

1989 – Miltec UV founded by Joseph Blandford, Jr.

Third Oldest Settlement_Miltec UV sign

Brief History of the Third Oldest Settlement and the Matapeake Indians

Kent Island was settled by Englishman William Claiborne in 1631. He named the location the Isle of Kent after the flat and marshy land of his home country. William Claiborne traded with the Matapeake Indians, of the Algonquin nation, that inhabited the land at that time. The Matapeake were a small, peaceful group of Indians that planted, hunted, and fished. They enjoyed bartering with the English settlers who provided beads in exchange for the pelts, which were taken back to England. The Matapeake Indians sold the Kent Island land to Claiborne for 12 pounds of “truck”, or trade goods.

Third Oldest Settlement_William Claiborne

William Claiborne settled on the land and built a fort on the tip of the island named Fort Kent, a trading post that was quickly destroyed by fire. By 1634, a community was formed on Kent Island that was surrounded by a wooden wall. The thirs oldest English settlement included a courthouse, grist mill, and a trading station. Claiborne also built a private residence that he named Fort Crayford. The Virginia settlement population grew to approximately 120 Englishmen by 1638.

Land records dating back to as early as 1640 reference two of the men that were with William Claiborne during the 1631 settlement. The names of the men were Thomas Yewell and William Medcalf. The land names referenced in the surveys were “Mattax Nech” and the “neck of land called Mattapax Neck”.  Matapeake is the historical name of the Native Americans that lived on Kent Island in the Mattapax Neck area. It is believed that they lived on the southeastern side of the island, and then migrated north as settlers arrived. They moved to the Mattapax Neck area and ultimately settled in the Broad Creek area, which is near the current Matapeake ferry landing. This is also the future home of the new, state-of-the-art Miltec UV facility.

Not much is known about the Matapeake other than that they were a small tribe and fought with the larger-than-life sized Susquehannock tribe. The Susquehannocks were giant-sized and “well-versed in the ways of war”. They believed most of the land on the eastern and western side of the Chesapeake Bay to be theirs. They raided lands and set fires, displacing and killing other tribes and local wildlife. Disease brought by the white men also diminished the small population of the Matapeake. Upon his arrival to the region, William Claiborne recorded that there were approximately 100 remaining Matapeake. The tribe, however, completely disappeared by 1641.

The First Maryland Settlement

Third Oldest Settlement_First in Maryland

Lord Baltimore, George Calvert, was the owner of the Maryland grant. He previously settled Newfoundland, however the weather there was too harsh, so he petitioned the King to settle land north of Virginia. Unfortunately, he died in 1632 before King Charles I approved the charter named Maryland (“Terra Mariae”).

Cecil Calvert, the eldest son of George, took over the charter for his father. Cecil, the second Lord Baltimore, heard about the valuable land on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake and wanted it for Maryland. He had the Crown revise the Maryland land grant to include the Eastern Shore as far south as the Potomac River. The new dividing line between Maryland and Virginia was demarcated across from the Potomac River.

In 1638, seven years after Claiborne first settled on Kent Island, the Calvert family finally seized the land for Maryland. Cecil now had to establish and govern the new colony of Maryland, a refuge for the Roman Catholics of England. English law considered the Roman Catholic supremacy of the Pope treason to the King. The Calvert family persuaded new colonists by offering religious freedom and the promise of land. Cecil stayed in England to govern and protect the colony and sent his brother Leonard to Maryland and appointed him the first governor.

The legacy of the Matapeake is kept alive by the surrounding community and the Kent Island Heritage Society. The Matapeake name is perpetuated on Kent Island today with the naming of an elementary school, the Matapeake State Park, and Matapeake Beach. The recently renovated Matapeake Clubhouse at Matapeake Beach is the original location of the Matapeake-Annapolis ferry landing. Miltec UV has plans to building a new facility on the property adjacent to Matapeake Beach by the year 2020.


Written by Beth Mosner, Miltec UV Contact:


When you arrive in downtown Annapolis, it’s hard to not be struck by the sailboats and yachts. But, this is just one port of call. Annapolis, the sailing capital of the U.S., is filled with history and home to some very special landmarks. Boaters love anchoring down and exploring the history or attending the various annual events offered within the city. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S., and provides boaters easy access to downtown, Annapolis as well as calm inlets to explore. Transient slips are available with reservations, but if you prefer to drop anchor at a mooring ball right in front of the United States Naval Academy, the Annapolis Water Taxi can provide you a ride to the Annapolis City Dock. It’s here where you can visit local shops or sit down for some casual dining with a great view of Ego Alley. Ego Alley is a small, dead-end, water alley where boaters like to strut their boats. Here at Miltec UV we appreciate what we are surrounded by and the fact that Annapolis is less than 30 minutes away.  Our employees have the opportunity to incorporate an abundance of history and the opportunity to attend many fun-filled events in Annapolis throughout the year.

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Annapolis is home to three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows. These include the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, the U.S. Powerboat Show, and the U.S. Sailboat Show. The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show showcases the latest sailboats on the market from around the world. This is held every April at the Annapolis City Dock.  Annapolis has hosted the U.S. Sailboat and Powerboat shows since 1970. Each year, these shows bring in over 150,000 attendees from around the world. The shows feature the leading boat manufacturers and the latest in electronic equipment. The Sailboat Show is always held the first four days in October, followed by the Powerboat Show for an additional four days. The shows are held at the Annapolis City Dock, rain or shine.

The Sailing Capital_Annapolis Sailboat Show

Sailors love the Wednesday night weekly sailboat races that begin at the mouth of Spa Creek. Many spectators will watch by land or by boat, giving the finishers a crowd along various points within the Annapolis Harbor. The races have been known to include as many as 125 sailboats. Annapolis is also known for hosting the U.S. Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship in 2005, as well as being the U.S. Stopover in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.

Annapolis is also ranked one of the best cities in America during the holidays, and one of the star attractions is the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade. This winter event takes place in early December near the Annapolis City Dock. You will find boats from all sizes cruising Spa Creek with thousands of lights and designs on them, some choreographed to music. It provides a magical night for all ages.

The Sailing Capital_Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade


Annapolis is home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF), a non-profit educational organization located at the Annapolis City Dock. It is dedicated to preserving America’s sailing legacy and interacting with the next generation of sailors. The institution offers sailing classes and programs, exhibits, and special events. It also hosts sailboat races such as the Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous and Race, where wooden boats of all sizes come together in casual competition. Boats arrive from all over the world to participate in the event.

The Sailing Capital_Annapolis Sailing Races


The United Stated Naval Academy, which occupies 200 acres on the banks of the Severn River is located in downtown Annapolis. This four-year, co-educational academy prides itself on being ranked as the top public school in the nation. The academy trains young men and women to be officers of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. On campus, you will find the beautiful Naval Academy Chapel, where the Father of the U.S. Navy John Paul Jones’ remains are buried. Guided walking tours are available of the United State Naval Academy.

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In the historic district of Annapolis, you will also find the William Paca House and Garden. This was once the home of William Paca, the signer of the Declaration of Independence and a three-term governor of Maryland. The home consists of two acres of lush gardens, recreated just as they were in 1772. Historic Annapolis oversaw the restoration of the home in 1970 and has continued managing the property. The home is available for tours or as a special occasion rental.

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The Maryland State House is the oldest State House in the United States still in legislative use, dating back to 1772. It is known for its wooden dome that was constructed without nails, which today is the largest and the only one of its kind in the United States. Presently, the dome is held together by wooden pegs and reinforced by iron straps. The Maryland State House also contains a lightning rod, which was originally constructed and grounded using Benjamin Franklin’s specifications. Now over 225 years old, the original lighting rod remains intact and continues protecting the State House. The Maryland State House is also known as the location where George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Treaty of Paris. The State House is open to the public every day, except for certain holidays.

The Sailing Capital_Oldest State House In U.S.    The Sailing Capital_Maryland State Home Wood Dome

As I come to a close, I hope you have a more complete sense of what Annapolis has to offer. The great sailing capital of the U.S. not only offers historical value, but also many opportunities to attend events for all ages. From world-renowned boat shows to an abundance of calm inlets to explore by boat, Annapolis is a place for all ages and personalities. This also includes our furry visitors, of course — you will always find water bowls outside local shops or restaurants to welcome them.

Written By Ana Hetzel,

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Make a Difference Where You Work

You spend approximately 40% of your week at work. Wouldn’t you like to use that time and make a difference? One of the things our employees like the most working at Miltec UV is that they know that what we do makes a real difference every day, not just in our community, but around the world.  The systems we build are used to make hundreds, if not thousands of products used every day (even products you don’t see like optical fiber cables and semiconductor parts) by means of a green technology.

Make a Difference With Miltec

As a family owned business making a difference comes naturally. Most of our employees are residents of Queen Anne’s County. Our employees are active in the local school systems and support local businesses. We are a company built around our community, by members of the community and for the world at large. As such, it is our goal to make a difference both locally and internationally.


Miltec is located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. Because we care about our environment we have recently become involved in the Oyster Recovery Partnership-Operation Build a Reef. As part of this project we have contributed 26,000 baby oysters. These baby oysters will help restore a 13-acre oyster sanctuary. When the oysters we have contributed become adults they will filter 1,3000,000 gallons of water each day.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership has also partnered with the Severn River Association.  The ultimate goal is to plant over 50 million baby oysters. This partnership is a great opportunity to provide positive results on human lifestyle and health in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The restoration of the oyster sanctuary will help lower harmful nutrients in our waterways and improve our marine environment.


For several years, Miltec has been involved with Haven Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides food and shelter for the homeless and less fortunate of Queen Anne’s County.  Working with Haven Ministries is a great way for our company and our employees to give back.  From their 5K run, to donating to their local thrift shop and volunteering to serve food at their homeless shelter, there are opportunities for our entire team to make a difference.

Within Miltec we have created a unique way to raise money for Haven Ministries. Miltec UV launched our First Annual Silent Auction in the Fall of 2015. Employees of Miltec not only enjoy donating a variety of home goods, jewelry and sporting goods but we also enjoy the competition of the bidding wars that ensue. We look forward to this year’s silent auction event where participants can bid online or in house.


Our involvement with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Haven Ministries makes sense because our entire philosophy revolves around making a difference in the world. Our UV technology not only allows us to lessen our environmental footprint but also our customers’ footprint.  By using UV curing our customers can manufacture products without harmful solvents. Using less energy and parts provides a positive impact on our environment and helps our customers’ save money. In addition, using UV technology reduces the amount of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) released into the atmosphere.

Our environmental consciousness extends beyond our green technology into our internal green processes and procedures.  Here at Miltec, we strive to recycle all that we can including paper, aluminum, parts, and energy! Our entire team works under the 5S organization method

  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

The 5S method helps us to eliminate error and waste, saving time, energy, and money.

Miltec’s commitment to making a difference shows through everything we do, whether it’s helping local environmental programs, giving back within the Queen Anne’s community, or helping create a green earth for the future to come.  Many of our employees chose to work at Miltec because of our philosophy of giving back and making a difference. We pride ourselves in helping others and our employees can say the same.

While many employees participate in the opportunities offered through Miltec, you will also find them volunteering outside of Miltec. Our employees run marathons for charity, participate in local beach clean ups, promote and participate in Earth Hour, distribute food to those in need, help restore our oyster population in the local waterways, mentor local students and much more.

If you want to make a difference where you work, contact us