In 1985 Randell Heath and his wife Tina drove to Morgan in search of the Browning offices. What they found was more than our local gun maker. After driving through Peterson they fell in love with the area—so much so that they decided to move here.
Back then Randell was an engineer for Hercules and used dry ice blasting to solve problems with rocket motors. When the economy started to deteriorate, he took a voluntary lay off to start his own company. Randell and Tina moved from Peterson to Mountain Green, which is where their company is headquartered today. Although their company, Coldsweep, was started in 2001, they have already earned quite a few recognitions.
Among these was a call Randell recently received from the governor’s office. They were letting him know that they wanted to single out his company for one of his new technologies—induction stripping.
Induction stripping removes coatings from steel. By unbonding the coating, different surfaces that are very tricky to remove such as vulcanized rubber, fiberglass liners or coal tar epoxy are able to be removed in sheets. Governor Herbert was very excited by this new technology as it is 5 to 10 times faster than sandblasting and does not use any chemicals. It is powered by electricity and creates no secondary waste.
It was for this technology that Randell’s company was recognized at the Governor’s Economic Development Summit last month.
Although Coldsweep is a small company employing about 10 people, its impact has been felt across the country. Coldsweep has been featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels program, Cool Tools on the DIY network and even the Wall Street Journal.
Because of the nature of the business, Coldsweep has been able to work on some high profile and impressive projects. Over the last year, Coldsweep cleaned 65,000 HP motors for NASA wind tunnels using their dry ice dusting technology. Just a few years ago when the Utah State Capitol was being renovated Coldsweep used their high pressure dry ice blasting to remove lead paint from the decorative railing and stairs.
Randell is equally passionate about other technologies his company has developed. He said, “Another technology that we use is called dust-free abrasive cleaning. This technology creates 95 percent less dust than traditional sandblasting while using about 50 percent less abrasive. We used this technology to remove lead-based paint from trusses in the Ogden Tabernacle earlier this month. We also used this technology to remove black paint from historic brick at Trolley Square a few years back.”
Just a few weeks from now, Coldsweep will be cleaning hydroelectric generators for PG &E in California. Because it is in such a remote site helicopters will be required to move the equipment in. With all these new technologies and interesting projects it is with great passion that Randell states, “I love my job!”