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Preventing Package Theft This Holiday Season

According to the New York Times, even Santa Claus is a little nervous this holiday season as the large crowds are to be avoided and social distancing will most likely be in full effect. Because of the dramatic changes in the way we live, online shopping during the 2020 holiday season is forecasted to break all previous sales records. Across the U.S. and throughout the world, consumers will do a much larger portion of their holiday shopping online; according to SalesForce. As a result, package theft by so-called “Porch Pirates” is at an all-time high. And likely to increase as consumers receive many more packages delivered to their homes. This holiday season, more than ever it is important to protect and secure your valuable packages. McShane’s range of rugged Delivery SENTRY lockboxes were designed to provide today's consumer with a secure option for home delivery.  

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The Delivery SENTRY Advantage

Wednesday Sep 9th, 2020

According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 Americans say they have been victims of theft by “porch pirates” since the start of COVID-19. This increase in theft is due to the massive growth in online purchasing and home delivery. American consumers are getting a significant percentage of their household necessities delivered to their door and with theft on the rise, they need solutions to keep these unattended deliveries safe and secure. McShane Welding is here to help by offering our Delivery SENTRY line of Home delivery lockboxes to keep your packages, goods, and perishables protected. Our Delivery SENTRY come in a range of sizes to accommodate your needs and are equipped with the unique SentryLok, as well as tethers and other mounting options to help protect your valuable deliveries from porch pirates.

McShane’s iconic milk boxes and Delivery SENTRY lockboxes were built with quality in mind to be a long-lasting resource for your home. 

Our boxes are for both indoor/outdoor use and constructed using hand welded heavy gauge galvanized steel for durability and corrosion resistance. The bottom plates on each of our boxes are dimpled to reduce moisture contact. Each box is insulated with ½” EPS foam to keep your favorite delivery products crisp and fresh, making our boxes the perfect solution for grocery deliveries as well as other items that are climate-sensitive.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Thursday Aug 20th, 2020

The Clever Foot Lever ™ was developed to reduce the pull-back effort of large rack systems allowing users to manage heavier and more awkward loads with greater ease. The Clever Foot Lever ™ is a tough and powerful lever installed on your professional hand truck. It is designed to neatly retract so it is available when you need it but out of the way when you don’t. And the improved leverage may be especially helpful for smaller stature people. The Clever Foot Lever ™ is available from McShane Welding pre-installed when you order a new Magliner™ or you can buy the Clever Foot Lever ™ as a separate accessory you can easily add to your favorite brand of professional hand-truck. Our Clever Foot Lever ™ was invented by people who understand the daily challenges of professional delivery drivers, material handlers, and the Military. The Clever Foot Lever let’s you work smarter, not harder.

Give Your Equipment an Advantage

Sometimes you buy a new car with desirable options already installed. Sometimes you want the same feature but add it later as an accessory. Here at McShane Welding, we offer the powerful Clever Foot Lever with two different models to best fit your unique needs. Our bolt-on option is easily added to most professional hand trucks. We also offer the Clever Foot Lever ™  preinstalled when you order a Magliner ™. Both models provide a powerful lever-advantage reducing pullback effort and making the heaviest loads easier to handle. Both models are designed to be there when you need it and retract neatly out of the way when you don’t. Whether you use your hand truck for material handling, beverage delivery, food services or other heavy loads; whether you prefer a Magliner ™ or another professional hand truck brand, give your equipment the Clever Foot Lever advantage.

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McShane Welding Launches New Website

Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2020

McShane Welding and Metal Products has launched a brand new site for those looking for metal solutions including a range of innovative metal box products such as their laboratory lockboxes, courier/medical boxes and Delivery SentryTM. McShane also specializes in industrial fabrication, welding, finishing services. The new site provides visitors with useful information about the people at McShane, their excellent products and services, and most importantly their unwavering commitment to our customers today and in the future.

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Time to Get the Lead Out!

Wednesday Feb 5th, 2020

Test Your Knowledge of Pb with Our Lead Quiz

It’s sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of the mineral world: It’s not glamorous like gold or silver, or rare like jadeite. It’s not as trendy as lithium or a super conductor like copper…And it can kill you.

But lead is also extremely useful and versatile. How much do you know about this under-appreciated mineral?

Take our lead quiz and see…

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The Public Shaming of Opioid Addiction

Wednesday Jan 15th, 2020

Social Media Being Used forPublic Shaming of Overdose Victims

In Salem, N.H., a 36-year-old woman overdoses on fentanyl in the aisle of a Family Dollar store, while her two-year-old daughter looks on.

A Memphis couple in their sixties overdose on heroin near a bus stop, amidst several bystanders.

A young Florida woman and her friend OD after snorting lines of heroin in their SUV, with their infant children strapped in the back seat.

What do all these situations have in common? Two things:

1. They were all filmed by onlookers or first responders and then posted to social media, where they quickly went viral, and

2. They all resulted in the rehabilitation of the drug users. But does one necessarily lead to the other?

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Does Mining Cause Earthquakes?

Wednesday Jan 1st, 2020

In May 2008, a massive earthquake shook the province of Sichuan, China, to its very core.

Some four-fifths of the area’s structures were flattened. Whole villages and mountain towns were destroyed, schools collapsed. Almost 90,000 people were killed or presumed dead, including more than 5,300 children. Millions of people were left homeless by the 7.9-magnitude quake. Damages were estimated at $86 billion.

Later, the world was shocked to learn that the quake was probably caused by the construction of the Zipingpu Dam.

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Holiday Challenges for the Recovering Addict

Wednesday Dec 11th, 2019

Recovering opioid addict Brett Fabert had been clean for two and a half years, right up until Thanksgiving. That’s when the 34-year-old Salt Lake City man saw friends and family drinking and he decided to join them. Shortly afterward, he went back to his old drugs of choice — heroin and cocaine. Fabert was so ashamed of his relapse, he cried about it for two days. The holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering opioid addict? Then the season for parties and good times can be a tough one to navigate.

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Miner’s Holiday: Christmas in the Mines

Wednesday Dec 4th, 2019

At McShane Welding and Metal Products, we try to provide some of the more unusual mining-related news and information. And Christmastime is no different. Here we offer five ways to explore Christmas in the mines:

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Is Marijuana a Gateway to Opioids?

Wednesday Nov 13th, 2019

“It started for me with pot, and just progressed to hell.”
“Weed didn’t do it for me. But, definitely, weed started it all for me.”            
— Chasing the Dragon

For decades, health officials and politicians have debated whether or not marijuana is a gateway to more powerful drugs, such as opioids.

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World’s Deadliest Construction Projects

Wednesday Nov 6th, 2019

From the time of Moses through the mid-20th century, peasants, prisoners and immigrants have been exploited as slave labor for some of the world’s most formidable construction projects. Looking back, the toll in human life is often staggering.

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Opioid Quiz: How Much Have You Learned So Far?

Wednesday Oct 16th, 2019

For the past two and half years, we at McShane Welding and Metal Products have been keeping you abreast of the opioid crisis and its frightening ramifications. Have you been paying attention?

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Is Siberia the Next Big Mining Frontier?

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

Miners who work in Siberia face some of the world’s most brutal conditions. Located in northernmost Russia, the region is one of the coldest, harshest places on earth.

 

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Americans in Pain

Wednesday Sep 18th, 2019

In the average nation, only about 20 percent gave one of those responses. And in the Philippines or South Africa (both still considered developing countries), just 11 percent reported feeling pain that often.

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Making Cents of Copper: How Much Do You Know?

Wednesday Sep 4th, 2019

It was the first metal to be smelted from ore (around 5000 BC), the first metal to be cast into a mold (4000 BC), and the first metal to be alloyed (with tin, around 3500 BC). It’s copper, and it has a multitude of current applications.

But how much do you know about it? Let’s find out…

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The Heroin Addict Next Door

Wednesday Aug 21st, 2019

According to medical experts, about 85% of the population can take a pain pill and never develop a craving for it. But what about the others? The ones whose brains don’t work that way?

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Fossil Discoveries: When Miners Dig Up the Past

Wednesday Aug 7th, 2019

While carving through rock at the Millenium Mine, a vast Alberta oil sand pit near Fort McMurray, Funk clipped something much harder than rock.

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Keeping K-9 Units Safe from Opioids

Wednesday Jul 17th, 2019

As a police K-9 unit in the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department, they had assisted in a federal drug raid earlier that morning. Now, Primus was exhibiting signs of opioid overdose and was in serious distress.

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Six Delivery Trends You Should Know About

Wednesday Jul 3rd, 2019

You don’t have to look far to realize that our world, especially the business world, is moving faster and faster. We expect information, transportation, and a multitude of goods and services to be instantly available to us. And when we order products online, we want them now.

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First Responders and the Opioid Crisis: When the Helper Needs Help

Wednesday Jun 19th, 2019

After years of fighting the opioid epidemic on the front lines, first responders (law enforcement, paramedics, and other safety professionals) are starting to need support as well. 

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Mining and the Movies: A Rich Tradition

Wednesday Jun 5th, 2019

Mining is an industry rich with drama and danger. And Hollywood has always had a bit of a fascination with miners and their way of life.

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What Ohio Is Doing Right to Combat Its Drug Problem

Wednesday May 15th, 2019

These two scenarios exemplify Ohio’s dire state of affairs with regard to its drug problem. In 2017, opioid overdose was a way of life (and a way of death) in the Buckeye State. In Montgomery County, the coroner’s office had to rent refrigerated trailers just to keep the bodies from piling up.

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Today’s Technology…Brought to You by Lithium

Wednesday May 1st, 2019

From our electric vehicles and portable electronic devices, to life-saving pacemakers and other medical implants, battery power is everywhere. The technology is growing exponentially,  and there appears to be no stopping it.

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Opioids and the Elderly: When Grandma Is Addicted

Monday Apr 22nd, 2019

A 2003 National Institutes of Health study appeared to state the obvious when it reported that “the prevalence of pain increases with each decade of life.” Subsequent studies have indicated that adults aged 65 and older are 80% more likely to complain of moderate-to-severe pain than are their younger counterparts.

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Welders Hold the World Together

Tuesday Apr 16th, 2019

Twenty-three years ago, the American Welding Society (AWS) established April as National Welding Month in order to recognize the industry and tradespeople who strive to keep the world together — one weld at a time.

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5 Things You (Probably) Never Knew About Mining and Metals

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2019

In fact, copper dates back to about 9000 BC. Archaeological evidence indicates that Stone Age man learned to fashion gold into jewelry around 4000 BC, while copper was used to make tools and weapons about 200 years earlier.

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Adderall Epidemic “Waiting in the Wings”

Wednesday Mar 20th, 2019

Adderall is a prescription amphetamine that helps people (usually, children) with ADHD improve their focus and manage their symptoms. The American Journal of Psychiatry has reported that 4.4% of U.S. adults also have ADHD.

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Salt of the Earth: How Much Do You Know About It?

Wednesday Mar 6th, 2019

It’s the only rock we humans eat. We expect it on our fries and pretzels, and we keep a supply of it on our dinner tables (hence, the name “table salt”). Without it, you die. (Too much, and you also die.) But how much do you really know about good ol’ sodium chloride? Take our quiz to see if you’re really worth your salt—or if it’s back to the salt mines for you!

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When Healthcare Professionals Abuse Drugs

Wednesday Feb 13th, 2019

When healthcare professionals abuse drugs, the results can be devastating. A single addicted healthcare worker who resorts to “drug diversion” (i.e., stealing drugs), can endanger thousands.

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Conveyor Belt World Record Holders

Wednesday Feb 6th, 2019

At the top of the list is the 61-mile conveyor belt that runs from the Moroccan-controlled Bou Craa phosphorus mines in Western Sahara to the coast. Built in 1972, this system can shuttle 2,000 metric tons of rock per hour to the port city of El-Aaiun. From there, cargo ships transport the phosphate rock around the world, where it is used primarily in fertilizer production.

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Do 12-Step Programs Really Work?

Wednesday Jan 16th, 2019

Ever since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, 12-step programs have become the standard for alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Narcotics Anonymous officially began in Los Angeles in 1953. It has since spread to more than 140 countries.

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Asteroid Mining: More Than a Pipe Dream

Tuesday Jan 1st, 2019

The folks at Portland-based Aten Engineering are focused on determining the composition of the individual near-Earth asteroids. Because different compositions require different mining equipment.

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FDA Approves “Super Opioid” Dsuvia, Despite Crisis

Friday Dec 14th, 2018

If you’re wondering how a new opioid painkiller (dubbed a “super opioid”) could have received FDA approval while this country is in the throes of an opioid crisis, you’re not alone. In fact, critics of the FDA move include the chair of its own advisory committee, Dr. Raeford Brown.

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Four Repercussions of Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Wednesday Nov 14th, 2018

Doctors face intense pressure to cut back on opioid prescriptions, especially for the treatment of chronic pain. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) doesn’t track the number of Americans with chronic pain, some health experts estimate it to be as high as 100 million. That’s a lot of people taking pain meds.

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Silver: The Other Historic Mining Rush

Thursday Nov 1st, 2018

The first prospectors arrived in the Territory of Nevada searching for gold. In fact, it was a nominal gold strike in an isolated canyon that quickly became one of the richest silver strikes ever discovered.

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How Effective Is Methadone Treatment?

Wednesday Oct 17th, 2018

Methadone is not the only medication used to treat drug addiction. But it appears to be the most successful. And it’s certainly been around the longest–since 1964.

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Lost Dutchman Gold Mine: Treasure or Curse?

Wednesday Oct 3rd, 2018

Not only is this lost mine alleged to be rich in gold, but it’s also commonly viewed as cursed. Decapitations and other strange deaths, as well as numerous vanishings, shroud the legend. As a result, it’s become one of the most famous lost treasure tales of all time.

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Children: Secondary Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Wednesday Sep 19th, 2018

Since 2004, the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled. That’s according to a recent University of Chicago study. The biggest increase was among kids ages 1 to 4, which the researchers attributed to “the exploratory nature of young children.”

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Goodbye Porch Pirates & Hello McShane’s Heavy-Duty Package Delivery Lock Box

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

E-commerce sales worldwide are forecasted to nearly double between 2016 and 2020. As of February 2017, 43 percent of U.S. consumers had purchased items online. The convenience of purchasing online–especially when many e-tailers offer free shipping–has helped fuel the dramatic increase in online sales.

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The Future of Construction: Self-Healing Concrete

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

No matter how carefully it’s mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks. And given the right conditions, those cracks can lead to collapse. But what if, in the future, the concrete structures that surround us were able to self-heal cracks? As it turns out, several research teams from around the world are developing just such a material.

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Opioid Overdose ER Visits Continue to Climb

Tuesday Aug 14th, 2018

According to the most recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency room visits associated with opioid overdose increased about 30% across the country, from July 2016 to September 2017.

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Is Seabed Mining the Next Big Thing?

Tuesday Aug 7th, 2018

Although currently in the experimental stage, seabed mining could become the next big thing in offshore mineral exploration. At least, that’s what Toronto-based Nautilus Minerals Inc. is banking on.

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Suicide and the Opioid Crisis: A Tangled Web

Tuesday Jul 10th, 2018

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the alarming results of its most recent study of suicide in this country. According to the report, U.S. suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades. Even worse, half of the states have seen increases of more than 30%.

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Canada’s Landmark Program: Towards Sustainable Mining

Tuesday Jul 3rd, 2018

In the early 1990’s, a series of high-profile environmental accidents focused unwanted media attention on the Canadian mining sector.

These accidents were the subject of a CBC national news story titled “Ugly Canadians.” The story documented the environmental damage caused by Canadian companies at their overseas mining operations.

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U.S. Opioid Crisis and the Racial Divide

Tuesday Jun 19th, 2018

The current opioid crisis is being compared to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s. But, while HIV/AIDS demonstrated no racial preference, the face of this crisis has been overwhelmingly white.

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Going Green: Sustainable Mining Practices

Tuesday Jun 5th, 2018

Mining operations utilize water in a number of ways, which requires diverting surface water and pumping groundwater. As a result, the quantity and quality of water available downstream for aquatic ecosystems and other users is often compromised. This is especially true in regions with arid climates.

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Experimental Opioid Court Strives to Save Lives

Tuesday May 15th, 2018

But this court is unlike any other. It’s the nation’s first opioid crisis intervention court. Unlike typical drug courts, this program gets users into treatment within hours — not weeks — of their arrest. The whole purpose of this court is to save lives.

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U.S. Slowly Catching on to High-Speed Rail

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

With a maximum possible speed of 220 mph, and the ability to tilt up to seven degrees on curves, the Avelia Liberty is unlike any train that’s ever operated on U.S. soil.

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Death Has a New Name: Fentanyl

Tuesday Apr 17th, 2018

Fentanyl is far more potent than heroin—50 to 100 times more potent. It was developed in the 1960’s to treat intense pain which occurs in the final stages of cancer. And its potency can work miracles. But it can also kill.

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In a Flash: High-Speed Trains Around the World

Tuesday Apr 3rd, 2018

South Korea’s high-speed rail service, known as Korea Train Express (KTX) is operated by Korail, the country’s national railroad operator. Construction on the line began in 1992, and KTX services were launched in 2004.

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Is Portugal Winning the War on Drugs?

Tuesday Mar 13th, 2018

It all started in the 1970’s, when young Portuguese men were drafted to fight the country’s wars in the African colonies. Many of these soldiers returned home with drug habits — habits that were often embraced by their countrymen, who were getting their first taste of freedom after Portugal’s political revolution.

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Be Careful Out There! Mine Safety 101

Thursday Mar 1st, 2018

While only 1% of the world’s labor force is actively engaged in mining, the industry accounts for 5% of all on-the-job fatalities. Accidental deaths result from rock falls, tunnel collapses, blasting mishaps, heat exhaustion, and other dangers. 

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Modern-Day Heroines Fighting Overdose Battle

Tuesday Feb 13th, 2018

In fact, heroin use in Huntington is so prevalent that a new catch phrase has emerged: “Narcanned.” The term refers to the brand name for naloxone, the opioid blocker that reverses overdoses. As in, “How many times have you been narcanned?”

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Eureka! Five Amazing Facts About the California Gold Rush

Thursday Feb 1st, 2018

Those living on the east coast of the United States in 1849 had three options for traveling to the California gold fields.

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Drug Abuse Treatment: What Are the Options?

Tuesday Jan 16th, 2018

The United States is in the grip of the worst drug abuse epidemic ever. If you or someone you know are among the estimated 2.1 million Americans suffering from opioid addiction, how do you get help?

Fortunately, numerous treatment options are available. But before you can understand the treatment, you must first understand the addiction itself and its effect on the brain.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Reshape Mining?

Tuesday Jan 2nd, 2018

That’s where IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system, dubbed “Watson,” is being used at Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine in Ontario. Named after IBM’s first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson, the A.I. is capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Which means it can make informed, context-specific decisions one would only expect from a human being.

My company has been using lockboxes from McShane Welding for over 6 years now and is very pleased with the product and customer service. The personnel are all friendly and go above and beyond. The boxes are great quality and our clients love them. We couldn’t be more pleased with our working relationship with McShane.

Autumn Simpson

Representative of a nationwide network of local laboratories

Our courier company strongly encourages the use of LabLockers. We have been a customer for over 10 years and no other metal box vendor we tried in the past compares to the quality and customer service we get at McShane. Any business in the courier industry, specifically medical samples, should consider LabLockers.

Rob Johnstone

Priority Express

Our laboratory has been very satisfied with our choice to purchase the ESC-10 for specimen collection and transportation. This product allows us to control the temperature of the sample by offering frozen and ambient storage solutions. McShane Metal Products have always delivered their products on time while consistently offering fair pricing.

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McShane Metal Products, Welding & Fabrication

12 Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507