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Arctic Foundations, Inc. Corporate Leadership Change


Founder and long-time president of Arctic Foundations Inc., Erwin (Erv) Long, passed away in 2012 at 91 years of age.

An election of new corporate officers has named two long-term and well-qualified personnel to take over leadership of AFI. Edward Yarmak has been named President and Eric Johnson has been named Vice-President of Arctic Foundations, Inc.

Ed has been employed by AFI since 1981 and is Chief Engineer involved with estimates, design, construction, and quality control. He is a member of the ASCE and NSPE, and is the President-Elect of the United States Permafrost Association.

Eric has also been employed by AFI since 1981, starting as a production welder and has many years as the Shop Superintendent planning and coordinating all shop, yard, and personnel to maintain production schedules and quality. Eric is a member of the AWS and a certified welding inspector.

AFI has been developing, designing, fabricating, installing, and improving ground- freezing systems since its inception in the early 1970's.

AFI's technology is based on numerous patents held by Mr. Erwin Long, the original being the Long Thermopile that was initially being developed by Mr. Long in 1956, and patented in the early 1960’s. Long was recognized for his innovative solutions by receiving the Alaska Engineer of the Year award in 1978, and the ASCE's Harold R. Peyton award for Cold Regions Engineering in 1991. 

For 40 years, Arctic Foundations, Inc. has provided its customers and teaming partners rapid, well-conceived solutions to geotechnical problems through the application of their proprietary ground freezing technology. The company analyzes, designs, manufactures, installs, and operates heat transfer and ground freezing systems that enhance the engineering characteristics of soil and rock. Strengthening soils, controlling water, and immobilizing water borne hazardous contaminants are typical benefits to end-users. AFI systems are designed for the long-term and may well outlast the structures they are supporting or protecting.

An exemplary understanding of the interrelationship of diverse engineering disciplines, and many years of development and operational experience allows AFI to offer its clients superior systems with lower life-cycle costs than its competitors.

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