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Jul 06, 2021

Chad Kindred, Working Foreman

We’re happy to announce the promotion of Chad Kindred to the position of Working Foreman.  Chad has been a dedicated employee of FRI for 17 years. He has worked in every role as a Technician and is one of our certified welders.  Previously, Chad was the senior Technician leading the maintenance and operation of the experimental unit. In addition, he has contributed to the training and development of several of the technicians. When not at work, Chad is a certified EMT and a first responder with the Coyle Volunteer Fire Department.  Please welcome Chad in his new role!

Fred Smith, Semi-Retirement

FRI would like to extend our gratitude to Fred Smith for 30 years of service to FRI.  Fred started working with FRI as a contractor from Oklahoma State University in 1991 and became an FRI Technician in 1993.  Fred has been a friend and mentor to many employees, including six Presidents and four Technical Directors, during his tenure with FRI.  We are grateful that we will continue to draw from Fred’s experience  as he works part time focused on special assignments to streamline equipment maintenance and improve our worksite.  Thank you Fred!