Raptor Tank Cleaning Systems purchases the Tank Cleaner product line (Bristol Units) from Tanker Wash Systems of Sandwich, Illinois


Davenport, Iowa (February 8, 2024) – Twin State Environmental, also known as Raptor® Cleaning Systems and Services has purchased the Tank Cleaner product line, often referred to as the “Bristol Units”, from Tanker Wash Systems of Sandwich, Illinois.

Twin State Environmental specializes in designing, engineering, manufacturing, and installing rail car and highway tank trailer cleaning systems for new facilities as well as upgrades of existing cleaning operations. “Adding the Bristol unit cleaning system to Twin State’s portfolio increases the offerings and benefits to both Tanker Wash and Raptor® customers” said Scott Tinsman III, Founder of Twin State Environmental. “The sale is a sound strategic move for both Twin State and Jeff Ikemire, president of Tanker Wash Systems.  Jeff has more than 35 years of manufacturing and serving Bristol units.  Twin State will utilize Jeff and his industry knowledge to assist in the transition and support of customers” said Charles (Chip) Lee, President of Twin State Environmental.

Jeff purchased the Tank Cleaner product line from Sentry Equipment in May of 2007. The tank cleaner offering was originally added to the Sentry product portfolio via its 2003 acquisition of Bristol Equipment Company which was based in Yorkville, Illinois.

Raptor® Cleaning Systems and Services operates a rail car cleaning service as well as manufactures their automated robotic Raptor® Tank Cleaning systems from their facility in Durant, Iowa.  The Raptor® and Bristol automated robotic cleaning systems, which includes both electric and hydraulic options, use a combination of pressure, temperature and flow rate to extract heel and sludge from Rail Cars and Highway Trailers. Hazardous, Non-Hazardous and Feed- Stock materials including Acid, Asphalt, Crude Oil, Vegetable Oils, Animal Fats, Fertilizer and Minerals are removed from the tank without human entry. These robotic machines are the Safest, most Effective and Efficient cleaning systems available.  The unique recycling and reuse options allow for the recovery of valuable acids, fats, oils or other materials collected during the cleaning process. The advantages of Raptor® and Bristol are numerous including safety, reduction in time and labor, and consistent complete cleanings.

Raptor® will begin immediately supporting the Bristol units.  All inquiries, parts and service orders can now be direct to [email protected] or by calling 563-359-3624

Contact Info: Charles (Chip) S. Lee, Jr.
Twin State Environmental
563-359-3624 / [email protected]

Cathcart Rail Selects Raptor Tank Cleaning Systems for its Planned Tank Car Cleaning Operation in Belpre, Ohio

Cathcart Rail, through its newly formed subsidiary, Utica Tank Cleaning (Utica Tank), has partnered with Raptor® Tank Cleaning Systems (Raptor®) for its planned tank car cleaning operation in Belpre, Ohio. Utica Tank will be switched by Cathcart’s subsidiary carrier, the Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad (BIP), which interchanges with the CSXT seven days per week in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Utica Tank is working with Twin State Environmental on the design and construction of the facility and is scheduled to be operational in November of this year.

By selecting the Raptor® Tank Cleaning system, Utica Tank will have the ability to remove liquids, solids, and sludge from tank cars across all types of hazardous, non-hazardous and feedstock materials, including asphalt, crude oil, acids, ethanol, vegetable oils, animal fats, and tallow. To further Cathcart Rail’s dedication to safety, no human entry into the tank will be required due to the significant technological advantages of the Raptor system. The system, which incorporates robotics, guarantees a superior, safe cleaning of rail equipment.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer Scott Tinsman III stated, “the Raptor was developed and engineered based on years of industry experience. It utilizes robotics and automation to ensure the complete removal of heel and build-up from hopper and tank railcars. This safe, economical and unique cleaning technology removes the need for anyone to enter a tank while it contains product.”

With the ability to offer all types of cleaning, Utica Tank is strategically located in the Ohio River Corridor to service numerous car owner and shipper customers. Phase two of the Belpre operation will include M-1002 valve repair certification and flaring of high pressure tanks.

Casey Cathcart, President of Cathcart Rail, stated, “the new Raptor® Tank Cleaning system will allow us to handle any amount of heel in tank cars, even in excess of 10,000 pounds. This new, safe, and very efficient system minimizes cleaning time, maximizes shipment volume, and reduces freight costs; changing tank cleaning economics from a “have to” to a “want to” for many customers. Our plan is to clean and requalify tanks in hours, allowing a railcar to return to service in days, not weeks.”


Contact Information:

Utica Tank Cleaning
Casey Cathcart
Cathcart Rail
[email protected]
314-605-8988 (cell)

Raptor® Tank Cleaning Systems
Charles (Chip) Lee, Jr.
Twin State Environmental
[email protected]
248-954-4458 (cell)