Co-Owner, Director & President at MPC Containment International
About Edward Reicin
A former trial lawyer in the Chicago area, Ed Reicin is a graduate of the University of Illinois Law School and began practicing in 1959. Three years later, he founded his own law firm, Gordon, Reicin, West and Rosenbloom, and was named Lawyer of the Year in 1969 by the Illinois Secretaries Association.
From 1975 to 2007, Reicin co-owned MPC Containment International, Ltd., a manufacturer of collapsible storage tanks for military and commercial use, in addition to various environmental systems used for pollution control. He served as President of the company, as well as its affiliate, M. Putterman & Co., which produces products for use in recreational facilities, including courts, fields and gymnasiums.
Under his direction, the companies produced $50 million in revenue and hired up to 200 employees. Sold to a private equity fund in 2007, Ed Reicin maintains partial ownership and serves as a consultant and point of contact for several branches of the United States military. He has successfully secured contracts with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as with the militaries of international governments.
In addition to his work as an attorney and manufacturing executive, Ed Reicin has performed opera professionally since 1992. Previously serving on the boards of the Opera Studio of Highland Park and L’Opera Piccola, he currently acts as Development Chairman, Central Region, for The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Ed Reicin lends his time to various civic and legal organizations. Founder of the Free Legal Clinic for the Near North Family Guidance Center, he also contributes on the Chicago Bar Association’s Volunteer Observers Committee. Ed Reicin and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren.
Edward Reicin - The Four Types of Singing Voice
From 1975 to 2007, Edward Reicin served as president, director, and co-owner of MPC Containment International, Ltd., a developer of collapsible storage tanks, and played an important role in acquiring military contracts for the firm. Alongside his business career, Edward Reicin has sung professionally as a bass in operas such as The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.
Musicians identify four main types of singing voice, each with its own qualities of range, register transition, and tone. From highest to lowest range, the female voices are soprano and mezzo, and the male voices are tenor and bass.
1. The Soprano. Classically, sopranos can produce notes from middle C to high C and can often go beyond that range. This category is characterized as a strong head voice and is known for its brightness and ethereal sound.
2. The Mezzo. Although most mezzos can reach high C or higher, similar to a soprano, they cannot hit the high notes as frequently. However, their strong abilities at a middle range enable them to sing more deeply and richly than their soprano peers.
3. The Tenor. Tenors possess a range from lower than middle C to a male high C, and they traditionally play the lead male role in operas and musicals.
4. The Bass. With the lowest of all voices, basses are known for their vocal power. Although they are unable to hit high notes, their dark and heavy intonations often serve them well in roles as villains or fathers.
Safety Warnings for Liquid Storage Tanks
Serving as a consultant with MPC Containment Systems, LLC, Edward Reicin advises the military on fuel containment technology. Edward Reicin strongly recommends the use of containment to meet with EPA guidelines and to minimize the risks associated with the handling of hazardous materials.
When inspecting collapsible tank and containment systems, the military provides inspectors with general safety guidelines. These rules are mandated to avoid serious injuries or death as the result of leaks, spills, or the inhalation of poisonous vapors.
Anyone working near a liquid storage tank cannot smoke within 100 feet of the containment site. If a spill does occur in a fuel tank area, the site must be covered with soil in order to decrease the vaporization rate. Fire extinguishers should also be positioned at specific locations around the tank.
When handling fuel, personnel are advised not to get the substance on their clothing or body. Any clothing that is saturated should be removed, and the wearer should wash the body immediately with water that is soapy and hot.
The accumulation of sludge at the bottom of a tank may emit an explosive or toxic gas. Therefore, personnel are warned, when cleaning a tank, to make sure the work area is well-ventilated. Inhaling the fumes that given off can result in poisoning over time.
The Chicago Opera Theater's 2015 Season
Business executive and entrepreneur Edward Reicin currently serves as the president of MPC Containment International. A professional opera singer as well, Edward Reicin supports the work of groups such as the Chicago Opera Theater, which recently announced its 2015 season.
The season will begin with Therese Raquin on February 20, with additional performances on February 22, 25, and 28. Therese Raquin tells a story of passion and crime as it focuses on the title character, her affair with her husband's best friend, and the dark results.
The second show of the season, A Coffin in Egypt, centers on the elderly character Myrtle Bledsoe and her life in the city of Egypt, Texas, as she faces her past and learns to forgive. Performances will take place on April 25 and 29 and May 1 and 3.
Lucio Silla completes the season, and will be performed on September 26 and 30 and October 2 and 4. This opera, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 16, presents a tale of love complicated by conspiracies and deception, as the title character strives to win over the woman with whom he has fallen in love.
For more information about the season and the Chicago Opera Theater, visit www.chicagooperatheater.org.
Family Guidance Centers Focus on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
A corporate executive since 1975, Edward Reicin has given significantly to charities and service agencies. For instance, Edward Reicin has served as board chairman of Family Guidance Centers (FGC) in Chicago.
Started in 1969, FGC treats individuals with mental illness and substance abuse. It employs social workers, counselors, and psychologists who guide people toward healthy behaviors. These professionals work with individuals in one-on-one, group, and family therapy.
One important aspect of these services is residential care for those who need a temporary home in which to break their routines of substance abuse. Other patients may need attention to their mental health issues in a structured environment.
Professionals staff this community 24 hours a day, with the goal of teaching clients how to schedule their time and manage activities of daily living and their recovery. They assist individuals as they begin to apply relapse prevention techniques and build a support network of like-minded individuals. Residents must stay abstinent in order to qualify for the program.
ITLA’s Disaster Response Initiative
Attorney Edward Reicin cofounded a successful law practice before establishing and leading two business ventures. With a history of volunteering his legal expertise, Edward Reicin is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA).
The ITLA was founded in 1952 and has over 2,000 members. The members of this statewide organization focus on representing injured workers and consumers. Highlighting the enormous resources of large companies and special interests groups, ITLA members champion the country’s system of checks and balances and endeavor to give ordinary citizens a fair chance in court.
The association’s members are now training and mobilizing to assist in providing free legal assistance to victims of natural disasters. As the ITLA points out, people who have just suffered from a natural disaster are quite vulnerable and can easily fall prey to scheming contractors and other individuals or groups who want to profit from their misery.
The ITLA’s volunteers offer prompt short-term help to victims by providing answers to questions and offering advice on how to deal with entities and individuals they might deal with, such as contractors, government agencies, and insurance companies. Volunteers also assist in directing victims to the appropriate resources they need to recover and in providing referrals to those with long-term legal requirements.