We are pleased to announce that Clow Valve was named Associate Member of the Year by the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) at the 40th Annual Conference which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 16-18. New Mexico and West Texas Territory Manager Danny Fourr accepted the award on behalf of Clow.
Congratulations to entire Clow Valve team!
Clow Valve partnered with the schools in Oskaloosa, Iowa on April 18 at the Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce (ITW) event sponsored by IowaWORKS. Local business professionals in 13 different career industries were on hand to share their knowledge and insight with over 900 students in grades 8-12. Prior to the event, students completed a survey to select the top 4 industries they would like to learn more about. Among those 13 industries was advanced manufacturing.
Breonna Nimtz (Human Resources Coordinator) represented Clow Valve Company in the advanced manufacturing industry sessions. In these sessions, companies talked about their industries, the types of jobs available and the education and skills required for those jobs. Many students in these sessions expressed an interest in careers in skilled trades and manufacturing including welding, robotics, machining and maintenance.
The goal of the ITW event was to show high school and middle school students (our future workforce) the great career opportunities that are not only available locally but provide a sustainable living wage for their families in the future. This was also a great opportunity for students to start thinking about how they can utilize their interests and skills and turn them into a long-lasting career.
McWane awards ten scholarships ($2,000 x 4 years) annually to children of McWane team members to assist them as they pursue a college education. The scholarship program is administrated by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and students can apply online. We are pleased to report that there were 60 eligible applicants this year.
The winners of the 2018 McWane Scholarship are:
Hannah Frank (Duane Frank, Sales Manager McWane Ductile, Coshocton, Ohio)
Tianna Voelkert (Camilla Voelkert, Sales Coordinator Amerex, Trussville, Alabama)
Isabella Zornes (Rodney Zornes, Electrical Engineer McWane Ductile. Coshocton, Ohio)
Taylor Thorington (John Thorington, Chief Technology Officer Synapse, Huntsville, Alabama)
Alyssa Tedrow (William Tedrow, Supervisor Manchester Tank, Bedford, Indiana)
Dolores Ortiz-Rodriguez (Delores Martinez, Labor Tyler Union, Anniston, Alabama)
Danica Butler (Brett Butler, Maintenance Electrician McWane Ductile, Provo, Utah)
Juliana Ortega (Juan Ortega, Pipe Processor Tyler Pipe Company, Tyler, Texas)
Calee Cameron (Joshua Cameron, Master Electrician Tyler Pipe Company. Tyler, Texas)
Adriana Rabearivelo (Reddy Rabearivelo, Bibby Ste. Croix, Ste. Croix, Quebec, Canada)
Congratulations to this year’s winners! We wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.
From time to time we get an unusual McWane product sighting. CJ Fowler, the McWane Ductile sales representative for Southern Illinois, East Iowa and some parts of Missouri had one of those sightings last week while making sales calls.
CJ came across something a little different but really cool at one of our distributors, Waterwork Specialties in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Waterwork used McWane Ductile iron pipe as pillars, on the front of their shop.
We must say those are the best-looking pillars we’ve ever seen!
In recognition and appreciation of their accomplishments in February, Tyler Union held a luncheon for the Disa and Melt Department team members on March 9.
The Disa Department was recognized for no safety recordables and over six GTPH (good tons per hour) with less than 5% downtime during the month of February!
The Melt Department was recognized for meeting all production goals and scoring the highest grade on the Environmental Scorecard for the month.
Clow Valve was a proud sponsor of the Rancho Cucamonga Earth Day Open House last weekend which was attended by approximately 1,500 members of the community.
Clow set up a booth to showcase our products and commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing. The display included a cut-out hydrant and a custom painted American flag themed hydrant. Both drew awe and surprise from the attendees and they were asked countless times if they would be giving them away in the raffle. It was fun to see the excitement the community had surrounding the company and our products.
Special thanks to Jose Martinez making sure the hydrants were available for display, Maria Shepas for providing some crucial display elements and Rick Ledesma for making sure the polished brass hydrants were available for giveaway in the raffle!
On Tuesday, March 27, our Clow Valve facility located in Oskaloosa, Iowa hosted a tour of the metal casting operation for local high school seniors enrolled in industrial technology courses. Maintenance mechanic B.J. Bowie conducted the tour. The students were particularly interested in learning more about careers, types of jobs and skills needed to work in advanced manufacturing as well as opportunities available in skilled trades.
Clow Valve welcomes any opportunities to show the future workforce our state-of-the-art facilities and educate them about the potential career opportunities that are available in manufacturing and skilled trades.
Spotted: A Clow Valve Company hydrant outside of the Escape Root Juicery on Main Street in Dunedin, Florida.
We are pleased to announce that John Bennett has joined the Corporate HR team as the new Benefit Specialist! In this role, John will be supporting all divisions with their benefit information and analysis as needed. John will report directly to Leslie Mawhorter.
Prior to joining McWane, John worked 17+ years at UAB as the primary contact for benefit related issues at all levels including the university and hospital. John earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Care Organization from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College Madison.
Welcome to McWane, John!
Canada Pipe and Clow Canada team members recently bid a fond farewell to Kathy Senior who retired after 38 years. Kathy’s career has been an evolution of sorts. She began her career in July 1980 with Stanton Pipe as secretary to the Treasurer. When Stanton was purchased by Canron in 1985, Kathy transferred to the Sales Department where she also served as the Personnel Manager. In 1989, her career took another turn when she became the secretary for the Vice-President General Manager at Canada Pipe. When Clow Canada later joined offices with Canada Pipe, Kathy continued to work as administrative assistant and handle payroll and benefits for both companies.
Kathy is looking forward to spending time working in her gardens but first she has two weddings to attend this summer. In fact, she will be traveling over 3,000 km to a wedding in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Beamsville, Ontario, Canada on a motorcycle. Sounds like Kathy has lots of fun planned for her retirement years.
We wish Kathy best wishes for a long and happy retirement!