Who Has the Ugliest Christmas Sweater?

The ladies on the second floor corporate team in Birmingham, Alabama held their annual Christmas luncheon and ugly Christmas sweater contest yesterday.  They catered the food from Taco Mama and enjoyed lively Christmas music during the luncheon.  This year Leslie Mawhorter won the award for ugliest Christmas sweater and Gretchen Easton won the award for the most creative sweater with her Green Bay Packers sweater.  Teri Lavette won for the “most flammable” sweater with lots of colorful lights.

As in previous years, they had a lively game of dirty Santa, but everyone left with a smile on their face and a gift for Christmas.

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Clow Valve Wins Judges Choice Award in 2017 Christmas Parade

We are pleased to announce that Clow Valve Company’s entry in the 2017 Oskaloosa, Iowa Christmas Parade won the Judges Choice Award!
 
The theme for this year’s entry was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The team was pretty excited because they haven’t come in first place since 2010.
Approximately 20,000 people, almost the entire town, showed up for this year’s parade. They had wonderful weather and a great staff at the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group pulled off another fantastic celebration. Events like this have a way of bringing the community together.
Clow Valve team member Bob Bateson said, “My biggest gift for managing this float is seeing the joy on the faces of the little ones.”
Big thanks to Roy Winkleman for lending his RV, Steve Davis for “bare”ing the cold to play cousin Eddie (it was a big hit), James Jennings and Kaden Linder (the prince and princess), Julie Isley (local artist) and the other 20+ people that donated their time to work on the winning project.
CVO 2017 Christmas Parade Collage

McWane Ductile Utah Raises $16,000 for Local Charities

We are pleased to announce that McWane Ductile Utah (MDU) raised $16,000 from their charity golf tournament!

This enabled them to donate $4,000 to The Boys & Girls Club, the Utah Food Bank, the South County Animal Shelter and The Dream Factory.  MDU team members presented checks to these charities on December 5, 2017.

MDU 2017 Donations to local charities

McWane Ductile Adds New Calculator to the Pocket Engineer

McWane Ductile has added a new calculator to the Ductile Iron Pipe Industry leading Pocket Engineer. The new HDD (Horizontal Directional Drill calculator will help utilities and engineers specify McWane Ductile Iron Pipe for the HDD applications.  Check it out today.

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The calculator can be viewed at: http://pe.mcwane.com/groups/ductile-iron-pipe/mcwane-ductile/calculators/hdd-profile-calculator

Special thanks to Ken Rickvalsky for all his work on this project.

City of Hayward Chooses Ductile Iron Pipe to Replace Aging AC Transmission Main

Christine Michaelidis, Sales Rep for McWane Ductile-Utah recently presented this framed copy of the Fall 2017 feature article from Modern McWane to Bert Weiss, Operations and Maintenance Manager, for the City of Hayward, California.  Mr. Weiss (pictured left) actually wrote the article detailing the City’s efforts to replace an aging 30” AC transmission main with a new 30” ductile iron line supplied by McWane Ductile and sold through Ferguson Waterworks.  Scott Silverthorn (pictured right) with Ferguson was instrumental in coordinating this project between McWane Ductile and the City of Hayward.

Due to the strength and durability of the material, the relative ease in which the pipe could be assembled, and the long term resiliency it will provide in an earthquake prone area, ductile iron pipe was without question the material of choice for the City of Hayward, and we thank Bert for sharing his story with us.

MDU Modern McWane

McWane Products Here, There and Everywhere

Michael Jones, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications, recently spotted an Amerex fire extinguisher while watching the Netflix show Longmire and a Kennedy Valve hydrant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Abbie Wertheim with SF Made noticed that the pipes in her parking garage in San Francisco, California were made by AB&I Foundry.

Products manufactured by the McWane team are located around the world. You just have to keep an eye out. If you come across any of our products and want to share your pictures with the team, email them to Mickie Coggin at mcoggin@mcwane.com.

Product Sighting 2017 Netflix Longmire, New Orleans and San Francisco

Tyler Pipe holds 10th Annual Service Awards Banquet

Tyler Pipe is very fortunate and grateful to have so many loyal and dedicated team members.  In fact, 40% of their workforce has 25 years of service or more.  To honor this service, they held the 10th annual Service Awards Banquet, otherwise known as the Silver Anniversary Club.  The night was filled with games, prizes and great food and the Tyler Junior College Jazz Band entertained guests with music throughout the evening.

This year, they welcomed eight new members to the Silver Anniversary Club.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to celebrating again, same time next year!

TPT SERVICE AWARDS BANQUET

Gary Bryant Retires from Tyler Pipe after 44 Years of Service

What do you do after 44 years of working in an iron foundry?  Tyler Pipe team member Gary Bryant’s wife Cindy said “You do a bunch of honey-do’s.” Gary, aka “Chipmunk” joined Tyler Pipe on November 19, 1973 and his last day of work will be November 30, 2017.  What better time to hang up your boots than in your anniversary month. Gary has decided to lay down his PM (preventive maintenance) lists and pick up a honey-do list instead.

Tyler Pipe held a retirement celebration for Gary on November 15 that included Texas style chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and of course a really big cake.  Gary was joined at the party by his wife, children and grandchildren. His family talked about how they remember their dad going to work every day and how Tyler Pipe helped pay for their home, their education and much, much more.

Gary will be driving a bus part-time for the local hospital and plans to stay active with the Shriners.  He has been a part of the Shriners since 1994 and has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1984.

He is also a member of the Legions of Honors Veterans who carry flags at funerals for veterans.

Gary will be greatly missed at Tyler Pipe as he enjoys a well-deserved retirement.

Gary Bryant retirement

AB&I receives Commendation from Alameda Board of Supervisors

We are pleased to report that AB&I Foundry received a commendation from the Board of Supervisors for Alameda County, California.

District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley presented the plaque to Michael Lowe and Dave Robinson in recognition of 111 years in operation and appreciation for AB&I’s continued investment in Alameda County.ABI 2017 Alamenda County Commnendation collage

Anaco-Husky team pays it forward at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the blessings in our lives — family, job, good health and especially food on our table every day. Anaco-Husky Couplings has been in the Thanksgiving spirit all month hosting a food drive to help those who wouldn’t otherwise enjoy those Thanksgiving blessings.

Team members brought in donations which were delivered to the Corona-Norco Settlement House, a local United Way non-profit organization that has been helping families in need since 1912.

ACO 2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive Collage