Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tuscan White Bean Dip Recipe

Tuscan White Bean Dip

In honor of World Health Day, we’d like to share a tasty, yet healthy Tuscan White Bean Dip recipe with you all!

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped (about 3 cloves)
2 tablespoons onions, chopped
1 cup low-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)

Combine ingredients. Served with chopped carrots and celery sticks. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories – 87                                      Carbohydrates – 10 g
Total fat – 4 g                                     Potassium – 158 mg
Saturated fat – 1 g                             Vitamin A – 2%
Cholesterol – 0 mg                            Vitamin C – 4%
Sodium – 25 mg                                 Calcium – 0%
Total fiber – 3 g                                 Iron – 6%
Protein – 3 g
 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Major Donations to Improve Hospital Infrastructure

Amerex Extinguinsher from CRUDEM Article

Amerex Corporation, a subsidiary of McWane, Inc. located in Trussville, Alabama, and World Dryer Corporation located in Berkley, Illinois, made major contributions to Hôpital Sacré Coeur, a hospital located in Milot, Haiti, to help improve hospital conditions. An excerpt from the article posted to The Center for the Rural Development of Milot’s website that details Amerex’s contribution is featured below.

Hôpital Sacré Coeur is located in Milot, a town with a population of some 20,000 and the site of Haiti’s most popular tourist attraction. But there is no fire department in Milot – the closest one is nearly 20 miles away in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city. The problem is that Cap-Haitien’s firefighting equipment is largely non-functioning. The only apparatus that works is located at the airport and this cannot leave the airport without permission from officials in Port-au-Prince. So Hôpital Sacré Coeur is on its own in terms of fire suppression.

Accordingly, a major effort has been underway at Hôpital Sacré Coeur to improve our fire safety/fire control capabilities. Over the course of the last six months, 30 new handheld fire extinguishers have been deployed across the campus along with smoke detectors. And thanks to the generosity of C. Philip McWane, the chairman and chief executive officer of McWane, Inc., two 300 lbs Amerex wheeled fire extinguisher will arrive on the campus in early February.

Amerex Corporation, a subsidiary of McWane, Inc., makes top-of-the-line fire suppression equipment. One 300 lbs unit will be located at the hospital and the other at the General Services annex. Without Mr. McWane’s kindness, CRUDEM would have had to spend more than $7,000 to purchase these two extinguishers. Mr. McWane’s generosity will help to make Hôpital Sacré Coeur a safer place – a much safer place – and we are very grateful to him and his colleagues at McWane, Inc./Amerex Corporation for their gift to the hospital.

McWane is proud to have been able to assist those in need and we hope that our contributions really help make a difference for Hôpital Sacré Coeur. This is definitely the McWane Way!


CRUDEM was founded in 1968 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart of the Montreal Province. This organization has built roads, schools, wells, several co-operative ventures, and most significantly, a hospital to satisfy the needs of residents of the town of Milot, Haiti. To learn more about CRUDEM, visit their website.

Statoil Selects Solberg Under New Frame Agreement

 L to R: Thomas Svanevik - General Manager, EMEA Region Solberg; Rolf Jebsen Arnesen - Lead Procurement Officer (HSE Chemical/Commodities) Statoil; Jan Solberg - Managing Director, Business Development Solberg)

L to R: Thomas Svanevik – General Manager, EMEA Region, Solberg; Rolf Jebsen Arnesen – Lead Procurement Officer (HSE Chemical/Commodities), Statoil; Jan Solberg – Managing Director, Business Development. Solberg

Green Bay, Wisconsin and Bergen, Norway – In order to achieve the high environmental stewardship standards at Statoil, The Solberg Company (Solberg), the world’s foremost innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, has been awarded a contract by Statoil as their foam concentrate supplier under a new multi-year Frame Agreement. In a prior agreement, Statoil selected Solberg as their partner in the Statoil LOOP Portfolio Program to develop environment-friendly 1% firefighting foam using no fluorinated compounds or other organohalogens.

In the case of the Solberg / Statoil partnership, the project developed an environment-friendly 1% high-performance firefighting foam without fluorinated compounds or other organohalogens.  The result is Solberg’s RE-HEALING RF1, 1% foam concentrate suitable for use on all Statoil offshore and onshore installations.

Statoil places a very high priority on environmental stewardship, and Solberg’s new fluorine-free firefighting foam aligns perfectly with Statoil’s environmental policies” said Fredric Pettersson, Sales Director – EMEA Region for Solberg.

RE-HEALING Foam concentrates from SOLBERG are an innovative environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free firefighting foam used to effectively extinguish Class B hydrocarbon and polar solvent fuels with no environmental concerns for bioaccumulation or toxic breakdown. RE-HEALING Foam concentrates can be used in fresh, sea or brackish water and possess excellent fire extinguishment and burn back resistance due to its flow and rapid sealing characteristics. The product takes its name from the foams physical “resealing” characteristics.

“This new Frame Agreement allows Solberg to continue development of its unique advanced high-performance environmentally sustainable firefighting foam technology for use not only in the petroleum, oil and gas industry but other industrial high-hazard high-risk industries globally,” explained Solberg EMEA Region General Manager Thomas Svanevik. “We are excited to supply firefighting foam concentrates to Statoil that achieve superior fire protection, while also achieving outstanding environmental compliance.”

The first platform selected for retrofit with R-HEALING RF1 foam concentrate was Kvitebjørn. The Kvitebjørn gas and condensate producing installation lies in block 34/11, east of Gullfaks in the North Sea in the North East Atlantic. It has been developed with a fully-integrated fixed steel platform with drilling and processes facilities and living quarters. The second platform selected Njord A located further north in the Norwegian Sea. On the new oil platform “Gudrun,” Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) was never an option and RE-HEALING RF1 has been used from day one.

Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin with operations in Bergen, Norway and Sydney, Australia, Solberg has been involved with the manufacture of firefighting foams since the mid-1970s. Solberg is recognized throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific Region for its environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free products that are an innovation in Class B firefighting foam.  Additionally, Solberg manufactures a complete range of traditional foam concentrates, Class A and High-Expansion foam concentrates including foam systems hardware. Solberg’s unique technology is preferred by customers in the aviation, chemical, energy, fire services, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, solvent & coatings markets.


About Solberg More information can be found at

About Statoil More information can be found at

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Pays a Visit to Clow Valve

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley

Clow Valve General Manager Jim Wakefield and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley

Clow Valve team members were excited to learn that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley would stop by for a visit on March 20th, and they would have the opportunity to visit with Senator Grassley during his tour of the Machine Shop. While serving as a delegate of the local community to discuss Iowa road improvements on a trip to Washington, D.C., Clow Valve General Manager Jim Wakefield invited Senator Grassley to stop by on his next trip to Oskaloosa for a tour and he called to tell them he would be dropping by in a couple weeks.

Senator Grassley is no stranger to the manufacturing industry having worked as a sheet metal shearer and assembly line worker during his earlier career. He also grew up on a farm in Butler County where he still lives today.

Sentaor Grassley holds the record for the longest record of not missing a vote of any senator currently in office. He makes a point to respond to every phone call, letter and email he receives from Iowans and communicates with them extensively online via Facebook and Twitter, as well as his own website.