Monthly Archives: November 2014

Manchester Tank Quincy Currently Undergoing Gap Analysis Evaluation

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, IL (MTQ), has welcomed several visitors during the past few weeks in conjunction with their participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP recognizes employers and workers in both private industries and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems. They also must maintain injury and illness rates below the national statistical averages set by the Bureau of Labor for their respective agencies.

Currently, MTQ is undergoing a gap analysis evaluation. During this evaluation, health and safety team members from the McWane organization visit MTQ to perform onsite employee interviews.

Pacific States Completes Process Audit

Pac States Audit Group

Pac States Audit Group

The Pipe Group has a program in place called Process Audits. Pacific States just completed a process audit at their facility this week. The process audits work like this – Plant Managers and other members of the Management/Engineering team visit the pipe production facilities and review their processes and work instructions.

They then use this process as a tool to share best practices among the pipe group and look for opportunities for improvement. This process also helps to build relationships among the pipe group team and encourages the sharing of ideas.

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates Ergo Cup Win and Team Service!

MTQ Ergo Cup Celebration

Fred Simpson from McWane Corporate Safety Department presents Ergo Cup trophy to Orville Jones, one of the team members who worked on MTQ’s project.

On November 7, 2014, Manchester Tank & Equipment located in Quincy, Illinois, (MTQ) celebrated their first place finish in the Ergo Cup contest by providing lunch to all of its team members. Team members were treated to a fantastic lunch featuring ribeye steak sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and cookies.

The celebration wasn’t just about the Ergo Cup win. MTQ General Manager Jason Eads also presented service awards to 22 team members that have a combined total of 370 years of service at Manchester Tank Quincy. WOW!

Congratulations to the Ergo Cup winners and the 22 dedicated team members for their years of service. We appreciate your service!

Synapse Wireless to be Featured on The Peggy Smedley Show

Synapse's David Ewing on Peggy Smedley Show

Synapse’s own CTO, David Ewing, has been invited to participate on The Peggy Smedley Show, which will be broadcast live on Tuesday, November 18th at 12:15 pm CST.

As the voice of M2M and connected devices, The Peggy Smedley Show is an entertaining, yet fun, resource for listeners looking to understand the issues and challenges of implementing the newest technologies both in the workplace and at home. Broadcast live each Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT on, host Peggy Smedley brings her years of experience, knowledge, analysis, and sense of humor to each show. The Peggy Smedley Show features discussions with top-tech thinkers and newsmakers, offering in-depth analysis, while sharing the hottest connected-device stories and trends.

To listen live on Tuesday, please visit

Solberg Achieves Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) Listing Certification

Solberg ULC Certification

We are proud to announce that the Solberg Company has achieved Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) Listing Certification on the company’s RE-HEALING fluorine-free and ARCTIC AFFF / AR-AFFF (ATC) foam concentrate product lines.

According to Solberg’s Vice President of Global Product Development Mitch Hubert, “RE-HEALING and ARCTIC concentrates are very effective firefighting foams for flame knockdown, fire control, extinguishment, and burn-back resistance. Control, extinguishing time, and burn-back resistance is paramount to the safety of firefighters everywhere. RE-HEALING and ARCTIC foam concentrates have shown excellent performance in each of these categories.”

Congratulations to the entire Solberg Team!


For the full release, click here.

Seasonal Health Tips

During this fall/winter season, make sure to take proper precautions to ensure that you are in the best health possible!

Fall for Good Health

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Veteran's Day 2014

Today we would like to take time out to recognize our veterans. We honor you, we thank you, and we appreciate you. Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!

Meet McWane: Victor Carrasco, MTE Chile

Victor Carrasco

We are pleased to announce that Victor Carrasco has joined the Manchester Tank & Equipment Chile team as the new EHS Manager. Victor spent the last 9 years in safety and security for Gerdau, a multinational steel company. Prior to that, he worked as an EHS advisor in the construction and copper industries. He is experienced in certification processes for ISO 9001 and 14001; OHSAS 18001.

Victor is married with one son.

Welcome to the team, Victor!

McWane Sponsors 50 Birmingham City School Students to Attend the Symphony


McWane has a longstanding commitment to Birmingham City Schools and were excited recently when we received a request from the Birmingham Education Foundation for 50 tickets to the Alabama Symphony. The students are part of the Carver High School symphony program and rarely get a chance to attend concerts.

McWane President Ruffner Page said, “This would be a good opportunity for us to do something special for the Birmingham City Schools.”

Over the past several years McWane has sponsored math competitions at Kirby Middle School, reading initiatives at Norwood Elementary, and also sponsored a visit from several Alabama Symphony members to Norwood Middle School.

We are glad we can play a small part in enriching the lives of children that might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience the symphony.

Clow Valve Presents CO2 Study Findings at AFS Sand Conference

L to R: Brodie Biersner (HA International), John Grahek, and Jeff Beuthien (Core Room Supervisor)

L to R: Brodie Biersner (HA International), John Grahek, and Jeff Beuthien (Core Room Supervisor)

Clow Valve and HA International joined forces over the past year to conduct a case study to evaluate the changes/improvements, if any, that might occur if Clow ran CO2 cured cores. They recently had the opportunity to present their findings at the American Foundry Society’s Sand Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The CO2 process of replacing amine gas to cure cold box cores is common in Europe, however it is new to the United States and Clow. In fact, Clow is one of a few foundries that is running it in high production.

Clow has been running and learning from this process for over a year on one core center and has now moved it to the other machines.

According to John Grahek, Assistant Metal Casting Facility Manager, “This has allowed us to eliminate the flammable MEF gas used to cure cores and utilize an environmentally friendly CO2 gas further reducing our plant hazards, HAPS, and VOC’s.”

Ironically John, Jeff, and Brodie are Foundry Education Foundation alumni from the University of Northern Iowa. It’s a small world!