Monthly Archives: December 2014

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge

1st Place Winners - Clow Canada Pattern Modification Team

1st Place Winners – Clow Canada Pattern Modification Team

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) contest:

1st Place ($1,000 per team member): Clow Canada  Pattern Modification

2nd Place ($500 per team member): Amerex – Dry Paint Rack

3rd Place ($250 per team member): MTE Elkhart – Heat Recovery

3rd Place ($250 per team member): Pacific States – Finishing-Cement Line Water Reduction

A total of 35 pollution prevention project entries were received in July 2014 for this year’s Pollution Prevention Challenge. By the deadline of November 2014, 21 of these projects were submitted for judging by three independent judges. The judges evaluated all the written submittals and selected 12 finalists. The 12 finalists presented their projects via a web meeting on December 16, 2014, after which the judges picked the winning entries.

The judges were:

Beth Stewart – Cahaba River Society

Sarah Burton – Kestrel Management Services

Roald Hazelhoff – Southern Environmental Center

Our sincere thanks to the judges for donating their time and expertise for this process!!

All of us, including the three judges, were very impressed by the innovative ideas, presentations and the keen interest and passion shown by participating team members from different McWane facilities and departments (production, maintenance, engineering, environmental, etc.) in identifying and implementing effective pollution prevention ideas.

To continue to encourage implementation of more pollution prevention ideas at all McWane facilities, the “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Award for entries with innovative, simple and low cost solutions, producing relatively small but important environmental benefits were awarded to the following entries:

Winners of the “Why Didn’t I Think of That!”  Prizes ($100 per team member)

  • Pacific States – Melting-Coke Breeze
  • Clow Canada – Passivation Improvements

We hope to see a continued high level of interest in Pollution Prevention at all McWane facilities going forward. Thank you for everyone’s interest in the 2014 P2C and your support of McWane’s EHS programs and get started with your 2015 projects/ideas.

Congratulations to the winners!!!

MSPL Holds First Corporate Cricket Tournament

MSPL Cricket Tournament Collage

Cricket is an immensely popular sport in India, and is also just as popular with the MSPL team. McWane Services Private Ltd had its inaugural edition of the MSPL Cricket World Cup (Soft ball cricket) on Saturday December 13, 2014. The selected venue for this sporting event was the cricket ground at Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT). Three teams comprised of team members lined up with team names of SSS (Sales Support and Synapse), Dynamic Dudes (Design and Product Development) and McWinners from the Valve Manufacturing Division (VMD).

All team members and their families were invited and there was a great turnout. The tournament was organized into a full day event composed of three league stage matches and a final featuring the top two teams. Safety precautions were taken to ensure that players and spectators were well hydrated with refreshments, and a first aid kit was on standby. A soft ball was also used to ensure that there was no case of physical injury to players.

The day progressed with Team SSS and Team Dynamic Dudes edging out the McWinners to enter the finals. In an intense and winner takes all final, Team SSS inched ahead of Team Dynamic Dudes to win the inaugural edition of the MSPL Cricket World Cup.

The individual Man of the Match awards was given away by Financial Controller D. Muruganandham and Head of Marketing & Business Development TS Chidambaram. The winner and runner rolling trophies and medals were presented by chief guest Dr Sambath, Physical Education Director of Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT).

It turned out to be a good outing for the teams. MSPL entered the playing field as opponents, but came out stronger in their friendship and camaraderie. Overall, it was a Saturday well-spent for players and families alike.

Meet McWane: Jerome McQueen, Tyler Union

Jerome McQueen PE CertificationMcWane actively encourages the professional development of its team members at all levels. To assist in that development, McWane offers tuition reimbursement, numerous in-house training classes and encourages participation in professional and industry organizations along with other efforts.

We like to take time to recognize significant career milestones for our team members. With that said, we would like to offer a huge congratulations to Jerome McQueen, Tyler/Union Division Environmental Manager, who recently passed his Professional Engineer (PE) exam in Environmental Engineering and obtained his PE license! This accomplishment was on the heels of Jerome’s completion of his MBA degree last year.

Jerome is also a member of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., an organization made up of successful men from all walks of life who are dedicated to making a difference in their community through mentoring and shaping the younger generation.Jerome McQueen Mentoring

Jerome co-chairs the mentoring program of 45 young men from his local chapter. He has also been instrumental in organizing field trips to such places as the Hoover Dam, Times Square (NY), Statue of Liberty, Sea World, Disney World, and the Martin Luther King Center. This organization has also provided millions of dollars in scholarships.

Giving back to the community through mentoring is always a great thing. Hats off, Jerome, and congratulations on the passing of your PE exam! We are proud to have you on the McWane team.

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Team Works Together to Reduce Injuries and Set Goals for 2015

Tyler Pipe 2015 Planning Meeting

Pictured clockwise starting at bottom left: Bill Hoffman (Plant Manager), James Christian (Press Operator), Brian Hopper (Gasket Machine Operator), Mike Emhoff (Maintenance Manager), Danny Minor (Plant Engineer), Tim Graham (EHS Tech), Brian Lowe (Gasket Manager), Kelly Cheek (Coupling Manager), Nick Labiak (Screw Machine Operator), and Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager)

At Tyler Pipe & Coupling, planning and team involvement are key to their success. In 2014, the Safety Department asked both management staff and hourly team members from each department to work together to identify action items for both the Injury Reduction Plan and goals and objectives for 2015. They came together as a group and analyzed trend data and developed a plan for 2015 over a plate of BBQ.

It’s exciting to see teams at all job levels working together to make our workplaces safer and more efficient.

Pacific States HR Manager Jessica Stones Featured in Utah Valley Business Quarterly

Pac States Jessica Stones in Utah Valley Business Quarterly 1We were pleased to learn that Pacific States HR Manager Jessica Stones was just featured in the Utah Valley Business Quarterly in an article by Briana Stewart entitled “The Iron Woman.” Jessica has worked at Pac States for 10 years and in her interview she said, “This is not a stereotypical office job.”

In a male dominated industry, Jessica has no problem holding her own, but in the article she does caution that the environment at Pac States isn’t for everyone.

“When we’re hiring, people either love it or hate it. They’re either fascinated by the surroundings or they think it’s dirty and antiquated,” she says. “I realize I’m completely biased, but I can’t think of a better place to work. We have the best people – the most respectful people. Everyone is hard working and committed in their jobs, and they give us the freedom and independence to excel and take ownership. It’s the very reason I’ve been here 10 years.”

In her final question for the interview, Briana asked Jessica’s advice for women and men in business. Jessica said, “If you want to do well in your chosen profession, you have to show up. No matter how bright or talented you are, no matter how much you have to offer, be here, be on time and be present. Lay your foundation right.”

Jessica’s article is posted on Utah Valley Business Quarterly’s online magazine – look for her on page 30! – or you can read the article itself here.

We’re proud to have you as a member of our team, Jessica!

Manchester Tank Quincy Donates Equipment for Confined Space Rescues to Local Fire Department

MTQ Confined Space Equipment DonationThe number one priority at Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, Illinois (MTQ), is the safety of all of its team members. So when the Tri Township Fire Department asked MTQ to help purchase equipment for use during confined space rescues, they were more than happy to help out. MTQ has 75 confined space locations on their property. The self-contained breathing apparatus system that the fire department purchased will provide oxygen for two firemen for around an hour during a confined space rescue.

On December 3, MTQ EHS Manager Rick Nesbit presented a check for $1,750 to Tri Township Fire Chief Rick Zaerr.

This is just one of the ways that McWane is paying it forward in the communities where our team members live and work.

Meet McWane: Silver Anniversary Awardees, Tyler Pipe & Coupling

Tyler Pipe Silver Anniversary CelebrationOn Saturday, November 8, Tyler Pipe held its annual Silver Anniversary Celebration where active team members with 25 years of service were honored with an evening of dining and entertainment at one of the nicest venues in Tyler, Texas.

One of the honorees this year was Greg Simmons, Assistant General Manager of Tyler Pipe. Greg and 10 other team members were recognized for their 25 years of continuous service and making the world’s best cast iron pipe and fittings. Greg began his service at our sister plant AB&I in California and continues to provide excellent leadership in Texas.

Tyler Pipe has a tenured work force that boasts an extraordinary 55% of team members with 25 or more years of service. John Springer, Tyler Pipe Controller, did the honors and awarded Greg with a custom engraved watch showing that he is now a tenured member of the Silver Anniversary Club. John is a member of the club and went through his own induction ten years ago.

Congratulations to all of the new Silver Anniversary Club members! We appreciate your years of service and look forward to many more.

Nighthawk Announces Manufacturing and Industrial Automation Sensor and Control Device

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Nighthawk, the leader in Cellular Cloud M2M devices has released the MultiHAWK versatile manufacturing and industrial automation sensor and control device. It provides real-time monitoring of up to eight sensors and provides analytics, alarms, data logging and integration with existing control systems.

The device allows the capture of real-time and historical data from the field creating a valuable flow of two-way information enabling operational decisions that improve your bottom line. The MultiHAWK comes in a small weatherproof enclosure and works directly via the built in cellular connection with WebConnect™, Nighthawk’s award winning Cloud-based control application that comes bundled with the device.

The MultiHAWK family of devices uses cellular and mesh communications to reach locations previously out of reach. The MultiHAWK device allows for the connection of up to eight unique sensor inputs or seven with an optional power control circuit. For many users a single sensor type will provide all of the intelligence needed to achieve their goals. This flexibility allows the device to achieve the level of performance required at the lowest possible cost. These devices provide real-time visibility to the status of machines and processes. They provide the granularity of detail needed to maximize efficiencies and prevent costly downtime and equipment failure.

The device works with any combination of the ubiquitous array of 4-20 mA, digital sensors that dominate the sensor market providing an extremely wide variety of applications. The MultiHAWK takes its versatility a step further by providing an optional power control circuit that allows one to take action on the data being monitored directly or by the analytical rules set up in WebConnect.

WebConnect provides alerts and automated controls via the rules engine within the analytics software package. The WebConnect control portal allows one to log in from any device providing full access and reporting capabilities. The local system administrator can set up additional users and permissions.

This combination of a versatile manufacturing and industrial M2M wireless sensor and control device and the open interoperability offered by its cellular Cloud-based control system is what makes the MultiHAWK the most adaptable, easy to deploy, and cost effective solution for M2M needs.

About Nighthawk: Nighthawk is a mobility leader in machine to machine connected devices and Cloud-based control solutions. For over two decades, we have pioneered intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized on-demand management of assets and processes. Nighthawk manages machine to machine communications on over 20 networks worldwide.

Nighthawk products are used throughout North America, Caribbean and Asia in a variety of mission critical applications, including hardened and secure utility control. We are building the future of mobility solutions for machine to machine control with our WebConnect™ device strategy.

Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc, a leading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and waste-water treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China.

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Tyler Pipe & Coupling Celebrates VPP Star Recertification

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Tyler Pipe and Coupling held a luncheon to celebrate their VPP Star Re-certification. During the event, the VPP Ergo Cup Team presented their two top 12 finishing Ergo Cup projects to the entire team. Team members were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and a delicious cake.

Congratulations to the entire Tyler Pipe & Coupling team for your VPP re-certification and your two Ergo Cup projects!