Monthly Archives: February 2015

McWane Ductile Ohio Hosts OSHA SGE Classes

McWane Ductile Ohio Hosts OSHA SGE ClassesMcWane Ductile Ohio recently hosted an OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) training class. Individuals that are interested in becoming a SGE must be familiar with OSHA Regulations and VPP requirements and have experience in a leadership position. They must also have strong interpersonal skills. More importantly, management must support their decision to become an SGE. The three day course was conducted by Nancy Mugavero, OSHA Region V VPP Manager from Chicago, Illinois, and David Wilson, OSHA Assistant Area Director from Columbus, Ohio.

A total of seven students attending the training, two of which were McWane team members (Barb Wisniewski and Shawn McGarry).

McWane Ductile – Ohio now has three SGE’s!

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Connected World Awards Recognizes Synapse Wireless Lighting Solutions + Kathryn Caspar Named One of the 2015 Women of M2M

Synapse Collected World Awards Collage

We are proud to announce that Synapse has once again been recognized for their patented lighting solutions. Connected World Awards recognized Synapse for two lighting installations designed for our McWane Ductile facilities in Ohio and New Jersey which experienced a 63% and 78% energy savings, respectively.

The Synapse wireless control system includes motion sensors which will turn lights on and off as team members enter and leave an area. Another benefit is that supervisors can check whether the lights are on or off from their tablet and make changes immediately from home. As you can imagine, this results in a tremendous savings.

Congratulations, Synapse team! Great job!


Synapse's Kathryn Caspar - 2015 Women of M2M HonorWe are also extremely proud to announce that Synapse’s Kathryn Caspar was honored at the recent Connected World Awards as one of the 2015 Women of M2M. Kathryn was recently promoted from General Manager to Vice President of Lighting at Synapse.

Kathryn currently leads Synapse’s intelligent lighting solutions group and oversees all sales, distribution channels, and product development. She formerly worked 12+ years with Cooper Industries (Eaton) where she served as the Director of Marketing and Product Management and oversaw new product development, marketing communications, and B2B sales initiatives with customers such as Sears and Amazon.com. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the Synapse team.

Kathryn’s career includes consistent contributions to new product development with successful launch campaigns resulting in robust revenue growth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, as well a Master of Business Administration, both from Auburn University. In addition, she is a recipient of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Congratulations, Kathryn! We’re proud to have you as a member of the Synapse team.

McWane Ductile Ohio Sponsors Ice Carving Festival

McWane Ductile Ohio Ice SculptureMcWane Ductile Ohio was proud to be a sponsor in the Ice Carving Festival held last week in Coshocton, Ohio. The event is coordinated by the non-profit organization Our Town Coshocton and is in its second year. In addition to the ice carving, there is also a chili cook-off, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and lots of good food. Other than the concessions, the event is free and all of the activities are within walking distance around the courthouse.

The ice sculpture themes are chosen by the local sponsoring businesses and is an event that the entire family can enjoy. But no event would be complete without prizes! This year the top two local ice carvers received prizes of $200 and $100. The top three winners in the chili cook-off received prices of $300, $200, and $100. Of course chili samples were free to visitors, but they could pay a dollar to cast a vote for their favorite cook.

As you can see from the picture, these are really talented ice carvers and we commend them on their incredible talent! We are proud to report that McWane Ductile Ohio has now been memorialized in ice, which is appropriate in view of the harsh winter we have been having in 2015.

Meet McWane: Anna Burchett, Tyler Pipe & Coupling

Anna Burchett 8 YearsThe Tyler Pipe & Coupling Team in Marshfield, Missouri, bid a fond farewell to Anna Burchett who retired on January 30, 2015. Anna started out in the Coupling Department in 2007 when she joined the company, but was soon promoted from Production Machine Operator B to Pre-Assembly Operator.

Anna was honored with a retirement reception complete with cake and punch. She was also given a strand pearl necklace and earring ensemble and bouquet of flowers to thank her for her years of dedicated service.

Congratulations, Anna! Enjoy your retirement!

Water Relief Continues in West Africa

WaterHealth Centre in Liberia (Courtesy of Audra Melton Photography)

Photo courtesy of Audra Melton Photography

Birmingham, Alabama, February 11, 2015 – Although the world’s attention is drifting away from the Ebola tragedy in West Africa, the crisis continues. However, the joint efforts of those helping on the front lines continue to pay dividends: this month, clean water began flowing from a new WaterHealth Centre in Bomi County, Liberia. Ebola continues to inflict a tragic toll in West Africa, and the delivery and storage of clean water remains a critical weapon in the fight against the disease. Behind a partnership including the McWane Foundation, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, WaterHealth International, and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, some 22 million liters of safe, World Health Organization-quality water are being provided to existing Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia. The water is critical – by one measure, as many as 52 gallons of water a day are needed to treat every Ebola patient – for drinking, and to wash clothes and disinfect patient hands and bodies. It is also essential in cleaning the outfits used by the medical doctors and nurses. The absence of reliable water and wastewater infrastructure has helped contribute to a chronic lack of clean water in the area. The effort to fight the disease is part of Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), which aims to provide clean water and sanitation access to two million people by the end of the year.

 “Clean, safe, reliable drinking water isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity, particularly when treating a disease like Ebola. While Ebola isn’t on the front pages anymore, it’s a crisis that continues to claim hundreds of lives each [day/week],” said G. Ruffner Page, Jr., McWane, Inc.’s President. “And I’m grateful we are working together with a team of such committed partners.”

This month’s news is only the latest in the continuing efforts by the partnership to deliver safe water where it is most needed. While many take for granted water infrastructures that deliver to our homes safe, dependable drinking water, the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa served as yet another reminder of why we shouldn’t. Water infrastructure helps prevent the spread of devastating illness and supports broader efforts at disease eradication and prevention. Last year, McWane contributed $100,000 and its considerable expertise to help deliver water to frontline health clinics in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, a focal point of the outbreak that ignited global panic in 2014. For more information about the RAIN effort, visit: http://www.getf.org/our-projects-partnerships/rain/

Zinwave Develops Next-Generation Unified Connectivity Solution

Zinwave

We are proud to announce that Zinwave has developed a next-generation connectivity solution that will integrate their wideband active DAS technology with IP capabilities to deliver an end-to-end system that supports cellular, wi-fi, location based services (LBS), and IP communications on a single, converged infrastructure. This new solution is called UniTivity.

By using UniTivity, users can reduce their installation and equipment costs because they will not have to rip and replace existing networks. UniTivity will also support any service mix, protocol or modulation scheme, between 150MHz-2700Mhz, on a single hardware layer.

The POI simplifies and improves the reliability of the connection to base stations by removing the need for a customer built-multi-component interface for each implementation. The Site Controller will also improve system management processes by providing a single aggregation point for the monitoring, configuration and alarming for all Zinwave hardware deployed within a building or campus.

Because of the large number of smartphones in use today, current networks are struggling to keep pace with the bandwidth demands and there is a growing need for equipment providers to deliver systems that support mobile, wi-fi and IP services on a single unified infrastructure.

We are excited to see Zinwave is a leader in the push to keep up with the demands and advances in technology today.

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Meet McWane: Danny Clymer, Manchester Tank & Equipment

(L to R:  Ruffner Page, Robert Graumann, Danny Clymer, & Larry Whitehead )

(L to R: Ruffner Page, Robert Graumann, Danny Clymer, & Larry Whitehead)

Danny Clymer is retiring from Manchester Tank & Equipment (MTE) after 15 years of service. Danny has served the company in a number of roles including leadership of human resources, operations, engineering, and purchasing / supply chain. He has also been active in managing MTE’s Australian operations for much of the last 10 years.

Manchester Tank held an event in his honor last Thursday night, which was attended by McWane President Ruffner Page and many of Danny’s current and past colleagues from the MTE Franklin office and U.S. plants. Danny had the entire group laughing for close to an hour as he “bequeathed” many of the items from his office that he felt should stay with Manchester team members going forward.

We will miss you, Danny, and wish you all the best in your retirement!