Monthly Archives: March 2018

Join Us in Celebrating World Water Day!

Every year, March 22 is dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water,” and explores nature-based solutions to water challenges we face in the 21st century.

McWane, Inc. is proud of the role our safe, strong and sustainable products play in bringing water to the world.



Clow Hydrant at Presidio in San Francisco

AB&I retired Shipping Supervisor David Janney and his wife spotted this Clow hydrant at the Presidio overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. He and his wife live close by and enjoy the beautiful view from this spot.

Although David is officially retired, he does stop by AB&I from time to time to help out and visit with old friends.

Product Presidio San Francisco, CA collage

Futurecom Promotes Latest Feature Enhancements

The Futurecom sales team was recently in Orlando, Florida for two industry trade shows.

The first show was the Motorola Channel Partner Expo (CPE) held at Rosen Shingle Creek. The second show was the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held at the Orange County Convention Center.

Futurecom announced the latest feature enhancements in Release 3 of the PDR8000 – Portable Digital Repeater. The PDR8000 will now come standard with a local user interface, allowing local channel change operation. Futurecom was also part of a panel discussion on deployable wireless solutions.

Futurecom 2018 Sales Team

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates 2017 Safety Record

The Manchester Tank team in Quincy, Illinois ended 2017 with a 2.16 total recordable injury rate and to thank team members for their commitment to working safe every day they recently held a ribeye steak cookout complete with twice baked cheesy potatoes, green beans, roll with tea and lemonade topped off with a Manchester Tank sheet cake. The cookout was catered by the local Hy-Vee Supermarket and team members really enjoyed the lunch.

During the lunch, they reminded team members to follow the job safety analysis (JSA) for every job they perform and the importance of looking for and correcting any hazards in their work area and keeping an eye out for unsafe behaviors.  By following these guidelines, they can have an even better 2018.

MTQ 2018 Safety celebration

2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club Winners

Clow Valve Company was proud to join M&H Valve Company, Tyler/Union, Division of McWane, Inc and McWane Ductile New Jersey as a member of the 2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club.

To be a member of the Quartile Club, a facility must have a total recordable injury rate (TRIR) at or below the 1st quartile rates for their industry as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Congratulations to the entire Clow Valve team for their on-going commitment to working safely each and every day!

(Pictured front to back, L-R: Juana Plum, Mitzi, Fisch, Tony Engle, Maureen Kamphaus, Kelli Harbison, Brian Box, Matt Anderson, Andy Holmberg, Dave Anderson, James Banicky and Mark Willett)

Clow Valve Quartile Club

AB&I Hosts Tour for Stanford Professor and Graduate Students

On Monday, February 26th, Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University along with Anna Olson and Russell Field (graduate students) visited AB&I to learn more about the foundry.  They run a small sand casting foundry Stanford Product Realization Lab and want to get to know ABI with an eye towards bringing small groups of students in conjunction with two courses that will be taught this spring and fall to AB&I.


ABI 2018 Stanford Visit

 They were surprised to discover that Professor Beach’s daughter had toured AB&I about 30 years ago while she was studying at Stanford.  Professor Beach had the following comments about the tour:

“On behalf of Anna, Russell, and myself, thank you very much for the wonderful tour of AB&I you led Monday morning.  As a professor at Stanford University I am frequently amazed at how much our students learn when visiting manufacturing sites in the Bay Area.  It makes our efforts in 110-minute lectures and 4-hour laboratories pale.  Your tour was very generous and worth a tremendous amount in tuition value to our students.

AB&I’s energy and innovation regarding environmental quality are awesome, your attention to sand and metal quality, your ability to automate high volume processes, and your enthusiasm to share these initiatives with us are wonderful.

Relative to the automation of AB&I’s highest volume products, I will always remember you saying, if you have to pick it up you just lost money.  The idea of gates that snap off without the need for secondary processing is new to me and impressive.  I will carry a mental picture of the mountains of scrap iron which are your sole metal input.  Visually striking and environmentally wonderful! 

I believe that manufacturing is essential to strong communities.  AB&I is heroic in that regard!”

McWane, Inc. Acquires Waterman Industries

McWane, Inc. acquires Waterman Industries

McWane, Inc. has purchased Exeter, California, based Waterman Industries. Waterman is a recognized leader in water control products for water treatment, wastewater, agriculture, rural water delivery, hydro-power and flood control management.   Waterman is a leading domestic manufacturer of both cast iron and fabricated stainless steel water control gates. The company was founded by W.A. Waterman in 1912 and initially manufactured agricultural irrigation equipment for Central Valley farms.  In 1953, the company expanded into water control infrastructure products including large and complex cast iron sluice gates, fabricated slide gates and radial gates.

“We are excited to add Waterman to the McWane family of companies,” said McWane President and CEO Ruffner Page. “Waterman’s high-quality products and veteran industry experts are an excellent complement to McWane’s Valve and Hydrant Group.”

McWane will invest in Waterman’s production facility in Exeter to modernize operations with new equipment and best-in-class manufacturing processes to improve productivity, product delivery times, and team member safety.  The company will also focus on improving communication and strengthening relationships with its customers, channel partners, and suppliers.

“McWane is excited to join the Exeter community with our purchase of Waterman, a recognized local leader for more than 100 years,” said Olivier Marietta, Waterman’s new general manager.  “We will strengthen Waterman’s commitment to be a cornerstone of the local community, a respected and leading employer, and a loyal long-term partner to our customers and channel partners.”