Monthly Archives: June 2018
Delores Smith just celebrated her 20th anniversary with Manchester Tank! The flowers Delores is holding are from her first customer with MTE, Tom Tarantin, the CEO of Tarantin Industries. Amazingly, Tom remembered her work anniversary and sent her flowers to show his appreciation for her help and support over the past 20 years. Delores is a Customer Service Representative in MTE’s Franklin office.
We appreciate Delores and her commitment not only to Manchester Tank but to the thousands of Manchester Tank customers.
On June 5, in honor of World Environment Day 2018, McWane Gulf team members once again planted saplings which they plan to nurture throughout the year. This has become an annual tradition for the McWane Gulf team.
Clow Valve team member Richard Ledesma, Jr. spotted this on Instagram, “Our Model 2065 protecting a Galaxy far, far away . . . I mean Long Beach, California.”
Charles Smith joined Tyler Union on May 23, 1968, shoveling sand and pushing a wheelbarrow on the Squeezer Line. He then moved to the Alabama Core Room where they make shell cores and later worked on both British Molding Machines (BM1 and BM2) and the IBM, a molding machine which Tyler Union used for a brief time in the mid ‘80s.
Eventually Charles returned to the BM1 where he stayed for 30 years until the machine was removed and replaced with the IMF Fast Loop. He sets cores at the IMF now and says the automatic machines have made foundry work much easier than it was 50 years ago. To show our appreciation for his years of hard work and dedication, Charles and his co-workers were treated to breakfast from Cracker Barrel and of course cake.
Thanks Charles for being a integral part of the Tyler Union team!
Pictured top to bottom L-R: Charles Smith; Charles, Pete Cagle (IMF Manager) and Charlie Chastain (Operations Manager; Charles and Les Cunningham (GFD Manager; and Charles and his son Brian smith (Production Lab Technician)
AB&I held a tour for sixteen Stanford University students on May 4th. The students are taking a course called Making Multiples: Sand Casting (ME365) which teaches howcastings are made in a mass manufacturing process.
General Manager Michael Lowe welcomed the students and talked to them about the history of AB&I and its operations as well as the challenges they face in Oakland. He invited the students to partner with AB&I on an upcoming project to find innovative ways AB&I can operate more efficiently.
Before leading the students on a tour of the foundry, Rich Watson and Dave Robinson discussed the production, engineering and environmental regulations and AB&I’s commitment to best practices that go above and beyond compliance. It was an eye opener for all of them to see how the different processes work together to make the finished products.
In a note to AB&I the professor said, “I just wanted to send a quick thank you note for our tour last Friday! We were blown away by the scale of production being done. Thank you for being so welcoming and taking the time to show us everything. I know the students were very impressed and are very excited about their new cast iron frying pans! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you all in the future.”
We are pleased to announce that Carlos Robinson CIH, CSP is the new Corporate Industrial Hygiene Director for McWane Inc. After graduating from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Biology/Environmental Science, Carlos worked as an environmental chemist and then attended University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to obtain a Master’s of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.
After spending eight years with 3M as a Plant Industrial Hygienist at various locations around the country, Carlos took a job as the Corporate Industrial Hygienist for the largest aggregate mining company in the United States, Vulcan Materials. He spent eight years with Vulcan before moving on to Rheem Manufacturing as their EHS Manager with responsibilities for safety, industrial hygiene, environmental and the medical staff. After leaving Rheem, Carlos landed at Southern Research in a similar role before arriving at McWane in 2016.
Carlos is active in both the local and national chapters of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), local ASSE chapter and UAB School of Public Health (board member).
As part of their continued commitment to OSHA’s VPP program and safety excellence, McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) team members Shain Ridenbaugh (MDO VPP Coordinator), Chad Elliott (President of MDO VPP Board of Directors) and Dustin Blair (Vice President of MDO VPP Board of Directors) attended the recent VPPPA Region V Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.