Category Archives: Achievements

Clow Valve Company Recognizes Team Service

This spring, Clow Valve Company celebrated the service and dedication of 56 team members with years of service ranging from 5 all the way up to 45. To recognize these team members, Clow held awards banquet ceremonies in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Corona, California, and at the National Sales Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Clow Corona’s awards banquet was held on February 28th at Taps Fish House & Brewery Corona. Approximately 15 Clow Corona team members and their families along with several Clow Oskaloosa team members enjoyed a night filled with great food and even better company.
 
On April 26, approximately 80 Oskaloosa team members, joined by friends and family, attended the awards banquet held at the Musco Technology Center on the William Penn University Campus in Oskaloosa. Attendees were treated to a delicious meal catered by Sodexo. General Manager Mark Willett, Chief Talent Strategist Tiffany Tremmel, supervisors and Plant Managers expressed their appreciation for the team’s dedicated service and presented service awards.
 
Also in April, Clow recognized three Sales team members for their service at the 2018 McWane Valve and Hydrant Group National Sales Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of the sales meeting was to update new products, engage in growth strategies and learn from one another as well as from the engineering and management teams. Having the opportunity to spend time with coworkers and friends gave the sales team a sense of comradery and energy moving forward to promote and sell the best products in the waterworks industry.
 
Clow has held the Service Awards Banquet for the past four years and will continue to do so every spring to show team members how much we appreciate their service and loyalty to the company. Without our team members, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of being the world’s leading resource for water works products and premier place to work and do business, and providing the world with life sustaining water products though service and manufacturing excellence.
 
The 2018 Clow Valve service award recipients are:
 
Retirees: John Stuchel, 35 years; Gary McClun, 35 years; and James Webb, 30 years
45 Years: Gregg Moore
40 Years: Randy Malloy; Dennis Stam; Jerry Jones; and John Johnson
35 Years: Steve Davis and Jerry Jess
30 Years: Paul Callahan; Jeff Howard; Bill Klett and Robert Smith
25 Years: Kyle Clark; Ron Garrels; Larry Spoelstra and Mike O’Sullivan
20 Years: Kevin Jones ; Brian Campbell; Richard Thomas; Paul Montgomery; Dean Hubbard; John Grahek and Jim Elder
15 Years: Alfonso Campos; Dean Scholtus; Juana Plum; Joe Reed; Brian Playle; Jonathan Coster; Brett Johnson; Dennis Glassford; Juan Matias and Gerardo Victoria
10 Years: Andy Kohler; Nic Lynch; Travis French; Annie Hol and BJ Bowie
5 Years: Luke Parson; Rod VanVeen; Shane Utterback; Dustin Shinn; Ron Pearson; Calvin Visser; Logan Williams; Jim Campbell; Keith Newport; Kyle Silvey; Brian Gott; Storm Cristobal; Tyler Little; Jeremy Smith; Dave Shepherd and Ward VandeKrol
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Tyler Union GFD Department Took March by Storm

Tyler Union’s GFD Department in Anniston, Alabama took the month of March by storm, reaching every goal set for molds per hour and tons per day with ZERO safety or environmental incidents.  What is GFD you ask?  It’s the shortened name for the George Fisher Disa molding machine which is one of the three molding machines at Tyler Union.

In appreciation for their hard work, GFD team members were treated to a Chick-fil-A luncheon.

Great job!

UFC 2018 GFD Department

Pictured top: GFD Finishing team with Dale Garrett Supervisor front L-R- Jamie Flores, Robert David, Alfredo Martinez, Dale, Michael Chandler, Randy Davis and Harold Allen; back L to R- LaDell Whiteside, Kenneth Butler, Tommy Hayes, Dylan Hinesley, Zachary Riddle, Tyler Wudarczyk, Marcello Hernandez, Nicholas Walker and Juan Fernandez. | Pictured bottom left: GFD Molding team with Les Cunningham Supervisor front L-R- Derrick Smith, Marcos Linares, Les and Cody Henry; back L to R- Carl Parker, Antoine Warren, Jose Garcia, Phillip Densmore, Mike Hughley, Nick Cunningham, Abel Flores and Francisco Martinez | Pictured bottom right: GFD Maintenance team with Terry Easterwood Supervisor front L-R- Freddie Turner, Matt Harmon and Terry; middle L to R- Greg Harmon, Prince Swain and Brandon Edwards; back L to R- Ryan Berry, Zeb Brasher, Brad McCullough, Derrick Hammond, Scott Johnson and Todd Leggett.

 

Amerex Holds VPP Star Celebration

Celebration was the theme of the day at Amerex yesterday.  They held a VPP flag raising and luncheon catered by Jim N Nicks BBQ for the entire Amerex team to celebrate achieving OSHA VPP Star status.  The process to become a member of VPP takes years and cannot be done without the commitment of every single team member.  McWane president Ruffner Page and OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris congratulated the team on their hard work and dedication to maintaining a safe workplace.

In his address Mayor Buddy Choat said “Amerex is the rock of this community as far as employers.  If you’ve been here your name is associated with quality and dedication.”

McWane is proud to now have seven facilities that have achieved VPP status.  Amerex joins McWane Ductile Utah, McWane Ductile Ohio, McWane Ductile New Jersey, Tyler Coupling, Clow Valve and Manchester Tank Elkhart as McWane VPP sites.

Congratulations team Amerex!

AMX 2018 VPP Star Celebration

Pictured L-R: Stephani Riley (Amerex Nurse), Harrison Bishop (Amerex president), Ramona Morris (OSHA Area Director), Ruffner Page (McWane president) and Robert Fisher (Amerex Safety Manager)

Keith Mallett Promoted to Vice President General Manager for McWane Ductile New Jersey

We are pleased to announce that Keith Mallett has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager of our McWane Ductile facility located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Keith started his career with McWane as a management trainee in Coshocton, Ohio where he oversaw the design, installation and ongoing production of McWane Poles. In 2016, Keith relocated to McWane Ductile New Jersey as the Assistant General Manager. During his time there, Keith and the Phillipsburg team have improved in many key areas while bringing much needed vision and stability.

Congratulations Keith on your new role!

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NMRWA names Clow Valve Associate Member of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Clow Valve was named Associate Member of the Year by the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) at the 40th Annual Conference which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 16-18.  New Mexico and West Texas Territory Manager Danny Fourr accepted the award on behalf of Clow.

Congratulations to entire Clow Valve team!

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 McWane Scholarship!

McWane awards ten scholarships ($2,000 x 4 years) annually to children of McWane team members to assist them as they pursue a college education.  The scholarship program is administrated by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and students can apply online.  We are pleased to report that there were 60 eligible applicants this year.

The winners of the 2018 McWane Scholarship are:

Hannah Frank (Duane Frank, Sales Manager McWane Ductile, Coshocton, Ohio)

Tianna Voelkert (Camilla Voelkert, Sales Coordinator Amerex, Trussville, Alabama)

Isabella Zornes (Rodney Zornes, Electrical Engineer McWane Ductile. Coshocton, Ohio)

Taylor Thorington (John Thorington, Chief Technology Officer Synapse, Huntsville, Alabama)

Alyssa Tedrow (William Tedrow, Supervisor Manchester Tank, Bedford, Indiana)

Dolores Ortiz-Rodriguez (Delores Martinez, Labor Tyler Union, Anniston, Alabama)

Danica Butler (Brett Butler, Maintenance Electrician McWane Ductile, Provo, Utah)

Juliana Ortega (Juan Ortega, Pipe Processor Tyler Pipe Company, Tyler, Texas)

Calee Cameron (Joshua Cameron, Master Electrician Tyler Pipe Company. Tyler, Texas)

Adriana Rabearivelo (Reddy Rabearivelo, Bibby Ste. Croix, Ste. Croix, Quebec, Canada)

 

Congratulations to this year’s winners!  We wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.

Tyler Union Holds Disa and Melt Department Team Appreciation Luncheon

In recognition and appreciation of their accomplishments in February, Tyler Union held a luncheon for the Disa and Melt Department team members on March 9.

The Disa Department was recognized for no safety recordables and over six GTPH (good tons per hour) with less than 5% downtime during the month of February!

The Melt Department was recognized for meeting all production goals and scoring the highest grade on the Environmental Scorecard for the month.

UFC 2018 Disa-Melt Department Aprpeciation Luncheon

Pictured bottom left Disa Crew: Rafael Alvarez, William Averitte, Michael Blakely, Jayc Brisker, Roger Camp, Carl Daniel, Dilion Davis. Kenneth Dixon, Dustin Doss, Anthony Dudley, Carrall East, Brandell Elston, Juan Flores, LaRay Fomby, Torey Gamble, Alex Garcia, Wesley Gibbs, Timmy Graham, Joe Harbin, Anthony Harden, Arsenio Hayes, Chris Hovenden, Fred Hughley, John McNair, Calvin Merkerson, Reggie Miller, Chad Norton, Matthew Phillips, Tiki Roberts, Jeremy Shell, Tyler Smith, Dakota Strickland, Greg Thomas, Sammy Thomas, Steven Vinyard, Hank Vree, Chris Wagner and David Wagnon.  Not pictured: Tommy Ardis, Shannon Bates, Roger Bell, Mondrecco Bush, Josh Gerhart, Ed Grinfield, Wesley Hartness, Larry Huey and Jeremy Jackson. Pictured top right Melting Crew: Tracy Bates, Chad Biggers, Justin Busby, Everett Clayborn, Adrian Eady, Juvenal Estrada, Matthew Gowens, Phillip Haynes, Justin Holcomb, Brandon Leath, Mark Marable, Tim McCain, Justin McGatha, Elijah McRath, James Morris, Billy Pressley and Mark Terry.

 

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

Another McWane VPP Site!

We are pleased to announce that after almost a year of waiting, McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey (MDNJ) received their official notification that they have been approved for VPP Merit status.  Their extensive and comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of five OSHA personnel and one external Special Government Employee was held June 5-9, 2017.

They have been asked to perform additional industrial hygiene monitoring for non-routine and off-shift tasks (the only issue identified by the entire OSHA team).  Once that is complete, they will be able to apply for the Star designation.

McWane Vice-President of Health & Safety Barb Wisniewski said, “It is very fitting that this announcement tops off an outstanding year for MDNJ’s health and safety success, i.e., winner of the 2017 McWane Top Quartile Club Award and the 2017 McWane EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle) Award.  You should be extremely proud—very well deserved!”

MDNJ joins six other McWane facilities that had been recognized as VPP sites.  In fact, all three McWane Ductile locations are now VPP sites (McWane Ductile Ohio-VPP Star, McWane Ductile-Utah-VPP Star and MDNJ-VPP Merit).

Congratulations to everyone at MDNJ!

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And the Winners of the 2017 McWane EHS Awards Are…

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McWane EHS Awards!

Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Amerex (Trussville, AL)
Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Fabrication: Anaco and Clow Valve Corona (Corona, CA)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Bibby-Ste-Croix
Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Mcwane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Quartile Club: (replaced the Most Improved RIR-Fabrication and Most Improved RIR-Foundry Awards): M & H Valve Company, Tyler Union, Clow Valve McWane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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