Category Archives: Achievements
On February 22, Ken Rickvalsky (McWane Ductile Product Engineer), Stuart Liddell (McWane Ductile Southeast Assistant Sales Manager) and Jeremy Gwin (McWane Ductile Sales Representative – AL), in conjunction with Auburn University’s Ginn College of Engineering, gave a presentation on Material Selection for Water and Sewer Projects to a senior level design class. The thirteen students in attendance are taught by Dr. Jose Vasconcelos and is focused on water and sewer system design.
This is the second classroom presentation in as many semesters and it was well received by both the professor and the students. We look forward to continuing and growing the partnership between Auburn University and McWane Ductile to assure that tomorrow’s civil engineers view McWane Ductile as a positive leader in the water and sewer industry. In fact, Dr. Vasconcelos has already asked that we make a presentation to his water and sewer design class in the summer of 2017.
Junior Achievement of Alabama recently recognized Kelli Everett for her positive mentorship to more than 200 students at Hayes Elementary School. Through Kelli’s participation as a representative of McWane, Inc. in Birmingham’s chapter of EWI (Executive Women International), she and her husband Skylar volunteered and taught 1st and 5th graders at Hayes how to build confidence, believe in their future and reach their full potential. The coursework focused on wants vs. needs for the 1st graders and entrepreneurship for the 5th graders.
When asked about her experience Kelli said, “It was exciting to see the students react when they understood a concept or idea. We could really tell that there were a few students in the classroom that the information was really sinking in for and that they would one day use the skills they had learned. This experience was very rewarding for both me and my husband and we are both planning to participate again next year. I really hope that EWI continues to support this project as these kids need this extra attention and exposure to real life applications.”
Kelli joined the McWane corporate team in November 2008 as an accountant and in March 2013 transitioned into her current role as an executive assistant to Senior Vice President Key Foster.
Jim Proctor, McWane’s senior vice president and general counsel, was a panelist at a session on water security, infrastructure and financing at the 2016 Concordia Summit in New York City. The Concordia Summit convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to enable effective partnerships for impact. Thought leaders and innovators gather at this global affairs forum to examine the world’s most pressing challenges and identify avenues for collaboration. McWane is committed to advocating for the investment in, and the rebuilding of the nation’s water infrastructure.
Tyler Pipe & Coupling is pleased to announce the promotion of Sterling Bowman to Vice President of Sales for Tyler Pipe & Coupling. Sterling will continue his responsibilities managing the Tyler Pipe sales team and manufacturer’s representatives.
Sterling has been with the McWane Plumbing Group working at Tyler Pipe for 13 years. He was Regional Sales Manager for eight years. For the past five years he has served as National Sales Manager. “I am confident that Sterling’s proven experience and success with Tyler will help him strengthen relationships with our broad customer base,” said Kurt Winter, Senior Executive Vice President of McWane Plumbing Group. “Sterling’s comprehensive background and passion for the industry will certainly enhance the company.”
Sterling is a Texas native who enjoys playing golf and hunting as well as spending quality time with his wife Erica and their four sons; Cleet, Colt, Case and Crew.
Hats off to McWane Ductile Eastern U.S. Sales Engineer Roy Mundy, who was appointed to the national American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Utility Management Systems and Business Practices for Operation and Maintenance Standards committees.
Committee members are responsible for providing technical expertise in the development of standards for the water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utility industry recognized around the country. Candidates must demonstrate subject matter expertise, have knowledge of the standards development process, and be committed to active participation. Roy certainly qualifies, and we congratulate him on his three-year appointment!
Roy is a registered professional engineer in six states and has served as Section Chair on several national committees for AWWA, as well as the Board of Directors and national committees for the National Association of Water Companies
McWane Ergo Cup winner Clow Valve recently competed at the 19th Annual National Ergo Cup competition held in Orlando, Florida, on March 21-24, 2016. The Clow Ergo Cup project, Hydrant Brass Torque Table, was one of 47 projects selected out of 88 applicants to compete at the national competition. Just to be selected to participate is an honor!
The Clow Team included representatives from Clow Corona (John Bouman*, Arturo Islas*, Rene Perez, and Alfonso Zamorano) and Clow Valve Oskaloosa (Chad Bollinger*, Kyle Huelsman*, Chris Prendergast*, and Chris Stanley). *Represented the team at the National Ergo-Cup Competition.
Team leader Chris Prendergast said, “The team did a great job and we received so much positive feedback all week. Based on several of the classes and other projects, I would remind everyone that simple low cost solutions are everywhere and we only need to identify a risk and then be creative to find them. We brought back several creative ideas we think we can implement and from my perspective a group of guys who were excited about finding the next improvement. Thanks for the opportunity to represent McWane at this year’s competition.”
The Disney Coronado Springs Hotel was beautiful venue, and they have announced that the 20th Conference will be held there again in March 2017.
We are proud to announce that Jeet Radia, Senior Vice President of Environmental, Safety, and Human Resources for McWane, has been elected to Cahaba River Society’s Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 terms!
The Cahaba River Society works to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life. The Cahaba River is the main drinking water source for the Birmingham Water Works Board, which serves about one-fifth of Alabama residents. The Cahaba has more species of fish per mile than any other river in North America and is considered to be nationally and globally significant for freshwater biodiversity by conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy and The World Wildlife Fund.
Thanks to Jeet for representing McWane’s commitment to a clean environment for generations to come.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards:
- Most Improved TRIR-Fabrication: Anaco / Corona, CA
- Most Improved TRIR-Foundry: McWane Ductile-New Jersey / Phillipsburg, NJ
- Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO
- Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Manchester Tank / Crossville, TN
- Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Clow Valve / Oskaloosa, IA and AB&I Foundry / Oakland, CA
- Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Tyler Xianxian / Cangzhou, China
- EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
At the recent grand opening ceremony for the new McWane Gulf manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi, Mike Keel was proud to recognize Ajith Raveendran for his performance in implementing all of the McWane EHS policies during the construction of the facility.
Ajith is the Senior Manager of EHS & Quality at McWane Gulf. He worked diligently to assure that they were accident-free during construction.
McWane, Inc. has been a strong supporter of Workshops, Inc. (WI) for many years and is proud to be named their Philanthropic Partner of the Year. WI recruits people with various disabilities, provides them with on-the-job training, and then helps them find a job. They partner with local businesses for services such as assembly, packaging, mailing, and order fulfillment, which is all done at their facility located in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham.
Running an operation like this can be a challenge because WI relies almost completely on the generosity of the community to support the program. This year, WI came up with a new concept, Comedy for a Cause, and McWane was happy to be a title sponsor for the event which drew nearly 300 people and raised $28,000. It featured a nationally-known comedian with disabilities who put on a hilarious show while also challenging the stereotype of what people with disabilities can achieve.
The proceeds from the Comedy for a Cause event will enable WI to hire an additional on-staff Employment Specialist whose primary responsibility will be placing people with disabilities into community-based employment.