Category Archives: Community Involvement & Giving
On January 15, 2018, McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) participated in the 24th Annual MLK Scholarship Awards Breakfast for Muskingum County High School seniors. MDO is an annual sponsor of a $500 scholarship for this event in support of higher education for minority students.
Clow Canada staff and members of Local 835 IAM recently raised $2,000 for the Romero House Soup Kitchen and Clow Canada matched that amount for a total donation of $4,000. Money was raised all year through donations from team members and selling recyclable bottles, cans and scrap wood. Over the past 7 years, Clow Canada has donated $23,000 to Romero House.
The entire team at the Saint John plant continue to be committed to the Saint John community and came together throughout the year to make generous donations and came up with creative ways to raise money for Romero House. Unfortunately, Saint John has the highest child poverty rate in Canada and only strong community support can fix this problem. Romero House operates a soup kitchen giving out 400 meals per day, a clothing bank, emergency family assistance, outreach, chapel, health care room, life skills support and a mobile unit that travels around the city at night giving coffee and sandwiches to the homeless.
Tyler Union Plant Manager Jon Pollard and Foundry Manager Charlie Chastain were pleased to have the opportunity to host plant tours on January 9, 2018 for Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) Business and Industry Day hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) is a twelve month class that prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community.
Perhaps some of these bright young leaders will join the Tyler Union team in the future!
Yesterday, Acts Full Gospel COGIC Church held a community event at Verdese Carter Park to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Team Members from AB&I helped with bagging 2,000 frozen chickens.
The Environmental Management Council of Chemung County was raising money to send a student to the Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, but thanks to Kennedy Valve they will have enough money to send not one, but two students. The students will have the opportunity to attend camp at one of the four camps located across the state of New York.
In the spirit of the holiday season, AB&I partnered with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to donate gifts to the children spending Christmas in the hospital. Team members were encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts to the HR department and the response was overwhelmingly generous. It was truly an honor to help make a difference in a child’s life during the holiday season.
The Manchester Tank Elkhart team continued a 10-year tradition of participating in the annual Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family program. With donations from Manchester/McWane, as well as their management team, they were able to make Christmas a little bit brighter for families in need.
This program is designed to assist families who are in crisis as the result of unemployment, homelessness, medical issues, or other difficult circumstances, and who otherwise would not have the resources to celebrate Christmas. Families who are adopted are provided with food, clothing, and gifts from sponsors.
Manchester Tank would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We are pleased to announce that McWane Ductile Utah (MDU) raised $16,000 from their charity golf tournament!
This enabled them to donate $4,000 to The Boys & Girls Club, the Utah Food Bank, the South County Animal Shelter and The Dream Factory. MDU team members presented checks to these charities on December 5, 2017.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the blessings in our lives — family, job, good health and especially food on our table every day. Anaco-Husky Couplings has been in the Thanksgiving spirit all month hosting a food drive to help those who wouldn’t otherwise enjoy those Thanksgiving blessings.
Team members brought in donations which were delivered to the Corona-Norco Settlement House, a local United Way non-profit organization that has been helping families in need since 1912.
AB&I partnered with Emiliano Sanchez and the Oakland Unified School District to host several middle school students and approximately 65 students from two Oakland high schools on November 2. The goal is to continue educating students about the career opportunities available in manufacturing and the important role it plays in our lives. Many students think of manufacturing as an old industry with no advanced technology. Advanced Manufacturing and Career Technical Education Day gives us the opportunity to showcase the role technology plays in our foundry today and hopefully inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
AB&I manufacturing ambassadors talked to the students about how they started their careers at AB&I, what they are doing now and why they like manufacturing. Environmental team member Mike Olvera talked about how he found his passion in the environment through an internship in high school. He discussed all the regulations he has to follow and stay up-to-date on and how he has to apply them by working collaboratively with engineering, maintenance, production and other departments to implement changes. Rich Watson, Jose Martinez, Jaime Miramontes, Alfredo Costa, Roberto Ramirez led tours for two groups of students, teachers and chaperones. Prior to the tours, Jennifer Grundell coordinated the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including head phones. AB&I also presented each student with a t-shirt that Jenny designed and a 4” cast iron skillet.
At the conclusion of the tour, the students went to Laney College for lunch and an introduction to the various manufacturing programs available at the college.
“I appreciate the partnership with AB&I and the willingness of the manufacturing Ambassadors and the team to share their experience and knowledge with the students,” said Emiliano Sanchez.
Allowing manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is clears up many common misconceptions. By working together during and after the event, manufacturers can hopefully begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry.