Category Archives: Events
On November 9th and 10th, Tyler Union team members were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal as a way to say thank you for their hard work and dedication this year and to usher in the holiday season. On the menu were turkey and gravy, cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, and assorted pies. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship.
A special thank you to Five Star Food Service for providing an excellent meal for everyone to enjoy and to the Tyler Union team members who helped serve including Steve Johnson (Assistant General Manager), April Pearson (Division Controller), Chris Gravitt (Assistant Controller), Sara Tongsuvone (HR Assistant) and Tonja Brown (Employment Specialist).
Not only are Futurecom team members great radio professionals, they are also great home cooks. That was clearly evident on November 2nd for their Harvest Festival Potluck. The tables were lined with delicious salads, scrumptious warm dishes and outstanding desserts. As part of the potluck, Futurecom team members were asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the local Vaughan Food Bank and they did not disappoint!
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.
M&H Valve was happy to welcome visitors from Sewanee, Manchester and North West Tennessee recently for a plant tour. Also in attendance was a representative from M&H distributor Walter A. Wood.
It was a beautiful day for a tour.
There’s no better way to show team members how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication than a team family event. Clow Corona held their 2017 team appreciation picnic at Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park on November 4. They met together for a group lunch and then spread out throughout the park with their families to explore the wonderful shows and rides.
Everyone had a great day and we are glad to have the opportunity to show the team how much we appreciate their service.
M&H Valve hosted a plant tour on October 25 for Augusta Utilities, Beam’s Contracting and representatives from Core & Main. We are always proud to have the opportunity to showcase our manufacturing facility and our team members.
Christopher Hyche, son of Chris Hyche, Plant Engineering Manager, at Tyler Union in Anniston, Alabama loves soccer. Following his passion, he attended the FC Barcelona (FCB) soccer training camp in Birmingham, Alabama this past summer. After the camp, he was selected to join an elite group of players from across the USA to go to Barcelona and train with the FCB coaches and staff at one of the greatest soccer clubs in the world.
Christopher trained at the FCB training grounds in the mornings and traveled around Spain to play against top Division 1 La Liga academy teams in the afternoons. This was a big challenge for a group that had never practiced together, but they won their 3rd game and almost defeated the top team in Spain. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the best coaches and play against top Spanish academies. As an added bonus, Christopher got to meet and talk with FCB player Andre Gomes.
But that’s not all. They also attended games at Camp Nou, Barcelona’s legendary home stadium. On night one, Barcelona defeated RCD Espanyol 5-0, in a game that included a hat trick by Lionel Messi, the top ranked soccer player. They went on to defeat Juventus, the top team in Italy in the UEFA Champions’ League, on night two. This was one of the biggest soccer games of the year and was an epic way to end an amazing experience.
Every year McWane conducts a Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) where employees from around the world submit projects that decrease the company’s environmental footprint. This year 32 entries were received corporate wide. Finalists presented their projects on October 12, 2017 before a panel of judges and McWane Ductile Ohio was awarded first place. Their project eliminated almost 90 tons of greenhouse gases per year, 30 tons of landfill waste, and over 850 hours of labor per year not to mention increased worker safety and morale.
Amerex came in second place with a project on compressed air monitoring and McWane Ductile Utah came in third with a building station paint mat project. The winners of the Why Didn’t’ I Think of That award this year for their innovative, simple and low cost solutions that produced relatively small but important environmental benefits were Manchester Tank Elkhart for a lubricant reduction project and McWane Ductile Utah for a project that reduced wood dunnage.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
On Tuesday, October 17, our friends from Matheson Gas treated the Tyler Pipe team to some good ole Texas BBQ. Matheson Gas has been in the Tyler area since 1977 and Tyler Pipe has been purchasing their gas and welding supplies almost from the beginning. To show their appreciation, Luke Porter and his team brought out their BBQ pit, serving tables & trough cooler and fed over 250 hungry Tyler Pipe team members.
As you can see from the pictures their set up is second to none. Luke said that Matheson Gas put the pit trailer together to travel around their supply area for appreciation events like the one at Tyler Pipe.