Category Archives: Events

Tyler Coupling Team Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people around the world donned their best green attire on March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Did you know that the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually held in New York in 1762.  Today it is the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Tyler Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri celebrated this year by serving team members green popcorn and punch.  Team members were hoping to get a little luck of the Irish.

TPM 2018 St. Patricks Day Celebration

Pictured R-L top to bottom: David Knight, Ronnie Devault and Melody Krueger

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MIPL Celebrates National Safety Week

McWane India Private Limited (MIPL) valve and hydrant, machine tooling and Time Square teams located in Coimbatore, India celebrated National Safety Week on March 5-12, 2018.  They kicked off the event with a safety flag raising led by MIPL Senior Vice President K. Shanmugham on March 5.

Several activities were planned for the week including special speeches by managers and shop floor team members on the importance of National Safety Week. During the week they held safety themed demonstrations, a vehicle emissions camp, safety training, and knowledge sharing with other industries. A total of 45 vehicles were tested at the Time Square location to insure they met the required environmental standards and an eye camp was conducted for 180 team members.

Team members competed for prizes for the best safety slogan and safety demonstration and best safety photo and drawing. Team members not only enjoyed themselves, but they learned lots of safety tips during the weeklong event.

MIPL 2018 National Safety Week

Tyler Coupling Holds Annual CPR/AED Training

Did you know that every year over 300,000 Americans die from heart disease and half of these victims die suddenly due to cardiac arrest?  The American Heart Association reports that victims suffering from cardiac arrest have a few short minutes before brain damage, organ damage or even death occurs.  Rescue breathing coupled with chest compressions, known as CPR, buys the victim the time that may be required to save their life.

Every year, Tyler Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri holds CPR/AED training for team members interested in becoming CPR certified or getting recertified.  As part of this training, team members participated in demonstrations on the proper way to respond during a cardiac arrest.  This year General Manager Bill Hoffman (pictured here) played the part of the heart attack victim.

If you haven’t participated in a CPR training class, consider it.  You may find yourself in a position to save someone’s life.

TPM 2018 CPR Training

Futurecom Promotes Latest Feature Enhancements

The Futurecom sales team was recently in Orlando, Florida for two industry trade shows.

The first show was the Motorola Channel Partner Expo (CPE) held at Rosen Shingle Creek. The second show was the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held at the Orange County Convention Center.

Futurecom announced the latest feature enhancements in Release 3 of the PDR8000 – Portable Digital Repeater. The PDR8000 will now come standard with a local user interface, allowing local channel change operation. Futurecom was also part of a panel discussion on deployable wireless solutions.

Futurecom 2018 Sales Team

AB&I Hosts Tour for Stanford Professor and Graduate Students

On Monday, February 26th, Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University along with Anna Olson and Russell Field (graduate students) visited AB&I to learn more about the foundry.  They run a small sand casting foundry Stanford Product Realization Lab and want to get to know ABI with an eye towards bringing small groups of students in conjunction with two courses that will be taught this spring and fall to AB&I.

 

ABI 2018 Stanford Visit

 They were surprised to discover that Professor Beach’s daughter had toured AB&I about 30 years ago while she was studying at Stanford.  Professor Beach had the following comments about the tour:

“On behalf of Anna, Russell, and myself, thank you very much for the wonderful tour of AB&I you led Monday morning.  As a professor at Stanford University I am frequently amazed at how much our students learn when visiting manufacturing sites in the Bay Area.  It makes our efforts in 110-minute lectures and 4-hour laboratories pale.  Your tour was very generous and worth a tremendous amount in tuition value to our students.

AB&I’s energy and innovation regarding environmental quality are awesome, your attention to sand and metal quality, your ability to automate high volume processes, and your enthusiasm to share these initiatives with us are wonderful.

Relative to the automation of AB&I’s highest volume products, I will always remember you saying, if you have to pick it up you just lost money.  The idea of gates that snap off without the need for secondary processing is new to me and impressive.  I will carry a mental picture of the mountains of scrap iron which are your sole metal input.  Visually striking and environmentally wonderful! 

I believe that manufacturing is essential to strong communities.  AB&I is heroic in that regard!”

McWane Ductile New Jersey Holds First Annual Chili Cook-off!

Nothing tastes better than a warm bowl of homemade chili on a really cold day. Like soup, there are so many different recipes for chili. To showcase their own unique chili recipes, the McWane Ductile New Jersey (MDNJ) team held their 1st annual chili cook-off on February 12. Crock pots were placed in the training room and everyone had the opportunity to sample and vote for their top three picks.
Krista Trimmer was happy to hear that her chili had been voted #1 and she was awarded a $100 gift card. Juan Velasquez won second place and received a $75 gift card and Ray Stull won a $50 gift card for third place. The real winners in the event were all of the team members that got to enjoy the many delicious types of chili.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
MDNJ 2018 1st Annual Chili Cookoff

Pictured L-R: Krista Trimmer, Juan Velasquez and Ray Stull

Tom Leonard Invited to Speak at Recent Intersec Meeting

Bibby Ste-Croix President Tom Leonard was invited to be a presenter at the recent Intersec meeting held on January 20-22, 2018 in Dubai, UAE.   Intersec is the leading trade fair for safety, security and fire protection.  Tom spoke to attendees about the advantages of using cast iron pipe with respect to ease of installation and no requirement or need for difficult fire stopping systems.

Resized BBS 2018 Intersec meeting

Clow Canada Sales Team Volunteers at Romero House

Clow Canada held their annual sales meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick the week of January 22. A regular agenda item for these meetings is a charity event that doubles as a team building experience. This year was no exception.  The sales team volunteered to make sandwiches at the Romero House to put in children’s lunch bags for the following school day. The Romero House is a soup kitchen that was founded in Saint John in 1982 that serves free meals and provides food hampers and housewares to those in need 365 days a year, including Christmas day.

In lieu of a dinner out that evening, the day was topped off by the team presenting the money they would have spent going out to dinner at a restaurant as a donation to the Romero House. Take out food that night never tasted better!

The Clow Canada Sales team had a great time and came away knowing they had made a difference for those in need in the Saint John community.

CCN 2018 Romero House Day

 

MIPL Team Members Participate in 2018 Trail Run

We are pleased to report that nine MIPL team members participated in the 2018 Coimbatore Trail Run.  The Marathon with a Difference event was held on January 21 in Coimbatore, India.  After crossing the finish line, runners said they felt a sense of accomplishment, pride and an overwhelming sense of joy.

The goal of this annual race is to help achieve the highest standards in health, safety and well-being for all and creating awareness on crucial social issues.

Congratulations to this year’s runners for not only finishing the race, but making a difference in the community.

MIPL 2018 Marathon participation

Do You Recognize This Runner?

Do you recognize this runner?

It’s our very own Faye Pettigrew, HR Manager at Tyler Pipe!  Every year Tyler Pipe participates in the FRESH 15 race sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company.  It’s a favorite of the Tyler Pipe team and they always have a good turnout on race day.

Brookshire started the event to motivate the community and their employees to become healthier and it grew from there.  Unlike any other races, they give 100% of race revenue back to non-profit organizations.  Much like us, they firmly believe that motivating someone to get off the couch and move can change their life.

This race is a great way to support the local community and get healthy at the same time.  Good luck to this year’s Tyler participants!

TPT 2018 Fresh 15 event