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Tyler Union volunteers recently partnered with the Calhoun County Extension Office on Earth Day to staff learning stations designed to reinforce subject matter taught in classrooms in an outdoor setting for over 800 fourth graders. The students had the opportunity to learn about conservation, healthy habits, water safety, safe food preparation and domesticated and wild animals (which was a favorite).
No one was surprised to learn that Frantina Wilson and Mark Vess who stepped up and took over two of the educational stations, for both days, when county employees were called away. Frantina took over the Recycle Relay station while Mark took the Wildlifestation, even the snake handling.
Special thanks to Tyler Union volunteers Jason Askew, Tonja Brown, Julie Campbell, Chris Hyche, Kacie Johns, Renea McGathy, Jerome McQueen, April Pearson, Chris Smith, Amanda Thrasher, Sara Tongsuvone, Mark Vess and Frantina Wilson
One of the most pressing issues facing our country is the need to upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure. Much of our drinking water infrastructure, the more than one million miles of pipes beneath our streets, is approaching the age at which it needs to be replaced.
The American Water Works Association estimates that restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years, if we are to maintain current levels of water service.
May 14-21 is Infrastructure Week 2018 in the U.S. and McWane is proud of the important role we play in our nation’s water infrastructure. Our team members manufacture safe, strong and sustainable ductile iron pipe, valves, fittings and hydrants that deliver water throughout the US and around the world.
News reports from around the US highlight what happens when our water infrastructure is ignored and neglected. During Infrastructure Week 2018, we join the millions of Americans who are urging their elected officials to invest in this critical need, an investment that will pay dividends for future generations. The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s time to build.
Learn more at http://infrastructureweek.org/
We are pleased to announce that the McWane Ductile Utah bowling team of Richard Binks, Kelly Evans, Joe Carter, former employee Rudy Brailsford and David Vazquez were named the 2017-2018 city league champions. This team is great both on and off the job. Congratulations!
On May 2-4, the Clow Canada Québec sales team attended the annual 2018 COMBEQ tradeshow. The COMBEQ is a Corporation of Municipal and Environmental Officers of Quebec, and in large part is made up of personnel responsible for public works departments throughout the province of Québec.
One of the regular items on the schedule for the conference is a Thursday evening gala for all attendee’s complete with comedy entertainment. The comedian François Massicotte made a short visit to the booths before his performance, and he took a liking to our fire hydrant display. François made mention of our hydrant many times in his performance that evening, which was welcome advertising for Clow Canada. He even capped the evening off by exclaiming long live fire hydrants, and later he posed with the Québec team for a picture.
What was already an excellent show concluded the following day when Clow Canada was presented the award for being the 2018 COMBEQ exhibitor of the year. It would be hard to have a more successful trade show, but we’ll certainty attempt it next year!
There has been a shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing for several years now, particularly in positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree. One way to address this issue and introduce students to the opportunities available in manufacturing is through an internship program. These programs provide knowledge and hands-on experience which students can apply in real world environments.
On April 11, 2018, McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) celebrated Intern/Co-op Appreciation Day. These interns are a valuable member of the MDO team and we appreciate the work they have done on several very dynamic projects.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa visited Clow Valve on April 30 as part of her 99 Counties tour. It was her first visit to Clow.
Senator Ernst met with GM Mark Willett and his team to discuss a variety of issues affecting Clow including work force development, trade, Buy American, and environmental regulations. After a tour Mark presented Senator Ernst with a miniature commemorative Clow hydrant to display in her Capitol Hill office.
Anaco recently hosted the annual McWane Group Safety Managers’ Conference at their manufacturing facility in Corona, California. Ross Boeker is the Group Safety Director (GSD) for this group which includes, AB&I, Anaco, Tyler Coupling, Bibby Ste Croix, Bibby LaPerle and Amerex. This annual meeting is a great opportunity for GSDs to get together with their entire team of safety managers to share ideas and best practices with each other and discuss current issues and challenges.
This year’s agenda included a 1st quarter safety plan review, a best practice sharing WebEx with Kennedy Valve, an HR segment led by Joe Maziarz (Group HR Director) and Kevin McCarthy (VP HR), and a group tour of the Fender Guitar factory in Corona, California. The team was treated to an in-depth tour of the facility which manufactures the famous Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster guitars, as well as the Fender Precision Bass & Fender Jazz Bass. After the tour, the team met with the Fender safety team to share ideas and best practices. Anaco safety manager Larry Fuscher offered and is looking forward to hosting the Fender safety team for a reciprocal visit in the near future.
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.
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.
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.