Category Archives: Meet McWane
We are pleased to announce that Leslie Mawhorter has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President, Human Resources/Compensation and Benefits. In this role, Leslie will continue to manage the wide array of programs and plans that cover the McWane organization, driving improvements and influencing our organization’s costs in this critical area.
Leslie has worked in the corporate Human Resources function for more than four years. Previously she spent thirteen years with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and twelve years in the United States Air Force.
Also, effective immediately, Lauren Jackson will join the Human Resources function in the role of Director, Retirement Plans. Lauren has worked with McWane for the past ten years and will transfer her deep knowledge of defined contribution and defined benefit plans to the HR team. She will report directly to Leslie.
Congratulations, Leslie, on this well-earned promotion! We wish you success in this expanded role. We also welcome Lauren to the HR function and look forward to working more closely with all involved in these key areas!
Harrison Bishop, formerly president of The Solberg Companies, has been appointed president of Amerex Corporation effective January 1, 2018.
In addition to his responsibilities at Solberg, Bishop has served on the Amerex executive committee as vice president, strategic initiatives. Prior to entering the fire suppression industry, Harrison practiced law for more than a decade, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and general corporate law, as a partner at Maynard, Cooper and Gale, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama.
Bishop will be working alongside the newly appointed chief executive officer of Amerex, Larry Whitehead, who has served in a variety of capacities within McWane, Inc., including president of Manchester Tank & Equipment Company.
In addition, Andy Payant has been appointed as the executive vice president-finance for Amerex Corporation with the same effective date. Andy has served as vice president and international controller of McWane, Inc. since 2012. Previously, Payant served as McWane’s vice president and controller from 1998 until 2012. Prior to joining McWane, Inc. Payant held senior management positions at Compass Bank and Molton, Allen & Williams.
Posted from: http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2018/01/04/new-executive-leadership-team-at-amerex-announced/
During a recent trip to Clow Corona, Eric Benson, the Northern California District Sales Manager, met Clow Corona’s new Inside Sales Rep, Mike Moore. During this face-to-face meeting, Eric offered Mike a product demonstration on the fly which he set up from his truck right outside the office. This demonstration will help Mike better understand our products, services and our customers. Inside Sales plays a key role in making our outside sales team successful and this demo and information will insure a better understanding from the beginning. Kudos to Eric for taking the time to provide this helpful product training.
Welcome to the team, Mike!
Tyler Pipe is very fortunate and grateful to have so many loyal and dedicated team members. In fact, 40% of their workforce has 25 years of service or more. To honor this service, they held the 10th annual Service Awards Banquet, otherwise known as the Silver Anniversary Club. The night was filled with games, prizes and great food and the Tyler Junior College Jazz Band entertained guests with music throughout the evening.
This year, they welcomed eight new members to the Silver Anniversary Club.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to celebrating again, same time next year!
What do you do after 44 years of working in an iron foundry? Tyler Pipe team member Gary Bryant’s wife Cindy said “You do a bunch of honey-do’s.” Gary, aka “Chipmunk” joined Tyler Pipe on November 19, 1973 and his last day of work will be November 30, 2017. What better time to hang up your boots than in your anniversary month. Gary has decided to lay down his PM (preventive maintenance) lists and pick up a honey-do list instead.
Tyler Pipe held a retirement celebration for Gary on November 15 that included Texas style chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and of course a really big cake. Gary was joined at the party by his wife, children and grandchildren. His family talked about how they remember their dad going to work every day and how Tyler Pipe helped pay for their home, their education and much, much more.
Gary will be driving a bus part-time for the local hospital and plans to stay active with the Shriners. He has been a part of the Shriners since 1994 and has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1984.
He is also a member of the Legions of Honors Veterans who carry flags at funerals for veterans.
Gary will be greatly missed at Tyler Pipe as he enjoys a well-deserved retirement.
We are pleased to announce that Louis Coppedge has now joined the McWane Legal Team. Louis comes to us after 25+ years with the firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale, where he handled a wide variety of commercial and personal injury litigation and transactional matters.
Louis will manage the company’s legal matters related to labor and employment, safety, international operations, and cyber security legal issues. Although Teri Lavette will continue to be the primary contact for contract review, Louis will be available to assist her as needed.
Please join us in welcoming Louis to the McWane Team.
After the recession in the 1990s, McWane made the difficult decision to close McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company (MCIP) located in Birmingham, Alabama. McWane divisions across the company were given the opportunity to transfer machinery/equipment from MCIP for use at their facility. We are pleased to report that MCIP’s Escher recuperator lives on at AB&I Foundry. It was a collaborative effort between McWane Corporate, AB&I and ECS of Birmingham, Alabama, to successfully dismantle and transfer the unit from Birmingham to AB&I in Oakland, California.
Working out the logistics for moving the recuperator from one side of the country to the other tested everyone’s patience. But Ruffner Page had given a clear directive − to get out to McWane Pipe and make it happen because reusing the unit was the right thing to do. And that’s exactly what they did.
During the recent winter shutdown, AB&I tackled the installation portion of the project. With some structural modifications to the cupola tower, AB&I was able to re-install the recuperator in the existing melt operations The recuperator weighs more than 74,000 pounds and is 65-feet long so they faced several challenges with the installation. The size and weight combined with the cupola tower structure meant AB&I had to rent the largest crane that Bigge Crane had to offer west of the Mississippi.
The unit was fired up a couple weeks ago and AB&I is seeing better than expected recovery temperatures throughout the melt system. The improvements will enhance the melt operation and reduce furnace operating costs by reusing waste exhaust heat from the cupola in the melt operation. The size of the unit will also provide system stability and will allow for those times when they need to push the melt rate to meet production requirements.
“It’s impressive that AB&I could take a large hot-blast recuperator unit, not originally designed for AB&I’s melt system, and make it work, while at the same time generating significant improvements to our efficiencies in the foundry,” said Kurt Winter, EVP of McWane Plumbing Group.
In this case AB&I was able to reuse a perfectly good piece of equipment in the operation with huge savings to the overall project costs, Utilizing internal resources through reuse or recycling is always a win-win situation. The life expectancy of the unit should be in the neighborhood of twenty years or more. This project is a perfect example of team work and collaboration between the divisions. Everyone benefits from the net result.
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.