Category Archives: Meet McWane

McWane Pipe lives on at AB&I Foundry

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.

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Tyler Names Sterling Bowman new Vice President of Sales

STERLING BOWMAN

Sterling Bowman, Vice President of Sales for Tyler Pipe & Coupling

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.

Meet McWane: Mike Emhoff, Tyler Couplings

Mike Emhoff 43 Years

Mike Emhoff is retiring from Tyler Couplings in Marshfield, Missouri, after 43 years of dedicated service. Mike celebrated his retirement with fellow team members, family, and friends at a reception held on December 31. Everyone enjoyed a slideshow presentation showing how the facility and people had changed over the years.

Mike began his career in 1972 as a tool maker in the Tool & Die Department when the facility was known as Northern Metal Products. Through the years, the company changed to Alloy Unlimited, Plessey Aero Precision, and Tyler Pipe and finally to Tyler Couplings. Mike transferred to the Maintenance Department in April 1979 and was promoted to a management position in 1986. Mike’s latest position was the Supervisor of Maintenance, Tool & Die, and Screws.

Mike was presented with a watch, a plaque from Tyler Coupling, and a plaque from team members working in his department in appreciation for his many years of service. We wish Mike the best during his well-deserved retirement

Scott Willis Named New Zinwave CEO, Ian Sugarbroad to Retire

Scott Willis Zinwave CEO.jpg

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott D. Willis as the new Chief Executive Officer of Zinwave, effective January 4, 2016. Ian Sugarbroad will step down from his current role on January 4, but will work closely with Scott on a full-time basis for several months to facilitate the transition of his responsibilities. During this period he will move to the role of Vice-Chairman of Zinwave and will remain a member of the Zinwave executive team. Once the transition is complete, Ian will report to Key Foster in a special advisory role where he will provide input on a wide range of strategic, technical, and operational matters that relate both to Zinwave and to McWane Technology Group. This role will enable Ian to take his first step toward his long-term plan to retire to Florida with his wife, Dominique.

Scott joins us from Goodman Networks, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships developed over his 30-year career in the telecommunications industry. Scott previously worked for Ericsson, Nokia, BellSouth, Sprint, and several smaller global corporations in the communications field.

Scott has led a number of large global businesses over the course of his extensive career. He is recognized as a strong sales and marketing executive with a proven track record in market-leading sales growth. He has extensive general management experience setting strategic direction, confecting corporate alliances, and overseeing complex operations for both large and small organizations. He also has built and grown new businesses to significant scale. We are confident that Scott’s leadership capabilities and experience in our target market segments (operator, neutral host, and enterprise) will help Zinwave seize the significant growth opportunities that are within our grasp.

Scott graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in finance, received his MBA from Wake Forest University, and received continuing executive education certificates from the graduate schools of business at Stanford and Columbia. Scott will be based in Dallas, TX, where he lives with his wife (Kelley), daughter (Savannah), and son (Chance).

We are excited for Scott to join the Zinwave and the McWane family of companies. We are confident he will lead the organization to achieve the ambitious goals that we have outlined for the business.

Please join us in welcoming Scott to the team.

Meet McWane: Ajith Raveendran, McWane Gulf

Mike Keel and Ajith Raveendran

Mike Keel and Ajith Raveendran

At the recent grand opening ceremony for the new McWane Gulf manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi, Mike Keel was proud to recognize Ajith Raveendran for his performance in implementing all of the McWane EHS policies during the construction of the facility.

Ajith is the Senior Manager of EHS & Quality at McWane Gulf. He worked diligently to assure that they were accident-free during construction.

Congratulations, Ajith!

Meet McWane: Marcia Calvert & Billy McMichael, McWane

Marcia Calvert and Billy McMichael

McWane recently celebrated two of their team members that have over two decades of service with the company.

Marcia Calvert began working for McWane Coal/Empire Coke in 1989 in the Sales Department. Fifteen years later, in 2004, she transferred to McWane Pipe as Administrative Assistant for the General Manager and Executive Vice President for the Pipe Group. In 2008, she transferred to the Pipe Sales Department as the Inside Sales Manager until 2012 when she transferred to McWane International.

Billy McMichael started his career with McWane at Union Foundry in the summer of 1986 while still in high school. He worked after school and during the summer cutting grass and picking up trash in the parking lot. Union Foundry hired Billy on October 5, 1987, in the Flange Shop where he worked nights threading stand pipe. After about six months, he moved into the Warehouse/Storeroom as a clerk, but was later promoted to Warehouse/Storeroom Supervisor/Buyer in 1997, and promoted to Purchasing Manager in 1999. He worked in that position until January 2008 when he joined the Supply Chain Department in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thanks, Marcia and Billy, for your decades of service!

Meet McWane: Marlene Moody, Tyler Couplings

Marlene Moody 44 Years

Meet Marlene! She is a team member at Tyler Couplings in Marshfield, Missouri, and has been with the company for 44 years – WOW! On Monday, August 31, a retirement reception was held at Tyler Couplings in Marlene’s honor. Cake and punch were served to team members, retirees, family, and friends.

Marlene was also presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a watch in appreciation of her many years of service.

Congratulations and happy retirement, Marlene!

Meet McWane: Benu Chakraborty, M&H Valve

Benu Chakraborty 27 Years

Benu Chakraborty worked at M&H for 27 years, mainly in the Foundry Sand Lab. Benu retired on August 1st and was sent off with a retirement party where his fellow team members wished him a fond farewell.

Benu lives in Jacksonville, Alabama, with his wife, Shibani, and has plans to travel to his home country of India. Courtesy of Darlene Berta (wife of team member Chris Berta), the incredible fire hydrant cake was a hit!

Best wishes, Benu, for a long and happy retirement!

Meet McWane: Li Xin, McWane Gulf

L to R: Li Xin (McWane Global Services, China Representative), Dan Fittro (MDNJ Plant Manager), Ngoc Phan (MDNJ Casting Superinendent), Norman Rankis (MDNJ IT Manager), and Min Feng (McWane Global Services)

L to R: Li Xin (McWane Global Services, China Representative), Dan Fittro (MDNJ Plant Manager), Ngoc Phan (MDNJ Casting Superinendent), Norman Rankis (MDNJ IT Manager), and Min Feng (McWane Global Services)

The McWane Ductile–New Jersey (MDNJ) Dalian Casting Machine project team could not have completed its mission critical goals in China without McWane Gulf team member Li Xin’s commitment and willingness to go above and beyond to assist them on their recent trip to China. Li Xin made sure that we had access to their technical counterpart person in China and translated from English to Chinese for us when needed. He also stayed with the team until late hours of the evening.

The MDNJ team was particularly impressed and grateful with Li Xin’s effort to insure that the team was kept safe by working through the weekend to avoid the typhoon that hit Shanghai, China.

Li Xin has the daily challenge of managing vendors and the expectations of customers, especially in China. To date, they have achieved significant results from our China operations including coordinating the inspection and shipping of three casting machines, one pole finishing line, and testing machines for McWane Services Private Ltd. and McWane Gulf.

The MDNJ team unanimously voted to present the McWane Ductile Passion for Excellence award to Li Xin with a heartfelt thank you for his assistance during their recent visit. Congratulations, Li Xin!

Meet McWane: Chet Johnson, Tyler Couplings

Chet Johnson of Tyler Couplings

At McWane, we encourage our team members to constantly evaluate their jobs to determine if they can be done more efficiently or safer. At Tyler Couplings in Marshfield, Missouri, they also have an incentive program to reward team members that do just that. Chet Johnson in the Tool & Die Department was recently awarded a $50 gift card for inventing a way to more easily replace the eyeletter needles. Eyeletter needles would break and the Tool & Die guys would have to spend time removing them from the machine by torching the broken needles off and then silver soldering in new ones.

Chet created and built a threaded design that can be taken apart while in the machine and replaced with a new needle. The result is a 30 minute time savings with no hot work required!

Great job, Chet! We thank you so much for your innovative thinking!