Category Archives: Meet McWane
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.
We are pleased to announce that John Bennett has joined the Corporate HR team as the new Benefit Specialist! In this role, John will be supporting all divisions with their benefit information and analysis as needed. John will report directly to Leslie Mawhorter.
Prior to joining McWane, John worked 17+ years at UAB as the primary contact for benefit related issues at all levels including the university and hospital. John earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Care Organization from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College Madison.
Welcome to McWane, John!
Canada Pipe and Clow Canada team members recently bid a fond farewell to Kathy Senior who retired after 38 years. Kathy’s career has been an evolution of sorts. She began her career in July 1980 with Stanton Pipe as secretary to the Treasurer. When Stanton was purchased by Canron in 1985, Kathy transferred to the Sales Department where she also served as the Personnel Manager. In 1989, her career took another turn when she became the secretary for the Vice-President General Manager at Canada Pipe. When Clow Canada later joined offices with Canada Pipe, Kathy continued to work as administrative assistant and handle payroll and benefits for both companies.
Kathy is looking forward to spending time working in her gardens but first she has two weddings to attend this summer. In fact, she will be traveling over 3,000 km to a wedding in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Beamsville, Ontario, Canada on a motorcycle. Sounds like Kathy has lots of fun planned for her retirement years.
We wish Kathy best wishes for a long and happy retirement!
Speaking of the talents at Futurecom team member Milos Rankovic and not to be outdone, Clow Corona production supervisor, Jose Martinez, also created a new company sign. This sign was made with a stainless-steel plate and back lit with LED lighting. It is now proudly displayed on the exterior of the facility in Corona, California to welcome customers and guests as they drive through the front gates. Jose is currently working on a smaller display sign for the sales office.
Thanks, Jose, for your time and creativity in making this beautiful sign!
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.