AB&I held a tour for sixteen Stanford University students on May 4th. The students are taking a course called Making Multiples: Sand Casting (ME365) which teaches howcastings are made in a mass manufacturing process.
General Manager Michael Lowe welcomed the students and talked to them about the history of AB&I and its operations as well as the challenges they face in Oakland. He invited the students to partner with AB&I on an upcoming project to find innovative ways AB&I can operate more efficiently.
Before leading the students on a tour of the foundry, Rich Watson and Dave Robinson discussed the production, engineering and environmental regulations and AB&I’s commitment to best practices that go above and beyond compliance. It was an eye opener for all of them to see how the different processes work together to make the finished products.
In a note to AB&I the professor said, “I just wanted to send a quick thank you note for our tour last Friday! We were blown away by the scale of production being done. Thank you for being so welcoming and taking the time to show us everything. I know the students were very impressed and are very excited about their new cast iron frying pans! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you all in the future.”
We are pleased to announce that Carlos Robinson CIH, CSP is the new Corporate Industrial Hygiene Director for McWane Inc. After graduating from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Biology/Environmental Science, Carlos worked as an environmental chemist and then attended University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to obtain a Master’s of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.
After spending eight years with 3M as a Plant Industrial Hygienist at various locations around the country, Carlos took a job as the Corporate Industrial Hygienist for the largest aggregate mining company in the United States, Vulcan Materials. He spent eight years with Vulcan before moving on to Rheem Manufacturing as their EHS Manager with responsibilities for safety, industrial hygiene, environmental and the medical staff. After leaving Rheem, Carlos landed at Southern Research in a similar role before arriving at McWane in 2016.
Carlos is active in both the local and national chapters of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), local ASSE chapter and UAB School of Public Health (board member).
As part of their continued commitment to OSHA’s VPP program and safety excellence, McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) team members Shain Ridenbaugh (MDO VPP Coordinator), Chad Elliott (President of MDO VPP Board of Directors) and Dustin Blair (Vice President of MDO VPP Board of Directors) attended the recent VPPPA Region V Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tyler Union’s GFD Department in Anniston, Alabama took the month of March by storm, reaching every goal set for molds per hour and tons per day with ZERO safety or environmental incidents. What is GFD you ask? It’s the shortened name for the George Fisher Disa molding machine which is one of the three molding machines at Tyler Union.
In appreciation for their hard work, GFD team members were treated to a Chick-fil-A luncheon.
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!