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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 McWane Scholarship!

McWane awards ten scholarships ($2,000 x 4 years) annually to children of McWane team members to assist them as they pursue a college education.  The scholarship program is administrated by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and students can apply online.  We are pleased to report that there were 60 eligible applicants this year.

The winners of the 2018 McWane Scholarship are:

Hannah Frank (Duane Frank, Sales Manager McWane Ductile, Coshocton, Ohio)

Tianna Voelkert (Camilla Voelkert, Sales Coordinator Amerex, Trussville, Alabama)

Isabella Zornes (Rodney Zornes, Electrical Engineer McWane Ductile. Coshocton, Ohio)

Taylor Thorington (John Thorington, Chief Technology Officer Synapse, Huntsville, Alabama)

Alyssa Tedrow (William Tedrow, Supervisor Manchester Tank, Bedford, Indiana)

Dolores Ortiz-Rodriguez (Delores Martinez, Labor Tyler Union, Anniston, Alabama)

Danica Butler (Brett Butler, Maintenance Electrician McWane Ductile, Provo, Utah)

Juliana Ortega (Juan Ortega, Pipe Processor Tyler Pipe Company, Tyler, Texas)

Calee Cameron (Joshua Cameron, Master Electrician Tyler Pipe Company. Tyler, Texas)

Adriana Rabearivelo (Reddy Rabearivelo, Bibby Ste. Croix, Ste. Croix, Quebec, Canada)

 

Congratulations to this year’s winners!  We wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.

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John Bennett Joins McWane Corporate HR Team

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!

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McWane products have a large presence at Walt Disney World

Tyler Union team member Mark Vess recently took his family on a vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to celebrate his wife Ashley’s birthday.  They made it a game to see how many McWane products they could spot while there.  As you can see, there were lots to see.

Aleah and Allison Vess (top left L-R) spotted a Tyler Union Flange 90 Bend and a Clow Valve hydrant at Hollywood Studios.  Aleah Vess (top right) found a Tyler Union Flange Tee and a Kennedy Valve hydrant at Epcot.  Alec Vess (bottom left) found a Clow hydrant with a Walt Disney logo on it at the Art of Animation Disney Resort and Mark (bottom right) located a similar Clow hydrant in the Magic Kingdom.

Mark said, “It was good to see so many McWane products at each of the parks.”

Mark joined Tyler Union in Anniston, Alabama in 2004 and is a Technical Sales Support Specialist in the Engineering Department.  He can now add record holding McWane product spotter in one location to his resume.

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Tyler Union Hosts Plant Tours for Youth Leadership Calhoun County

Tyler Union Plant Manager Jon Pollard and Foundry Manager Charlie Chastain were pleased to have the opportunity to host plant tours on January 9, 2018 for Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) Business and Industry Day hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.  Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) is a twelve month class that prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community.

Perhaps some of these bright young leaders will join the Tyler Union team in the future!

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McWane, Inc. Announces New Executive Leadership at Amerex

Harrison Bishop, formerly president of The Solberg Companies, has been appointed  president of Amerex Corporation effective January 1, 2018.

Bishop_Harrison_original-240x300In 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/

Tyler Union Iron Man Goes Blue and Orange

Tyler Union team members, at least the Auburn fans, couldn’t wait to see the freshly painted Iron Man.

Every year, Iron Man is painted the school colors of the winning team in the Auburn vs. Alabama football game and he remains that color 365 days until the next game.  The Auburn/Alabama rivalry is considered one of the most heated football rivalries in college football.  Together Alabama and Auburn account for 33 SEC titles and the two teams won an impressive four straight BCS National Championship Games from 2009-2012 (Alabama-2009, 2011, 2012 and Auburn 2010).

The Iron Man tradition was started by team members as way to celebrate their team’s victory and “gloat” a little all year long.  Alabama fans will just have to glance the other way when they get to work every day because those Auburn colors are here to stay, at least until the next game.

Congratulations Auburn fans – War Eagle!

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Who Has the Ugliest Christmas Sweater?

The ladies on the second floor corporate team in Birmingham, Alabama held their annual Christmas luncheon and ugly Christmas sweater contest yesterday.  They catered the food from Taco Mama and enjoyed lively Christmas music during the luncheon.  This year Leslie Mawhorter won the award for ugliest Christmas sweater and Gretchen Easton won the award for the most creative sweater with her Green Bay Packers sweater.  Teri Lavette won for the “most flammable” sweater with lots of colorful lights.

As in previous years, they had a lively game of dirty Santa, but everyone left with a smile on their face and a gift for Christmas.

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Tyler Union Recognized by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

L to R: Eddie Thompson, Chris Hyche, Steve Johnson, and Charlie Chastain

L to R: Eddie Thompson, Chris Hyche, Steve Johnson, and Charlie Chastain

On September 25, 2014, Tyler Union was recognized along with Bear & Son Cutlery, Bridgewater Interiors, International Automotive Components, Kronospan, and Shelco Foundries for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Industry Luncheon. Guest speaker at the event was Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Alabama.

Steve Johnson, Tyler Union Assistant General Manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company and said, “Since 2008, we’ve seen production levels increase over 30% as a result of new product offerings and the consolidation of domestic ductile iron pipe fittings production in Anniston. These production increases have allowed us to expand our business to include an IMF Thermal Sand Reclamation Plant and Flaskless No-Bake Molding Line, and an Ajax 65-Ton Channel Furnace. Our staff has also increased approximately 10% over the past few years. We are currently staffed at 418 employees – 367 at the Anniston manufacturing facility and 51 located throughout the United States at various Sales & Distribution Centers.”

Congratulations, Tyler Union team!

Amerex Hosts a Visit from Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers

Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers stopped by Amerex in Trussville, Alabama, for a visit and a brief tour today. Congressman Rogers represents the 3rd District of Alabama and serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services, and Homeland Security Committees, which are all vital to Alabama’s interests.

Firefighting is very familiar to Congressman Rogers since his father was a firefighter, so this Amerex visit definitely hit close to home.

We were honored that he took time out of his busy schedule to drop by for a visit!

Synapse Kicks Off Summer with Team Picnic

Synapse recently held a picnic for team members over the Memorial Day weekend. The event was held in a field behind the Synapse offices in Huntsville, Alabama, and approximately 120 people attended the event (families included, of course).

A very competitive game of corn hole was held as well as lots of activities for the kids. During the event, the kids also put together goody baskets for the local St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and collected donations that went towards Manna House, a local food bank.

It was a great day and a wonderful way to kick off the summer!