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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!

UFC 2018 Plant Tour

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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!

McWane Pipe Used to Replace Bridge

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Recently, McWane’s ductile iron pipe was installed to replace a 300-foot-long bridge near Hanceville, Alabama (Cullman County). For the job, the types of pipe used were 695 feet of 10-inch Tyton Joint Class 350 – Cement Lined, and 636 feet of 12-inch TR Flex Class 350 – Cement Lined.

Ironically, the bridge that was being replaced also used McWane Tyton pipe and had been lain over 20 years ago!

The bridge approaches on State Route 91 at the Broglen River, northeast of Hanceville. So, if you are ever in that area, think of McWane and remember that our pipes successful helped make that bridge possible!

Celebrate Arbor Day by Paying a Visit to Greenwood Park

Now that spring is here and summer is approaching, it’s time to have fun in the sun! And what better way to do that than spending time at the park? With today being Arbor Day, it is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and take sight of all the beautiful trees, plants, and other scenery around us!

In 2012, McWane celebrated the transformation of a once vacant, dusty lot into a dynamic green space for the residents of Birmingham, and Mother Nature, to enjoy. A long time in the planning, Greenwood Park is the culmination of a lot of dreams and dedication by the McWane Team. Where once stood a 34-acre tract of weeds, now lies a vibrant park that provides recreation and fun for the entire community.

At one time, the land held rows of single-family homes and apartment buildings, but because of constant flooding and noisy aircraft, the city relocated the community. Buildings were demolished and the area swiftly deteriorated. To McWane, this was the ideal location to create a beautiful park. Working closely with a wide coalition of groups, including the EPA, Birmingham’s Parks and Recreation Board, the Birmingham Airport Authority, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several neighborhood groups, McWane left no stone unturned to build the best possible park for Birmingham. On November 17, 2012, city leaders, neighbors, and McWane representatives unveiled Greenwood Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was the joyous culmination of months and years of planning, and work.

The park has all the right stuff: a playground, picnic shelter, two basketball courts, and a large field that can be used for baseball, football or soccer games. There are restrooms, parking spaces and a 3,600-foot-long walking trail that encourages visitors to pay attention to the park’s delicate ecology. Because we want Greenwood to represent the best qualities of McWane—durability, safety and respect for the environment, the park features an innovative bioremediation facility that naturally collects and filters contaminated rainwater before it enters Village Creek. Community leaders know the water quality isn’t all that has improved since Greenwood opened. Quality of life is improving too.

“They have the ball fields and the courts where they can play and they have the walking trails,” said Birmingham City Councilwoman Maxine Parker. “This will encourage our youth and seniors to get outdoors and be more active.”

The idea for Greenwood Park came after a settlement was reached in United States, et al. vs. McWane, Inc. McWane requested that a portion of any fine be redirected into the city of Birmingham through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Supplemental Environmental Projects program. McWane worked with the Birmingham Community Advisory Panel, Clarus Consulting Group, and a group of volunteer citizens to come up with a list of potential park locations and how best to develop the park. It’s this commitment to team work and community that makes Greenwood such a success — and McWane is proud to be part of this process.

Trevor and Dylan Willett Pose for a Picture by a Fire Hydrant Made by Dad

Trevor & Dylan Willett

Trevor & Dylan Willett

On a recent outing with their dad Mark Willett, brothers Trevor and Dylan posed for a picture with a fire hydrant produced by M&H Valve – “where their dad works.” M&H Valve donated the hydrant to “Tigers for Tomorrow,” an exotic animal park and rescue preserve located in Attalla, Alabama, about 35 miles north of Anniston, Alabama – home to M&H Valve.

Mark will soon be leaving Anniston to move and join the team at Clow Valve in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as the new Assistant General Manager.

It is always a joy to see our products out and about! If you ever see any, make sure to snap a nice photo and send it to us at media@mcwane.com; we’d love for you to share them with us!