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And the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards are…

Jeet & Bill Hoffman with Screaming Eagle - EHS Awards 2015.jpg

McWane Senior VP of Environmental, Safety, and Human Resources Jeet Radia and Tyler Couplings Plant Manager Bill Hoffman

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards:

  • Most Improved TRIR-Fabrication: Anaco / Corona, CA
  • Most Improved TRIR-Foundry: McWane Ductile-New Jersey / Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Manchester Tank / Crossville, TN
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Clow Valve / Oskaloosa, IA and AB&I Foundry / Oakland, CA
  • Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Tyler Xianxian / Cangzhou, China
  • EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

All for One and One for All, Our Shared Culture

2015 Plumbing Group Meeting at Tyler Pipe

L of Pipe: Raul Aguirre – Production Foreman, Anaco R of Pipe: Ken Nobriga – Shipping, AB&I Directly behind pipe: Dave Janney – Shipping, AB&I Second row, L to R: Dave Methot – Health & Safety, Bibby Ste Croix / Will Jones – Maintenance Supervisor, Anaco / Enrique Ramirez – Core Room Supervisor, AB&I / Carlos Gonzalez – Engineering, AB&I Third row, L to R: Sylvain Daigle – Production Supervisor, Bibby Ste Croix / Kelly Cheek – Coupling Supervisor, Tyler Coupling / Brian Lowe – Gasket Supervisor, Tyler Coupling / and Billy Ngiraikelau – Maintenance Supervisor

The McWane family of companies is an amazing amalgamation of four pipe facilities, four valve and hydrant facilities, seven soil pipe and utility fittings facilities, seven tank manufacturing facilities, one fire extinguisher facility, and five technology companies. The diversity and variety of product lines and business practices are certainly broad, but we all share an amazing amount of commonalities. Recently, Tyler Pipe had the opportunity to share their practices, culture, and expertise with team members from other McWane facilities in the Plumbing Division.

About three years ago, Alan Boscacci suggested that each of the facilities within the Plumbing Division take turns hosting their sister companies and sharing their knowledge, skills, best practices, and unique cultures. Initially HR team members attended the meeting, but that was eventually expanded to include the production team.

Tyler Pipe was proud to host representatives from Bibby Ste-Croix, Anaco, AB&I, and Tyler Couplings this year for the third annual meeting. Everyone was given a guided tour of Tyler Pipe and the opportunity to visit specific areas of interest that pertained to their every day job duties including Production, Maintenance, Customer Service Representatives, and Shipping.

After the meeting, Rod Burrus said, “We had a wonderful exchange of ideas and everyone left with a broader perspective of how our respective businesses can be improved.”

Did you know that stretching can prevent repetitive motion injuries?

Anaco Stretching Exercises Training

A few years ago, Anaco researched how they could prevent injuries in jobs with the highest levels of repetitive motion. After much discussion about the best way to address the problem, they instituted a stretching program where team members stretch for 2 minutes at the top of the hour throughout their shift. We are happy to report that these stretching exercises have helped reduce and almost eliminate repetitive type injuries from these departments!

Anaco recently decided that it was time to “refresh” the stretching program. If you’ve ever tried to stick to an exercise program, you know that doing the same exercise every day can get boring, make you quickly lose interest, and even no longer challenge you as your body begins to adapt to the repetitiveness. To avoid this, Anaco brought in a physical therapist from a local clinic to observe how team members perform their tasks and recommend stretches that would best prevent injuries.

After the initial observations, the entire team came together in the training center in groups for a hands-on demonstration and practice of some new and improved stretches. Great job, Team Anaco! Way to be proactive!

Anaco Conducts Clear Management Training [UPDATE!]

Anaco Clear Management Training
Anaco has been conducting Clear Management Training since March 2014. Managers, Supervisors, and Leads are interacting and exploring alternative ways to address items that affect the business such as employer and team member relations. The goal for this group is to improve their communication skills across the Team.

Group HR Director Joe Maziarz also made a trip to AB&I to help them facilitate their Conflict Management Training.

The Anaco Team is excited about the Clear Management Training and can’t wait to use the skills they have learned during this training!


 

Updated: 9/30/14 at 10:20AM

Anaco Clear Management Training 2

We are pleased to report that 17 team members concluded their training on September 16!

Management training is essential to the success of a business and team members with leadership responsibilities have extensive duties, from handling employee relations to making sure the business remains profitable. Since management responsibilities are complicated, and not exactly self-explanatory, Clear Management Training plays an important role in keeping our company on the right track.

The training curriculum included:

  • Management Zone
  • Time/Emotion Grid
  • Effective Communication
  • Clarity in Communication
  • Communication Styles
  • Active Listening Techniques
  • Steps in Effective Management Communication
  • Circle of Walls
  • High Performance Teams
  • SMART Goals
  • The Planning and Metrics Decision Making Grid

The Anaco team would like to thank trainers Zeydi Gutierrez from AB&I Foundry and Aimee Kenney from Anaco. Great job!

Meet McWane: Jorge Arroyo & Georgina Solorzano, Anaco

Brother & Sister 20 Years

Jorge Arroyo and sister Georgina Solorzano

McWane is proud that there are so many team members that have been with the company for decades. But it is unique to find a brother and sister with over 20 years of service. Anaco team members Jorge Arroyo and his sister Georgina Solorzano have worked with Anaco for two decades.

Georgina works in the Assembly Department where she assembles couplings and package finished goods. Jorge is the Lead Material Handler and leads in the day to day activity ensuring that departments are fully stocked with the material they need in order to produce the couplings.

Congratulations Jorge and Georgina!

Meet McWane: Ramiro Reyes, Anaco

SAMSUNG CSCRamiro Reyes is a 32+ year team member and Thread Roller Operator at Anaco. On May 12, 2014, Ramiro announced his retirement. Management and team members would like to wish Ramiro a very happy and peaceful retirement. Anaco will miss his loyalty, sincerity, team player spirit, and his devotion to duty.

Ramiro has relocated to Texas where he will enjoy his retirement with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren.

Thank you for your 32+ years of service, Ramiro!

Anaco Announces the Winner of the Walking to Wellness Program

Anaco Walking to Wellness 2

Anaco just concluded their 14-week Walking to Wellness Program and are proud to announce that Jorge Arroyo was the grand price winner with 2,718,215 steps!

A total of 47 Anaco team members enrolled in January 2014 and 20 team members successfully completed the program on May 2 with an impressive 24,135,651 steps in all.

The goals of the program were to help team members set a routine, establish long-term fitness goals, eat healthier meals, and work fitness into their daily routine by walking daily at home and at work while measuring their steps with a pedometer.

All program participants received an award at the end of the program, but Jorge won a pair of walking shoes and had his name placed on a perpetual trophy.

Congratulations to Jorge and the other Anaco team members for walking your way to a healthier you!

Anaco Holds 5th Annual Health Fair

Anaco 5th Annual Health Fair

Anaco recently held their 5th Annual Health Fair. Team members had convenient access to blood pressure, glucose, and body fat screening as well as a 10 minute massage. Representatives from Kaiser, Dental Health Services, Benefits Resources, and Health Net were available to provide educational materials and answer any questions. Costco, Walgreens and Fitt Ryde were also on hand to educate the team about how to lead a healthier lifestyle and team members were offered a discount on spinning classes.

Anaco provided a box lunch from Subway for all team members that attended the Health Fair and there were also raffle prizes – movie tickets, gift cards to Ralphs and Jamba Juice, a magic bullet, scales, an electric toothbrush, water bottles, a free massage, and membership to spinning class.

Everyone seemed to have a great time all while learning more about how to lead a healthier life style. Great job Team Anaco!