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And the Winners of the 2017 McWane Ergo Competition Are…

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McWane Ergo Cup Competition:

Most Outstanding Project – 1st Place

Bibby St. Croix, Ladle Demolding Station 

1st Place Runner-Up

Tyler Pipe & Coupling, Injection Mold Extruder Tip Puller

Best Risk Reduction

Anaco, No More Manual Loading of Feed Bins on Threaders

Most Innovative Project

McWane Ductile Ohio, Sure Stop Gasket Removal

Congratulations to the winners and to all of the facilities and team members who participated in this year’s competition.

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Tyler Coupling hosts KRA event

Do you know what your key result area (KRA) is?  It’s the things that you absolutely, positively must do to fulfill your responsibilities and achieve your goals.  Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri hosted a KRA event for representatives from AB&I, Bibby Ste-Croix, Anaco, Tyler Pipe and New Jersey this week. Guests spent the day in the plant working with their counterparts.  The goal of these events is to make it easier for team members at different facilities to reach out to each other with questions or problems.

TPM 2017 KRA event in Marshfield, MOWhen AB&I started the MPG/KRA shared culture about five years ago, Kurt Winter wanted the team to learn more about the culture, processes, best practices, etc. at all of the McWane plumbing group facilities.  They started by having the HR Manager’s visit each other’s facility once every quarter.  They then expanded to have 2-3 team operational team members visit the facilities once a year with the same objective.  Tyler Pipe in Marshfield was the last facility for this round.  Next year, they plan to take it to the next level with key hourly team members visiting the facilities once a year.

Guests enjoyed several teambuilding events at the recent event which included a jeep drawn tour of Fantastic Caverns then it was on to the Branson Scenic Railway for a two hour train ride through the rolling hills of Missouri and Arkansas. They ended the day with dinner at the Level 2 Steakhouse near the Landing in Branson, Missouri where they discussed the day’s events and enjoyed a wonderful meal.

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.”

Bibby-Ste-Croix Team Members Let their Hair Down to Find a Cure

Bibby Ste. Croix Shaves Heads for CancerWhat would you do and how far would you go in order to help find a cure for children’s cancer? Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents), and about 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2015. Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

On June 17, nine amazing team members from Bibby-Ste-Croix took the dramatic step of shaving their hair off to raise money for cancer research. The ten heroic team members were Claude Marcoux, Dave Méthot, Jacklin Nadeau, Jean-Paul Côté, Luc Carrière, Marcel Daigle, Sophie Bergeron, Steve Lemay, Sylvain Daigle, and Yves Olivier.

We are pleased to report that they raised $8,000 – $4,000 from individual donors and $4,000 of matching funds from Bibby-Ste-Croix! We want to thank the team members that took the brave step of sacrificing their hair for this worthwhile cause.

And the winners of the 2014 ErgoCup Competition are . . .

Some of the Ergo Cup Judges

Judges (L to R): Dan Copeland, Pat Tyson, Matt Hollub, and Cladiu Lungu

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 ErgoCup Competition:

  • First Place: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy, Illinois:
    • MTQ designed a vessel hanging device which resulted in a quicker and ergonomically better way to attach/detach tanks during the manufacturing process.
  • 1st Runner Up: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana:
    • MTE designed a new shipping container loose loader which resulted in ergonomic improvements, risk reduction, reduction in labor costs and lower shipping fees.
  • Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction): Bibby Ste. Croix, Québec
    • BSC designed a motorized grinding table that eliminated the movement required and improved the work posture of team members during the process.
  • Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project): Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Bedford, Indiana
    • MTB built a custom flange rotating device to handle blind flanges in excess of 300 lbs. to prevent ergonomic injuries and improve manufacturing efficiency.

The judges for this year’s competition (pictured above) were Dan Copeland, Pat Tyson, Matt Hollub, and Claudiu Lungu.

“At the end of each year’s competition it leaves me thinking how could we possibly improve on this? But each year they do! The dedication to continuous improvement by those who participate in the McWane ErgoCup is truly fantastic,” said Fred Simpson, Corporate Industrial Hygienist who coordinates and leads the ErgoCup competition every year. “This competition is a great example of creativity, team work, and enthusiasm that has turned out a lot of great products which have significantly reduced the risk of injuries to our McWane team members.”

Congratulations to all the facilities and team members who participated in this year’s competition. With your hard work, our work environments are now safer – and not just for the facilities that developed the solutions. The project explanations and videos are all posted on the McWane intranet ErgoCup site and are available for viewing by all McWane facilities.

This year, let’s see how many good ideas developed by one facility can be duplicated at another! After all, that is what safety R&D is all about – rip-off and duplicate for the good of everyone!

Bibby Ste. Croix Team Members Take the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge

Bibby Ste. Croix Defi Pierre Lavoie Challenge

(Pictured: Pierre Cayer, Steve Larose, Alain Beaudet, Alex Papineau, Guy Dubois, Pierre-Luc Fallu, Jean Couture, and Tom Leonard)

Bibby Ste. Croix team members recently had the opportunity to participate in the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge on June 12-15. The goal of this event is help kids make healthier choices in their everyday lives and build habits that will become the norm for future generations by promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and perseverance at school. The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie began in 2008, and became the largest health-related event to ever be organized in Quebec.

The Bibby team participated in a 135 kilometer (83 mile) bike tour which raises funds for local elementary schools to promote healthy life habits. It was 68 degrees on the day of the event and they had solid rain so no one had to worry about overheating. Most of the team finished in 4.5 hours with one member finished in 5.45 hours.

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Bibby Ste. Croix Defi Pierre Lavoie Challenge - Alain Poissant

Fonderie Laperle team member Alain Poissant also participated in the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge and cycled 1000 km (635 miles). His bike tour began Thursday night, June 12, and finished Sunday afternoon, June 15, with cyclists travelling an average of 250 km (135 miles) per day.

 

Great job Team!