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
When the town of Jacksonville, Alabama and surrounding areas were hit by devastating tornadoes on the night of March 19, Tyler Union team members were quick to respond by donating supplies, working with local shelters and helping with debris clean up. The destruction left in the storm’s wake was unimaginable and cleanup and rebuilding will be ongoing for years. Tyler Union continues to raise money for the relief fund and work with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce on the needs of the affected areas.
Lori Denton, Director of Business Development for the Calhoun County Economic Development Council said, “Local industry response has been overwhelming. The surplus donations of high demand items, financial contributions, labor, time, and meals, displays what it means to love your neighbor. We are so proud to represent the industries in Calhoun County because of the unwavering strength found in the people of this community. We are so thankful to our industrial partners that have already reached out and are continuing to work alongside the Calhoun County Economic Development Council with the relief efforts.”
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!
Calhoun County is very fortunate to have a strong and diverse industrial base that helps buffer the community against economic downturn. Whether it’s transportation, utilities, medical, education, government, or other areas of the local community, they’re all impacted and supported by industry. Industry remains a cornerstone of opportunity and job creation in Calhoun County.
Each September, during Salute to Industry Month, the Chamber recognizes industries for their many contributions to the area and for choosing the Calhoun County region for their business. Tyler Union was once again recognized for the impact they have on the local community.
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!