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Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen Tours AB&I Foundry

City of Oakland Councilmember (“CM”) Abel Guillen (District 2) and Pamela Erickson, Constituent Liaison and Legislative Aide recently paid a visit to AB&I.  District 2 is home to the neighborhoods near Lake Merritt, including Arbor Villa, Bella Vista, Brooklyn Estates, Chinatown, Cleveland Heights, Crocker Highlands, East Lake, Gold Coast, Grand Lake, Haddon Hill, Rose Garden and San Antonio.  CM Guillen heard about AB&I at a Job and Housing Coalition Meeting and wanted to learn more about their products, legacy and involvement in the community.

AB&I team members provided an informative tour of the foundry and CM Guillen was extremely impressed with the different processes required to make our products. He was also very happy to learn about the jobs available AB&I with good pay, benefits and retirement right here in Oakland.  They discussedone of AB&I’s outreach efforts, cleaning Lake Merritt, and CM Guillen and his staff would like to join AB&I volunteers for the next clean-up.

District 2 is in the most diverse parts of the City of Oakland.  The challenges in this district are many and varied – making the streets safer, growing the economy, improving access to good schools, affordable housing, transportation and quality jobs, but he strongly believes that the solutions lie in the neighborhoods, the communities, the businesses, the schools and the people of the City of Oakland.  Despite the challenges they face in District 2, AB&I and Councilmember Guillen are committed to the Oakland community.

ABI 2018 Councilmember Abel Guillen Tour 2

(Pictured from L-R: Dave Robinson, Pamela Erikson, Abel Guillen, Richard Watson and Michael Lowe)

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Product Sighting: May the Force Be With You!

Clow Valve team member Richard Ledesma, Jr. spotted this on Instagram, “Our Model 2065 protecting a Galaxy far, far away . . . I mean Long Beach, California.”

Product Sighting 2018 Long Beach, CA

AB&I Hosts Foundry Tour for Stanford University Students

AB&I held a tour for sixteen Stanford University students on May 4th.  The students are taking a course called Making Multiples: Sand Casting (ME365) which teaches howcastings are made in a mass manufacturing process.

General Manager Michael Lowe welcomed the students and talked to them about the history of AB&I and its operations as well as the challenges they face in Oakland. He invited the students to partner with AB&I on an upcoming project to find innovative ways AB&I can operate more efficiently.

Before leading the students on a tour of the foundry, Rich Watson and Dave Robinson discussed the production, engineering and environmental regulations and AB&I’s commitment to best practices that go above and beyond compliance.  It was an eye opener for all of them to see how the different processes work together to make the finished products.

In a note to AB&I the professor said, “I just wanted to send a quick thank you note for our tour last Friday! We were blown away by the scale of production being done. Thank you for being so welcoming and taking the time to show us everything. I know the students were very impressed and are very excited about their new cast iron frying pans! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you all in the future.”

ABI 2018 Stanford student tour

Clow Valve Company Recognizes Team Service

This spring, Clow Valve Company celebrated the service and dedication of 56 team members with years of service ranging from 5 all the way up to 45. To recognize these team members, Clow held awards banquet ceremonies in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Corona, California, and at the National Sales Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Clow Corona’s awards banquet was held on February 28th at Taps Fish House & Brewery Corona. Approximately 15 Clow Corona team members and their families along with several Clow Oskaloosa team members enjoyed a night filled with great food and even better company.
 
On April 26, approximately 80 Oskaloosa team members, joined by friends and family, attended the awards banquet held at the Musco Technology Center on the William Penn University Campus in Oskaloosa. Attendees were treated to a delicious meal catered by Sodexo. General Manager Mark Willett, Chief Talent Strategist Tiffany Tremmel, supervisors and Plant Managers expressed their appreciation for the team’s dedicated service and presented service awards.
 
Also in April, Clow recognized three Sales team members for their service at the 2018 McWane Valve and Hydrant Group National Sales Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of the sales meeting was to update new products, engage in growth strategies and learn from one another as well as from the engineering and management teams. Having the opportunity to spend time with coworkers and friends gave the sales team a sense of comradery and energy moving forward to promote and sell the best products in the waterworks industry.
 
Clow has held the Service Awards Banquet for the past four years and will continue to do so every spring to show team members how much we appreciate their service and loyalty to the company. Without our team members, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of being the world’s leading resource for water works products and premier place to work and do business, and providing the world with life sustaining water products though service and manufacturing excellence.
 
The 2018 Clow Valve service award recipients are:
 
Retirees: John Stuchel, 35 years; Gary McClun, 35 years; and James Webb, 30 years
45 Years: Gregg Moore
40 Years: Randy Malloy; Dennis Stam; Jerry Jones; and John Johnson
35 Years: Steve Davis and Jerry Jess
30 Years: Paul Callahan; Jeff Howard; Bill Klett and Robert Smith
25 Years: Kyle Clark; Ron Garrels; Larry Spoelstra and Mike O’Sullivan
20 Years: Kevin Jones ; Brian Campbell; Richard Thomas; Paul Montgomery; Dean Hubbard; John Grahek and Jim Elder
15 Years: Alfonso Campos; Dean Scholtus; Juana Plum; Joe Reed; Brian Playle; Jonathan Coster; Brett Johnson; Dennis Glassford; Juan Matias and Gerardo Victoria
10 Years: Andy Kohler; Nic Lynch; Travis French; Annie Hol and BJ Bowie
5 Years: Luke Parson; Rod VanVeen; Shane Utterback; Dustin Shinn; Ron Pearson; Calvin Visser; Logan Williams; Jim Campbell; Keith Newport; Kyle Silvey; Brian Gott; Storm Cristobal; Tyler Little; Jeremy Smith; Dave Shepherd and Ward VandeKrol
CVO 2018 Service Awards Banquet

McWane Product Sightings in the Golden and Lone Star State

AB&I team members Jennifer Grundell and her dad, Alfredo Costa recently spotted pipe produced at AB&I while on their family vacation in the Golden State of California at Universal Studios Hollywood, a film studio and theme park located in Los Angeles.

While over in the Lone Star State of Texas, Clow Valve team member James Banicky spotted this Clow hydrant in Dealey Plaza by the book depository in Dallas, Texas where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

James said, “It’s nice to see that our products are trusted enough to help preserve things that have such a great impact on our great country even to this day.”

Product sightings dallas and la.jpg

Clow Corona Focuses on Improving the Environment in April

Clow Corona team members in Corona, California turned their focus to the environment in April on Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Team members and their families volunteered for a clean-up at Citrus State Park on Earth Day to remove brush, dropped fruit and trash around the citrus trees in the state park.  At the end of the day the Clow team had cleaned up 35 bags of debris from around the trees.  On Arbor Day, volunteers cleaned-up litter and planted various shrubs and flowers in the area surrounding the Clow Corona facility.

Thanks to all team members that volunteered.

CVCN 2018 Earth-Arbo Day Events

AB&I Team Removes Debris from Elmhurst Creek

At McWane, we are committed to giving back to the communities where our team members live and work.  One example of that commitment is AB&I’s adoption of Elmhurst Creek which runs directly behind the AB&I property as part of the Oakland Adopt-a-Spot Program. AB&I’s team members volunteered once again to remove debris from in and around the creek.

Andy Berg and Jesse Tom led the effort recruiting volunteers from different departments.  Volunteers worked tirelessly cleaning the creek and picking up approximately 3 yards of trash, including a shopping cart, fire hydrant, plywood, plastic wrappers, and lots of spray paint cans.  They also cut down overgrown weeds and bushes, and approximately 10 yards of brush.

Many team members expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to help clean up the creek.  This is an example of the AB&I spirit inside and outside the property boundaries.

Special thanks to the volunteers for your commitment to making the Oakland community the best it can be!

ABI 2018 Elmhurst Creek Clean Up

McWane Products Spotted in Washington, California and Missouri

There were three McWane product sightings recently by Paula Hoffman, Francesca Dunbar and Billy Ngiraikelau.  Tyler Coupling General Manager Bill Hoffman and his wife Paula (pictured bottom left) were visiting Branson, Missouri and spotted a Clow hydrant.  Clear across the county at Seascape in Aptos, California, AB&I team member Billy Ngiraikelau (pictured top left) also spotted a Clow hydrant and Francesca Dunbar (pictured bottom right) spotted an M&H hydrant when she surprised her friend for her birthday with a trip to Snoqualmie Falls Park in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Thanks for sharing these product sightings.  If you spot McWane products in your travels and would like to share them with the rest of the team, simply take a picture and email it to Mickie Coggin at mcoggin@mcwane.com.  Be sure to include a brief description of where the picture was taken and the names of everyone in the picture.

MHV and CVO Product Sightings 2018

Clow Corona’s Got Talent, Too!

Speaking of the talents at Futurecom team member Milos Rankovic and not to be outdone, Clow Corona production supervisor, Jose Martinez, also created a new company sign.  This sign was made with a stainless-steel plate and back lit with LED lighting.  It is now proudly displayed on the exterior of the facility in Corona, California to welcome customers and guests as they drive through the front gates. Jose is currently working on a smaller display sign for the sales office.

CLOW VALVE SIGN

Thanks, Jose, for your time and creativity in making this beautiful sign!

Clow Hydrant at Presidio in San Francisco

AB&I retired Shipping Supervisor David Janney and his wife spotted this Clow hydrant at the Presidio overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. He and his wife live close by and enjoy the beautiful view from this spot.

Although David is officially retired, he does stop by AB&I from time to time to help out and visit with old friends.

Product Presidio San Francisco, CA collage