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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!

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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

McWane, Inc. Acquires Waterman Industries

McWane, Inc. acquires Waterman Industries

McWane, Inc. has purchased Exeter, California, based Waterman Industries. Waterman is a recognized leader in water control products for water treatment, wastewater, agriculture, rural water delivery, hydro-power and flood control management.   Waterman is a leading domestic manufacturer of both cast iron and fabricated stainless steel water control gates. The company was founded by W.A. Waterman in 1912 and initially manufactured agricultural irrigation equipment for Central Valley farms.  In 1953, the company expanded into water control infrastructure products including large and complex cast iron sluice gates, fabricated slide gates and radial gates.

“We are excited to add Waterman to the McWane family of companies,” said McWane President and CEO Ruffner Page. “Waterman’s high-quality products and veteran industry experts are an excellent complement to McWane’s Valve and Hydrant Group.”

McWane will invest in Waterman’s production facility in Exeter to modernize operations with new equipment and best-in-class manufacturing processes to improve productivity, product delivery times, and team member safety.  The company will also focus on improving communication and strengthening relationships with its customers, channel partners, and suppliers.

“McWane is excited to join the Exeter community with our purchase of Waterman, a recognized local leader for more than 100 years,” said Olivier Marietta, Waterman’s new general manager.  “We will strengthen Waterman’s commitment to be a cornerstone of the local community, a respected and leading employer, and a loyal long-term partner to our customers and channel partners.”

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Another AB&I Product Sighting!

On a recent family trip to Southern California, AB&I team member of 39 years Isaac Beltran spotted AB&I pipe in the parking garage of a Holiday Inn Express.  Isaac works in the Pipe Finishing Department at AB&I.

Resized Isaac Beltran

If you spot McWane products and would like to share a picture with the rest of the team, just email a picture and a description of where you spotted the products to Mickie Coggin at mcoggin@mcwane.com.

Clow Valve Products Spotted in Danville, California

On a recent college break, Sabrina Dunbar, daughter of team member Francesca Dunbar, spotted these Clow Valve Company products while shopping in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville, California.

Sabrina always has an eye out for McWane products and she currently holds the record for the most submitted product sightings. We’re looking forward to seeing where she spots the next McWane products!

If you products made by any McWane company and want to share it with the team, email your picture to Mickie Coggin at mcoggin@mcwane.com. Be sure and include a picture and a brief description of where you spotted the product.

City of Hayward Chooses Ductile Iron Pipe to Replace Aging AC Transmission Main

Christine Michaelidis, Sales Rep for McWane Ductile-Utah recently presented this framed copy of the Fall 2017 feature article from Modern McWane to Bert Weiss, Operations and Maintenance Manager, for the City of Hayward, California.  Mr. Weiss (pictured left) actually wrote the article detailing the City’s efforts to replace an aging 30” AC transmission main with a new 30” ductile iron line supplied by McWane Ductile and sold through Ferguson Waterworks.  Scott Silverthorn (pictured right) with Ferguson was instrumental in coordinating this project between McWane Ductile and the City of Hayward.

Due to the strength and durability of the material, the relative ease in which the pipe could be assembled, and the long term resiliency it will provide in an earthquake prone area, ductile iron pipe was without question the material of choice for the City of Hayward, and we thank Bert for sharing his story with us.

MDU Modern McWane

Clow Hydrant Makes the News

Clow Valve team member Rick Smith was reading an article in the Washington Post about the wild fires in California and noticed that the hydrant in the photo is a Clow hydrant produced at the Clow facility located in Corona, California.  Cory Zwolinski also saw this same article on MSN.com.  This picture was taken in Petaluma, about 20 miles south of Santa Rosa. 2 Product Sighting 2017 Petaluma, California

With the death toll of at least 31, it’s become the deadliest week for wildfires in California’s history.  We hope our products can help the firefighters get these wildfires under control and prevent further loss of property and life.

AB&I Recognized by the City of Oakland during National Small Business Week

AB&I Recognized during National Small Business Week

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. AB&I Foundry joined only three other companies that were recognized in a ceremony on May 4 and received an award from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

“This week is a tremendous way to celebrate and support the small businesses in Oakland that serve us year-round,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Our small businesses are vital engines for growth and stability in our communities. They add to the unique flavor of Oakland’s neighborhoods and foster vitality throughout our city, generating thousands of jobs and delivering tax revenues that help pay for essential City services. I’m committed to making sure this important sector of our local economy continues to thrive.”

Congratulations, AB&I, for being a cornerstone in the community for 109 years!

AB&I Adopts Local Elementary School

AB&I Adopts Local Elementary School

In 2014, AB&I adopted a local school in Oakland, California – Aspire College Academy. The school serves 280 students from kindergarten to 5th grade.

One of the first things the school needed was supplies for the teachers and books for the children. By year’s end AB&I team members had donated $1,000 in books and supplies, and Kip Wixson even gave access to his subscription to Paper Back Swap and used his credits to purchase books for the school. Aspire Principal Jessica Newburn also provided book suggestions for team members.

The teachers were ecstatic when they saw all of the supplies, and both teachers and children alike were overjoyed with the number of books donated. Kip has even applied to Paper Back Swap for the school to be on the donation list for all subscribers.

AB&I received a note from Principal Newburn:

“Happy New Year! I just wanted to extend a GIANT thank you for all the books that were donated before the holiday. Our teachers have incorporated over 40 books into their classroom libraries and have sparked some great independent reading coming into the new year already. We really appreciate your generosity!”

Some of the books donated were:

Dr. Seuss Series
– Frog and Toad Series
– Fancy Nancy Series
– Joody Moody Series
– Junie B. Jones Series
– Skippyjon Jones Series
– Eric Carle Series

Chapter Books (for older scholars)
– Magic Tree House series
– Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
– Biographies of minority leaders
– Mysterious Benedict Society Series

There was also an opportunity to provide hands-on help. Aspire has a playground in need of repair, so a group of volunteers plan to get together in February to clean up the playground, fix benches, paint, plant flowers and vegetables, and help put a net on the chain link fence.

Great job, Team AB&I! Way to give back!

Announcing the Winners of the 2013 EHS Awards

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The winners of the 2013 EHS awards were announced in February recognizing McWane facilities in five different environmental, health and safety performance categories. The winners were:

The Most Improved Recordable Injury Rate Award – The most improved total recordable injury rate (TRIR) is determined by calculating at year end the TRIR for each facility and comparing it to the prior year. The facility with the greatest percentage of improvement from the previous year is the winner. This year’s winners were:
AB&I, Oakland, California (Foundry)
Tyler Pipe Company, Marshfield, Missouri (Fabrication)

The Outstanding Health & Safety Performance Award is given to the facility that has the best overall health and safety performance in 11 different categories, including program compliance, incident rates, implementation of health & safety initiatives, and risk reduction efforts.
Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart, Indiana

The Outstanding Environmental Performance Award is given to the facility that has the best overall environmental performance including management commitment, program implementation and compliance. The winners were:
Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Provo, Utah (Foundry)
Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford, Indiana (Fabrication)

The Outstanding Environmental Progress Award is given to the facility that showed the greatest overall improvement in environmental performance during the year. The winners were:
AB&I, Oakland, California and Tyler/Union, Anniston, Alabama (Foundry)
The Solberg Company, Green Bay, Wisconsin (Fabrication)

The EHS Excellence Award is given to the facility that has the best overall performance in both environmental and health and safety company-wide. There was no clear winner for this award in 2013.

Although the Screaming Eagle (pictured) was not awarded for 2013, we anticipate all facilities will continue with excellent health, safety and environmental programs during 2014 and strive to be this year’s winner.

Every team member plays a role in helping us become safer and more environmentally conscious and we must work together to continue to improve our EHS performance.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!