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Tyler Xianxian Showcases New Greensand Molding Line (M1)

Zhengwei (Joe) Zhou, Tyler XianXian foundry manager speaks to approximately 20 Chinese dignitaries about recent improvements through a new greensand molding line, baghouses, and building air supply system and new M1 greensand molding line and electric furnaces.

Zhengwei (Joe) Zhou, Tyler XianXian foundry manager, speaks to approximately 20 Chinese dignitaries about recent improvements through a new greensand molding line, baghouses, and building air supply system and new M1 greensand molding line and electric furnaces.

Tyler XianXian was asked by the local mayor to showcase the new greensand molding line (M1) and building air supply system to a group of Chinese dignitaries. Approximately 20 officials, including local and area mayors, vice-mayors, the Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau, stopped by Tyler XianXian to see the new M1 molding line, baghouses, and electric furnaces.

The M1 molding line is the first phase of a two-phased project with the second line, M2, currently under construction. M2 has a completion date scheduled for mid-December 2015. The total capital for the M1, M2, and air supply system is approximately $5 million or 30 million RMB.

The building air supply system will distribute approximately 700,000 cubic feet per minute of fresh air throughout the main foundry building. The M1 molding line has a production rate of 8 tons per day at 15 molds per hour, while the M2 molding line will have a production rate of 30 tons per day at 50 molds per hour.

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McWane Team Visits Ductile Iron Pipe Facilities in China

McWane Team in China

L to R: Dan Copeland (McWane Global), Kent Brown (Pacific States), Jeff Otterstedt (DIP Group), Tom Crawford (Clow Water), Gopi Ramanathan (McWane Global), Li Xin (Tyler Xianxian), Tom McKinley (McWane International), and Dale Schmelzle (Atlantic States)

Last month, team members from McWane Global, McWane International, and the McWane Ductile Iron Pipe (DIP) Group came together for a whirlwind tour in China. The group visited and reviewed operations at four DIP plants, three DIP machine shops, and three lost foam fitting foundries, all in just six days!

The group was exposed to the dreaded “Gopi Schedule” which allowed barely 4-5 hours of sleep a day throughout the trip. The tour followed the successful commissioning of the new casting machine at Pacific States and was undertaken to review and study the technologies and machines used in overseas pipe plants which are currently using two machines that McWane has purchased and is awaiting installation.

The team did take time out to visit the Great Wall of China early on Sunday morning on their way to one of the DIP plants, which was 3 hours away from the Wall.

Meet McWane: Steve Flora, McWane’s International Man of Industry

Steve Flora

Meet Steve Flora…Have skills (and guitar), will travel…

Steve started with McWane in 1996 at M&H Valve in Anniston, Alabama, and quickly became engineering manager. He also knew a few licks on the guitar, which always helps. A few years ago, Steve was asked to join a McWane working group headed to China on a fact-finding mission. Steve, who had spent four years in Taiwan as well as on other foreign assignments, knew the mission would be a great opportunity for McWane and he jumped at the chance.

Today, Steve’s been living in China for nearly two years working for McWane. Since moving, Steve has established a crack team in Beijing working to identify quality suppliers for McWane’s heavy tooling demands; helping design new products such as a novel solid wedge valve; ensuring quality control; and representing McWane’s growing interests in the region. Of his time spent in China, Steve says,

“I believe the China group has become an integral and productive part of the McWane family.”

Because of the time differences between Beijing and the U.S., Steve has a very demanding job 0 but knows how to blow off steam in world class style. He straps on an electric guitar and leads his own rock band at a local Beijing club called Eudora, a place that attracts American ex-patriots, travelling business delegations and locals in-the-know.

“I look at it as my way of providing some cultural exchange with the Chinese,” Steve noted. “I also spend a lot of time meeting with our employees and customers that visit the McWane facilities. They always know they’re welcome to find me in our offices or playing at the Eudora.”

Steve also happens to have the world’s most understanding wife – which helps when you work more than 5,000 miles from home.

“Yeah,” Steve admitted. “She’s very understanding. We see each other every 5-6 weeks. Happily, she’s flexible working for American Airlines, which lets her travel to China as often as she can.”

Keep on rockin’ China for all of us here at McWane, Steve!