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Clow Canada’s Donation to Coverdale Women’s Center

This week, Clow Canada was pleased to welcome representatives from Coverdale Women’s Center and Outflow Ministry Men’s Shelter.  Mayor Don Darling, Deputy Mayor Shirley McAlary and City Counsellors also attended to show support for these organizations. General Manager Rick Benoit provided the visitors with a tour of the facility and then presented the two shelters with a donation.

Thank you to both organizations for all that you do and we hope the donations help make a difference.

Clow Canada

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Meet McWane: Jerri Penrose, Canada Pipe/Clow Canada

Jerri Penrose 25 Years

After 25½ years of dedicated service with Canada Pipe & Clow Canada, Credit Manager Jerri Penrose (pictured top right) is retiring on May 1. Jerri, also known as a “super” user, has been an integral part in implementing the new computer systems at Canada Pipe and Clow Canada. Though we will definitely miss Jerri’s wicked sense of humor and laughter around the office, we wish her a long and happy retirement!

Colleen Jardim (pictured bottom right) is replacing Jerri as the new Credit Manager. Colleen has over 14 years of credit management experience in the waterworks industry and has been working with Jerri for the past few months during the implementation of the new computer systems.

As we celebrate Jerri’s departure, we also welcome Colleen to the Hamilton location and know she will be a great asset to the team!

Meet McWane: Michael Barno, McWane Ductile and Mary Snell, Clow Canada

Michael Barno 27 YearsMichael Barno is retiring after 27 years of service in the “cold end of the plant” at McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Michael is a supervisor in the Maintenance Department and is respected by everyone he works with.

Michael and his wife Georgette plan to travel around the United States and spend time with their children and grandchildren.

We will miss Michael and wish him the best in this next chapter of his life!


Mary Snell 45 Years

On April 9, 2015, Clow Canada celebrated Mary Snell’s 45th year with the company. Mary is currently the Receptionist and Payroll Administrator, but she started her career in 1970 as a typist. She was hired for a short term position directly out of high school.

Rick Benoit, Clow Canada’s General Manager, presented Mary with a jacket and fruit bouquet, and Rick Allen, Union President, gave Mary a signed card at the gathering. The entire team celebrated this milestone together with cake and coffee.

Congratulations, Mary!

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge

1st Place Winners - Clow Canada Pattern Modification Team

1st Place Winners – Clow Canada Pattern Modification Team

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) contest:

1st Place ($1,000 per team member): Clow Canada  Pattern Modification

2nd Place ($500 per team member): Amerex – Dry Paint Rack

3rd Place ($250 per team member): MTE Elkhart – Heat Recovery

3rd Place ($250 per team member): Pacific States – Finishing-Cement Line Water Reduction

A total of 35 pollution prevention project entries were received in July 2014 for this year’s Pollution Prevention Challenge. By the deadline of November 2014, 21 of these projects were submitted for judging by three independent judges. The judges evaluated all the written submittals and selected 12 finalists. The 12 finalists presented their projects via a web meeting on December 16, 2014, after which the judges picked the winning entries.

The judges were:

Beth Stewart – Cahaba River Society

Sarah Burton – Kestrel Management Services

Roald Hazelhoff – Southern Environmental Center

Our sincere thanks to the judges for donating their time and expertise for this process!!

All of us, including the three judges, were very impressed by the innovative ideas, presentations and the keen interest and passion shown by participating team members from different McWane facilities and departments (production, maintenance, engineering, environmental, etc.) in identifying and implementing effective pollution prevention ideas.

To continue to encourage implementation of more pollution prevention ideas at all McWane facilities, the “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Award for entries with innovative, simple and low cost solutions, producing relatively small but important environmental benefits were awarded to the following entries:

Winners of the “Why Didn’t I Think of That!”  Prizes ($100 per team member)

  • Pacific States – Melting-Coke Breeze
  • Clow Canada – Passivation Improvements

We hope to see a continued high level of interest in Pollution Prevention at all McWane facilities going forward. Thank you for everyone’s interest in the 2014 P2C and your support of McWane’s EHS programs and get started with your 2015 projects/ideas.

Congratulations to the winners!!!