Blog Archives

Clow Valve Sponsors 2018 Mahaska County YMCA Summer Camp

Clow Valve Company is proud to sponsor the 2018 Mahaska County YMCA Summer Camp. The camp offers kids the opportunity for growth through outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, archery, swimming, team building, arts and crafts and unique field trip experiences. It also teaches values shared by Clow: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

CVO 2018 YMCA Summer Camp sponsor.jpg

Advertisements

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

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

Amerex Holds VPP Star Celebration

Celebration was the theme of the day at Amerex yesterday.  They held a VPP flag raising and luncheon catered by Jim N Nicks BBQ for the entire Amerex team to celebrate achieving OSHA VPP Star status.  The process to become a member of VPP takes years and cannot be done without the commitment of every single team member.  McWane president Ruffner Page and OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris congratulated the team on their hard work and dedication to maintaining a safe workplace.

In his address Mayor Buddy Choat said “Amerex is the rock of this community as far as employers.  If you’ve been here your name is associated with quality and dedication.”

McWane is proud to now have seven facilities that have achieved VPP status.  Amerex joins McWane Ductile Utah, McWane Ductile Ohio, McWane Ductile New Jersey, Tyler Coupling, Clow Valve and Manchester Tank Elkhart as McWane VPP sites.

Congratulations team Amerex!

AMX 2018 VPP Star Celebration

Pictured L-R: Stephani Riley (Amerex Nurse), Harrison Bishop (Amerex president), Ramona Morris (OSHA Area Director), Ruffner Page (McWane president) and Robert Fisher (Amerex Safety Manager)

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s Visit to Clow Valve Company

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa visited Clow Valve on April 30 as part of her 99 Counties tour. It was her first visit to Clow.

Senator Ernst met with GM Mark Willett and his team to discuss a variety of issues affecting Clow including work force development, trade, Buy American, and environmental regulations. After a tour Mark presented Senator Ernst with a miniature commemorative Clow hydrant to display in her Capitol Hill office.

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 Valve E-Cycling Event

On April 21, Mahaska County, Iowa residents were provided the opportunity to recycle their old electronic equipment.  Clow Valve Company, in cooperation with Mahaska Communication Group (MCG) and Midwest Sanitation and Recycling, organized an event called Earth Day e-Cycling.

The residents of Mahaska County publicized how residents could drop off their outdated electronic equipment such as computers, computer monitors, video game systems, stereos, keyboards, printers, VCRs, cell phones, and laptops to be recycled free-of-charge.  On Saturday, volunteers from MCG and Clow were on hand to unload electronic equipment to be recycled.

Within four hours, the recycling event accumulated approximately 25,000 pounds of electronic equipment for recycling according to Eddie Pierson, Mahaska Communication Group.  The outdated electronic equipment was then entirely recycled including all plastic, paper and glass, as well as metal.

CVO 2018 Recycle Day resized

Pictured: Clow volunteers from left to right: Doug Stracke, Kyle Silvey, John Grahek, Dain Netland, Roger Horn, Brian Box, Jon Callahan

Valve & Hydrant Sales Group Partners with Paralyzed Veterans of America

At the recent valve & hydrant annual sales meeting (Clow, Kennedy, Kennedy PIV and M&H), they held an inspiring teambuilding event. They partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to build wheelchairs. Because the group was so large, they were able to build nine wheelchairs that will be donated for use by veterans in the Phoenix, Arizona community.

As a part of the event, each group created a poster expressing their gratitude to the veterans for their service to our country. It was an amazing experience since the team has quite a few veterans of their own. It was the first time they’ve done something like this and they plan to make it a tradition.

V&H 2018 Sales Teambuilding Event