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Community Outreach on the Other Side of the Border

AB&I Mexico House CollageDuring the weekend of November 6-8, AB&I team members Carlos Gonzalez, Enrique Ramirez, and Zeydi Gutierrez embarked on a community outreach project on the other side of the border. They headed toward an area of Ensenada where there is no running water or electricity to participate in building a loft house for a family in need.

Thirteen people participated in the build; eight were from the bay area. Carlos’s sister, Graciela, came from Mexico, D.F., to join the team along with his nephew, Mario. The pre-build took place in a parking lot during the week of October 17. Carlos participated in the pre-build along with approximately 70 people from all ages and walks of life.

Loft houses are prefabricated in church parking lots in the U.S. and assembled in Mexico in just one day. Though not luxurious by any definition, a loft house provides basic protection and shelter from the elements. A loft house is a 12-foot by 12-foot structure with 4 windows, a lockable door and a second story attic loft for sleeping that can be reached by an interior ladder. The kit-house consists of prefabbed panels made from simple building materials widely available at most home improvement warehouses: 2x4s, 2x6s, plywood, and tar paper roofing. The house has a raised wooden floor, covered with linoleum, and is built on concrete piers. One member of the team hauled the kit-house on a trailer all the way from Oakland to the work site.

This particular loft house went to a couple, Maria and Fidel. Maria is blind in one eye and going blind in the other. Both Marian and Fidel work picking tomatoes six days a week and have also worked alongside everyone else in building their new home. They were paying 1,000 pesos a month in rent and couldn’t wait to have a home of their own. Their excitement was overwhelming.

There were so many moments of closeness of community and joy while watching Maria and Fidel get the keys to their new home.

Thank you AB&I for sponsoring Carlos, Enrique, and Zeydi in this community endeavor.

 

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Update on McWane Ductile-New Jersey Community Advisory Panel

McWane Ductile - New Jersey Community Advisory PanelMcWane Ductile-New Jersey (MDNJ) has a Community Advisory Panel (MDCAP) that meets on a monthly basis. The purpose of the MDCAP is to establish a forum for the regular candid and constructive communication between MDNJ and the local community. The MDCAP contributes approximately $60,000 annually to community projects, organizations, and events, and MDNJ makes separate donations to the local community. For example, MDNJ recently revamped their locker room and donated the left over lockers to a local homeless shelter.

The MDCAP donates quarterly to five local food banks that help feed those in need with a meal on a daily basis. They also awarded 8 scholarships – $2,000 each – in 2015 to local high school students to help further their education. During the holidays, they participate in the Polar Express and supply tickets to families who would not be able to afford this event, and provide hats, gloves, and food to local residents at the annual tree lighting ceremony. The MDCAP also adopts families during the holidays and provides presents and gift cards so every child will have something special at Christmas.

A few of the charities the MDCAP has supported are:

  • Big Brother Big Sister
  • Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Wrangler to the Rescue
  • Relay for Life
  • Steele Hill Youth Organization
  • Boy Scouts of America

Through the CAP, MDNJ also encourages team members to get more involved in the community. Pictured is one of the many sheds MDNJ has throughout the facility where team members put cardboard and paper items for recycling to help Norwescap, a local children’s center that provides summer classes and after school programs.

Bibby-Ste-Croix Team Members Let their Hair Down to Find a Cure

Bibby Ste. Croix Shaves Heads for CancerWhat would you do and how far would you go in order to help find a cure for children’s cancer? Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents), and about 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2015. Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

On June 17, nine amazing team members from Bibby-Ste-Croix took the dramatic step of shaving their hair off to raise money for cancer research. The ten heroic team members were Claude Marcoux, Dave Méthot, Jacklin Nadeau, Jean-Paul Côté, Luc Carrière, Marcel Daigle, Sophie Bergeron, Steve Lemay, Sylvain Daigle, and Yves Olivier.

We are pleased to report that they raised $8,000 – $4,000 from individual donors and $4,000 of matching funds from Bibby-Ste-Croix! We want to thank the team members that took the brave step of sacrificing their hair for this worthwhile cause.

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!

Mary Ann Lampe Quilts to Help Clow Veterans Group

Mary Ann Lampe Quilts

Mary Ann Lampe in front of her beautiful quilt in the McWane Ductile-Ohio lobby.

Mary Ann has made lots of quilts over the years, but this one is special because she made it to help raise money for the Clow Veterans Group (CVG).

The CVG was started 5 years ago to provide assistance and support to not only Clow veterans, but also veterans and active military that live within the community. They are very excited about recently becoming the first group in Coshocton County to be Friends of the Family Readiness Group for the 1485th Army National Guard located at the airport in Coshocton. Another part of the unit is also located in Dover, Ohio. The CVG meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Hardee’s in Coshocton.

These are a few of the activities they have supported around the county:

  • Donated money to the Blue Star Mothers of Coshocton to send Christmas packages to soldiers serving overseas
  • Helped the Blue Star Mothers raise money for their veterans and military family projects
  • Supported the Veterans Walk at the annual Relay for Life
  • Placed American flags on the graves of veterans at Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Worked with the Veterans Commission to provide financial support for local veterans
  • Supported the Honor Flight which gives local World War II and Korean veterans a free flight to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial
  • Donated money to help purchase a van to transport veterans to clinics in Zanesville and Columbus
  • Donated money to provide flag cases for the Coshocton County Honor Guard to present to the families of deceased veterans

They have many projects that they plan to support in the months and years ahead. A big thank you to the CVG for paying it forward in the community to help veterans that have sacrificed so much!

Provided by Kent Arnold
Public Relations – Clow Veterans Group

Corporate Social Responsibility at McWane Services Private Ltd.

MSPL Gives Back to the Community

Continuing the McWane tradition, the MSPL local team members in India have been personally contributing to the communities and charitable causes in and around the Coimbatore area. Last year, they decided to collectively identify a few organizations that needed help.

To that end, the MSPL Team took on a new project to help support the needs of Families For Children (FFC), a non-profit non-sectarian organization that exists to fulfill the needs of children and young adults, many of which have physical and/or mental disabilities. There are 300+ children, mostly orphans, in FFC’s care center at Podanur (a suburb of Coimbatore) which is primarily funded by philanthropists from Canada, the USA, and Australia, but the large number of children often stresses their finances.

MSPL Design Department team member Latha Ramachandran has sacrificed her personal time over the last few years supporting this organization. This year, Latha was joined by Sudhir Ravindramohan, Damodaran Murugan, and Shanmugham Kumaraswamy. On April 4, the entire MSPL team came together to contribute time and money to the children at FFC. The team collected and purchased rations, clothes, books, toys, and walkers for the children.

In addition, 25 team members spent time with the children playing games, reading stories, listening to music and dancing.  It was obvious to everyone that a little time and support was all that was needed to bring happiness to the children. The two hour event was followed by a scrumptious lunch for the children and their caretakers. After the event, the MSPL team discussed the immediate needs with FFC management so the next program can be structured to support those needs.  Some of the needs identified were a dining room, school kits for the children on campus, and school furniture.

The entire MSPL team was excited to have the chance to give back to the community and support the underprivileged children. They had a sense that they were giving themselves to something greater than themselves.

Kudos to the MSPL team on this noble cause!

Team Tyler Pipe Shows Up Big at the 2nd Annual Fresh 15 Run

Tyler Pipe Fresh 15 Fun Run

On Saturday, March 7th, over 30 Tyler Pipe & Tyler Union team members joined together on a very chilly morning to support the local community by participating in the second annual Fresh 15 Fun Run benefiting the Bethesda Health Clinic and The American Heart Association. Last year they had approximately 15 Tyler Pipe team members to register, so they were overjoyed to see that the numbers of those willing to participate had doubled.

Tyler Pipe encourages participation by paying the registration fees for each team member and one guest. This year over $80,000 was raised to support a handful of charitable organizations that provide care and health services to residents in Smith County and surrounding counties.

This year a couple of Tyler Pipe team members hit the mark with their participation. Ross Caldwell, Stationary Machines Supervisor, won 1st place in his age bracket. Running partner David Puckett, Electrical Maintenance Supervisor, won 2nd place in his age bracket, missing 1st place by only 3 seconds. As David said, “I would have pushed a little harder if I would have known I was that close.”

All in all it was a great experience and Tyler Pipe and Tyler Union were glad to be a part of over 3,000 people that participated that day.

Congratulations, Team Tyler Pipe, and many thanks to each of you that participated! A special congrats to Ross and David for their race performances!

Atlantic States Announces the Winners of the 2015 Calendar Contest

Atlantic States Calendar Contest 2015

Atlantic States recently announced the winners of the 2015 Atlantic States Calendar – Ways to Stay Healthy! And the winners are…

1st Place (Cover Photo)Sajdah Qureshi, Age 12
JanuaryNicolle Roads, Age 12
February Yeismarie Garcia, Age 8
MarchKaitlin Merlino, Age 13
AprilJennifer Phan, Age 12
MayRaheem Qureshi, Age 14
JuneEthan Vu Tran, Age
JulyDaniel Merlino, Age 11
AugustAllyson Rodas, Age 7
SeptemberAngelina Tran, Age
OctoberLuke Merlino, Age 6
NovemberIsaiah Eddings, Age 11
DecemberJustin Tran, Age 11
Donnell & Derrick Wilson, Ages 11

The “Front Page” winner was awarded a $50 Toys R Us gift card along with two movie passes and all other winners were received a $25 Toys R Us gift card. A $10 gift certificate was presented to everyone else that submitted a drawing.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Tyler Union Team Raises $5,000 for St. Jude Hospital

Tyler Union St. Jude's - Jose Morales

Jose Morales

Over the past three months, the Tyler Union team has been raising money for St. Jude Hospital. They began their fundraising efforts with high hopes that they would be able to raise enough money so they could donate $5,000. In July, they held a BBQ plate sale which raised $1,300 and throughout August and into September, tickets were raffled off for prize drawing for a $100 Walmart Gift Card.

The drawing was held on September 22 and Randall Gorden (Disa Department) did the honors of drawing out the winning ticket belonging to Jose Morales (pictured). Jose works on the IMF No Bake molding line at Tyler Union.

Team members raised $2,500 and Tyler Union matched that amount dollar for dollar to help them achieve their desired donation amount of $5,000.00 for St. Jude Hospital!

Congratulations to the Tyler Union team that worked so hard to raise this money for St. Jude Hospital and to Jose Morales for winning the prize drawing!