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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.

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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.

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

Tyler Pipe Collects 1,988 Pounds of Food for Path

Tyler Pipe Donates to PATH 2014

Every year the Tyler Pipe team collects non-perishable food items for PATH (People Attempting to Help) and they try to increase the amount collected each year. We are proud to report that they increased the amount of food collected in 2014 by 474 pounds! The effort put forth by the entire team was extraordinary. The outside sales team donated Walmart gift cards to buy food for the drive, and local hourly and salaried team members brought in cases and cases of canned good daily to fill the crates. It was truly a group effort.

Tyler Pipe HR Manager Faye Pettigrew said, “I’ve been fortunate enough in my life that I never had to endure hunger; however, I’m not oblivious to the fact that hunger exists in East Texas. I can sleep well at night knowing that the Tyler Pipe team took it upon themselves to do something about hunger during the holidays and did it in a big way.”

As an added bonus, Tyler Pipe General Manager Greg Simmons wrote a check for $1.00 for every pound of food collected to PATH. They hope PATH can fill their food pantry with the necessary items to assist families in East Texas long after the holidays.

Way to go, Tyler Pipe!

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!

Manchester Tank Quincy Donates Equipment for Confined Space Rescues to Local Fire Department

MTQ Confined Space Equipment DonationThe number one priority at Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, Illinois (MTQ), is the safety of all of its team members. So when the Tri Township Fire Department asked MTQ to help purchase equipment for use during confined space rescues, they were more than happy to help out. MTQ has 75 confined space locations on their property. The self-contained breathing apparatus system that the fire department purchased will provide oxygen for two firemen for around an hour during a confined space rescue.

On December 3, MTQ EHS Manager Rick Nesbit presented a check for $1,750 to Tri Township Fire Chief Rick Zaerr.

This is just one of the ways that McWane is paying it forward in the communities where our team members live and work.

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!