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McWane Ductile Adds New Calculator to the Pocket Engineer

McWane Ductile has added a new calculator to the Ductile Iron Pipe Industry leading Pocket Engineer. The new HDD (Horizontal Directional Drill calculator will help utilities and engineers specify McWane Ductile Iron Pipe for the HDD applications.  Check it out today.

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The calculator can be viewed at: http://pe.mcwane.com/groups/ductile-iron-pipe/mcwane-ductile/calculators/hdd-profile-calculator

Special thanks to Ken Rickvalsky for all his work on this project.

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Meet McWane: Gopi Ramanathan, McWane Global

Gopi RamanathanMcWane Global’s Gopi Ramanathan started working in his father’s foundry and tooling more than three decades ago, when he was still an engineering student. His dad, being the taskmaster that he was, trained Gopi in all aspects of the business. Gopi has drawn on this experience ever since.

Gopi joined the McWane team in April 2011 as Senior Vice President – McWane Global. Since then, he has helped the Pipe Group modernize plants with the latest casting machinery from China; helped launch McWane Services Private Ltd. (MSPL) in India, which provides engineering, sales, IT, software, supply chain, and quality support to the entire McWane team; assisted in the planning, design, and construction of McWane’s new Abu Dhabi plant; and, throughout, tirelessly moved from one big project to the next.

“Gopi, through dint of effort and follow through, has developed many strong connections and friendships across virtually all of McWane’s divisions,” said Mike Keel, McWane Global’s President. “Gopi has an incredible work ethic and a drive to get things done that is unsurpassed in anyone I have worked with throughout my career. He is always focused on getting results and does it the right way – working with people and encouraging them to do their best and achieve our objectives.”

Not only that, Gope is bringing the McWane Way’s commitment to strict environmental, health, and safety practices to new projects around the globe where regulatory standards and enforcement are lax. This will help McWane translate and sustain our culture of EHS excellence throughout our growing family of companies, which now extends across five continents.

“I am proud to be a part of a company with such a comprehensive EHS Management and Compliance system and culture,” said Gopi. “We’re not only meeting legal requirements, we’re meeting our own high standards no matter our location. I believe that following McWane’s strong EHS culture regardless of location is critical to the success of our business. While the cost of compliance does add to the pressure of doing business in foreign locales, that is only in the short term. Safety and reliability are forever.”

University of Alabama Students Visit M&H Valve in Anniston, Alabama

STEM Students from the University of Alabama

STEM Students from the University of Alabama

On Friday, February 28, a group of eleven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students from the University of Alabama visited M&H Valve Company in Anniston, Alabama, for a plant tour. M&H will be selecting a student from this group to participate in an internship this summer.

The University of Alabama STEM Program focuses on attracting high-quality undergraduate students majoring in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The program is an innovative approach to engage students early on as undergraduates and employ nontraditional-classroom methods to allow top students to complete the MBA in one additional calendar year. The purpose of the path is to provide high-achieving students with the business knowledge needed to successfully manage businesses.

McWane is always proud to assist the younger generation in reaching their goals. We hope the STEM students from the University of Alabama enjoyed and benefited from their visit!