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Clow Valve competes at 19th Annual National Ergo Cup competition

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L to R: Chris Prendergast, Chad Bollinger, Kyle Huelsman, Arturo Islas, and Chris Stanley

McWane Ergo Cup winner Clow Valve recently competed at the 19th Annual National Ergo Cup competition  held in Orlando, Florida, on March 21-24, 2016. The Clow Ergo Cup project, Hydrant Brass Torque Table, was one of 47 projects selected out of 88 applicants to compete at the national competition. Just to be selected to participate is an honor!

The Clow Team included representatives from Clow Corona (John Bouman*, Arturo Islas*, Rene Perez, and Alfonso Zamorano) and Clow Valve Oskaloosa (Chad Bollinger*, Kyle Huelsman*, Chris Prendergast*, and Chris Stanley). *Represented the team at the National Ergo-Cup Competition.

Team leader Chris Prendergast said, “The team did a great job and we received so much positive feedback all week. Based on several of the classes and other projects, I would remind everyone that simple low cost solutions are everywhere and we only need to identify a risk and then be creative to find them. We brought back several creative ideas we think we can implement and from my perspective a group of guys who were excited about finding the next improvement. Thanks for the opportunity to represent McWane at this year’s competition.”

The Disney Coronado Springs Hotel was beautiful venue, and they have announced that the 20th Conference will be held there again in March 2017.

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The winner of 6th Annual McWane Ergo Cup Competition is . . .

L to R:  Dale Schmelzle, Claudiu Lungo, Andrew Perkins, and Pat Tyson

L to R: Dale Schmelzle, Claudiu Lungo, Andrew Perkins, and Pat Tyson

The 6th Annual McWane Ergo-Cup competition was held on October 21, and once again, the McWane family of companies raised the bar! This year, 169 team members completed 24 projects from 17 different locations, which surpassed our previous years involvement and number of projects.

The judges for this year’s competition were Dale Schmelzle (McWane Ductile-New Jersey General Manager), Claudiu Lungo, PhD (Associate Professor at the UAB School of Public Health and Director of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety), Andrew Perkins, M.S., CIH, CSP, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Alabama Power Company Corporate Safety & Health Department, and Pat Tyson, OSHA attorney and partner in the Atlanta based law firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith.

The winners of the 6th Annual McWane Ergo Cup Competition are:

  • McWane Outstanding Project – 1st Place
    Clow Corona (Wet Barrel Hydrant)
  • 1st Place Runner Up
    Manchester Tank Quincy (Low Impact Weld Removal Tab)
  • Best Risk Reduction
    Amerex (Charge Station)
  • Most Innovative Project
    Manchester Tank – Elkhart (Auto Brushing)

Clow Corona will now move on to represent McWane at the National Ergo Cup competition which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on March 21, 2016. 

Congratulations to everyone that participated in this year’s competition. Each year, we are amazed at how many great projects are submitted and every project is a winner as each project reduces the risk of injury to McWane team members. We appreciate your on-going participation in the Ergo Cup as well as your teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, and drive for continuous improvement.

Now keep those ideas coming! Who knows, you may have the next Ergo-Cup winner!

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates Ergo Cup Win and Team Service!

MTQ Ergo Cup Celebration

Fred Simpson from McWane Corporate Safety Department presents Ergo Cup trophy to Orville Jones, one of the team members who worked on MTQ’s project.

On November 7, 2014, Manchester Tank & Equipment located in Quincy, Illinois, (MTQ) celebrated their first place finish in the Ergo Cup contest by providing lunch to all of its team members. Team members were treated to a fantastic lunch featuring ribeye steak sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and cookies.

The celebration wasn’t just about the Ergo Cup win. MTQ General Manager Jason Eads also presented service awards to 22 team members that have a combined total of 370 years of service at Manchester Tank Quincy. WOW!

Congratulations to the Ergo Cup winners and the 22 dedicated team members for their years of service. We appreciate your service!

Manchester Tank Elkhart Wins 2014 Ergo Cup

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We are so proud and thrilled to announce that the Manchester Tank Elkhart (MTE) team entry was chosen as the winner of the 2014 Ergo Cup award at the National Ergo Cup Competition held in Orlando, Florida! MTE’s project for the competition was a new two piece paint hook system that significantly reduced the risk of a repeat injury and reduced thread leaks during the washing process by more than 69%. This new process eliminated the need to triple handle 570 cylinders, 42,750 pounds over a nine month period.

Over 40 companies nationwide participated in this year’s competition.

This is McWane’s second first place winner at the National Ergo Cup Competition. Clow Valve won in 2008 for their innovative entry that required them to re-think how fire hydrants were assembled.

Congratulations to the MTE Team!!