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Radia Rocks River Rally

Jeet Radia, McWane’s senior vice president for environment, safety, and human resources, was a featured speaker and panel member at River Rally 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration and celebration within the river and watershed community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally drew 450 people from across the United States to Mobile May 20-23.

Jeet discussed McWane’s commitment to the highest standards of environmental, health and safety protection, and how McWane has become an industry leader in operating our facilities in  a safe, sustainable and environmentally sound manner. He also reiterated McWane’s commitment to forming collaborative relationships with environmental groups to explore mutually beneficial initiatives to protect our natural resources.

Jeet serves on the board of directors of the Cahaba River Society, a member of the River Network.

Since 1988, River Network has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the America’s waters, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged citizens take a stand for their waters.

To learn more about the River Network visit www.rivernetwork.org

And the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards are…

Jeet & Bill Hoffman with Screaming Eagle - EHS Awards 2015.jpg

McWane Senior VP of Environmental, Safety, and Human Resources Jeet Radia and Tyler Couplings Plant Manager Bill Hoffman

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards:

  • Most Improved TRIR-Fabrication: Anaco / Corona, CA
  • Most Improved TRIR-Foundry: McWane Ductile-New Jersey / Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Manchester Tank / Crossville, TN
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Clow Valve / Oskaloosa, IA and AB&I Foundry / Oakland, CA
  • Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Tyler Xianxian / Cangzhou, China
  • EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Tyler Couplings / Marshfield, MO

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

McWane Team Attends American Foundry Society EHS Conference

McWane Team at American Foundry Society EHS Conference

The American Foundry Society (AFS) held its 27th annual Environmental, Health and Safety Conference on August 11–13, 2015 in Park City, Utah. The conference was heavily attended by both safety and environmental representatives from multiple McWane facilities as well other foundries from across the United States.

McWane played a big role in the conference by providing several speakers (Mike Parker, Ward Pate, and Jeet Radia) and the conference co-chair (Holly Guerrero) from among the McWane safety and environmental ranks. Also, as part of the conference, our nearby foundry, McWane Ductile–Utah, opened its doors to over forty attendees for a plant tour.

Did you know that stretching can prevent repetitive motion injuries?

Anaco Stretching Exercises Training

A few years ago, Anaco researched how they could prevent injuries in jobs with the highest levels of repetitive motion. After much discussion about the best way to address the problem, they instituted a stretching program where team members stretch for 2 minutes at the top of the hour throughout their shift. We are happy to report that these stretching exercises have helped reduce and almost eliminate repetitive type injuries from these departments!

Anaco recently decided that it was time to “refresh” the stretching program. If you’ve ever tried to stick to an exercise program, you know that doing the same exercise every day can get boring, make you quickly lose interest, and even no longer challenge you as your body begins to adapt to the repetitiveness. To avoid this, Anaco brought in a physical therapist from a local clinic to observe how team members perform their tasks and recommend stretches that would best prevent injuries.

After the initial observations, the entire team came together in the training center in groups for a hands-on demonstration and practice of some new and improved stretches. Great job, Team Anaco! Way to be proactive!

Give Stress a Rest

April is Stress Awareness Month. It is important to be aware of our health. Here are tips to remember during the demanding times:

Stay active! Don’t let the hotter temperatures keep you indoors and away from the heat. Think of options such as swimming or biking to stay active and cool. You could also do things like parking farther away while shopping and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, when possible.

Beware of constant snacking! Prepare healthy snacks in advance. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, multigrain snacks and low sugar alternatives. It is important NOT to skip out on summertime treats (like popsicles and ice cream…yum!), just enjoy them in small portions and balance with healthy alternatives.

Drink water! During the spring and summer, the air is more humid, the temperature is higher, and dehydration is real. Drinking plenty of water is especially important.

Get your ZZZs! Sleep not only helps the body repair itself, but also energizes you for your next adventure.

Get organized! High amounts of stress are linked to many health complications. To-do lists or calendars help keep stress under control; just beware not to OVER schedule yourself!


“Take time to unwind…It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate” | For more information on managing stress, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Federal Occupational Health stress campaign website.

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 McWane EHS Awards

Screaming Eagle

Screaming Eagle

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 McWane EHS Awards which recognize McWane facilities with the best environmental, health and safety performance:

  • EHS Excellence Award (Screaming Eagle) – McWane Ductile / Provo, Utah
  • Most Improved Recordable Injury Rate-Fabrication Award – Clow Valve-Canada / St. John, New Brunswick
  • Most Improved Recordable Injury Rate-Foundry Award – M&H Valve Company / Anniston, Alabama
  • Outstanding Health & Safety Performance Award – McWane Ductile / Coshocton, Ohio
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication Award – Clow Valve-Canada / St. John, New Brunswick
  • Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry Award – Kennedy Valve Company / Elmira, New York

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Manchester Tank Quincy Currently Undergoing Gap Analysis Evaluation

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, IL (MTQ), has welcomed several visitors during the past few weeks in conjunction with their participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP recognizes employers and workers in both private industries and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems. They also must maintain injury and illness rates below the national statistical averages set by the Bureau of Labor for their respective agencies.

Currently, MTQ is undergoing a gap analysis evaluation. During this evaluation, health and safety team members from the McWane organization visit MTQ to perform onsite employee interviews.

AB&I Holds Fifth Annual Wellness Fair and Offers Free Flu Shots to Team Members

AB&I Wellness Fair

AB&I held their Fifth Annual Wellness Fair for team members on September 25. The goal of this year’s Wellness Fair was to raise awareness through education the importance of keeping fit and eating healthy as well as the critical importance of preventative care.

To accomplish this, AB&I partnered with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama to offer onsite biometric screening. Team members took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the voluntary confidential biometric screening that was provided to them at no cost on-site. The screenings included measurements of blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Team members were furnished the results right away so they could begin making any necessary changes to improve their results.

AB&I’s insurance broker, Filice, provided a healthy lunch, massages, and a fun way to find out your brain age through a card game. AB&I’s Mickie Nguyen finished the game in 28 seconds making her the youngest team member in “brain age” under 20 years old.


AB&I Free Flu Shots - Isaac Beltran, Jr.

AB&I Team Member – Isaac Beltran, Jr.

As part of the preventative care program, AB&I provided on-site flu shots to all team members free of cost and through U.S. Health Works on October 2.

This program followed the recent Wellness Fair at AB&I.

Tyler Pipe Announces “Right Stuff” Winners

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Right Stuff Grand Prize Winners

L to R: Gary Young, Lori Cook, and Mike Cantrell

Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri, concluded the Right Stuff Challenge for Wellness on August 15. They celebrated the finals with a meal and prize presentation on Friday, August 22.

Team members collectively lost 129 pounds and 56 ¼ inches in route to a healthier lifestyle. Eating a healthy breakfast daily, drinking plenty of water, getting 30 minutes or more of exercise daily, and 7 hours or more of sleep per night made everyone who participated a winner when it comes to developing healthy habits.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize Winners
1st Place – Mike Cantrell, $150 Academy Sports Gift Card
2nd Place – Gary Young, $100 Academy Sports Gift Card
3rd Place – Lori Cook, $50 Academy Sports Gift Card

Other Prize Winners
Tim Graham
Jo Bowers
Bill Hoffman
Jim Sartin
Alan Dickerson
Randy Witherspoon
Angela Dotson
Rick Hutsell

Congratulations to all winners and participants! Job well done!