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Rick Davis Retires from Manchester Tank After 31 Years of Service

After 31 years of service at Manchester Tank and Equipment in Bedford, Indiana, Rick Davis decided it was time to retire.
 
We appreciate Rick’s dedication and commitment and wish him a long and happy retirement!
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Manchester Tank Products Spotted at Quick Lube in Bedford, Indiana

It’s common to spot a Manchester Tank 20 lb. LP Gas Grill Cylinder because they are a product widely used on propane grills. Tony Patton, Engineering Services Manager at Manchester Tank (MTE) Bedford spotted this pair of Manchester Tank 420 lb. Steel DOT Vertical LP Gas Cylinders in service at the Quick Lube in Bedford, Indiana. They were manufactured at MTE’s Petersburg, Virginia facility.  Today, these cylinders are manufactured at the Manchester Tank facility located in Quincy, Illinois.

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Delores Smith Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Manchester Tank

Delores Smith just celebrated her 20th anniversary with Manchester Tank!  The flowers Delores is holding are from her first customer with MTE, Tom Tarantin, the CEO of Tarantin Industries.  Amazingly, Tom remembered her work anniversary and sent her flowers to show his appreciation for her help and support over the past 20 years.  Delores is a Customer Service Representative in MTE’s Franklin office.

We appreciate Delores and her commitment not only to Manchester Tank but to the thousands of Manchester Tank customers.

MTF 2018 Delores Smith 20th Anniversary

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates 2017 Safety Record

The Manchester Tank team in Quincy, Illinois ended 2017 with a 2.16 total recordable injury rate and to thank team members for their commitment to working safe every day they recently held a ribeye steak cookout complete with twice baked cheesy potatoes, green beans, roll with tea and lemonade topped off with a Manchester Tank sheet cake. The cookout was catered by the local Hy-Vee Supermarket and team members really enjoyed the lunch.

During the lunch, they reminded team members to follow the job safety analysis (JSA) for every job they perform and the importance of looking for and correcting any hazards in their work area and keeping an eye out for unsafe behaviors.  By following these guidelines, they can have an even better 2018.

MTQ 2018 Safety celebration

Manchester Tank Quincy Team Participates in Tri-State MakerFest

On October 18, members from Manchester Tank & Equipment Company located in Quincy, Illinois (MTQ) facility participated in the Tri-State MakerFest.   MTQ’s General Manager Corrie Eifert, Operations Manager Keith Norris, EHS Manager Rick Nesbit, and HR Manager Mary Kendrick met with approximately 300 students to discuss future career opportunities.

MakerFest is a celebration of the amazing careers available at manufacturing and logistics companies in the Tri-State Region and the young up and coming talent being groomed to fill these careers.  The majority of the day was devoted to high school students and adult job seekers visited the exhibits and participated in demonstrations.  The mission was to show local up and coming talent what the Tri-State Region has to offer and the advantages of considering their home town for a career and introduce adult job seekers to immediate opportunities that are available with local employers.

MTQ 2017 Makerfest celebration collage

And the winners of the 2015 McWane EHS Awards are…

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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!

Manchester Tank-Bedford Conducts Training on Causation of Incidents

MTB Incident Training

As part of their ongoing continuous improvement initiative to reduce incidents at the Manchester Tank Bedford facility, the Manchester Tank team held a two-day training event on the Causation of Incidents and the newly implemented Accountability Program. Rex Blevins, Group Safety Director for the Manchester Tank group, conducted the training and provided all management personnel, members of the safety committee, and Union Leadership at the Bedford facility information on what causes accidents and the importance of pro-active initiatives to reduce the number of near misses and potential risks in the work environment and achieve a reduction in incident rates of up to 80%.

Those who attended the training found it to be very interesting and very beneficial. The facility will use the months of November and December to practice conducting team member observations, evaluating JSAs, and increasing management-team member contacts before their Accountability Program goes into full effect on January 1, 2016.

Safety department representatives from Manchester Tank Quincy, Elkhart, and Crossville also attended the event.

McWane Team Members across the Company Attend National VPP Conference

McWane Team at 31st Annual VPPPA Conference

L to R: Jim Voss – Manchester Tank, Quincy, Illinois (VPP Star Site); Mark Hill – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri (VPP Star Site); Chris Cantrell – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Ross Boeker – McWane Corporate, Birmingham, Alabama; Alicia Hardacre -Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Bill Kays – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Kent Arnold – McWane Ductile-Ohio, Coshocton, Ohio (VPP Star Site); David Vasquez – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah (VPP Star Site) ; Gary Wood – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah; Ryan Grassley – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah

Several team members across the McWane family of companies attended the 31st Annual National VPPPA Conference in Grapevine, Texas, this week. Attendees pictured from left to right:

Attendees attend educational workshops designed to allow participants to exchange the latest best practices, programs, and innovations in occupational health and safety. The conference attracts some of the most innovative manufacturers of environmental, health and safety products and services, which give attendees an opportunity to see the latest and greatest products displayed all in one location.

We are proud that McWane currently has six facilities that have been certified by OSHA as VPP sites, which is evidence of our strong commitment to the best safety practices possible. We are committed to being the best we can be by doing our very best!

Manchester Tank Elkhart Team Celebrates VPP Star Re-certification!

MTE VPP Star RecertificationOn Wednesday, June 17, the Manchester Tank & Equipment team in Elkhart, Indiana, celebrated the 5-year renewal of their VPP Star status. The Elkhart facility has been a Star site since 2008 and this latest renewal extends Elkhart’s Star designation to 2020.

Team members were congratulated by Jill Drajer (MTE-Elkhart General Manager), Robert Graumann (MTE President), and Tim Maley (Deputy Commissioner, Indiana Department of Labor – IOSHA).

Everyone enjoyed a hog roast, signed banners, and posed for a team photo to celebrate the re-certification!

McWane University Holds Environmental Boot Camp

2015 Environmental Boot Camp

McWane University conducted an Environmental Boot Camp in Franklin, Tennessee, on May 19-21. The boot camp was lead by instructors Terri Evans and Larry Bowers. This intense McWane-specific course covered a wide range of environmental topics with high emphasis on McWane’s goal of 100% Compliance, 100% of the time.

Having highly trained and competent personnel at all levels of the organization is a critical element in achieving this lofty goal, and this course was another step toward that goal. There were attendees from the Valve & Hydrant, Pipe, Plumbing, Technology and Business groups, and representatives from Manchester Tank, Amerex and Corporate.