We are pleased to announce that after almost a year of waiting, McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey (MDNJ) received their official notification that they have been approved for VPP Merit status. Their extensive and comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of five OSHA personnel and one external Special Government Employee was held June 5-9, 2017.
They have been asked to perform additional industrial hygiene monitoring for non-routine and off-shift tasks (the only issue identified by the entire OSHA team). Once that is complete, they will be able to apply for the Star designation.
McWane Vice-President of Health & Safety Barb Wisniewski said, “It is very fitting that this announcement tops off an outstanding year for MDNJ’s health and safety success, i.e., winner of the 2017 McWane Top Quartile Club Award and the 2017 McWane EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle) Award. You should be extremely proud—very well deserved!”
MDNJ joins six other McWane facilities that had been recognized as VPP sites. In fact, all three McWane Ductile locations are now VPP sites (McWane Ductile Ohio-VPP Star, McWane Ductile-Utah-VPP Star and MDNJ-VPP Merit).
Congratulations to everyone at MDNJ!
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McWane EHS Awards!
Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Amerex (Trussville, AL)
Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Fabrication: Anaco and Clow Valve Corona (Corona, CA)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Bibby-Ste-Croix
Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Mcwane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Quartile Club: (replaced the Most Improved RIR-Fabrication and Most Improved RIR-Foundry Awards): M & H Valve Company, Tyler Union, Clow Valve McWane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
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!
The McWane Ductile–New Jersey (MDNJ) Dalian Casting Machine project team could not have completed its mission critical goals in China without McWane Gulf team member Li Xin’s commitment and willingness to go above and beyond to assist them on their recent trip to China. Li Xin made sure that we had access to their technical counterpart person in China and translated from English to Chinese for us when needed. He also stayed with the team until late hours of the evening.
The MDNJ team was particularly impressed and grateful with Li Xin’s effort to insure that the team was kept safe by working through the weekend to avoid the typhoon that hit Shanghai, China.
Li Xin has the daily challenge of managing vendors and the expectations of customers, especially in China. To date, they have achieved significant results from our China operations including coordinating the inspection and shipping of three casting machines, one pole finishing line, and testing machines for McWane Services Private Ltd. and McWane Gulf.
The MDNJ team unanimously voted to present the McWane Ductile Passion for Excellence award to Li Xin with a heartfelt thank you for his assistance during their recent visit. Congratulations, Li Xin!
McWane 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.
May 27, 2015, marked the day for the folks at Ferguson Water Works in Canton, Massachusetts, to receive the first ever McWane Ductile Iron Strong Award for sales in 2014 that exceeded 1 million dollars!
Ferguson-Canton will be recognized as the first McWane Ductile-New Jersey (MDNJ) distributor in the state of Massachusetts to receive this award. The group appreciated this most prestigious award and look forward to joining this club again in 2015!
On Saturday, April 18, McWane Inc. and McWane Ductile–New Jersey were honored by the JDRF of Central Pennsylvania at their Rock the Cure Gala in Hershey, Pennsylvania. JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research.
Since 2010, the McWane Foundation has provided major grants to the JDRF Central Pennsylvania Chapter to support outreach and support services.
Craig Spitzer (General Sales Manager East McWane Ductile) pictured on left and Dale Schmelzle (Vice President and General Manager of McWane Ductile-New Jersey) pictured on right, accepted the award from Susan Harral the Executive Director of the JDRF Central Pennsylvania Chapter.
Michael Barno is retiring after 27 years of service in the “cold end of the plant” at McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Michael is a supervisor in the Maintenance Department and is respected by everyone he works with.
Michael and his wife Georgette plan to travel around the United States and spend time with their children and grandchildren.
We will miss Michael and wish him the best in this next chapter of his life!
On April 9, 2015, Clow Canada celebrated Mary Snell’s 45th year with the company. Mary is currently the Receptionist and Payroll Administrator, but she started her career in 1970 as a typist. She was hired for a short term position directly out of high school.
Rick Benoit, Clow Canada’s General Manager, presented Mary with a jacket and fruit bouquet, and Rick Allen, Union President, gave Mary a signed card at the gathering. The entire team celebrated this milestone together with cake and coffee.
Connected World Awards Recognizes Synapse Wireless Lighting Solutions + Kathryn Caspar Named One of the 2015 Women of M2M
We are proud to announce that Synapse has once again been recognized for their patented lighting solutions. Connected World Awards recognized Synapse for two lighting installations designed for our McWane Ductile facilities in Ohio and New Jersey which experienced a 63% and 78% energy savings, respectively.
The Synapse wireless control system includes motion sensors which will turn lights on and off as team members enter and leave an area. Another benefit is that supervisors can check whether the lights are on or off from their tablet and make changes immediately from home. As you can imagine, this results in a tremendous savings.
Congratulations, Synapse team! Great job!
We are also extremely proud to announce that Synapse’s Kathryn Caspar was honored at the recent Connected World Awards as one of the 2015 Women of M2M. Kathryn was recently promoted from General Manager to Vice President of Lighting at Synapse.
Kathryn currently leads Synapse’s intelligent lighting solutions group and oversees all sales, distribution channels, and product development. She formerly worked 12+ years with Cooper Industries (Eaton) where she served as the Director of Marketing and Product Management and oversaw new product development, marketing communications, and B2B sales initiatives with customers such as Sears and Amazon.com. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the Synapse team.
Kathryn’s career includes consistent contributions to new product development with successful launch campaigns resulting in robust revenue growth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, as well a Master of Business Administration, both from Auburn University. In addition, she is a recipient of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Congratulations, Kathryn! We’re proud to have you as a member of the Synapse team.