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Meet McWane: Michael Barno, McWane Ductile and Mary Snell, Clow Canada

Michael Barno 27 YearsMichael 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!


Mary Snell 45 Years

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.

Congratulations, Mary!

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Connected World Awards Recognizes Synapse Wireless Lighting Solutions + Kathryn Caspar Named One of the 2015 Women of M2M

Synapse Collected World Awards Collage

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!


Synapse's Kathryn Caspar - 2015 Women of M2M HonorWe 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.