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!
The Columbus, Ohio, OSHA office recently recommended McWane Ductile-Ohio (MDO) as a mentor to another company seeking VPP certification. MDO was happy to meet with the safety team from Messer Construction Company to share the history of their VPP journey.
MDO team member Kent Arnold (pictured second from left) shared MDO’s VPP journey and fielded questions from Messer representatives. Kent’s strong commitment to safety and VPP and his willingness to share McWane’s success is a true testament to his dedication to McWane and the safety of our team members.
Since their recognition as an VPP Star Site in 2010, MDO has been asked by OSHA to mentor other companies pursuing VPP certification. In 2011, OSHA picked MDO as a VPP mentor for Republic Engineered Products because MDO and Republic have similar product types and they also share similar safety challenges and hazards.
In 2012, MDO mentored Chase Brass & Copper Company located in Montpelier, Ohio. MDO representatives visited Chase Brass four times to meet with hourly and management personnel to answer questions about VPP and tour the facilities to identify safety concerns and share best practices.
Kent is a third generation MDO team member and his commitment to safety is not only recognized by his fellow team members, but has been recognized by OSHA as well. He was awarded the OSHA Region V VPPPA Safety Champion Award in 2014 and he travels to other McWane facilities to assist them in reaching their goal of VPP certification.
On the night of January 16, McWane Ductile-Ohio (MDO) team member Pat McNichols was shopping at the Dollar General store in West Lafayette, Ohio. There were only a couple of other shoppers in the store at the time, but Pat noticed a peculiar man at the register. The man was only buying a couple of items.
When the worker opened the register the man quickly reached across the counter and grabbed the money out of the register. The man ran for the exit door with the money but he wasn’t quick enough for Pat. Pat quickly jumped on the man’s back and they both went crashing through the door. Pat pinned the thief to the ground and grabbed a nearby shopping cart and put it on top of the thief while the Dollar General Assistant Manager called 911. Pat held the thief there until the police arrived.
When the MDO team heard about Pat’s heroic act, they knew he was the clear cut winner of the MDO Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) award for May. Pat received a $100.00 gift card to Walmart from for his courageous efforts.
Great job, Pat!
Mary Ann has made lots of quilts over the years, but this one is special because she made it to help raise money for the Clow Veterans Group (CVG).
The CVG was started 5 years ago to provide assistance and support to not only Clow veterans, but also veterans and active military that live within the community. They are very excited about recently becoming the first group in Coshocton County to be Friends of the Family Readiness Group for the 1485th Army National Guard located at the airport in Coshocton. Another part of the unit is also located in Dover, Ohio. The CVG meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Hardee’s in Coshocton.
These are a few of the activities they have supported around the county:
- Donated money to the Blue Star Mothers of Coshocton to send Christmas packages to soldiers serving overseas
- Helped the Blue Star Mothers raise money for their veterans and military family projects
- Supported the Veterans Walk at the annual Relay for Life
- Placed American flags on the graves of veterans at Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette, Ohio
- Worked with the Veterans Commission to provide financial support for local veterans
- Supported the Honor Flight which gives local World War II and Korean veterans a free flight to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial
- Donated money to help purchase a van to transport veterans to clinics in Zanesville and Columbus
- Donated money to provide flag cases for the Coshocton County Honor Guard to present to the families of deceased veterans
They have many projects that they plan to support in the months and years ahead. A big thank you to the CVG for paying it forward in the community to help veterans that have sacrificed so much!
Provided by Kent Arnold
Public Relations – Clow Veterans Group
McWane Ductile Ohio recently hosted an OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) training class. Individuals that are interested in becoming a SGE must be familiar with OSHA Regulations and VPP requirements and have experience in a leadership position. They must also have strong interpersonal skills. More importantly, management must support their decision to become an SGE. The three day course was conducted by Nancy Mugavero, OSHA Region V VPP Manager from Chicago, Illinois, and David Wilson, OSHA Assistant Area Director from Columbus, Ohio.
A total of seven students attending the training, two of which were McWane team members (Barb Wisniewski and Shawn McGarry).
McWane Ductile – Ohio now has three SGE’s!
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.
McWane Ductile Ohio was proud to be a sponsor in the Ice Carving Festival held last week in Coshocton, Ohio. The event is coordinated by the non-profit organization Our Town Coshocton and is in its second year. In addition to the ice carving, there is also a chili cook-off, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and lots of good food. Other than the concessions, the event is free and all of the activities are within walking distance around the courthouse.
The ice sculpture themes are chosen by the local sponsoring businesses and is an event that the entire family can enjoy. But no event would be complete without prizes! This year the top two local ice carvers received prizes of $200 and $100. The top three winners in the chili cook-off received prices of $300, $200, and $100. Of course chili samples were free to visitors, but they could pay a dollar to cast a vote for their favorite cook.
As you can see from the picture, these are really talented ice carvers and we commend them on their incredible talent! We are proud to report that McWane Ductile Ohio has now been memorialized in ice, which is appropriate in view of the harsh winter we have been having in 2015.