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McWane Ductile Utah are State Champs

We are pleased to announce that the McWane Ductile Utah bowling team of Richard Binks, Kelly Evans, Joe Carter, former employee Rudy Brailsford and David Vazquez were named the 2017-2018 city league champions.  This team is great both on and off the job.  Congratulations!

MDU 2018 Bowling team champs.

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Amerex Holds VPP Star Celebration

Celebration was the theme of the day at Amerex yesterday.  They held a VPP flag raising and luncheon catered by Jim N Nicks BBQ for the entire Amerex team to celebrate achieving OSHA VPP Star status.  The process to become a member of VPP takes years and cannot be done without the commitment of every single team member.  McWane president Ruffner Page and OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris congratulated the team on their hard work and dedication to maintaining a safe workplace.

In his address Mayor Buddy Choat said “Amerex is the rock of this community as far as employers.  If you’ve been here your name is associated with quality and dedication.”

McWane is proud to now have seven facilities that have achieved VPP status.  Amerex joins McWane Ductile Utah, McWane Ductile Ohio, McWane Ductile New Jersey, Tyler Coupling, Clow Valve and Manchester Tank Elkhart as McWane VPP sites.

Congratulations team Amerex!

AMX 2018 VPP Star Celebration

Pictured L-R: Stephani Riley (Amerex Nurse), Harrison Bishop (Amerex president), Ramona Morris (OSHA Area Director), Ruffner Page (McWane president) and Robert Fisher (Amerex Safety Manager)

McWane Ductile Utah Hosts American Foundry Society Meeting

McWane Ductile Utah recently hosted the annual American Foundry Society (AFS) 8F chapter meeting. The group toured the plant and conducted committee business. The

AFS is a non-profit association serving members of the metal casting supply chain both in the United States and abroad.

MDU 2018 AFS Meeting

McWane Ductile Utah Raises $16,000 for Local Charities

We are pleased to announce that McWane Ductile Utah (MDU) raised $16,000 from their charity golf tournament!

This enabled them to donate $4,000 to The Boys & Girls Club, the Utah Food Bank, the South County Animal Shelter and The Dream Factory.  MDU team members presented checks to these charities on December 5, 2017.

MDU 2017 Donations to local charities

City of Hayward Chooses Ductile Iron Pipe to Replace Aging AC Transmission Main

Christine Michaelidis, Sales Rep for McWane Ductile-Utah recently presented this framed copy of the Fall 2017 feature article from Modern McWane to Bert Weiss, Operations and Maintenance Manager, for the City of Hayward, California.  Mr. Weiss (pictured left) actually wrote the article detailing the City’s efforts to replace an aging 30” AC transmission main with a new 30” ductile iron line supplied by McWane Ductile and sold through Ferguson Waterworks.  Scott Silverthorn (pictured right) with Ferguson was instrumental in coordinating this project between McWane Ductile and the City of Hayward.

Due to the strength and durability of the material, the relative ease in which the pipe could be assembled, and the long term resiliency it will provide in an earthquake prone area, ductile iron pipe was without question the material of choice for the City of Hayward, and we thank Bert for sharing his story with us.

MDU Modern McWane

McWane Concludes Another Successful P2C Competition

Every year McWane conducts a Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) where employees from around the world submit projects that decrease the company’s environmental footprint. This year 32 entries were received corporate wide. Finalists presented their projects on October 12, 2017 before a panel of judges and McWane Ductile Ohio was awarded first place. Their project eliminated almost 90 tons of greenhouse gases per year, 30 tons of landfill waste, and over 850 hours of labor per year not to mention increased worker safety and morale.

Amerex came in second place with a project on compressed air monitoring and McWane Ductile Utah came in third with a building station paint mat project.  The winners of the Why Didn’t’ I Think of That award this year for their innovative, simple and low cost solutions that produced relatively small but important environmental benefits were Manchester Tank Elkhart for a lubricant reduction project and McWane Ductile Utah for a project that reduced wood dunnage.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Resized MDO 2017 P2C 1st Place team

Pictured MDO team from L-R: Terry Crozier, Cortes Poland, Jim Wright, Nick Garrett, Anthony West, Jim Finton, Jan Ickes

 

Utah Safety Council Recognizes McWane Ductile Utah

We are proud to announce that McWane Ductile Utah (MDU) received the 2017 Award of Merit presented by the Utah Safety Council. The Utah Safety Council is a chapter of the National Safety Council and serves Utah, Idaho and Nevada.

MDU Award of Merit

Pictured L-R: Utah Safety Council Representative, Ryan Grassley, Karen Tuckett, Angie Reece, and David Vazquez

McWane Ductile-Utah Helps Raise Money for the American Cancer Society

McWane Ductile - Utah Relay for Life 2015

Every year, McWane Ductile-Utah (MDU) team members participate in fundraising for the American Cancer Society Nebo Relay for Life. In fact, they are the biggest fundraising team for the event, and this year was their most successful year so far!

MDU had over 75 team members and their families participate on the day of the relay! They held a raffle for the number of laps walked, and Rick Garcia from Maintenance was the grand prize winner of a paid day off. Rick was elated and said, “I will be using this paid day off to go with my 17 year old daughter Valerie when she gets her port taken out.” Valerie has Hodgkins Lymphoma and MDU is happy to support Rick in being able to spend the day with his daughter. Casting Department Head Richard Simmons won Mr. Relay and Melting Department Head Nathan Thayne won the prize for the most unique boxcar, the Scrap Mobile.

We are proud to report that MDU donated about $23,500 this year! As always, they had a lot of fun and are looking forward to next year’s 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!

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.