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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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McWane Ductile Ohio Lends a Helping Hand in Tuscarawas Township

McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) volunteers helped clean up the streets of Tuscarawas Township last week as part of its Adopt-A-Road commitment that began in 2012. MDO employees are proud to volunteer their time every six months to help improve the local community.

MDO team members are always looking for opportunities to demonstrate their commitment and willingness to work to improve the quality of life in the local community.

MDO 2018 Adopt-a-Road event

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)

Keith Mallett Promoted to Vice President General Manager for McWane Ductile New Jersey

We are pleased to announce that Keith Mallett has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager of our McWane Ductile facility located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Keith started his career with McWane as a management trainee in Coshocton, Ohio where he oversaw the design, installation and ongoing production of McWane Poles. In 2016, Keith relocated to McWane Ductile New Jersey as the Assistant General Manager. During his time there, Keith and the Phillipsburg team have improved in many key areas while bringing much needed vision and stability.

Congratulations Keith on your new role!

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McWane Ductile Ohio Holds Intern/Co-op Appreciation Day

There has been a shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing for several years now, particularly in positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree.  One way to address this issue and introduce students to the opportunities available in manufacturing is through an internship program. These programs provide knowledge and hands-on experience which students can apply in real world environments.

On April 11, 2018, McWane Ductile Ohio (MDO) celebrated Intern/Co-op Appreciation Day. These interns are a valuable member of the MDO team and we appreciate the work they have done on several very dynamic projects.

MDO 2018 Intern Co-Op Appreciation Day resized

Pictured are the MDO Interns/Co-ops seated left to right – Mitchell McKee/Safety, Martin Kurtz/Videographer, Frank Kline/MDO Safety Manager; standing left to right – Liam Leonard/Mechanical Engineer, Chris Barto/Environmental, and Dave McKee/Assistant Engineering Manager (not pictured Cody McVay/Flange)

Cool Product Sighting at Waterwork Specialties

From time to time we get an unusual McWane product sighting.  CJ Fowler, the McWane Ductile sales representative for Southern Illinois, East Iowa and some parts of Missouri had one of those sightings last week while making sales calls.

CJ came across something a little different but really cool at one of our distributors, Waterwork Specialties in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Waterwork used McWane Ductile iron pipe as pillars, on the front of their shop.

We must say those are the best-looking pillars we’ve ever seen!

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McWane Ductile Adds New Calculator to the Pocket Engineer

McWane Ductile has added a new calculator to the Ductile Iron Pipe Industry leading Pocket Engineer. The new HDD (Horizontal Directional Drill calculator will help utilities and engineers specify McWane Ductile Iron Pipe for the HDD applications.  Check it out today.

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The calculator can be viewed at: http://pe.mcwane.com/groups/ductile-iron-pipe/mcwane-ductile/calculators/hdd-profile-calculator

Special thanks to Ken Rickvalsky for all his work on this project.

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

 

McWane Ductile New Jersey Holds Annual Team Health Fair

McWane Ductile New Jersey held their annual Team Health Fair on Thursday, October 12th.  They partnered with St. Luke’s to provide free screenings to team members on-site. The event is a daylong event from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is available to all hourly and salaried team members.

Tests and services provided by St. Luke’s included:

  • Sleep apnea and pulmonary function testing
  • Diabetes counseling and education
  • Blood pressures/smoking cessation
  • BMI and body fat analysis
  • Bone density screening
  • Stress management
  • Fitness information
  • Vascular screenings for PAD (peripheral artery disease affecting the legs and ankles)

Hansel Conway was the lucky winner of a gift basket that St Luke’s Fitness Center gave away in the raffle.

MDNJ 2017 Health Fair

Roy Mundy Appointed to AWWA Committee

1808925Hats off to McWane Ductile Eastern U.S. Sales Engineer Roy Mundy, who was appointed to the national American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Utility Management Systems and Business Practices for Operation and Maintenance Standards committees.

Committee members are responsible for providing technical expertise in the development of standards for the water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utility industry recognized around the country. Candidates must demonstrate subject matter expertise, have knowledge of the standards development process, and be committed to active participation. Roy certainly qualifies, and we congratulate him on his three-year appointment!

Roy is a registered professional engineer in six states and has served as Section Chair on several national committees for AWWA, as well as the Board of Directors and national committees for the National Association of Water Companies