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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

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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 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.

Meet McWane: Li Xin, McWane Gulf

L to R: Li Xin (McWane Global Services, China Representative), Dan Fittro (MDNJ Plant Manager), Ngoc Phan (MDNJ Casting Superinendent), Norman Rankis (MDNJ IT Manager), and Min Feng (McWane Global Services)

L to R: Li Xin (McWane Global Services, China Representative), Dan Fittro (MDNJ Plant Manager), Ngoc Phan (MDNJ Casting Superinendent), Norman Rankis (MDNJ IT Manager), and Min Feng (McWane Global Services)

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-Ohio Mentors Other Companies Pursuing OSHA VPP Certification

McWane Ductile - Ohio VPP Mentoring

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.

McWane Ductile Team Members Receive ENVISION Sustainability Accreditation

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Mike Dodge, VP of Sales & Marketing for McWane Ductile, is pleased to announce that McWane Ductile Marketing and Specifications team members Mark Niewodowski (LEED AP and National Manager of MASD), John Johnson (Western Regional Sales Engineer), Roy Mundy, P.E. (Eastern Regional Sales Engineer), and Ken Rickvalsky (North American Product Engineer) have received ENVISION Sustainability Accreditation from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

Envision is an Environmental Sustainability Rating System for Infrastructure Planning, Design, Construction and Operation. It was developed by the Institute for Sustainable infrastructure (ISI) and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure was founded by the American Public Works Association (APWA), the Association of Civil Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). It is often referred to as the LEED for Infrastructure as ENVISION. The Envision Rating System is used to evaluate, grade and give recognition to infrastructure projects that provide progress and contributions to a sustainable future.

“The purpose of Envision is to initiate a systemic change… to transform the way infrastructure is designed, built and operated” – William Bertera, Executive Director, ISI.

If you are interested in learning more about ISI and Envision go to: http://sustainableinfrastructure.org

At McWane Ductile, we are proud to know that ductile iron pipe provides a positive contribution to creating sustainable infrastructure and is a vital part of Building Iron Strong Utilities for Generations.

Mary Ann Lampe Quilts to Help Clow Veterans Group

Mary Ann Lampe Quilts

Mary Ann Lampe in front of her beautiful quilt in the McWane Ductile-Ohio lobby.

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, Inc. and McWane Ductile-New Jersey Recognized by JDRF of Central Pennsylvania

McWane Inc and McWane Ductile - New Jersey Recognized by JDRFOn 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.

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!

Meet McWane: Dennis Searle, McWane Ductile-Utah

Dennis Searle 44 Years 2

The McWane Ductile-Utah team recently held a retirement party for Dennis Searle who is retiring after 45 years of service! Dennis began his 4 decades of service as a bell grinder, but after a year he moved to the Casting Department where he worked for the next 29 years before transferring to the Shipping Department where he has worked for the last 15 years.

Dennis enjoys camping and is looking forward to spending most of the summer in the mountains living in his trailer. To celebrate his retirement, Dennis and his wife are heading to Reno, Nevada.

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Dennis, and thank you so much for your long dedicated service!