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Meet McWane: Gopi Ramanathan, McWane Global

Gopi RamanathanMcWane Global’s Gopi Ramanathan started working in his father’s foundry and tooling more than three decades ago, when he was still an engineering student. His dad, being the taskmaster that he was, trained Gopi in all aspects of the business. Gopi has drawn on this experience ever since.

Gopi joined the McWane team in April 2011 as Senior Vice President – McWane Global. Since then, he has helped the Pipe Group modernize plants with the latest casting machinery from China; helped launch McWane Services Private Ltd. (MSPL) in India, which provides engineering, sales, IT, software, supply chain, and quality support to the entire McWane team; assisted in the planning, design, and construction of McWane’s new Abu Dhabi plant; and, throughout, tirelessly moved from one big project to the next.

“Gopi, through dint of effort and follow through, has developed many strong connections and friendships across virtually all of McWane’s divisions,” said Mike Keel, McWane Global’s President. “Gopi has an incredible work ethic and a drive to get things done that is unsurpassed in anyone I have worked with throughout my career. He is always focused on getting results and does it the right way – working with people and encouraging them to do their best and achieve our objectives.”

Not only that, Gope is bringing the McWane Way’s commitment to strict environmental, health, and safety practices to new projects around the globe where regulatory standards and enforcement are lax. This will help McWane translate and sustain our culture of EHS excellence throughout our growing family of companies, which now extends across five continents.

“I am proud to be a part of a company with such a comprehensive EHS Management and Compliance system and culture,” said Gopi. “We’re not only meeting legal requirements, we’re meeting our own high standards no matter our location. I believe that following McWane’s strong EHS culture regardless of location is critical to the success of our business. While the cost of compliance does add to the pressure of doing business in foreign locales, that is only in the short term. Safety and reliability are forever.”

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McWane Team Visits Ductile Iron Pipe Facilities in China

McWane Team in China

L to R: Dan Copeland (McWane Global), Kent Brown (Pacific States), Jeff Otterstedt (DIP Group), Tom Crawford (Clow Water), Gopi Ramanathan (McWane Global), Li Xin (Tyler Xianxian), Tom McKinley (McWane International), and Dale Schmelzle (Atlantic States)

Last month, team members from McWane Global, McWane International, and the McWane Ductile Iron Pipe (DIP) Group came together for a whirlwind tour in China. The group visited and reviewed operations at four DIP plants, three DIP machine shops, and three lost foam fitting foundries, all in just six days!

The group was exposed to the dreaded “Gopi Schedule” which allowed barely 4-5 hours of sleep a day throughout the trip. The tour followed the successful commissioning of the new casting machine at Pacific States and was undertaken to review and study the technologies and machines used in overseas pipe plants which are currently using two machines that McWane has purchased and is awaiting installation.

The team did take time out to visit the Great Wall of China early on Sunday morning on their way to one of the DIP plants, which was 3 hours away from the Wall.