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MIPL Celebrates National Safety Week

McWane India Private Limited (MIPL) valve and hydrant, machine tooling and Time Square teams located in Coimbatore, India celebrated National Safety Week on March 5-12, 2018.  They kicked off the event with a safety flag raising led by MIPL Senior Vice President K. Shanmugham on March 5.

Several activities were planned for the week including special speeches by managers and shop floor team members on the importance of National Safety Week. During the week they held safety themed demonstrations, a vehicle emissions camp, safety training, and knowledge sharing with other industries. A total of 45 vehicles were tested at the Time Square location to insure they met the required environmental standards and an eye camp was conducted for 180 team members.

Team members competed for prizes for the best safety slogan and safety demonstration and best safety photo and drawing. Team members not only enjoyed themselves, but they learned lots of safety tips during the weeklong event.

MIPL 2018 National Safety Week

Meet McWane: Marcia Calvert & Billy McMichael, McWane

Marcia Calvert and Billy McMichael

McWane recently celebrated two of their team members that have over two decades of service with the company.

Marcia Calvert began working for McWane Coal/Empire Coke in 1989 in the Sales Department. Fifteen years later, in 2004, she transferred to McWane Pipe as Administrative Assistant for the General Manager and Executive Vice President for the Pipe Group. In 2008, she transferred to the Pipe Sales Department as the Inside Sales Manager until 2012 when she transferred to McWane International.

Billy McMichael started his career with McWane at Union Foundry in the summer of 1986 while still in high school. He worked after school and during the summer cutting grass and picking up trash in the parking lot. Union Foundry hired Billy on October 5, 1987, in the Flange Shop where he worked nights threading stand pipe. After about six months, he moved into the Warehouse/Storeroom as a clerk, but was later promoted to Warehouse/Storeroom Supervisor/Buyer in 1997, and promoted to Purchasing Manager in 1999. He worked in that position until January 2008 when he joined the Supply Chain Department in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thanks, Marcia and Billy, for your decades of service!

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.