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!
Every year, March 22 is dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water,” and explores nature-based solutions to water challenges we face in the 21st century.
McWane, Inc. is proud of the role our safe, strong and sustainable products play in bringing water to the world.
We are pleased to announce that Leslie Mawhorter has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President, Human Resources/Compensation and Benefits. In this role, Leslie will continue to manage the wide array of programs and plans that cover the McWane organization, driving improvements and influencing our organization’s costs in this critical area.
Leslie has worked in the corporate Human Resources function for more than four years. Previously she spent thirteen years with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and twelve years in the United States Air Force.
Also, effective immediately, Lauren Jackson will join the Human Resources function in the role of Director, Retirement Plans. Lauren has worked with McWane for the past ten years and will transfer her deep knowledge of defined contribution and defined benefit plans to the HR team. She will report directly to Leslie.
Congratulations, Leslie, on this well-earned promotion! We wish you success in this expanded role. We also welcome Lauren to the HR function and look forward to working more closely with all involved in these key areas!
Christopher Hyche, son of Chris Hyche, Plant Engineering Manager, at Tyler Union in Anniston, Alabama loves soccer. Following his passion, he attended the FC Barcelona (FCB) soccer training camp in Birmingham, Alabama this past summer. After the camp, he was selected to join an elite group of players from across the USA to go to Barcelona and train with the FCB coaches and staff at one of the greatest soccer clubs in the world.
Christopher trained at the FCB training grounds in the mornings and traveled around Spain to play against top Division 1 La Liga academy teams in the afternoons. This was a big challenge for a group that had never practiced together, but they won their 3rd game and almost defeated the top team in Spain. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the best coaches and play against top Spanish academies. As an added bonus, Christopher got to meet and talk with FCB player Andre Gomes.
But that’s not all. They also attended games at Camp Nou, Barcelona’s legendary home stadium. On night one, Barcelona defeated RCD Espanyol 5-0, in a game that included a hat trick by Lionel Messi, the top ranked soccer player. They went on to defeat Juventus, the top team in Italy in the UEFA Champions’ League, on night two. This was one of the biggest soccer games of the year and was an epic way to end an amazing experience.
This week, Clow Canada was pleased to welcome representatives from Coverdale Women’s Center and Outflow Ministry Men’s Shelter. Mayor Don Darling, Deputy Mayor Shirley McAlary and City Counsellors also attended to show support for these organizations. General Manager Rick Benoit provided the visitors with a tour of the facility and then presented the two shelters with a donation.
Thank you to both organizations for all that you do and we hope the donations help make a difference.
On October 18, members from Manchester Tank & Equipment Company located in Quincy, Illinois (MTQ) facility participated in the Tri-State MakerFest. MTQ’s General Manager Corrie Eifert, Operations Manager Keith Norris, EHS Manager Rick Nesbit, and HR Manager Mary Kendrick met with approximately 300 students to discuss future career opportunities.
MakerFest is a celebration of the amazing careers available at manufacturing and logistics companies in the Tri-State Region and the young up and coming talent being groomed to fill these careers. The majority of the day was devoted to high school students and adult job seekers visited the exhibits and participated in demonstrations. The mission was to show local up and coming talent what the Tri-State Region has to offer and the advantages of considering their home town for a career and introduce adult job seekers to immediate opportunities that are available with local employers.
We are pleased to announce that Louis Coppedge has now joined the McWane Legal Team. Louis comes to us after 25+ years with the firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale, where he handled a wide variety of commercial and personal injury litigation and transactional matters.
Louis will manage the company’s legal matters related to labor and employment, safety, international operations, and cyber security legal issues. Although Teri Lavette will continue to be the primary contact for contract review, Louis will be available to assist her as needed.
Please join us in welcoming Louis to the McWane Team.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McWane Ergo Cup Competition:
Most Outstanding Project – 1st Place
Bibby St. Croix, Ladle Demolding Station
1st Place Runner-Up
Tyler Pipe & Coupling, Injection Mold Extruder Tip Puller
Best Risk Reduction
Anaco, No More Manual Loading of Feed Bins on Threaders
Most Innovative Project
McWane Ductile Ohio, Sure Stop Gasket Removal
Congratulations to the winners and to all of the facilities and team members who participated in this year’s competition.
AB&I held its annual Health and Wellness Fair for team members on Thursday, October 12, 2017. These events are designed to encourage team members to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt healthier lifestyles.
Team Members were provided free biometric screenings through eHealthScreenings flu shots by U.S. Health Works, and financial planning by Merrill Lynch. Participants were also offered a massage, a discount gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness and could win prizes for participating in a challenge of making a smoothie while riding a bike.
A huge thanks to Filice and Western Suppliers for their help in organizing this year’s event and to the vendors that attended the fair.