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.
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.
McWane team members are actively involved in the community in a variety of ways, like Manchester Tank Elkhart HR manager Kim McDowell. Kim recently sat on an Employability Skills Panel for area students to answer questions on what employers are looking for in their field of interest. Kim has also been working with the Elkhart Career Center to build education and training programs for specific positions that are a challenge to find qualified candidates such as maintenance and welders.
Approximately 1,000 students from 16 area high schools took part in the event that was attended by 90 area businesses. The event was featured in The Elkhart Truth in an article written by Blair Yankey.
Click here to read The Elkhart Truth article.
Do you know what your key result area (KRA) is? It’s the things that you absolutely, positively must do to fulfill your responsibilities and achieve your goals. Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri hosted a KRA event for representatives from AB&I, Bibby Ste-Croix, Anaco, Tyler Pipe and New Jersey this week. Guests spent the day in the plant working with their counterparts. The goal of these events is to make it easier for team members at different facilities to reach out to each other with questions or problems.
When AB&I started the MPG/KRA shared culture about five years ago, Kurt Winter wanted the team to learn more about the culture, processes, best practices, etc. at all of the McWane plumbing group facilities. They started by having the HR Manager’s visit each other’s facility once every quarter. They then expanded to have 2-3 team operational team members visit the facilities once a year with the same objective. Tyler Pipe in Marshfield was the last facility for this round. Next year, they plan to take it to the next level with key hourly team members visiting the facilities once a year.
Guests enjoyed several teambuilding events at the recent event which included a jeep drawn tour of Fantastic Caverns then it was on to the Branson Scenic Railway for a two hour train ride through the rolling hills of Missouri and Arkansas. They ended the day with dinner at the Level 2 Steakhouse near the Landing in Branson, Missouri where they discussed the day’s events and enjoyed a wonderful meal.