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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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Meet McWane: Silver Anniversary Awardees, Tyler Pipe & Coupling

Tyler Pipe Silver Anniversary CelebrationOn Saturday, November 8, Tyler Pipe held its annual Silver Anniversary Celebration where active team members with 25 years of service were honored with an evening of dining and entertainment at one of the nicest venues in Tyler, Texas.

One of the honorees this year was Greg Simmons, Assistant General Manager of Tyler Pipe. Greg and 10 other team members were recognized for their 25 years of continuous service and making the world’s best cast iron pipe and fittings. Greg began his service at our sister plant AB&I in California and continues to provide excellent leadership in Texas.

Tyler Pipe has a tenured work force that boasts an extraordinary 55% of team members with 25 or more years of service. John Springer, Tyler Pipe Controller, did the honors and awarded Greg with a custom engraved watch showing that he is now a tenured member of the Silver Anniversary Club. John is a member of the club and went through his own induction ten years ago.

Congratulations to all of the new Silver Anniversary Club members! We appreciate your years of service and look forward to many more.

Meet McWane: Reeve Ammerman, Horseheads, NY

Reeve Ammerman isn’t exactly a McWane team member, but his volunteer work has definitely earned him some recognition.

Reeve Ammerman / Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kingsley of the Star-Gazette (http://stargaz.tt/1tyZ8U0)

Reeve Ammerman / Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kingsley of the Star-Gazette (http://stargaz.tt/1tyZ8U0)

85-year-old Ammerman is from Village of Horseheads, a small village in the town of Horseheads, New York. Ammerman has painted and revamped 105 fire hydrants all over the village since July of 2013 and plans to paint all 320 of them before he calls it quits. And guess where most, if not all, of the hydrants are from – that’s right, Kennedy Valve Company in Elmira, New York!

Although Ammerman doesn’t do his good deeds for the accolades, he has received recognition and two replica fire hydrants from officials at Kennedy Valve along with receiving the Horseheads Kiwanis Good Guy award.

We are grateful that our Kennedy Valve hydrants are safe features in the communities that they are located, but we are even more grateful for people like Reeve. Thank you, Reeve, for helping to keep our fire hydrants looking up to par and for making a difference in your community!

Check out the full article from the Star-Gazette to read the rest of this amazing story!

Meet McWane: Joe Jarvis, Pacific States

Joe Jarvis 45 Years
We are proud to announce that Pacific States team member Joe Jarvis is celebrating 45 years of service! Joe has been a member of the Pac States team since September 1969! He is an excellent employee and his work space is always clean and tidy. Joe likes to be at work early and no one, including Joe, can remember the last time he missed a day of work. He currently works in the Melting Department and runs the Lab Spectrometer.

Happy Anniversary, Joe. We’re glad you’re still a part of the team after 45 years!

Meet McWane: Jeremy Stewart, Pacific States

Jeremy Stewart Citizenship

The Pacific States team came together recently to celebrate team member Jeremy Stewart becoming a U.S. citizen. Jeremy grew up in Jamaica and is now a Process Improvement Engineer at Pac States.

At the team’s morning meeting, they celebrated with an American favorite – apple pie and ice cream.

Congratulations Jeremy! We’re proud to have you as a member of our team.

Meet McWane: Mike Connor, Clow Valve

(L to R: Back row: Jesse Anderson, Eric Benson, Pete Settimi, Jim Ryan, Richard Ledesma, & Nolan Foran. Front row: Mike Vore/Sales and Marketing Manager for McWane Valve & Hydrant Group and Mike Connor)

(L to R: Back row: Jesse Anderson, Eric Benson, Pete Settimi, Jim Ryan, Richard Ledesma, & Nolan Foran. Front row: Mike Vore/Sales and Marketing Manager for McWane Valve & Hydrant Group and Mike Connor)

The Clow Valve team came together to bid a fond farewell to Mike Connor who retired after 40 years of dedicated service. Mike worked as a member of the outside sales team and was located in California.

Mike joined the Clow Valve team 40 years ago after answering an ad to be a forklift driver and worked his way into sales where he spent most of his career. He was a leading salesman, great co-worker, and friend to anyone that knew him in his time with Clow.

Mike plans to travel with his wife, Gale, in the upcoming months of retirement. Clow is thankful for his years of service and friendship, and we wish him a wonderful retirement.

We are going to miss you Mike!

Meet McWane: Craig Whiting, Pacific States

Craig Whiting 45 YearsThe team members at Pacific States recently bid Craig Whiting a fond farewell after 45 years of service. Craig’s first years at Pac States were in the valve and hydrant shop, but he also helped in casting when needed. In 1982, he moved to the storeroom where he spent the last 32 years driving a forklift.

Craig said, “I have gone through 6 forklifts while working the Storeroom.”

Craig has been married for 21 years and has a blended family with 8 children. He also has 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Craig enjoys spending times with his grandchild, especially if they go fishing. Craig plans to travel, fish whenever he can,k’la and search for rocks and ghost towns.

We wish you a long and happy retirement Craig and watch out for those ghost towns!

Meet McWane: Don Bird and Donnie Blizzard, Clow Valve

 

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Recently, Clow Valve bid a fond farewell to two team members with a combined service of 85 years!

Donnie Blizzard retired on May 9th after 43 years of service. Donnie was a dedicated and loyal employee who worked clean-up in the machine shop for many years on 2nd shift. Donnie was joined at his retirement party by his children and grandchildren, along with fellow team members and retirees.

Don Bird retired on May 30th after 42 years of service. Don was a Production Scheduler at the Machine Shop and always gave 100%. Don was also joined at his retirement party by his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his fellow team members and retirees.

We wish them both a very happy and enjoyable retirement!

Meet McWane: Jorge Arroyo & Georgina Solorzano, Anaco

Brother & Sister 20 Years

Jorge Arroyo and sister Georgina Solorzano

McWane is proud that there are so many team members that have been with the company for decades. But it is unique to find a brother and sister with over 20 years of service. Anaco team members Jorge Arroyo and his sister Georgina Solorzano have worked with Anaco for two decades.

Georgina works in the Assembly Department where she assembles couplings and package finished goods. Jorge is the Lead Material Handler and leads in the day to day activity ensuring that departments are fully stocked with the material they need in order to produce the couplings.

Congratulations Jorge and Georgina!

Meet McWane: Ramiro Reyes, Anaco

SAMSUNG CSCRamiro Reyes is a 32+ year team member and Thread Roller Operator at Anaco. On May 12, 2014, Ramiro announced his retirement. Management and team members would like to wish Ramiro a very happy and peaceful retirement. Anaco will miss his loyalty, sincerity, team player spirit, and his devotion to duty.

Ramiro has relocated to Texas where he will enjoy his retirement with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren.

Thank you for your 32+ years of service, Ramiro!