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Meet McWane: Mike Emhoff, Tyler Couplings

Mike Emhoff 43 Years

Mike Emhoff is retiring from Tyler Couplings in Marshfield, Missouri, after 43 years of dedicated service. Mike celebrated his retirement with fellow team members, family, and friends at a reception held on December 31. Everyone enjoyed a slideshow presentation showing how the facility and people had changed over the years.

Mike began his career in 1972 as a tool maker in the Tool & Die Department when the facility was known as Northern Metal Products. Through the years, the company changed to Alloy Unlimited, Plessey Aero Precision, and Tyler Pipe and finally to Tyler Couplings. Mike transferred to the Maintenance Department in April 1979 and was promoted to a management position in 1986. Mike’s latest position was the Supervisor of Maintenance, Tool & Die, and Screws.

Mike was presented with a watch, a plaque from Tyler Coupling, and a plaque from team members working in his department in appreciation for his many years of service. We wish Mike the best during his well-deserved retirement

Meet McWane: Marlene Moody, Tyler Couplings

Marlene Moody 44 Years

Meet Marlene! She is a team member at Tyler Couplings in Marshfield, Missouri, and has been with the company for 44 years – WOW! On Monday, August 31, a retirement reception was held at Tyler Couplings in Marlene’s honor. Cake and punch were served to team members, retirees, family, and friends.

Marlene was also presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a watch in appreciation of her many years of service.

Congratulations and happy retirement, Marlene!

Meet McWane: Benu Chakraborty, M&H Valve

Benu Chakraborty 27 Years

Benu Chakraborty worked at M&H for 27 years, mainly in the Foundry Sand Lab. Benu retired on August 1st and was sent off with a retirement party where his fellow team members wished him a fond farewell.

Benu lives in Jacksonville, Alabama, with his wife, Shibani, and has plans to travel to his home country of India. Courtesy of Darlene Berta (wife of team member Chris Berta), the incredible fire hydrant cake was a hit!

Best wishes, Benu, for a long and happy retirement!

Meet McWane: Jerri Penrose, Canada Pipe/Clow Canada

Jerri Penrose 25 Years

After 25½ years of dedicated service with Canada Pipe & Clow Canada, Credit Manager Jerri Penrose (pictured top right) is retiring on May 1. Jerri, also known as a “super” user, has been an integral part in implementing the new computer systems at Canada Pipe and Clow Canada. Though we will definitely miss Jerri’s wicked sense of humor and laughter around the office, we wish her a long and happy retirement!

Colleen Jardim (pictured bottom right) is replacing Jerri as the new Credit Manager. Colleen has over 14 years of credit management experience in the waterworks industry and has been working with Jerri for the past few months during the implementation of the new computer systems.

As we celebrate Jerri’s departure, we also welcome Colleen to the Hamilton location and know she will be a great asset to the team!

Meet McWane: Michael Barno, McWane Ductile and Mary Snell, Clow Canada

Michael Barno 27 YearsMichael Barno is retiring after 27 years of service in the “cold end of the plant” at McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Michael is a supervisor in the Maintenance Department and is respected by everyone he works with.

Michael and his wife Georgette plan to travel around the United States and spend time with their children and grandchildren.

We will miss Michael and wish him the best in this next chapter of his life!


Mary Snell 45 Years

On April 9, 2015, Clow Canada celebrated Mary Snell’s 45th year with the company. Mary is currently the Receptionist and Payroll Administrator, but she started her career in 1970 as a typist. She was hired for a short term position directly out of high school.

Rick Benoit, Clow Canada’s General Manager, presented Mary with a jacket and fruit bouquet, and Rick Allen, Union President, gave Mary a signed card at the gathering. The entire team celebrated this milestone together with cake and coffee.

Congratulations, Mary!

Meet McWane: Dennis Searle, McWane Ductile-Utah

Dennis Searle 44 Years 2

The McWane Ductile-Utah team recently held a retirement party for Dennis Searle who is retiring after 45 years of service! Dennis began his 4 decades of service as a bell grinder, but after a year he moved to the Casting Department where he worked for the next 29 years before transferring to the Shipping Department where he has worked for the last 15 years.

Dennis enjoys camping and is looking forward to spending most of the summer in the mountains living in his trailer. To celebrate his retirement, Dennis and his wife are heading to Reno, Nevada.

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Dennis, and thank you so much for your long dedicated service!

Meet McWane: Leroy Sistrunk, Tyler Union

Leroy Sistrunk Collage

Tyler Union team member Leroy Sistrunk retired on March 1st, 2015. Leroy began his career at Tyler Union on March 22nd, 2000, in the Disa Millroom. Leroy’s friends and co-workers knew him as a serious “down-to-business” man, rarely joking until his favorite day of the week rolled around…Wednesday.

If you’re thinking Hump Day, middle of the week, halfway to the weekend, you’re wrong. Wednesday was payday and Leroy always did a two-step dance when he got his check. Dale Garrett, Leroy’s supervisor, said this made Wednesday his favorite day of the week also because he always looked forward to watching Leroy do the “payday dance.”

According to Dale, Leroy had one request on his last day and that was to know how it felt to instruct the crew. Dale obliged and under his close supervision, Leroy got his wish. He even let Leroy wear his hard hat for a while!

Leroy, we wish you a happy and relaxing retirement – and we will certainly think of you and your “payday dance” on Wednesdays!

Meet McWane: Anna Burchett, Tyler Pipe & Coupling

Anna Burchett 8 YearsThe Tyler Pipe & Coupling Team in Marshfield, Missouri, bid a fond farewell to Anna Burchett who retired on January 30, 2015. Anna started out in the Coupling Department in 2007 when she joined the company, but was soon promoted from Production Machine Operator B to Pre-Assembly Operator.

Anna was honored with a retirement reception complete with cake and punch. She was also given a strand pearl necklace and earring ensemble and bouquet of flowers to thank her for her years of dedicated service.

Congratulations, Anna! Enjoy your retirement!

Meet McWane: Danny Clymer, Manchester Tank & Equipment

(L to R:  Ruffner Page, Robert Graumann, Danny Clymer, & Larry Whitehead )

(L to R: Ruffner Page, Robert Graumann, Danny Clymer, & Larry Whitehead)

Danny Clymer is retiring from Manchester Tank & Equipment (MTE) after 15 years of service. Danny has served the company in a number of roles including leadership of human resources, operations, engineering, and purchasing / supply chain. He has also been active in managing MTE’s Australian operations for much of the last 10 years.

Manchester Tank held an event in his honor last Thursday night, which was attended by McWane President Ruffner Page and many of Danny’s current and past colleagues from the MTE Franklin office and U.S. plants. Danny had the entire group laughing for close to an hour as he “bequeathed” many of the items from his office that he felt should stay with Manchester team members going forward.

We will miss you, Danny, and wish you all the best in your retirement!

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!