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Happy 59th Anniversary to Tyler Pipe’s James Madison!

Did you know that 2.5 million Americans quit their jobs every month? In fact, a majority of all turnover occurs in the first year of employment. But Tyler Pipe and Coupling team member James Madison would not agree with that statistic. James has been a Cupola Operator at Tyler Pipe in Tyler, Texas for 59 years. No, that’s not a typo; he has been a dedicated, hard working member of the Tyler Pipe team for 59 years.
 
Thank you, James, for your commitment and dedication for almost six decades. We appreciate your service and look forward to celebrating 60 next year.
 
(Pictured on left L-R: James Madison, Tyler Pipe General manager Greg Simmons and McWane President Ruffner Page)​
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Tyler Union Shares Environmental Tips with Local 4th Graders

Tyler Union volunteers recently partnered with the Calhoun County Extension Office on Earth Day to staff learning stations designed to reinforce subject matter taught in classrooms in an outdoor setting for over 800 fourth graders. The students had the opportunity to learn about conservation, healthy habits, water safety, safe food preparation and domesticated and wild animals (which was a favorite).

No one was surprised to learn that Frantina Wilson and Mark Vess who stepped up and took over two of the educational stations, for both days, when county employees were called away. Frantina took over the Recycle Relay station while Mark took the Wildlifestation, even the snake handling.

Special thanks to Tyler Union volunteers Jason Askew, Tonja Brown, Julie Campbell, Chris Hyche, Kacie Johns, Renea McGathy, Jerome McQueen, April Pearson, Chris Smith, Amanda Thrasher, Sara Tongsuvone, Mark Vess and Frantina Wilson

UFC 2018 Earth Day Event

McWane Product Sightings in the Golden and Lone Star State

AB&I team members Jennifer Grundell and her dad, Alfredo Costa recently spotted pipe produced at AB&I while on their family vacation in the Golden State of California at Universal Studios Hollywood, a film studio and theme park located in Los Angeles.

While over in the Lone Star State of Texas, Clow Valve team member James Banicky spotted this Clow hydrant in Dealey Plaza by the book depository in Dallas, Texas where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

James said, “It’s nice to see that our products are trusted enough to help preserve things that have such a great impact on our great country even to this day.”

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Matheson Gas Treats Tyler Team to Some Good Ole Texas BBQ

On Tuesday, October 17, our friends from Matheson Gas treated the Tyler Pipe team to some good ole Texas BBQ. Matheson Gas has been in the Tyler area since 1977 and Tyler Pipe has been purchasing their gas and welding supplies almost from the beginning. To show their appreciation, Luke Porter and his team brought out their BBQ pit, serving tables & trough cooler and fed over 250 hungry Tyler Pipe team members.

As you can see from the pictures their set up is second to none. Luke said that Matheson Gas put the pit trailer together to travel around their supply area for appreciation events like the one at Tyler Pipe.

TPT 2017 Matheson Gas customer appreciation luncheon

Tyler Union Opens New Distribution Center in Grand Prairie (Dallas), Texas

Tyler Union New Distribution CenterWe are pleased to announce that the new Tyler Union Distribution Center located in Grand Prairie, Texas, near Dallas, began operations in February. This facility will be managed by Bob Lee who transferred from our Tyler Pipe facility.

Installation began at this new distribution center in December 2014 and after a few short weeks and with a tremendous amount of team work, they started shipping product on February 17. The facility has approximately 67,000 square feet of indoor storage which will increase efficiency in stocking and picking orders as well as greatly reduce the amount of rework of product needed while at the same time improving their LTL rates and inbound container costs.

The team, pictured from L to R in the top right photo, includes Clyde Walter (Warehouse Clerk), Bob Lee (Shipping Manager), Jose Concepcion (Warehouse Supervisor), Byron Brock (Warehouse Clerk), Mark Cotelleso (Warehouse Clerk), and Jimmy Allen (Warehouse Clerk).

Congratulations on the expansion, Tyler Union!

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.

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Celebrates VPP Star Recertification

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Tyler Pipe and Coupling held a luncheon to celebrate their VPP Star Re-certification. During the event, the VPP Ergo Cup Team presented their two top 12 finishing Ergo Cup projects to the entire team. Team members were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and a delicious cake.

Congratulations to the entire Tyler Pipe & Coupling team for your VPP re-certification and your two Ergo Cup projects!