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!
Anaco recently hosted the annual McWane Group Safety Managers’ Conference at their manufacturing facility in Corona, California. Ross Boeker is the Group Safety Director (GSD) for this group which includes, AB&I, Anaco, Tyler Coupling, Bibby Ste Croix, Bibby LaPerle and Amerex. This annual meeting is a great opportunity for GSDs to get together with their entire team of safety managers to share ideas and best practices with each other and discuss current issues and challenges.
This year’s agenda included a 1st quarter safety plan review, a best practice sharing WebEx with Kennedy Valve, an HR segment led by Joe Maziarz (Group HR Director) and Kevin McCarthy (VP HR), and a group tour of the Fender Guitar factory in Corona, California. The team was treated to an in-depth tour of the facility which manufactures the famous Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster guitars, as well as the Fender Precision Bass & Fender Jazz Bass. After the tour, the team met with the Fender safety team to share ideas and best practices. Anaco safety manager Larry Fuscher offered and is looking forward to hosting the Fender safety team for a reciprocal visit in the near future.
Did you know that every year over 300,000 Americans die from heart disease and half of these victims die suddenly due to cardiac arrest? The American Heart Association reports that victims suffering from cardiac arrest have a few short minutes before brain damage, organ damage or even death occurs. Rescue breathing coupled with chest compressions, known as CPR, buys the victim the time that may be required to save their life.
Every year, Tyler Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri holds CPR/AED training for team members interested in becoming CPR certified or getting recertified. As part of this training, team members participated in demonstrations on the proper way to respond during a cardiac arrest. This year General Manager Bill Hoffman (pictured here) played the part of the heart attack victim.
If you haven’t participated in a CPR training class, consider it. You may find yourself in a position to save someone’s life.
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.