In recognition and appreciation of their accomplishments in February, Tyler Union held a luncheon for the Disa and Melt Department team members on March 9.
The Disa Department was recognized for no safety recordables and over six GTPH (good tons per hour) with less than 5% downtime during the month of February!
The Melt Department was recognized for meeting all production goals and scoring the highest grade on the Environmental Scorecard for the month.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 McWane EHS Awards!
Outstanding Environmental Performance-Fabrication: Amerex (Trussville, AL)
Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry: Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Fabrication: Anaco and Clow Valve Corona (Corona, CA)
Outstanding Environmental Progress-Foundry: Bibby-Ste-Croix
Outstanding Health & Safety Performance: Mcwane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Quartile Club: (replaced the Most Improved RIR-Fabrication and Most Improved RIR-Foundry Awards): M & H Valve Company, Tyler Union, Clow Valve McWane Ductile New Jersey (Phillipsburg, NJ)
EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle): Kennedy Valve (Elmira, NY)
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Tyler Union team member Mark Vess recently took his family on a vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to celebrate his wife Ashley’s birthday. They made it a game to see how many McWane products they could spot while there. As you can see, there were lots to see.
Aleah and Allison Vess (top left L-R) spotted a Tyler Union Flange 90 Bend and a Clow Valve hydrant at Hollywood Studios. Aleah Vess (top right) found a Tyler Union Flange Tee and a Kennedy Valve hydrant at Epcot. Alec Vess (bottom left) found a Clow hydrant with a Walt Disney logo on it at the Art of Animation Disney Resort and Mark (bottom right) located a similar Clow hydrant in the Magic Kingdom.
Mark said, “It was good to see so many McWane products at each of the parks.”
Mark joined Tyler Union in Anniston, Alabama in 2004 and is a Technical Sales Support Specialist in the Engineering Department. He can now add record holding McWane product spotter in one location to his resume.
Tyler Union Plant Manager Jon Pollard and Foundry Manager Charlie Chastain were pleased to have the opportunity to host plant tours on January 9, 2018 for Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) Business and Industry Day hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) is a twelve month class that prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of the community.
Perhaps some of these bright young leaders will join the Tyler Union team in the future!
Tyler Union team members, at least the Auburn fans, couldn’t wait to see the freshly painted Iron Man.
Every year, Iron Man is painted the school colors of the winning team in the Auburn vs. Alabama football game and he remains that color 365 days until the next game. The Auburn/Alabama rivalry is considered one of the most heated football rivalries in college football. Together Alabama and Auburn account for 33 SEC titles and the two teams won an impressive four straight BCS National Championship Games from 2009-2012 (Alabama-2009, 2011, 2012 and Auburn 2010).
The Iron Man tradition was started by team members as way to celebrate their team’s victory and “gloat” a little all year long. Alabama fans will just have to glance the other way when they get to work every day because those Auburn colors are here to stay, at least until the next game.
Congratulations Auburn fans – War Eagle!
On November 9th and 10th, Tyler Union team members were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal as a way to say thank you for their hard work and dedication this year and to usher in the holiday season. On the menu were turkey and gravy, cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, and assorted pies. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship.
A special thank you to Five Star Food Service for providing an excellent meal for everyone to enjoy and to the Tyler Union team members who helped serve including Steve Johnson (Assistant General Manager), April Pearson (Division Controller), Chris Gravitt (Assistant Controller), Sara Tongsuvone (HR Assistant) and Tonja Brown (Employment Specialist).
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.
Calhoun County is very fortunate to have a strong and diverse industrial base that helps buffer the community against economic downturn. Whether it’s transportation, utilities, medical, education, government, or other areas of the local community, they’re all impacted and supported by industry. Industry remains a cornerstone of opportunity and job creation in Calhoun County.
Each September, during Salute to Industry Month, the Chamber recognizes industries for their many contributions to the area and for choosing the Calhoun County region for their business. Tyler Union was once again recognized for the impact they have on the local community.
We 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!