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Tyler Union Ushers in the Holiday Season

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).

UNF 2017 Team Thanksgiving Celebration

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Futbol in Barcelona

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.

Christopher Hyche about to enter stadium for Barcelona vs Juventus game

Tyler Union Strong

Tyler Union recently worked with a customer on a job in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania that required six 30” FLG Tees with a 16” Side Outlet.  This is the first time Tyler Union had produced this size, but with the ability to do short cycle tooling at the IMF Side Floor, they were able to fill this order for West View Water Authority.

Pat Gleeson Job pics

(Submitted by Pat Gleeson, Tyler Union Plant Treatment Sales)

Tyler Union Recognized by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

Tyler Union Recognized by Calhoun County Chamber 2015

Tyler Union team members that attended the luncheon (L to R): Tom Berry (Materials Manager), Jon Pollard (Plant Manager), Kathy Knight (Executive Secretary), Sundra Welch (Inside Sales Manager), and April Pearson (Division Controller)

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.

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: 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!

Team Tyler Pipe Shows Up Big at the 2nd Annual Fresh 15 Run

Tyler Pipe Fresh 15 Fun Run

On Saturday, March 7th, over 30 Tyler Pipe & Tyler Union team members joined together on a very chilly morning to support the local community by participating in the second annual Fresh 15 Fun Run benefiting the Bethesda Health Clinic and The American Heart Association. Last year they had approximately 15 Tyler Pipe team members to register, so they were overjoyed to see that the numbers of those willing to participate had doubled.

Tyler Pipe encourages participation by paying the registration fees for each team member and one guest. This year over $80,000 was raised to support a handful of charitable organizations that provide care and health services to residents in Smith County and surrounding counties.

This year a couple of Tyler Pipe team members hit the mark with their participation. Ross Caldwell, Stationary Machines Supervisor, won 1st place in his age bracket. Running partner David Puckett, Electrical Maintenance Supervisor, won 2nd place in his age bracket, missing 1st place by only 3 seconds. As David said, “I would have pushed a little harder if I would have known I was that close.”

All in all it was a great experience and Tyler Pipe and Tyler Union were glad to be a part of over 3,000 people that participated that day.

Congratulations, Team Tyler Pipe, and many thanks to each of you that participated! A special congrats to Ross and David for their race performances!

Meet McWane: Jerome McQueen, Tyler Union

Jerome McQueen PE CertificationMcWane actively encourages the professional development of its team members at all levels. To assist in that development, McWane offers tuition reimbursement, numerous in-house training classes and encourages participation in professional and industry organizations along with other efforts.

We like to take time to recognize significant career milestones for our team members. With that said, we would like to offer a huge congratulations to Jerome McQueen, Tyler/Union Division Environmental Manager, who recently passed his Professional Engineer (PE) exam in Environmental Engineering and obtained his PE license! This accomplishment was on the heels of Jerome’s completion of his MBA degree last year.


Jerome is also a member of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., an organization made up of successful men from all walks of life who are dedicated to making a difference in their community through mentoring and shaping the younger generation.Jerome McQueen Mentoring

Jerome co-chairs the mentoring program of 45 young men from his local chapter. He has also been instrumental in organizing field trips to such places as the Hoover Dam, Times Square (NY), Statue of Liberty, Sea World, Disney World, and the Martin Luther King Center. This organization has also provided millions of dollars in scholarships.

Giving back to the community through mentoring is always a great thing. Hats off, Jerome, and congratulations on the passing of your PE exam! We are proud to have you on the McWane team.

Tyler Union Recognized by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

L to R: Eddie Thompson, Chris Hyche, Steve Johnson, and Charlie Chastain

L to R: Eddie Thompson, Chris Hyche, Steve Johnson, and Charlie Chastain

On September 25, 2014, Tyler Union was recognized along with Bear & Son Cutlery, Bridgewater Interiors, International Automotive Components, Kronospan, and Shelco Foundries for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Industry Luncheon. Guest speaker at the event was Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Alabama.

Steve Johnson, Tyler Union Assistant General Manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company and said, “Since 2008, we’ve seen production levels increase over 30% as a result of new product offerings and the consolidation of domestic ductile iron pipe fittings production in Anniston. These production increases have allowed us to expand our business to include an IMF Thermal Sand Reclamation Plant and Flaskless No-Bake Molding Line, and an Ajax 65-Ton Channel Furnace. Our staff has also increased approximately 10% over the past few years. We are currently staffed at 418 employees – 367 at the Anniston manufacturing facility and 51 located throughout the United States at various Sales & Distribution Centers.”

Congratulations, Tyler Union team!

Tyler Union Team Raises $5,000 for St. Jude Hospital

Tyler Union St. Jude's - Jose Morales

Jose Morales

Over the past three months, the Tyler Union team has been raising money for St. Jude Hospital. They began their fundraising efforts with high hopes that they would be able to raise enough money so they could donate $5,000. In July, they held a BBQ plate sale which raised $1,300 and throughout August and into September, tickets were raffled off for prize drawing for a $100 Walmart Gift Card.

The drawing was held on September 22 and Randall Gorden (Disa Department) did the honors of drawing out the winning ticket belonging to Jose Morales (pictured). Jose works on the IMF No Bake molding line at Tyler Union.

Team members raised $2,500 and Tyler Union matched that amount dollar for dollar to help them achieve their desired donation amount of $5,000.00 for St. Jude Hospital!

Congratulations to the Tyler Union team that worked so hard to raise this money for St. Jude Hospital and to Jose Morales for winning the prize drawing!