Clow Valve

Clow Valve
  • Location: Oskaloosa, Iowa and Corona, California
  • Address: 902 South 2nd St
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577
  • Phone: 800-829-2569
  • Founded: 1878
  • Acquired: 1985
  • Capital Improvements: $43 million since 1999 ($2.24M in 2009; $1.39M in 2010)
  • Major EHS Successes: First iron/brass foundry nationwide with State of Iowa OSHA’s VPP Star Site Award
  • Environmental Sustainability: 22,830 tons of scrap iron and brass recycled annually into finished products
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About Clow Valve

With roots stretching back to 1878, Clow Valve Company is one of the most experienced manufacturers of hydrants, valves and wedges in the country. We have dual locations operating in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Corona, California. that serve customers across the country. Modern facilities and cutting-edge technologies have helped make Clow Valve an economic, environmental and community leader. We are proud to continue our history of offering manufactured products that are made at home, right here in the USA.

At our two locations, Clow works to provide our customers with the very best products for waterworks and waste waterworks infrastructure. Our Oskaloosa plants include iron and brass foundries, a machine shop, assembly, finished goods warehousing, shipping and administrative offices. Our Corona plant manufactures and assembles wet barrel fire hydrants and maintains inventories of other Clow products. By maintaining the highest safety standards and environmental regulations at both locations, Clow has created a working environment that creates positive change for our workers and our communities.

Thanks, in part, to our advanced facilities we produce a wide variety of high-quality products. Whether it’s an Eddy hydrant, an eccentric plug valve, or a resilient wedge valve, we manufacture quality products for customers across the country to a variety of AWWA, NSF, UL and FM requirements and specifications. Our products are American made and American owned. While other companies have moved overseas, Clow has invested millions of dollars to create safe and modernized facilities where our American workers can thrive. Because at Clow we believe if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Awards and Recognition

As an industry leader for many years, we have a long history of positive recognition from both our peers and our customers. You can see our complete list of awards and accolades displayed below.

  • 2015 Outstanding Environmental Performance- Foundry Award

    Clow Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance- Foundry Award./

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation – configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • 2015 McWane Ergo Cup Champion

    The 6th Annual McWane Ergo-Cup competition was held on October 21 and once again the McWane family of companies raised the bar! This year 169 team members completed 24 projects from 17 different locations, which surpassed our previous years involvement and number of projects.

    1st Place Champion – Clow Valve Wet Barrel Hydrant

    A custom designed and built assembly station will eliminate the manual intensive requirements of inserting brass inlets into wet barrel hydrants.  The new table is equipped with counter balanced high-torque impact guns, flange clamps, and lockable rotating fixture.  This new table and fixture will allow team members to product hydrants with reduced ergonomic stress to the upper body, neck, arms, shoulders, elbows, and hands.

  • 2014 Outstanding Environmental Performance — Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve - Canada is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Fabrication.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • 2014 Most Improved TRIR Rate — Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve - Canada is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • 2012 Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry Award

    Clow Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • 2011 Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry Award

    Clow Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • 2010 Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve Corona is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • 2009 National Ergo Cup

    A team from Clow Valve won the Ergo Cup® Team Driven Workplace Solutions Category Competition at the Applied Ergonomics Conference in 2009. The Ergo Cup gives companies an opportunity to showcase effective ergonomic solutions or education initiatives that they’ve come up with over the previous 24 months. Clow Valve’s innovation required them to re-think how fire hydrants are assembled. The team’s competition for the award included The Boeing Company, Bridgestone/Firestone, GE Energy, Honda of America, and Johnston & Johnson Medical of Brazil.

  • 2008 Most Improved TRIR Rate — Foundry Award

    Clow Valve is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate — Foundry.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • 2008 Outstanding Environmental Progress — Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve Corona is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Progress — Fabrication Award.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year using the previous calendar year as the baseline:

    • Progress on successful completion of audit and other corrective actions
    • Improvements in overall compliance status
    • Improvements in relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Changes in quality and amount of resources applied to environmental management
  • 2007 Incident Rate Award

    In 2007, the Clow Valve metal casting facility received an Incident Rate Award from the Iowa/Illinois Safety Council for having an incident rate below the national average.

  • 2007 Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve Corona is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • 2006 Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication Award

    Clow Valve Corona is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate - Fabrication.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • VPPPA Region VII Dale Randall

    In 2012, Clow Valve was chosen to receive the VPPPA Region VII Dale Randall Award which is given to companies that have an unwavering spirit of contribution, participating and dedication to the success of the VPP and the VPPPA.

  • Winwholesale Waterworks Vendor of the Year

    Clow Valve was named the Winwholesale Waterworks Vendor of the Year for 2012.

  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Status

    Clow Valve Metal Casting Facility achieved OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status in 2009. To achieve Star status, not only do all of the safety and health programs need to be exemplary and their management commitment and employee involvement outstanding, but the 3-year injury rates also need to be below the industry average. Prior to achieving Star status, Clow Valve was the first iron and brass foundry operation in the nation to be awarded OSHA’s VPP Merit status.

  • VPP Merit Status

    Clow Valve Machine Shop achieved VPP Merit status in 2009.

  • American Water Works Association Gold Award

    Clow Valve Company’s ad “The Hero Behind the Heroes” was awarded the Gold Award by the American Water Works Association.

  • 2004 Outstanding Environmental Performance Award - Foundry Award

    Clow Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters