Made from post-consumer material, ductile iron pipe can last more than a century when properly installed and is recyclable at the end of its useful life, reducing energy consumption and cost. Don’t gamble with America’s environmental or human health. Contact your representatives today and urge them to invest in ductile iron pipe. It’s what America is built on.
Here are the causes for which we are advocating today.
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McWane employs more than 4,000 team members who safely and sustainably manufacture ductile iron pipe, soil pipe, fittings, hydrants and valves in facilities in the United States. Our products comprise the backbone of the vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America and dependably provide the United States with clean drinking water.
McWane is committed to American workers and American industry. At a time when many of our competitors have moved their manufacturing operations overseas or elected to import foreign products at the expense of American jobs, McWane has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to modernize its U.S. plants and make them safe, efficient and compliant with the world’s most demanding regulatory regime. In doing so, it has created and preserved thousands of well-paying American jobs and the futures of many communities.
U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward those companies that have moved their operations, investment dollars and jobs to foreign countries, nor should they be used to purchase iron products cast in foreign foundries that completely disregard environmental, worker and workplace safety regulations. Rather, taxpayer-financed federal aid programs — particularly those administered by the federal agency charged with protecting the environment — should give a commonsense preference for American-manufactured products in infrastructure projects. Such preferences ensure that companies and workers who play by the rules can compete on an even playing field to supply these taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects.
Buying American means reinvesting U.S. tax dollars in the U.S. economy. Buying American means preserving and creating jobs here in the United States. Buying American is good public policy and is simply the right thing to do.
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Why Buy American?
Strengthen Your Economy and Preserve Your Environment
Local Choice in Material Selection
Discussions of a failed policy mislabeled as "open competition" or "open procurement" are making their way around Congress. This failed, special interest policy seeks to undermine the ability of engineers, utilities, public entities and other water works professionals to design water projects in the manner that best serves the needs of their local communities.
This national effort is intended to benefit one industry in the marketplace, and it has received widespread opposition from groups such as engineers, utilities, contractors, architects, public entities and the business community. This special interest policy is neither practical nor necessary, and it is nothing more than a top-down, government solution to a problem that does not exist.
Engineers have professional, ethical and legal responsibility for their design decisions, and there is no evidence that engineers or local communities have been creating erroneous or otherwise improper specifications for water projects. Unfortunately, this special interest policy will undermine their ability to meet their obligations, subject them to additional red tape, and may expose them to new litigation. If passed, this policy will delay much-needed water projects and increase costs. Our nation's water systems are too important to enact this type of policy. Numerous states have rejected this proposal. Congress should not allow special interests to undermine the ability of local communities and engineers to best serve the public.
America's Water Infrastructure Challenge
Our water infrastructure was installed by our great grandparents. Cast iron pipe served their communities then and is still serving many of them today.
Now, it is time to replaces these infrastructures with state-of-the art durable and safe ductile iron products. True to its benefits, ductile iron pipe has a long life, is corrosion resistant and has high structural strength and tight joints, which all contribute to the length of service time to our municipalities and utility and industrial piping systems.
It is time to provide the infrastructure to provide clean water for our grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Here you can find information and resources about the need to replace the current aging infrastructure. In addition, you can find what needs to be done to address this need and the challenges ahead.
“A new kind of challenge is emerging in the United States, one that for many years was largely buried in our national consciousness. Now it can be buried no longer. Much of our drinking water infrastructure, the more than one million miles of pipes beneath our streets, is nearing the end of its useful life and approaching the age at which it needs to be replaced. Moreover, our shifting population brings significant growth to some areas of the country, requiring larger pipe networks to provide water service.”
At McWane, we proudly make ductile iron pipe. Today, McWane deploys state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to this time-honored craft of manufacturing ductile iron water and waste water infrastructure.
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