COSHOCTON, OHIO (August 16, 2023) — McWane Ductile - Ohio, a McWane Inc. company, today announced a $500,000 donation toward constructing a new multi-use path in Coshocton, Ohio, in partnership with Coshocton County. The “McWane River Walk” project will provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, healthier lifestyles and safer connectivity between neighborhoods, local businesses and schools, providing a more vibrant community.
“McWane Ductile is deeply rooted in Coshocton, and we take immense pride in operating one of our plants within this great community,” said Tom Crawford, McWane Ductile - Ohio VP and General Manager. “Investing in local initiatives is essential for the betterment of our employees, their families and the overall prosperity of our area. This endeavor is a significant milestone that reflects McWane Ductile’s ongoing vision of creating a positive impact beyond just our operational goals.”
Coshocton County will oversee the project’s construction, with the path being built through portions of city blocks and along the scenic areas nested near the Muskingum and Tuscarawas Rivers. The McWane River Walk will begin at the west end of Main Street, pass Skip’s Landing, weave along the rivers and ultimately connect to the current Lake Park Connector path. The path will also connect to the proposed County Road 621 multi-use path scheduled for completion in 2025.
Path construction started Monday, August 14, and will end with a dedication ceremony tentatively set for the week of September 25, 2023.
Dane Shryock, Coshocton County Commissioner, stated, “In today’s society, it has become increasingly important for communities to have opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially trails and walking paths. Studies have proven that spending time outdoors not only benefits individuals' mental and physical health but also increases local business, provides an enhanced quality of life and helps to provide a higher sense of hometown pride. We are so thankful that McWane Ductile shares the values of our community with the Coshocton County Commissioners and is willing to support us in the McWane River Walk project.”
About McWane Ductile
For generations, the McWane family of companies has been an industry leader in water distribution and infrastructure that provide plumbing and clean water works systems. The history of McWane Ductile traces back to 1871, when Charles Phillip (C.P.) McWane entered the foundry business in Lynchburg, Virginia, with his sons, Henry and James Ransom (J.R.). McWane, Inc. was later formed in 1977.
In 1921, J.R. McWane started the McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company, a company that was designed and built as a specialty foundry for small diameter pipe. The McWane Pipe division acquired Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company in 1926 with McWane as a 50 percent partner, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company in 1975, Clow Water Systems Company in 1985, and Canada Pipe Company in 1989. In 2015, these divisions merged to create McWane Ductile.
With over 900 employees, McWane Ductile is recognized today as the country's most experienced manufacturer and supplier of ductile iron pipe. The company's modern facilities offer 3-inch to 36-inch ductile iron pressure pipe and fittings to meet customer needs throughout the United States and Canada.
About McWane Inc.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the U.S. and around the world. The McWane family of companies casts ductile iron products, including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings and plumbing products, and manufactures fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems and steel pressure vessels. McWane is a leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water while focusing on safe, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. With more than 7,000 team members, McWane has a longstanding commitment of supporting the communities where our team members live and work. For more information, visit mcwane.com.