Awards

Awards

Over the years, McWane’s pursuit of perfection has led to consistent and positive recognition. Whether this acknowledgement comes in the form of a major award or a simple letter of thanks, we’re proud to display it below.

  • Fresh Water Land Trust Corporate Partner for Conservation Award

    The Freshwater Land Trust’s Corporate Partners for Conservation program is a leadership opportunity for the Birmingham business community to recognize the value of land conservation. Each year, FWLT honors those corporations who have made contributions to preserving the places that matter throughout the previous year. The Freshwater Land Trust looks forward to coordinating this event each year, as it offers the opportunity to convey our gratitude to our partners and reflect on our mission, while also allowing our key supporters the opportunity to talk about their involvement with the Freshwater land Trust and how land conservation matters to their business.

    This year’s event was generously hosted by Bill Horton, Senior Executive Vice President and South Region President of Regions Bank, and featured keynote speaker Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S. Bruce spoke on the  importance of conservation to B.A.S.S. and its business bottom line, emphasizing the business’s partnership with FWLT and its mission to provide access to recreational activities such as fishing and hunting. Regions graciously offered its corporate dining space where FWLT’s guests enjoyed a catered breakfast and sunrise over Birmingham’s cityscape.

  • 2015 Workshops, Inc. Names McWane Philanthropic Partner of the Year

    McWane, Inc. has been a strong supporter of Workshops, Inc. (WI) for many years and is proud to be named their Philanthropic Partner of the Year.  WI recruits people with various disabilities, provides them with on-the-job training and then helps them find a job. They partner with local businesses for services such as assembly, packaging, mailing and order fulfillment, which is all done at their facility located in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham.

    Running an operation like this can be a challenge because they rely almost completely on the generosity of the community to support the program.  This year, WI came up with a new concept, Comedy for a Cause, and McWane was happy to be a title sponsor for the event which drew nearly 300 people and raised $28,000.  It featured a nationally-known comedian with disabilities who put on a hilarious show while also challenging the stereotype of what people with disabilities can achieve.

    The proceeds from this event will enable them to hire an additional Employment Specialist on the WI staff whose primary responsibility will be placing people with disabilities into community-based employment.

  • 2015 Corporate Contribution Award

    We are proud to announce that the American Foundry Society (AFS) presented McWane with the Corporate Contribution Award at the AFS Metal Casting Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on April 23.

    McWane received this award (which is in its inaugural year) in recognition of the extensive in-kind contributions we have made to the metal casting industry through AFS. This includes active participation by McWane team members in AFS technical committees, local AFS chapters, and presenting and teaching at AFS conferences and Cast Metals Institute courses.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration - VPP

    Fewer than 1% of all US workplaces have earned admission into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), that recognizes exemplary health and safety programs. No other company in the waterworks foundry industry has a single plant in the VPP program.  McWane has seven.  Read more about McWane VPP Program.

  • 2015 Watershed Conservation Development Award

    The Cahaba River Society awarded McWane with the 2015 Watershed Conservation Development Award for the Stormwater Management Area at Birmingham's Greenwood Park. The park collects stormwater and treats it before it evaporates or flows on to nearby streams.

  • ISHN 2011 Power 101

    Barb Wisniewski, VP of Safety & Health & Safety was included in the Industrial Safety and Health News 2011 Power 101 list, an honor reserved for leaders in the profession.

  • 2009 Green Business Leader of the Year

    The Birmingham Business Journal honored McWane President G. Ruffner Page, Jr. as its “Green Business Leader of the Year” in 2009.

  • 2007 Prestigious Member Award

    In 2007 McWane Inc. was awarded the Prestigious Member Award by the National Safety Council.

Voluntary Protection Program

Voluntary Protection Program

Holding true to Mr. McWane’s philosophy, our outstanding safety team, under the leadership of Vice President Mickey Hannum , has propelled our company to industry-leading safety performance. We all share the motto “Do it Safely, or Not at All!”

As McWane, Inc. continues to emphasize safety and health, we are actively participating in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's VPP. The program emphasis a cooperative relationship with management, labor and OSHA while working to implement comprehensive safety and health management systems.

Approval into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health programs. "The VPP designation indicates a true commitment from management and team members in working together, with everyone taking personal responsibility for safety and health," said Barbara Wisniewski, Vice President of Health and Safety, McWane. Inc.

There are two types of OSHA VPP designations. VPP Merit sites are those with cooperative management and union relationships exhibiting exemplary health and safety programs, but whose injury rates are not yet consistently below industry averages. VPP Star sites have exemplary health and safety programs, cooperative partnerships and have consistently demonstrated injury rates below the industry averages.

McWane facilities that have been recognized as VPP sites to date are:

Voluntary Protection Program

Our own Andy Boise, a melting foreman at McWane Ductile Ohio, composed lyrics and music to create a VPP Song, Everyone Goes Home From Here.

Everyone Goes Home From Here

EHS Awards

Screaming Eagle Award: McWane EHS Excellence

  • 2019 - Clow Canada (Saint John, New Brunswick)
  • 2018 - M&H Valve Company
  • 2017 - Kennedy Valve
  • 2016 - McWane Ductile, Utah
  • 2015 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2014 - McWane Ductile, Utah
  • 2012 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2011 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2010 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart
  • 2009 - Clow Water
  • 2008 - Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2007 - M&H Valve
  • 2006 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Petersburg
  • 2005 - Tyler Pipe
  • 2004 - Amerex

This is a joint award for Environmental and Safety & Health Excellence. The top three performers in the Outstanding HS Performance award are submitted to the Environmental Group, who also determines their top three performing facilities. From this list of top contenders, the facility with the overall best EHS performance in the company is selected for the award.

Outstanding HS Performance

  • 2019 - Clow Valve, McWane Ductile (New Jersey)
  • 2018 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2017 - McWane Ductile (New Jersey)
  • 2016 - Amerex
  • 2015 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2014 - McWane Ductile, Ohio
  • 2013 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart
  • 2012 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2011 - Amerex
  • 2010 - Clow Water

This award is given to the one facility who has the best overall HS by looking at 11 distinctive categories. The categories which are evaluated are: (plaque awarded)

  • OSHA complaints or citations
  • Review of Health & Safety Procedures
  • Completion of corrective actions
  • Accuracy of OSHA 300 log recording of injuries/illnesses
  • Corporate audit performance
  • Participation in HS initiatives
  • Effectiveness of  HS system management reviews
  • Qualifications of HS staff
  • Other HS awards received by facility
  • Significant incidents
  • Effectiveness of injury reduction plans

Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry and Fabrication

Foundry Winners

  • 2019 - M&H Valve
  • 2018 - M&H Valve
  • 2017 - Kennedy Valve
  • 2016 - McWane Ductile, Ohio and Kennedy Valve
  • 2015 - AB&I Foundry
  • 2015 - Clow Valve
  • 2014 - Kennedy Valve Company
  • 2013 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2012 - Clow Valve
  • 2011 - Clow Valve
  • 2010 - Bibby Ste Croix (Founderie LaPerle)
  • 2009 - M&H Valve
  • 2008 - Clow Water
  • 2007 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2006 - Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2005 - Tyler Pipe
  • 2004 - Clow Valve

Fabrication Winners

  • 2019 - Clow Canada
  • 2018 - Clow Canada
  • 2017 - Amerex
  • 2016 - Manchester Tank, Quincy
  • 2015 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Crossville
  • 2014 - Clow Canada
  • 2013 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford
  • 2012 - Amerex
  • 2011 - Amerex/Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart
  • 2010 - Tyler Coupling/Clow Canada
  • 2009 - Tyler Coupling/Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart
  • 2008 - Clow Canada
  • 2007 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford
  • 2006 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford
  • 2005 - Amerex
  • 2004 - Amerex

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

Exemplary Environmental Achievement

  • 2018 - McWane Ductile for significantly expanding the use of Electronic Inspections Forms to perform and document EHS inspections.
  • 2018 - Tyler Xianxian for being designated as an “A-Foundry” by the Environmental Protection Bureau in recognition of their state-of-the-art pollution controls.

This is a new award category introduced in 2018 and is presented to recognize a noteworthy achievement in furtherance of McWane’s industry leading EHS performance.

Outstanding Environmental Progress — Foundry and Fabrication

Foundry Winners

  • 2019 - Tyler Union
  • 2017 - Bibby Ste Croix
  • 2016 - Tyler Union Foundry
  • 2015 - Tyler Xianxian
  • 2013 - AB&I Foundry
  • 2013 - Tyler Union Foundry
  • 2012 - Tyler XianXian
  • 2011 - Union Foundry
  • 2010 - Kennedy Valve
  • 2009 - Bibby Ste Croix (Founderie LaPerle)
  • 2008 - McWane Pipe
  • 2007 - M&H Valve
  • 2006 - Bibby Ste Croix
  • 2005 - McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2004 - Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company

Fabrication Winners

  • 2018 - MTE Cemcogas
  • 2017 - Anaco and Clow Corona
  • 2016 - The Solberg Company
  • 2013 - The Solberg Company
  • 2012 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Crossville
  • 2011 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Echuca
  • 2010 - None
  • 2009 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Crossville
  • 2008 - Anaco/Clow Corona
  • 2007 - Clow Canada
  • 2006 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Bedford
  • 2005 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Crossville
  • 2004 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Petersburg

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

Quartile Club

Foundry Winners

  • 2019 - Tyler Union (Anniston, Alabama); M&H Valve Company (Anniston, Alabama); Tyler Coupling (Marshfield, Missouri); Kennedy Valve Company (Elmira, New York); McWane Services Private Limited (Coimbatore, India); and McWane Gulf (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Clow Valve Metal Casting (Oskaloosa, Iowa); Manchester Tank & Equipment Company (Echuca, Australia); Tyler Xianxian (Hebeichina Cangzhou, China); McWane Ductile (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
  • 2018 - Tyler Union; M&H Valve Company; Tyler Coupling; Clow Corona; McWane India Private Limited; and McWane Gulf
  • 2017 - M&H Valve Company, Tyler Union, Clow Valve, McWane Ductile, New Jersey

This award is given to facilities whose year-end recordable injury rates are in the top 25% of their industry. 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

Most Improved TRIR Rate — Foundry and Fabrication

Foundry Winners

  • 2016 - Kennedy Valve
  • 2015 - McWane Ductile, New Jersey
  • 2014 - M&H Valve Company
  • 2013 - AB&I Foundry
  • 2012 - Tyler Union
  • 2011 - Kennedy Valve
  • 2010 - AB&I Foundry
  • 2009 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2008 - Clow Valve
  • 2007 - M&H Valve
  • 2006 - Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2005 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • 2004 - Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company

Fabrication Winners

  • 2016 - Amerex
  • 2015 - Anaco
  • 2014 - Clow Canada
  • 2013 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2012 - Anaco
  • 2011 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2010 - Clow Corona 
  • 2009 - Tyler Coupling
  • 2008 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Elkhart
  • 2007 - Clow Corona
  • 2006 - Clow Canada
  • 2005 - Tyler Coupling 
  • 2004 - Manchester Tank & Equipment, Petersburg

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.

Ergo Cup

McWane Ergo Cup

The McWane Ergo Cup competition is held annually. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to reduce and prevent work place injuries … it is not an impossible mission.

The commitment to safety shown by our team members, on behalf of each other and McWane, is inspiring.

Barb Wisniewski

Teams from McWane facilities around the country present ergonomic-related projects they have implemented within the last 24 months to a panel of health and safety experts. Each project is aimed at reducing injuries, while improving workplace efficiency and transforming processes to best fit the needs of our team members.

“The commitment to safety shown by our team members, on behalf of each other and McWane, is inspiring,” said Barb Wisniewski, Vice President Health and Safety. “This is a perfect example of the McWane Way in action."

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. This emphasizes the implementation of industry and task-specific guidelines for reducing and preventing workplace musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries.

Each year, every project is judged on measurable outcomes such as return on investment, quantified reduction of injury and reduced workers' compensation costs, among other factors. The successes from these projects are then implemented at other McWane facilities with similar operations to further reduce injury risks company wide.

Good luck to our team members!

2019 Ergo Cup Winners

  • Most Ourstanding Project, First Place: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa  - Brass Pattern Rotisserie
    Clow Valve designed an ergonomically friendly device to eliminte the manual lifting and turning of brass patterns by implementing a mechanical rotisserie device. 
  • 1st Place Runner Up:  Tyler Coupling, Marshfield, Missouri - Eyeletter Designer
    Tyler Coupling automated the eyeleting process which reduced the competitive movements needed by the operator per cycle and reduced the strain on the operator's hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders. It also decreased the cycle time needed to produce the produce and increase throughput of finished product. 
  • Best Risk Reduction Bibby Ste. Croix, Quebec, Canada - Kloster Motorization Conveyor
    Bibby Ste. Croix motorized every section of the Kloster conveyor and added a safety detection system to prevent boards weighing 1,000 lbs from falling. 
  • Best Innovation Project: Kennedy Valve Company, Elmira, New York - Furnace Innoculates
    Kennedy Valve came up with a bulk system to dispense innoculates, carbon, and 75% silica onto the scale which eliminated the lifting, bending, twisting, and shoveling by team members. 

Past Ergo Cup Winners

2018 Winners

  • First Place: Clow Valve Machine Shop, Oskaloosa, Iowa  - Flange Rotator
  • 1st Runner Up: Kennedy Valve Company, Elmira, New York - Ladle Guard
  • Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction): M&H Valve, Anniston, Alabama - Wedge Coat Hook Cleaning
  • Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project):  Manchester Tank, Elkhart, Indiana - Rotary Brush Cleaning

2017 Winners

  • First Place: Bibby Ste-Croix, Sainte Croix, Quebec, Canada  - Ladle Demolding Station
  • 1st Runner Up: Tyler Pipe & Coupling, Marshfield, Missouri - Injection Mold Extruder Tip Puller
  • Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction): Anaco, Corona, California - "No More" Manual Loading of Feed Bins on the Threader Machines
  • Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project):  McWane Ductile Ohio, Coshocton, Ohio - Sure Stop Gasket Removal

2016 Winners

  • First Place: Tyler Pipe & Coupling, Marshfield, Missouri - Gasket Conveyor Project
  • 1st Runner Up: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa - Punch Press Stem Conversion
  • Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction): Amerex, Trussville, Alabama - Valve Install
  • Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project): Tyler Union Foundry, Anniston, Alabama - Tuff Grip Pattern Core Modifications

2015 Winners

  • First Place: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa & Corona, California
  • 1st Runner Up: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy Illinois
  • Best Risk Reduction Award: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Best Innovation Award: Amerex, Trussville, Alabama

2014 Winners

  • First Place: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy, Illinois
  • 1st Runner Up: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Best Risk Reduction Award: Bibby-Ste-Croix
  • Best Innovation Award: Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Bedford, Indiana

2013 Winners

  • First Place: Manchester Tank and Equipment, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Second Place: Manchester Tank and Equipment, Qunicy, Illinois
  • Third Place: Tyler Coupling

2012 Winners

  • First Place: Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Provo, Utah
  • Second Place: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Third Place: Amerex, Trussville, Alabama

2011 Winners

  • First Place: Union Foundry  Company, Anniston, Alabama
  • Second Place: Clow Water Systems, Coshocton, Ohio
  • Third Place: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa

2010 Winners

  • First Place: Amerex, Trussville, Alabama
  • Second Place: Clow Water Systems, Coshocton, Ohio
  • Third Place: M&H Valve Company, Anniston, Alabama
Pollution Prevention Challenge

Pollution Prevention Challenge

The Art of Preventing Pollution Before it Begins

The best way to deal with pollution is to prevent it from being created in the first place. This means finding new efficiencies, doing things smarter and valuing every resource.

Each December, the McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) contest brings together teams from across the McWane family of companies to have their ideas judged for innovation, simplicity, cost savings, and environmental benefits. Since the inaugural competition in 2011, those ideas have generated more than $19 million in company wide savings.  

The P2C competition has changed the way we think, and has served as the hallmark of our efforts toward sustainability and environmental stewardship. 

Pollution Prevention Winners

2019

  • First place: M&H Valve
    Pattern Changes
  • Second place: Clow Canada
    Plastic Reduction
  • Third place (tie):  McWane Ductile - Utah
    Special Linings Shot Reuse
  • Third Place (tie): McWane Ductile - Utah
    Test Press Pad (Bell Blocks)
  • "Why Didn't I Think of That" Award: McWane Ductile - Ohio
    Blackening Tank Reduction
  • Energy Efficiency (E2) Award: Clow Valve
    Iron Melt Reductions

2018

  • First place: AB&I Foundry
    Innovative use of cupola as an oxidation device
  • Second place: Tyler Union
    Sand reclamation enhancements
  • Third place (tie):  M&H Valve Company 
    Replaced sand pig molds with castable pig molds
  • Third Place (tie): McWane Ductile - Ohio
    ISO core machine waste sand reduction
  • "Why Didn't I Think of That" Award: Anaco/Clow Corona
    Non-RCRA Hazardous Waste Bulk Management
  • Energy Efficiency (E2) Award: Kennedy Valve Company
    Dust collection solutions with better pulse valve technology

2017

  • First place:  McWane Ductile - Ohio
    Cupola Bottom Drop
  • Second place:  Amerex 
    Compressed Air Monitoring
  • Third place: McWane Ductile - Utah 
    Bundling Station Paint Mats
  • "Why Didn't I Think Of That" Award:
    Manchester Tank Elkhart - Dry Lubricant Reduction
    McWane Ductile - Utah - Wood Dunnage Reduction

2016

  • First place: McWane Ductile - Utah
    Refractory Consolidation and Controls
  • Second place:  McWane Ductile - Ohio
    Reduction of Casting Trough Coating
  • Third place: Kennedy Valve Company 
    Core Oven Heat Curtains
  • "Why Didn't I Think Of That" Award:
    Amerex - Reduction of Waste Caused by Spent Rugs
    McWane Ductile - Utah - Cupola Spout Refractory Conservation
    Clow Canada - D67M Elbow Casting Material Reduction

2015

  • First place: Clow Valve
    Low Lead Brass
  • Second place: McWane Ductile - Utah
    Waste Sand Cement Reuse
  • Third place: Manchester Tank & Equipment - Quincy 
    P2 Projects
  • "Why Didn't I Think Of That" Award:
    Amerex - Reusable Bin Systems
    Kennedy Valve - Heat Recovery 

2014

  • First place: Clow Canada
    Pattern Modification
  • Second place: Amerex
    Dry Paint Racks
  • Third place (tie):
    Manchester Tank & Equipment - Elkhart

    Heat Recovery
  • Pacific States
    Finishing-Cement Line Water Reduction
  • "Why Didn't I Think of That?" Award:
    Pacific States - Melting-Coke Breeze
    Clow Canada - Passivation Improvements


2013

  • First place: Pacific States
    Lime Reduction
  • Second place: AB&I
    Dropout Coke Injector
  • Third place: Manchester Tank, Bedford
    Raw Material Reduction Hot Oil Tank
  • “Why Didn’t I Think of It?” Award Winners:
    Kennedy Valve - Stormwater Improvements
    Clow Valve, Oskaloosa -  TGIC Reclaim Expansion
    Manchester Tank, Elkhart - Round Seam Flux Elimination

2012

  • First place: Atlantic States
    Bell and Spigot Plugs
  • Second place: Clow Valve
    Elimination of Cooling Water
  • Third place: Kennedy Valve
    Lighting System Upgrade
  • “Why Didn’t I Think of It?” Award Winners:
    Clow Canada — VOC Reduction
    Atlantic States — Pipe Bundling and Strapping
    Clow Valve — Rubber Ink Stamp

2011

  • First place: MTE Elkhart
    Product Packaging Reduction/Recycling/Reuse — Local Delivery
  • Second place: M&H Valve
    Trash
ISO & State Certifications

ISO & State Certifications

McWane’s EMS is based on the principles of ISO 14001 and EPA’s Compliance Focused EMS, and all McWane manufacturing facilities are required to implement the EMS.

While it is not a McWane requirement, some McWane facilities have elected to seek ISO 14001 registration and/or equivalent recognition from their state environmental agencies (see below). Obtaining these registrations has been a simple process since the McWane EMS meets and, in many cases, exceeds the criteria for ISO 14001 and equivalent state registration.

ISO 14001 Registered Facilities

Indiana Stewardship Program

Associations

Associations

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