Celebrates 50 Years at AB&I/Mcwane
On February 1,
2010, McWane Plumbing Group Vice President Kip Wixson marked 50
years of continuous service to AB&I Foundry and the McWane Plumbing
When Kip started
at AB&I back in 1961, John Kennedy was our young president, Are
You Lonesome Tonight was the #1 song on the radio, and a
chimpanzee named Ham was the first primate to ever go into space.
Kip began his job at the Oakland foundry not knowing where it would
lead, but he attacked it than like he approaches it now – with a
focused vigor and professionalism that would launch him into a
career that an entire industry would recognize as exceptional. Kip
Wixson has truly made a difference.
Kip has been the
recipient of too many industry awards and honors to mention. Some of
the more memorable recognitions include awards from the American
Foundry Society, the PHCC, and the Western Suppliers Association.
Kip has been often called upon to deliver keynote addresses at major
industry events and trade shows, and has served as President and
Chairman of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute for several terms.
know him as a hard charger, demanding but fair, with his eye always
on the prize – making AB&I and McWane better and better each day.
Kip's ability to remain focused and targeted when solving complex
problems, and his insistence in “encouraging” his team to do the
same, have made Kip the go-to guy and standout performer in his
Many people know
Kip as the author of the long-running Perspectives column in
the monthly AB&I newsletter, Items. Kip spent decades writing
about countless topics in these pages, often departing from straight
business copy and jumping, headfirst, into controversial subjects as
diverse as politics and baseball. Kip's columns were never boring,
and he often got feedback from readers expressing their appreciation
for his thoughts. Kip retired from writing his column in 2009, but
his words are, and will remain, archived on the AB&I website.
Please join us
in thanking Kip Wixson for his 50 years of service, for helping AB&I
and Mcwane Plumbing Group through both good times and bad, and for
his friendship and loyalty to his team. Kip is one of the good ones,
a rare combination of good businessman and fine human being.
Now, let's get
back to work before Kip catches us surfing the web!
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