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  • AB&I Adopt-a-Spot partnership continues03/13/2018

    Publisher: Mickie Coggin

    AB&I is proud of their ongoing partnership with the Adopt a Spot program in Oakland, California.  Adopt a Spot is run by the City of Oakland Public Works Agency.  The program allows community organizations to play an active role in maintaining and beautifying an area that needs attention.  AB&I adopted San Leandro Street between 76th and 81st Avenue. Team member Salvador Mendoza sweeps and blows off the sidewalks and picks up garbage regularly in the designated area.

    n April 2017, the AB&I environmental team (lead by Monica Perez) adopted Elmhurst Creek directly behind AB&I's property by the railroad tracks.  Every four months or so, Monica recruits several team members to help clean up the creek by picking up debris, clearing the weeds and getting rid of the illegal dumping (televisions, tents, clothes, etc.).

    AB&I General Manager Michael Lowe followed through on a promise he made to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Councilman Larry Reid (District 7) at the AB&I open house in 2016 to adopt another street near the gate #1 area at the facility.  Team member Carlos Gonzalez spear headed this effort and obtained the required approvals from the Planning Department to pave the sidewalk.  The sidewalk is now in place and it looks great.

    AB&I also received a request from 81st Library Manager Brian Guenther to help them clean-up the grounds around the library.  Team members Salvador Mendoza and Gilberto Bolanos started the work in early February.  The original request was to remove debris, but Salvador and Gilberto went above and beyond and removed all the overgrown weeds as well.  Good job Salvador and Gilberto.

    We appreciate the team participation in these important projects to improve the community which our team members live and work.

  • AB&I hosts tour for Stanford Professor and graduate students03/07/2018

    Publisher: Mickie Coggin

    On Monday, March 26th, Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University along with Anna Olson and Russell Field (graduate students) visited AB&I to learn more about the foundry.  They run a small sand casting foundry Stanford Product Realization Lab and want to get to know ABI with an eye towards bringing small groups of students in conjunction with two courses that will be taught this spring and fall to AB&I.

    They were surprised to discover that Professor Beach's daughter had toured AB&I about 30 years ago while she was studying at Stanford. Professor Beach had the following comments about the tour:

    "On behalf of Anna, Russell, and myself, thank you very much for the wonderful tour of AB&I you led Monday morning.  As a professor at Stanford University I am frequently amazed at how much our students learn when visiting manufacturing sites in the Bay Area.  It makes our efforts in 110-minute lectures and 4-hour laboratories pale.  Your tour was very generous and worth a tremendous amount in tuition value to our students.

    AB&I's energy and innovation regarding environmental quality are awesome, your attention to sand and metal quality, your ability to automate high volume processes, and your enthusiasm to share these initiatives with us are wonderful.  

    Relative to the automation of AB&I's highest volume products, I will always remember you saying, if you have to pick it up you just lost money.  The idea of gates that snap off without the need for secondary processing is new to me and impressive.  I will carry a mental picture of the mountains of scrap iron which are your sole metal input.  Visually striking and environmentally wonderful! 

    I believe that manufacturing is essential to strong communities.  AB&I is heroic in that regard!

  • Another AB&I product sighting02/28/2018

    Publisher: Mickie Coggin

    On a recent family trip to Southern California, AB&I team member of 39 years Isaac Beltran spotted AB&I pipe in the parking garage of a Holiday Inn Express.  Isaac works in the Pipe Finishing Department at AB&I.

    If you spot McWane products and would like to share a picture with the rest of the team, just email a picture and a description of where you spotted the products to Mickie Coggin at mcoggin@mcwane.com.

  • Another McWane VPP Site!02/27/2018

    Publisher: Mickie Coggin

    We are pleased to announce that after almost a year of waiting, McWane Ductile located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey (MDNJ) received their official notification that they have been approved for VPP Merit status.  Their extensive and comprehensive on-site evaluation by a team of five OSHA personnel and one external Special Government Employee was held June 5-9, 2017.

    They have been asked to perform additional industrial hygiene monitoring for non-routine and off-shift tasks (the only issue identified by the entire OSHA team).  Once that is complete, they will be able to apply for the Star designation.

    McWane Vice-President of Health & Safety Barb Wisniewski said, "It is very fitting that this announcement tops off an outstanding year for MDNJ's health and safety success, i.e., winner of the 2017 McWane Top Quartile Club Award and the 2017 McWane EHS Excellence (Screaming Eagle) Award." You should be extremely proud-very well deserved!

    MDNJ joins six other McWane facilities that had been recognized as VPP sites.  In fact, all three McWane Ductile locations are now VPP sites (McWane Ductile Ohio-VPP Star, McWane Ductile-Utah-VPP Star and MDNJ-VPP Merit).

    Congratulations to everyone at MDNJ.

  • Case Study: U.S. Bank Stadium02/01/2018


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  • Early Career Ambassadors Offer Their Insights09/17/2017

    Publisher: East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

    Early Career Ambassadors Offer Their Insights — The East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

    About this time last year, EBAMP collaborated with the California Community Colleges, the Manufacturing Institute, and the NAM to launch the Bay Area chapter of the Dream it. Do it. network.

    Once the steering committee chose to move forward with the Ambassador program as its initial foray, we piqued the interests of manufacturers across the region to participate in the program in order to connect with students in nearby schools. With support from AMTAC and the region’s Workforce Boards, we kicked off the effort in February (blog post).

    Since then, seventeen Ambassadors from five companies have interacted with over 650 students, 3 dozen educators, and others through classroom discussions and career fairs in Martinez, Pittsburg, Clayton, Oakland, San Lorenzo, and Hayward. Two Ambassadors even came to speak to fellow manufacturers and other attendees at an EBAMP meeting early in the spring.

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    Made in America - Proud Team Members Series #4

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  • Forging U.S. Jobs and Quality Products01/31/2017

    Publisher: Plumbing & Mechanical

    AB&I Foundry emphasizes safety, environment, teamwork to keep pace with industry.

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